About | Registration | Schedule | Speaker Bios

When:  March 6, 2015 | 9 AM–2:30 PM
Where: Glen Echo Country Club (3401 Lucas and Hunt Road, St. Louis, MO)

Don't miss this professional development opportunity for K–12 teachers!

The UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education invites you to the 19th annual Economic Literacy Conference. This year’s conference focuses on the intersection of education and technology. Expand your teaching know-how as you discover excellent resources and strategies for engaging your students. The conference features grade-specific sessions led by experienced educators and experts. Don’t miss:

  • Practical information and strategies from experienced teachers and experts
  • Engaging, hands-on teaching activities
  • Free educational resources
  • Networking opportunities

This is a free event, and participants will enjoy a free continental breakfast and lunch.


Registration

While this is a free event, registration is required. Spaces are limited, so register early. CEUs are available for $25.

To register: Call (314) 516-6590 or click here to register online.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Noncredit Cancellation Policy
The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel prior to the first class meeting.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Schedule

  • 9:00 | Continental Breakfast begins
  • 9:15-9:30 | Welcome and Overview of Conference
  • 9:30-10:30 | Ed Collabitat, Bijal Desai-Ramirez, UMSL College of Education
  • 10:30-10:45 | Inside the Economy Museum, Scott Wolla, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • 10:45-11:00 | Break                                                            
  • 11:00-12:00 | The Technological Disruption of Education, Perry Drake, UMSL
  • 12:00 | Luncheon begins
  • 12:30-12:45 | Award presentation to Alan Robbins
  • 12:45-1:00 | Online Assessment Center, Grant Black, UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
  • 1:00-1:15 | Show-Me Data, Grant Black, UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
  • 1:15-1:30 | Break
  • 1:30-2:30 | Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
    • Grades 9-12
      • New and Improved: The “Gold Standard” for teaching High School Economics | Scott Wolla, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
      • Mad City Money Financial Reality Simulation | Grant Black, UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
    • Grades 4-8
      • Virtual Economics | Karen Hubbard, UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
    • Grades K-3
      • Children’s Nonfiction Literature and Common Core – SMART Lessons | Sharon Laux, UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education
  • 2:30 | Adjourn

Selected Speaker Bios

Bijal Desai-Ramirez is executive director of Ed Collabitat in the College of Education, University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is also a consultant and facilitator for schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses. She was previously the senior director of special initiatives for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. In 2009 the Regional Business Council featured Bijal as a Changing Face of Our Region. She is the recipient of the 2008 student YouthBridge Award in the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition. Bijal is actively involved in the community, including serving on the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation Board, University City Youth Commission, Venture Café Advisory Board, Accelerate St. Louis Editorial Board, Multicultural Leadership Society Cabinet, and St. Louis Language Immersion Schools Governance Committee. She earned an MBA in Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008.

Perry D. Drake is assistant professor, College of Business Administration, and the Academic Director of Programs in Business, School of Professional and Continuing Studies, at University Of Missouri–St. Louis where he created the Digital Media Marketing curriculum and certification. Prior to this role, he was an assistant professor at New York University for over 14 years. Perry is a published author and a regular industry speaker on the impact of social media and emerging technologies. He also is a distance runner and cyclist. He has run the New York City Marathon many times.

Scott Wolla is senior economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where he develops economics and personal finance curricula including traditional lessons, online learning modules, videos and podcasts. Scott earned his BS in social studies education from Minnesota State University Moorhead, a MS in teacher education from Bemidji State University, and a MA in economics for educators from the University of Delaware. Prior to his time at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Scott taught history and economics in Minnesota.