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Akron, OH 44325-4210     


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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


Upcoming Programming

Workshop Title and Location
Date/Time  Registration Information  

Youth Day Camp: Think Tank to Shark Tank

Mon., June 20th- Fri., June 24th

from 9:00am - 3:30pm

Akron, OH

Suspended: Be sure to see our online curriculum!

Educator Institute: Teaching Financial Literacy

*Available for discounted graduate credit

Wed., July 6th- Fri., July 8th

from 8:30am-2:30pm

Akron, OH

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Study Tour to Ireland: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges

*Available for discounted graduate credit

June, 2023

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Ireland!  Crossing Borders and Building Bridges

June, 2023

Ireland imageThis is an off-campus course for those who want to investigate the process of individual and social development through expeditionary learning. Come explore Irish history and culture in context with us on this two-country adventure, from ancient stone circles of the Republic of Ireland to the political wall murals of Northern Ireland.  |  Download flyer

Informational meetings:

  • TBA (Fall, 2022)

Family Financial Fun Night combines financial education with fun

Financial fun night

The Barker Center for Economic Education's staff, along with University of Akron education majors from the LeBron James Family Foundation School of Education, collaborate with volunteers in business and financial services to bring family financial fun events to area elementary, middle, and secondary schools. During these community events, youth rotate between financial fun learning stations, all aligned to Ohio's Financial Literacy Standards, while learning about such financial fundamentals as budgeting, earning, savings, spending, and credit.  Youth earn prizes along the way as they travel between stations, and families gain valuable tools and resources to have informed conversations with youth for financial fitness.  We've partnered with a variety of area schools (Cleveland Municipal School District, Barberton City Schools, Hubbard City Schools, and others) and financial service partners to successfully plan and implement these community financial fun events. 

Be sure to reach out now to learn more about our hosting one of these events at your school!

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Featured Summer Workshop

Teaching Financial Literacy: An Educator Institute

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Wednesday, July 6th - Friday, July 8th 2022

The University of Akron (Main Campus)

Join a network of elementary, middle, and secondary educators to learn about Ohio's updated financial literacy standards & model curriculum, earning a state licensure validation, now required to teach financial literacy, and Ohio's new financial literacy graduation mandate

Educators will receive instructional materials, hear from industry experts, and walk away with lessons and activities aligned to Ohio’s K12 Financial Literacy Standards on topics such as saving, earning, credit, investing, and risk-management. Costs include all supplies, lectures, fees, certificates of completion, and meals, with optional discounted graduate credit available ($200 per hr. vs. $442).

Spots are limited and filling fast.

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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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