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The H. Kenneth Barker
Center for Economic Education

Zook Hall, Suite 401
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? In accessing high-quality standards-based resources and techniques to teach financial literacy? If so, be sure to reach out to Center staff, with over with over 45 years of offering teacher professional development opportunities and resources, to best meet your individual, school/district, or organization's needs.


Upcoming Programming

Workshop Title
Date/Time and Location  Registration Information  

Teaching Cryptocurrency, Gr. 7-12

*Available for discounted graduate credit

January 25, 2023

4:30- 6:00pm 

Virtual Event


Registration Closed

Diversita: Expanding Diversity in Financial Planning & Wealth Management

Sponsored by UA College of Business

February 8th, 2023

12- 3pm

Virtual Event

Register Now

Using Children's Literature to Teach Economics

March 29th, 2023

4:30- 5:45pm

Virtual Event

Register Now

Educator Study Tour to Ireland: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges

*Available for discounted graduate credit

 June 11th -22nd, 2023


Applications Closed

Ohio’s Teaching Financial Literacy Conference 

July 6th & 7th, 2023


Akron, OH

Register Now!

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:

  • Wed., October 12th, 2022 from 4:45-5:45pm in Zook Hall, Room 401
  • Tues, November 15th, 2022 from 4:45-5:45pm in Zook Hall, Room 401

Family Financial Fun Event 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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Join Us for the Largest Gathering of Ohio Financial Literacy Educators (Gr. K-16)!

Presenter proposals, sponsorship opportunities, and early bird registration are now being accepted for this event taking place at The University of Akron.

Submit a Presenter Proposal

Learn About Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Early Bird Participant Registration is Now Open! 

Conference Highlights Include

  • Connect with your peers! Share your expertise and learn what’s working (and what isn’t) from fellow educators. Inspiring keynotes and featured speakers, vendors, and industry leaders in financial literacy and economics will be on-site.
  • 30+ unique breakout sessions. Choose from a variety of strands, all facilitated by experienced educators, in such topics as budgeting and money management, credit and debt, investment, and insurance and risk-management. Practical tips and engaging standards-based resources will be offered to bring financial literacy and economics to life in the classroom!
  • Invest in your career! Your participation earns you an issued certificate of attendance to document contact hours, and K12 educators are eligible to earn deeply discounted graduate credit (additional fee of $200 per hour, up to 2 hrs).

Educator Institute: Teaching Financial Literacy

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Wednesday, July 6th - Friday, July 8th 2022
The University of Akron (Main Campus)

Educators from 18 different K12 school districts and organizations from across Ohio visited The University of Akron’s campus from July 6th-8th for “Teaching Financial Literacy: An Educator Institute.” Educators heard from industry experts and walked away with lessons and activities aligned to Ohio’s K12 Financial Literacy Standards on topics such as saving, earning, credit, investing, and risk-management. Attendees were also amongst the first to tour the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s newly renovated Money Museum, on the final day of the institute.

Institute attendees had positive feedback to share about their three-day experience:

  • “I was nervous about teaching financial literacy, but now I have so many resources and ideas. I can’t wait to see what my students think of this course.”
  • “This is the financial literacy class with the goldmine of resources!”
  • “Well-planned and highly developed for an interdisciplinary audience of educators.”

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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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