Workshops- Middle School


Cooperation & Coercion

Description: The Mississippi Council on Economic Education is providing an educator workshop with the following topics: 

Teacher sessions, October 6; 9:00-11:30

  • Human Flourishing (45 mins plus Q&A): Humans are social animals. When we come together in society, we develop governments and markets to help us interact more efficiently and more peaceably.
  • The World is Becoming a Better Place (45 mins plus Q&A): To judge by the media, the world we live in is decaying. But the media have a profit incentive to show us news that is scary, titillating, and controversial. A dispassionate look at the evidence shows that, despite some real problems, we are living magical lives compared to our grandparents – and the magic keeps happening generation after generation.

Lunch, October 6; 11:30-1:00

  • Words & Numbers Live (30 mins): How High School Teachers Help Build a Civil Society

Teacher sessions, October 6; 1:00-3:00

  • Cooperation and Coercion (45 mins plus Q&A): Whenever humans come together, they either organize themselves by coercion or by cooperation. Different societies lean differently on these two organizing principles, but all societies use both.
  • Trade as the Basis of Economics (45 mins plus Q&A): We think of trade as being something countries do. In fact, trade occurs between individuals, between households of individuals, between communities of households, and between nations of communities. A hands-on experiment and some data will demonstrate how trade allows us to flourish.

For: Any Mississippi K-12 teacher that wants to learn how to incorporate Economic Thinking into their classroom 

Where: Jackson Convention Complex, Jackson, MS 

Requirements:  

  • Attendance at the full workshop
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)

When: Thursday, October 6; 9 am – 3 pm  

What’s in it for me? $100 stipend, Lunch at the 2022 Forum on American Enterprise, recognition of all teachers from the podium at lunch, 0.6 CEUs 

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu ​​​​​​​

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2022

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Fundamentals of Environmental Economics

Description: Join us for a one-day program designed to help educators gain an understanding of environmental economic issues and concepts and related methodologies to engage students in group structured classroom learning activities. The Fundamentals of Environmental Economics program uses a non-biased approach designed to provide teachers with a dynamic way to incorporate environmental economics concepts into their classroom. The program incorporates a variety of social studies, civics, science and political science concepts in both the presentations and simulations.

Key topics / concepts:

– Economic Institutions and Foundations

– Tragedy of the Commons

– Marginal Decision Making

– Land Use

– World Fisheries

For: 6th-12th grade Mississippi teachers

Where: USM Marine Education Center; Ocean Springs, MS

Requirements:  

  • Attendance at the full workshop
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)

When: Saturday, November 5, 2022; 8:30 am – 3 pm 

What’s in it for me? $75 stipend, lesson plans, facility tour, lunch, 0.6 CEUs at no cost

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu

Registration Deadline: November 4, 2022; noon

Sponsored by: Foundation for Teaching Economics

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Master Teacher of Economics 2.0 (ONLINE!)

Description: Economics is really cool! There is no other subject that is more “real world”. Learn how to teach the subject in an exciting, engaging and hands-on manner through the Master Teacher in Economics (MTE) program. It is designed for high school teachers to increase their economic understanding. This improves teachers’ abilities to bring economics to their students in stand-alone economics courses or to integrate economics as a strand within social studies and business curricula.

For: High school teachers and Middle School US History teachers.

Where: The MTE is an online course (estimated 75 hours).

Requirements:

  • Attendance and full participation in Orientation Session
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • Ability to download and upload documents
  • Microphone and camera

When: TBA

  • Synchronous- Orientation; virtual via Zoom- TBA**
  • Asynchronous- Assignments completed by- TBA

**Attendance and full participation in orientation is required. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What’s in it for me?: 7.5 CEUs, access to student course, $500 stipend, 193 economics endorsement on license (Click here to see qualifications.)

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu

Registration Deadline: TBA

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THE NEXT CLASS IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2023.

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Sponsored by:

Mississippi Department of Education

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Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship 2.0 (ONLINE!)

Description: With this program you will learn how to guide your students in all aspects of entrepreneurship from creating a business plan to opening their own business!

For: Middle school and high school teachers.

Where: The MTEnt is an online course (estimated 75 hours).

Requirements:

  • Attendance and full participation in Orientation Session
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • Ability to download and upload documents
  • Microphone and camera

When: TBA

  • Synchronous- Orientation; virtual via Zoom- TBA**
  • Asynchronous- Assignments completed by- TBA

**Attendance and full participation in orientation is required. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What’s in it for me?: 7.5 CEUs, access to student course, $250 stipend, 915 entrepreneurship endorsement on license (Click here to see qualifications.)

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu

Registration Deadline: TBA

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. THE NEXT PROGRAM IS TENTATIVELTY SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2023.

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Sponsored by:

Mississippi Department of Education

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Master Teacher of Personal Finance 2.0 (ONLINE!)

Description: The Master Teacher in Personal Finance (MTPF) program is designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the personal finance content necessary to teach a high school personal finance course or to incorporate the topic into other courses, i.e. business, math, ICT, College and Career Readiness. In addition to content instruction, teachers will learn about a variety of high-quality resources they can use to teach the content in the classroom. The content and classroom resources are aligned with National Standards for Financial Literacy produced by the national Council for Economic Education. Teachers that complete this program are required to participate with students in the MCEE Personal Finance Challenge Online. This program is offered as a collaboration between the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Mississippi Department of Education.

For: Middle school and high school teachers

Where: The MTPF is an online course (approximately 75 hours).

Requirements:

  • Attendance and full participation in Orientation Session
  • Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)
  • Ability to download and upload documents
  • Microphone and camera

When: TBA

  • Synchronous- Orientation; virtual via Zoom- TBA**
  • Asynchronous- Assignments completed by- TBA

**Attendance and full participation in orientation is required. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What’s in it for me?: 7.5 CEUs, access to student course, $250 stipend, 941 Personal Finance endorsement on license (Click here to see qualifications.)

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu

Registration Deadline: TBA

THE NEXT PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED FOR FALL 2022. REGISTRATION IS OPENING SOON.

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Project Based Entrepreneurship (ONLINE!)

Description: The Project-Based Entrepreneurship (PBE) program is designed to spark and cultivate entrepreneurial thinking among middle and high school teachers. PBE prepares educators to teach the basics of opportunity recognition and business development, to implement experiential entrepreneurship in their classrooms, and to become champions for entrepreneurship education within their districts. The PBE program is offered as a collaborative initiative between the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE) at The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.

This online training equips educators to roll out school-based enterprises or to generate similar project-based learning experiences in and out of the classroom. The goal is to help our students apply an entrepreneurial mindset as they discover and explore opportunities.

For: The content is broadly applicable to all middle and high school teachers, specifically those who have an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship but don’t need the 75-hour Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship (MTEnt) course. Special Education and Alternative Education teachers, however, are encouraged instead to complete the Pathways to Entrepreneurship (P2E) program due to its tailored resources.

When: NOW! The workshop is on-demand so you may complete it all at one time or save your progress and return to it later.

Where: ONLINE!

Fee: No registration fee, materials included

Requirements: Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet, smartphone)

What’s in it for me? Free curriculum and 0.7 CEUs. (CEU’s will only be awarded for the first completion of the course).

Contact: 601-974-1325 or mscee@millsaps.edu

Sponsored by:

Mississippi Department of Education

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Stock Market Game (ONLINE!)

Description: The Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG) is a simulation of a real market, designed to involve students in the world of finance and investing as a means of helping them learn about how a market economy works. Student teams of 3 to 5 students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks and compete for the best portfolio performance. There are two separate 13-week programs each year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

The program is available to all public and private students throughout the state of Mississippi in grades 4 through 12. The program is adaptable for many different classes, including social studies, mathematics, economics, business, technology, gifted, MOD, Special Education, and club activities. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions, and become informed about investment and economic terms. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.

In this ONLINE ON-DEMAND teacher training, learn how to implement the SMG in your classroom! (Takes about 5 hours to complete.)

For: 4-12 grade teachers (Required for all teachers that are NEW to SMG!)

When: NOW!

Where: ONLINE!

Fee: No registration fee

Requirements: Must have a desktop, laptop or tablet with internet capability.

What’s in it for me?: Free curriculum and 0.5 CEUs.

Contact: 601-974-1325 or mscee@millsaps.edu

Sponsored by:

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Stock Market Game (In Person!)

Description: The Stock Market Game™ is a project-based financial education program widely used in fourth through twelfth grade classrooms nationwide to teach students the importance of saving and investing by building their financial literacy skills through an integrated curriculum and investing online market simulation. Student teams receive a virtual cash account of $100,000 to create an investment portfolio comprised of bonds, common stocks listed on national exchanges, exchange traded funds, and mutual funds with the goal of developing portfolios that outperform portfolios of other student teams. The Stock Market Game™ teaches students cooperation, communication, and leadership skills as they relate to long-term saving and investing knowledge to financial news and current events.  

The in-person teacher PD workshop topics may include:

  • Getting the Game Started
  • Understanding the Rules of the Game
  • Registration Mechanics and Process for Students
  • Conducting Market Research
  • Understanding Portfolio Investment
  • Diversification Basics

For: 4th-12th grade teachers in Title 1 schools (See list of eligible schools here)

Where: Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Requirements:  

  • Attendance at the full workshop
  • Must participate with students in the Stock Market Game during the 2022-2023 school year

When: Saturday, September 24th; 9 am – 3 pm  

What’s in it for me? Lesson Plans, Lunch, 0.5 CEUs at no cost  

Contact: 601-974-1325; mscee@millsaps.edu 

Registration Deadline: September 23, 2022; 12:00pm 

Sponsored by: FINRA Investor Education Foundation

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