U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education
The U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican University is one of eight university-based centers in Illinois affiliated with Econ Illinois at the state level and the Council for Economic Education at the national level.
The Center works to improve the level of economic education provided to students from kindergarten through high school so that they can become effective participants in the economy. The Center works with schools in the Chicagoland area, providing professional development programs for current and prospective teachers. The goal of this work is to help teachers prepare students to become:
- Productive members of the work force, as employees or entrepreneurs
- Responsible citizens
- Knowledgeable consumers
- Prudent savers and investors
- Effective participants in the global economy
- Competent decision-makers throughout their lives
About the Center
The U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican conducts training classes for teachers offering innovative, creative techniques including games and contests. These programs are geared at different ages and academic levels so teachers can incorporate various learning techniques into their classroom. Our programs are designed to integrate economics particularly consumer economics throughout the curriculum.
The U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican offers various training and assistance programs, including:
- Setting standards such as what every student should know about economics
- Training teachers through workshops and courses designed to improve student learning
- Developing curriculum: comprehensive programs from kindergarten through twelfth grade
- Consulting with school districts or individual schools on ways to incorporate economics throughout their curriculum
Possible programs include: The Stock Market Game, an online education program, designed to help teach math, social studies, business, economics and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investment. Students in grades four through 12 participate in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio.
In addition, it has undertaken efforts to increase financial literacy among adults in the local area. It has teamed up with several nonprofit organizations to offer classes and seminars to financially empower all members of the community. If you are interested in teaming up with the Center to offer education for either children or adults, please contact the Center. For more information, about the U.S. Bank Center for Economic Education at Dominican University, contact:
Daniel Condon, PhD
Lewis Hall #234