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On December 14, 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law historic legislation that requires all high school students to take a semester-long course specifically devoted to financial literacy! Our Executive Director, Dr. Brad Maguth, worked with lawmakers to help advocate and shape this critical legislation.

A special thank you to the Bill’s sponsors, State Senators Steven Wilson (District 7) & Rob McColley (District 1), for their efforts to advance this legislation. The new graduation requirement will start with high school freshmen entering in 2022-23. Educators are also required to complete specialized training to demonstrate competency (in earning a state financial literacy validation) in order to be eligible to teach this financial literacy course. Funding for teacher training has been provided in the legislation.

Are you interested in learning more about Senate Bill 1? About earning a financial literacy validation? If so, you are encouraged to register for our upcoming “Teaching Economics & Financial Literacy Educators Institute” taking place on-campus July 5th-July 9th. Registration is now open at


2022 Programming

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Rethinking Race: Teaching the Racial Wealth Gap

*Available for contact hours

Wed., February 23rd, 2022 from 4:30-5:45pm

The University of Akron (Olin Hall, Rm 124)

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Youth Summer Camp: Think Tank to Shark Tank

Mon., June 20- Fri., June 24th from 9am-3:30pm

Akron, OH

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Educator Institute: Teaching Economics & Financial Literacy

Mon., July 5th- Fri., July 9th

from 8:30am-2:30pm

Akron, OH

Registration Opening Soon!

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Family Financial Fun Night combines financial education with fun

Financial fun nightThe Barker Center for Economic Education's staff, along with twenty-five University of Akron education majors from the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, collaborated with volunteers from Wells Fargo and the Council for Economic Education to bring a family financial fun night to the Mary M. Bethune School in East Cleveland, Ohio, on November 6. The K-8 public school, in the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD), services an economically distressed neighborhood, where 100% of students that attend the school are identified as financially disadvantaged by the Ohio Department of Education. The event had over fifty-two youth and twenty-three families participate.

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Interested in Hosting a Family Financial Fun Night in Your Elementary or Middle School? Click Here

A Free Curriculum


How does someone think of a new product?  How can engineering be used to make it? And, what leads to people wanting to buy it? Gain access to a new, interactive standards-based curriculum that blends entrepreneurship and STEM education in grades 6-12. In its 10 sessions, learners think like an engineer and entrepreneur to design, market, and sell a good or service. At the end of the unit, students pitch their innovation to a Shark Tank, or, real judges for feedback. 

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Know a skilled teacher of financial literacy or economics?

Nominate them for an “Outstanding Economics Teacher Award”. Recipients receive a plaque, a $100 stipend, and publicity in local and university media. Presentation of the awards are scheduled to take place at a May luncheon on campus of The University of Akron. Two awards will be presented, one for grades K-6 and the other for grades 7-12.

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  • Exceptional practice. Including use of inquiry and other effective and engaging pedagogies

  • Connecting economic fundamentals to learner participation in civic life

  • Commitment to professional self-growth and sharing expertise with colleagues

  • Leadership and advocacy in economics education.

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Giving doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult. Take advantage of our online form and within a few minutes, you can make a gift to support our efforts to promote financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economic education.

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