Schedule a Common Sense Economics Workshop

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Schedule a workshop for 25 or more teachers.  Email Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini.

Educators’ Course Runs Summer 2017: June 5th – July 16th

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Professional Development Workshops, Training, and Courses

Common Sense Economics for Life is a power-packed course.  It can be used by professional development coordinators, Centers for Economic Education, and Councils for Economic Education to assist K-16 educators interested in making teaching economics and personal finance fun and relevant.

The course pairs the economics primer Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) with short video clips, classic readings, podcasts, social media posts and innovative homework assignments. The “read, watch, listen, and do” approach is used to make learning both easy and fun. The reading assignments are compact and the videos, podcasts, and assignments re-enforce each other in a manner that assures mastery of the learning objectives. Even if you have never taken an online course before, you will find this one user-friendly, exciting and informative.  

A brief overview of the course and accompanying covered concepts and topics is available here – Overview Basic Economics and Practical Personal Finance.

Learn more or inquire about an educators’ course by emailing Signe Thomas at Individuals who complete the course offered by your organization with an 80 percent or higher on the exams and quizzes will receive a certificate of completion from the Stavros Center for Economic Education at The Florida State University.  If prearranged, teachers may qualify for continuing education hours.  

Educators interested in earning university credit on top of the Common Sense Economics for Life certificate of completion can do so through the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) Extended Studies program. UCCS offers three hours of master’s level credit for anyone who successfully completes the course. The cost of earning 3 UCCS credits is $306.  This is in addition to the $75 course fee. For a full description of these fees and instructions on how to register for graduate credits, visit the UCCS extended studies webpage.



Teachers and Students: Get on board with the Common Sense Economics MOOC

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Engage your students in meaningful ways. Let them hone their economic reasoning skills and apply them to a variety of real-world settings including, but not limited to, personal finance and public policy.  Students can earn badges that can be listed on college applications, job applications, and social media accounts.  These badges include:  12 Key Elements, Why Nations Prosper, The Economics of Government, and Personal Finance.  Contact Dr. Tawni Ferrarini to set up your customized massive online course or you, the instructor, want classroom activities for students. Students can register for one of four badges:  Common Sense Economics Boot Camp; Common Sense Economics: Why Nations Prosper; Common Sense Economics:  Government versus Market Allocations; and Common Sense Personal Finance.




Webinar “Supply and Demand Interactive: Active learning technology brings demand and supply to life.”

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“Supply and Demand Interactive: Active learning technology brings demand and supply to life.”
Webinar ($0 registration fee)
December 6th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (ET)
Register now


This topical webinar is led Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, the Robert W. Plaster Professor at the Hammond Institute, Lindenwood University.  This webinar applies economic reasoning to explain why the demand curve slopes down and the supply curve slopes up. It provides teaching tips on how to illustrate the differences between movements along curves and shifts in curves. Interactives are made available to instructors.  They can be shared with students for review and practice.   These resources help instructors tackle teaching the laws of demand and supply and provide timely topics that make these laws relevant to students.

This webinar is sponsored by the national Council on Economic Education.  It will be broadcast on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (ET) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (ET).  Register now and invite a colleague to join you!

Canvas Network: Common Sense Economics for Life! Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — Join Now!

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Enroll today!

Massive open online course

The Stavros Center for Economic Education of Florida State University (FSU) and Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship of Northern Michigan University (NMU) have teamed up to offer this massive open online course.  This course is cutting-edge.  It is abbreviated and brings the essentials in economics and personal finance to the learner in fun and engaging ways. Developed by a team of master economic educators, this course is for those individuals who would like to learn more about economics, wealth, and prosperity. This 15 module, multi-media course is understandable, easy to navigate, and focuses on what you really need to know about economics and personal finance.

Learning economics through short video clips, classic readings, podcasts, and innovative assignments makes learning the science of choice fun, exciting, and relevant. The “read, watch, listen, and do” approach is used to make learning both engaging and effective. Even if this is your first online course, you will find it informative and user-friendly.


Enroll today!


Meet and Greet at the Annual Conference!

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Join Tawni Hunt Ferrarini (Lindenwood University), Joe Calhoun (Florida State University), and Signe Thomas (Stavros Center for Economic Education at the Florida State University).  See what is new in the Common Sense Economics portfolio of classroom and course resources.  We will be presenting at and hosting a booth at the 56th Annual Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference.  Register now. Join us!

Timely Topics! Why Nations Prosper: North and South Korea

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Apply Part 2 of Common Sense Economics “Why Do Nations Prosper” to explain why North Korea is dark as a dungeon at night while South Korea looks like Las Vegas on steroids!