March 1-27, 2015
Missouri Personal Finance Challenge Online Competition

In this preliminary and qualifying round of the Challenge, teams of four students complete three online exams in 1) Earning Income & Protecting and Insuring; 2) Using Credit & Buying Goods and Services; and 3) Saving & Fiancial Investing. The state is divided into four geographic regions. The top two placing teams in each region will advance to the State Finals in Warrensburg on April 10. At the State Finals, teams will participate in three rounds of multiple choice testing with a final quiz bowl between the two top-scoring teams. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the students and teachers for the 1st and 2nd place teams. The 1st-place team at the State Finals will represent Missouri during the National Personal Finance Challenge on May 22, 2015 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.
Sponsor: The Missouri Council on Economic Education, the state Centers for Economic Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

For more information, email Grant Black or visit the competition website.

March 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
19th Annual Economic Literacy Conference

This year's confernce focuses on the intersection of education and technology. Expand your teaching know-how as you discover excellent resources and strategies for engaging your students. The conference features grade-specific sessions led by experienced educators and experts. This is a free event, but registration is required. 
Sponsor: UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education

For more information, email Grant Black or visit the conference website.

May 8, 2015
Meet Me in MO Competition

Meet Me in Missouri is a fun, interactive competition for 4th- and 5th-grade students.  Student teams compete in content knowledge related to what students learn about Missouri, economics, and Missouri entrepreneurs; a hands-on production activity that reinforces economic concepts; and an entrepreneurship problem-solving activity.  The competition is based on MO HiStory, an online curriculum with lesson plans for teachers, stories about Missouri entrepreneurs who have contributed to the state economy, and games about Missouri geography, towns, history, symbols and goverment. Each participating students receives a free Meet Me in Missouri t-shirt and gets the chance to design the t-shirt for next years' competition.
Sponsor: UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education

For more information, email Grant Black or visit the competition website.

April 23, 2015
3:30 - 7:00 PM
Get Money Smart!

Credit can be a double-edged sword. The younger and less experienced among us can easily fall into a credit abyss, fraught with triple-digit APRs, late fees, and dunning creditor calls.  This Money Smart Week event will focus on types of borrowing, including traditional lending services, online services matching borrowers with investors, and alternative lending services, such as pawn shops and payday loans. The workshop will include instruction and resources teachers can use to prepare students for real-world personal finance. This workshop includes dinner and complimentary parking. Attendance is free, but registration is required by Friday, April 17.

Sponsor: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
For more information, email Barb Flowers or visit the program website.

June 17-19, 2015
AP Economics Conference

Seasoned AP economics instructors, those who are new to teaching AP econ, and those who are simply contemplating a course are welcome at the St. Louis Fed’s AP Economics Conference.  Federal Reserve economists, AP economics exam readers, AP economics instructors, and Fed economic education staff come together to present a program packed with the information you need to be successful teaching AP econ. Topics for this year’s conference include exchange rates, money market, market failure, market structures and more. New this year! New teachers or those who are simply exploring the possibility of teaching AP econ are welcome to attend the pre-conference workshop and dinner on Tuesday evening, June 16, 4:00 - 8:00 PM.  The program will include information on the basics such as designing the AP syllabus and choosing a textbook.  The pre-conference will be presented by Peggy Pride, AP Economics College Board Consultant. There is no fee for the conference or pre-conference, but registration is required. See the website for more information.
Sponsor: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
For more information, email Barb Flowers or visit the conference website.

June 21-24, 2015
Leadership in Practice
The best way to develop leadership skills is to practice, practice, practice.  For four days in June, that is exactly what Missouri's brightest rising sophomore student leaders will do in the LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE program. The program engages students in profound ways by putting them through hands-on simulations and activities with experienced counselors and community leaders from around the state.
Sponsor: The Missouri Chamber of Commerce
For more information, email Brian Crouse or visit the program website.
July 8-9, 2015
Interactive Whiteboards + Children's Books = A Great Combination
Use popular children's stories and your whiteboard to spark your students' interest in personal finance and economics. The free, downloadable lessons, along with free, downloadable Notebook and Activinspire files, will bring your students to their feet experiencing economic and personal financial concepts. Your lessons will be as much fun for your students as this workshop will be for you.
Sponsor: The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
For more information, email Barb Flowers or visit the workshop website.