The Center's mission is to provide Central Virginia's K-12 students with the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy.
The Center pursues this mission by supporting 24 school divisions with professional development classes and seminars for teachers on topics such as: Globalization, Economics and Children’s Literature, Mini Economy, Economics and US History, Stock Market, Financial Literacy, Economics and Government
For information about upcoming workshops for teachers, click here.
The Center also works with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) to bring students in the region such programs as the:
"What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?" The Mini-Economy Business Portfolio uses this compelling question to engage the learning needs of 21st-century students. Each activity uses students' knowlege of standards to build towrard a coherent project goal: the creation fo a flourishing classroom business. Click below to access this exciting Project-Based Learning curriculum, developed by the VCU Center for Economic Education in partnership with veteran Mini-Economy classroom teachers.
Housed in Snead Hall, the VCU Center for Economic Education has served K-12 teachers in the central Virginia region since 1969. Stephen Day joined the Center as Director in July of 2014.
Before coming to VCU, Stephen taught high school economics, government, and history in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was the recipient of the 2009 North Carolina Economic Educator of the Year award. From 2010 until 2014, Stephen worked as Programs Director for the North Carolina Council on Economic Education while pursuing his PhD at North Carolina State University. In this capacity, Stephen conducted teacher-training workshops in economics and personal finance, taught education courses, investigated the learning impact of the Stock Market Game, edited the Meridian Journal of K-12 Classroom Computer Technologies, and co-edited the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies bulletin, "Teaching the C3 Framework".