Events

Upcoming Events

2017 Kansas Social Studies Conference

11/05/2017 - 02/06/2017

kcss logo 150 nov 2015We are excited to be hosting this annual conference this year in Wichita at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center.  Makes plans to join us!  We have secured excellent hotel rate and know you won’t want to miss this event.

November 5-6, 2017 (Sun-Mon)
Wichita, Hotel at Old Town (great group rate)

Visit the KCSS conference website for conference details and registration at http://kssocialstudiesconference.com/?page_id=492.

Rejuvenating Your Economics Classroom

12/04/2017 - 12/06/2017

FREE WORKSHOP – ATTEND IN WICHITA OR TOPEKA!

  • Wichita – December 4th (Monday) at WSU Old Town Offices at 238 N. Mead, Wichita, KS 67202
  • Topeka – December 6th (Wednesday) at the Kansas Association of School Boards Offices at 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66604.

Plan to join us for some direction on REJUVENATING YOUR ECONOMICS CLASSROOM with the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE). T his One Day program is designed for new and experienced economics teachers, as well as middle school teachers and curriculum specialists charged with incorporating economic principles into their curriculum.

The program will help teachers refresh their economics understanding, bring back the excitement of teaching economics and provide simulations to engage students in group-structured activities that will enrich their understanding of a variety of economic principles.

The conference will include classroom-tested activities, as well as a variety of interactive lectures focusing on the following:

  • Supply and Demand – Teaching Market Dynamics and Distortions
  • Economic Goals – Understanding Economic Priorities and Policies
  • The Federal Reserve – Understanding the Role, Policy Tools and Recent Policy Actions of the Federal Reserve
  • International Trade – How Economists Look at International Trade and Trade Issues

Option – may be taken for 1 graduate hour credit in economics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

There is no cost to attend for Kansas teachers but a $25.00 refundable deposit is required at least 21 days prior to the event.  Space is limited so be sure to sign up right away.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Need a hotel?  Let us know on your registration and we will work on a room block at a nearby hotel.

Apply online now!

 

 

Past Events

Kansas Personal Finance Challenge-Middle School

04/18/2017 - 04/18/2017

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The top middle school teams from the online Finance Challenge will be competing on Tuesday, April 18th at Wichita State University in the Marcus Welcome Center.  Competition is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Schools wanting to participate should go to http://financechallenge.unl.edu and must participate in the preliminary online testing open from March 15-28.  There is no national level for the middle school division.

USD 259 – K-2 Financial Fitness for Life

04/13/2017 - 04/13/2017

USD 259 K-2 teachers are invited to attend of our the free workshops and receive training and a free copy of the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum teacher and student books along with trainings.  Partial graduate credit from WSU is optional in the Summer.  Must have a minimum of 5 participants.

Download the k-2 Flyer

WSU West Campus is very quick and easy to get to and there is plenty of parking available next to the building.
WSU Corbin Hall is location on the main WSU Campus just off of 21st but west of the baseball stadium.  Parking is open to all after 5 pm except for restricted.  Plenty of parking is available between Corbin Hall and the baseball stadium.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW

2017 LifeSmarts Junior Varsity Championship

04/12/2017 - 04/12/2017

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April 12, 2017 (Wednesday)
Wichita State University, Rhatigan Student Center

The top teams from the middle school division will compete for the title of Kansas JV LifeSmarts Champions.

2017 Kansas Economics Challenge

04/05/2017 - 04/05/2017

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April 5, 2017 (Wednesday)
Wichita State University, Rhatigan Student Center Ballroom, 3rd Floor
9:30-3:00 p.m.

Top teams from the high school online competition will compete for the opportunity to advance to National Semi-Finals with hopes to move on to Nationals in New York in May.  Teachers wanting to join the online competition should go to http://econchallenge.unl.edu.

2017 LifeSmarts Varsity Championship

03/07/2017 - 03/07/2017

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March 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
Wichita State University, Marcus Welcome Center

The top teams from the high school division will compete for the opportunity to represent Kansas at National LifeSmarts in Pittsburgh, PA in April.

Stock Market Game – Online Trainings

12/01/2016 - 02/24/2017

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Get started on the right foot and sign up to participate in our of our many free Stock Market Game webinars for new(er) teachers.  These workshops are also beneficial to any teacher who already uses the program but would like to know more about the free resources available to teachers using the Stock Market Game.  There is no cost for Kansas schools to participate in the Stock Market Game this year if they have 3-5 students per team.  Colleges, home schools & adults are $10/team.

This online training occurs many times during the Fall & Spring semesters. Some oare offered through the National SMG Office and some are offered locally.  You can view all the schedules of events concerning the SMG and register online below:

http://kansas.councilforeconed.org/events/smg-training-options/

Participate in as many as you would like.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar along with another reminder about an hour before the training.

Looking for an in-person workshop?  Those will also be listed on the link above and also individually on the events calendar.  Request a workshop in your area or suggest a date/time for an online event by contacting Angela at KCEE@wichita.edu or 316-978-5183 and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Understanding Fiscal Responsibility

10/20/2016 - 12/10/2016

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Take Advantage of this Teachable Moment!

The issues surrounding the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit are complex, but not beyond the reach of high school students. We are offering FREE online trainings on Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, a non-partisan, research-based, inquiry-driven curriculum which uses fiscal policy dilemmas to help students focus on current issues such as the national debt, budget deficit, national security, Social Security, and current national policy issues. Help them become more educated about these issues with brand new lessons written just for high school students.

The lessons are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12, and can be taught in three subject areas: Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography or current events.

15 Lessons:

-Social Security & the National Debt (Econ Focus)
-Medicare and the National Debt (Econ Focus)
-The Economics of National Security (Econ Focus)
-Taxation & the National Debt (Econ Focus)
-Balancing the Federal Budget (Econ Focus)
-Social Security Governance, and the National Debt (Civics Focus)
-Medicare Governance, & the National Debt (Civics Focus)
-National Security Goals, & the National Debt (Civics Focus)
-Political Beliefs & the Federal Budget (Civics Focus)
-Rhetoric (Civics Focus)
-The History of Social Security (U.S. History Focus)
-The History of Medicare (U.S. History Focus)
-The Federal Reserve System Overview Lesson (U.S. History Focus)
-The Panic of 1893 and the Election of 1896 (U.S. History Focus)
-President Jackson and the Veto of the Second National Bank (U.S. History Focus)

Want to learn more about the rationale and designer of this curriculum?

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Sponsors:  This workshop and the accompanying materials are made available to teachers through the generous support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Council for Economic Education.

LifeSmarts Teacher Trainings

08/16/2016 - 09/30/2016

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Have you wanted to learn a little more about LifeSmarts and how it can be used in your classroom?  Please join us for an online training that will provide an overview of the program, resources and learn how to set up your teams.

We have multiple dates/times to choose from.  View dates and register online at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7846090062633187588.

Don’t see a date/time that works for you?  Email kcee@wichita.edu with a few suggested dates/times and we will do our best to schedule one that will work for you.

Want to get a little more details about LifeSmarts before you sign up?  Visit www.lifesmarts.org.

Online Assessment Center for Econ & Personal Finance Training

08/11/2016 - 09/30/2016

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Looking to assess upper elementary, middle or high school students in economics or personal finance?  Join us for an online training and learn to navigate the basics of the the FREE Online Assessment Center by the Council for Economic Education.

This training occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2879987466107297284

This webinar will focus on how to set up your class, assign a test and review results so that you can get up and going very quickly.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  You will also receive a reminder about an hour prior to the event.

Stock Market Game Training – Topeka

09/07/2016 - 09/07/2016

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Wednesday, September 7th
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (food & drink provided)
Perkins Room 201
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS 66604
*Bring a laptop or tablet if possible

Join us for a training for new(er) teachers wanting to learn more about using the Stock Market Game with their students.  We will cover all the basic topics such as team setup, registration, student screens, exploring the lesson plans and activities for teachers, and provide lots of suggested activities.  Be sure to register in advance if possible for food and drink.

Register online now:  https://wichitastate.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1WWLfwdQ8C2fHRb