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Save the Date for the 2018 Smart Indiana Conference

The Indiana Council for Economic Education has announced the date for the 2018 Smart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference for K-12 grade teachers.  The annual conference will take place on June 18 and 19 at the Wyndham Indianapolis.  The keynote speaker will be Economic YouTube Star, Jacob Clifford.  Jacob Clifford is a national award winning teacher recognized for his engaging approach to teaching.  He has created a number of clever videos that elaborate on a range of economic topics.  Visit to learn more. 

Early bird registration for the Smart Indiana conference is available now and open until January 15th.  Teachers may register for the special price of $60 for both days of the conference, or $50 for one day of the conference.  Prices will increase after January 15.  For more information and to register, go to

PCEE Mini-Grants Awarded for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce the winners of PCEE Mini-Grants for 2017-18.  PCEE Mini-Grants are competitive, and are available for up to $800 per project. The following teachers and schools were awarded funding for their economic education projects.   

  • Sarah Bollock, Lafayette Christian School, for her project Colonial Marketplace Simulation Springs to Life, a multi-faceted role-playing activity in which students research colonial life and trades, and apply economic concepts in a marketplace simulation.
  • Aaron Neblett, Lafayette Jefferson High School, for The Stable: LJHS Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a program to create a unique entrepreneurial incubator at Jefferson High School involving over 150 students in 7 different courses.
  • Rose Sgambelluri, Boston Middle School of LaPorte, Indiana, Brew'n Cafe, an in-school beverage shop in which students in the school's life skills program learn economic concepts and entrepreneurial skills by operating a small business.
  • Michelle Tuinstra, Lafayette Christian School, for Expand the Vision 2017, a student career planning program that builds upon a career fair put on by the school in April 2017, and that was partially funded by a 2016-17 PCEE Mini-Grant.

“Mini-grants are made available annually to help teachers and schools fund effective and motivating curriculum projects to promote economic education in K-12 classrooms,” says David Perkis, director of the PCEE. “This year, we are especially excited that several mini-grants align with PCEE’s current research and engagement efforts in career education and entrepreneurship.”

Teachers leading two of our mini-grants, the Stable and Brew’n Café, will also receive financial and consulting support though the Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE).  CBE, a program offered jointly by PCEE and the Indiana Council for Economic Education, provides funds and training for teachers to start real businesses with their students.

Teacher Study Tour to Peru

The Global Economic Alliance is offering another Teacher Study Tour to Peru, scheduled for June 15-25, 2018. The past three GEAA Study Tours have been a wonderful success, and you can read about one teacher's account of her Study Tour experience, plus find additional information on the program, on the GEEA website,  Applications are due by January 15, 2018, but interested teachers are encouraged to start the online application as soon as possible! 

The Global Economic Education Alliance trains educators in developing countries in the principles of market-based economics and financial literacy.  Through GEAA programs, educators qcquire the skills and knowledge necessary to promote economic and financial literacy in their countries, and to develop sustainable economic education delivery systems vital to economic growth and prosperity.

PCEE Affiliated Teachers Recognized for their Achievements

Several teachers affiliated with the PCEE were recognized on June 29th at the $mart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference in Indianapolis.  The Olin Davis Awards for Exemplary Teaching of Economics is given annually to teachers who demonstrate outstanding and creative economic education projects.  This year, the state winner of the Olin Davis Award (elementary school level) was Justine Skillman of the Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis.  Justine is a teacher participant in the PCEE's Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE) program.  Barbara Tilley, Mintonye Elementary School, Lafayette, was a finalist for the award.  Barb is also a CBE teacher participant, and serves on the PCEE's Educator Advisory Committee.  The PCEE's Teacher Advocate at the Secondary Level, Emily Vanderwall, Lafayette Christian School, Lafayette, was also a finalist along with her colleagues Michelle Tuinstra and Kim Plantenga. Emily is also a member of the PCEE's Educator Advisory Committee, and Michelle a CBE teacher participant.  We are very proud of these outstanding teachers who are so dedicated to economic education, and to helping their students learn about economics in fun and creative ways.  To see the full list of statewide Olin Davis Award winners, visit

Tilley Skillman

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