GMU Center for Economic Education 2021-2022 Programming

2021- 2022 Professional Development Programs:

Online Personal Finance Institute (45 hr. Asynchronous Course; Middle & High School Standards)

This online, asynchronous institute is designed for those teaching the personal finance portion of high school Economics and Personal Finance.  Over its six weeks, it covers detailed content instruction including banking, credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, insurance, taxes, financial planning and planning for further education after high school.

·         Take the W!SE Financial Literacy test and have the opportunity to earn this teacher certification at no charge.

·         Teachers who complete the entire institute and pass the W!SE certification will also be recognized as VCEE Certified Personal Finance Educators.

·         Participants receive the Virtual Economics Version 5.0 flash drive with over 1,400 activity-based lessons searchable by grade and topic, 51 key economic concepts, and a glossary with over 500 terms. ($164.95 value).

·         Each week features guest speakers who are content specialists in their field – including taxes, banking, insurance, and financial planning.

DatesFall Cohort – November 1st – December 10thSpring Cohort – February 14th – March 25th

Virtual Mini-Course: Saving, Investing, & The Stock Market Game (6 hr. Asynchronous Course; Grade 4 – 12 Standards)

Learn to use the Stock Market GameTM as a valuable educational tool for both teachers and students from the comfort of your home during this on-demand, virtual mini-course!

The Stock Market GameTM allows students to manage a virtual investment portfolio and compete with teams across the state. Students learn saving and investing, sharpen math and research skills, and experience market forces at work. After participating in the SMG, independent studies show an increase in math scores for elementary and middle school students. It is also a proven way to learn many of the SOL in the high school economics and personal finance course, and a great way to prepare for the W!se Financial Literacy Certification assessment.

No prior knowledge of the stock market is necessary.

DatesJanuary 10th – February 13th  (Asynchronous; On-Demand)

Save the Date:

Women in the Workforce Webinar: March 1, 2022

                Tentative Details: Registration Opens January 2022

Entrepreneurship Institute: June 20, 2022– June 24, 2022

                Tentative Details: Middle School & High School Standards; In-person Institute; Location TBD
                * If your school division is interested in hosting this event, please reach out to

Mini-Economy Institute: July 6, 2022 – July 8, 2022

                Tentative Details: Grades 3 – 6 Standards; In-person Institute; Location: University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus

2021 – 2022 Student Programs

Reading Makes Cents (Registration Opens Late Fall 2021)

Reading Makes Cents is a statewide reading challenge for all elementary schools designed to introduce basic financial concepts to K-5 students. All Virginia elementary school librarians are invited to complete a simple application in order to bring Reading Makes Cents to your school courtesy of Virginia529.

·         Earn three free books (with library binding) for your library.

·         Encourage your students to learn about money, making choices, and saving.

·         Reward students for reading.

·         Give students the chance to win a $529 college savings account from Virginia529.

The Stock Market Game (Fall, Spring, & Yearlong Registration Open Now)

The Stock Market Game is a comprehensive intracurricular project-based program for Grades 4 to 12.

Small student teams, made up of 2 – 4 students, compete for awards by investing $100,000 in an online, virtual portfolio.

  • The adult advisor/teacher registers the student teams. Student teams are provided online access to their own online investment portfolio. 
  • Students research and apply their investment ideas in a real-world market environment.

Governor’s Challenge in Economics & Personal Finance (Registration Opens January 2022)

Governor’s Challenge in Economics

The Governor’s Challenge in Economics is a premier economics competition for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the international economy

Two Divisions:

  • ADAM SMITH: For AP, international baccalaureate, and honors students (as well as any returning competitors)
  • DAVID RICARDO: For first-time Challenge competitors who have taken no more than one economics course                               

                Governor’s Challenge in Personal Finance

The Personal Finance Challenge is a competition that provides high school students with an exciting and motivating opportunity to build, apply, and demonstrate their knowledge of money management.

Through online exams and a personal finance simulation, teams showcase their expertise in earning income, buying goods and services, saving, using credit, investing, as well as protecting and insuring.  (Find Past Case Studies Here)

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