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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.

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

Support the Barker Center

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.

There are other ways to give as well. 

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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 learn to 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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2021-22 Programming

Workshop Title and Location
Date/Time  Registration Information  

4th Annual Diversitas Financial Literacy Symposium

Wed., November 3rd

Akron, Ohio

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Enspire Conference by Young Entrepreneur Institute

Thus., November 4th- Tues., November 9th 


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Blending Entrepreneurship & STEM: Think Tank to Shark Tank  

*Available for contact hours

Thurs., February 17th, 2022

from 5-7pm

Live via Zoom


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Ohio Economic Forum

Fri., April 8th, 2022


Coming Soon!

Youth Think Tank to Shark Tank Summer Camp

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

Coming Soon!

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