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The H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education
213 Crouse Hall
Akron, OH 44325-4210
(330) 972-7763 (voice)

Dr. Brad Maguth, Acting Director

About the Center

H. Kenneth Barker, sepiaThe H. K. Barker Center for Economic Education is a nonprofit partnership of leaders from the education and business communities dedicated to economic literacy.


Teacher Resources

A primary goal of the Barker Center is to provide teachers with appropriate resources to teach economic principles in the classroom.  Learn more

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Support the Barker Center for Economic Education

Giving to the Center for Economic Education is one of the most meaningful things you can do to help promote financial literacy and economic education in the region.  Learn more about how you can support the Center.


Think Tank to Shark Tank: From Engineering to Entrepreneurship

July 21-25, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

In this one-week summer, campus-based workshop children grades six through ten will learn to engineer solutions to problems and emerge as informed, successful entrepreneurs. Students will engage in a needs assessment, conduct research, design a product, and market it through fun, thoughtful, social experiences. Each of the five days, students will learn and apply new skills and understandings in engineering, economics, and entrepreneurship. Click here to register

Online Workshop:

Personal Finance & Career Education (Gr. 7- 12)
Starts Monday, July 21st, 2014

This online workshop will provide teachers with resources and strategies for advancing personal finance and career exploration in their classrooms.  In particular, teachers will learn how to design standards-based instruction that helps youth prepare a budget, explore different career options, and gain overall healthy personal finance skills. Participants enjoy the convenience of completing a workshop at their own pace (over a three week period) while earning a certificate of completion for contact hours.  Registration for this workshop is required, and one to three (1-3) hours of discounted UA graduate credit is optional for those Ohio residents interested ($145 per versus $400 per hour). Moreover, one lucky workshop completer will WIN a brand-new iPad Air!  Get more information and sign up!

Hands holding the world, Barker Center landing pageWorkshops

Workshops are a great way to hone your skills. The Barker Center provides series of workshops at new locations each semester. Graduate credit is available for many of our workshops.   Learn more

Just one of the advantages of signing up for our Newsletter is notification when new workshops become available.

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From an economic business vocabulary to the definitions of types of taxes, our Economic Fast Facts is a rich resource for you in your classroom.

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