Educators’ Course Runs Spring 2017: Jan 23rd – May 8th

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Common Sense Economics for Life is a power-packed course.  It is open to K-16 educators interested in making teaching economics 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.  

Register here if you are interested.  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 The cost is $75. Individuals who complete the course and receive at least 80% on the exams and quizzes will receive a certificate of completion and 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.



Schedule a Common Sense Economics Workshop

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Schedule a workshop for 25 or more teachers.  Visit: for details on the upcoming workshops.  

Join Tawni Ferrarini, 3/14 or 3/15 Webinar, The Economics of the American Revolution

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Economics, U.S. History and the C3 Framework: Why Did the Colonists Fight When They Were Safe, Prosperous and Free?

March 14, 2017 from 7 – 8 pm (EDT) and March 15 from 4 – 5 pm (ET)
This webinar will help teachers show why integration improves overall well-being and how economic, political, and social factors influenced colonial actions and interactions in the United States.

REGISTER for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7 – 8 pm (EDT)

REGISTER for Wednesday, March 15 from 4 – 5 pm (EDT)

Sponsored by the Council on Economic Education.

AP teachers: assign the Common Sense Economics MOOC

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Engage your students in meaningful ways after the AP economics exams and the end of the school year. 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. 

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!