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Purdue Center for Economic Education (PCEE)

The Purdue Center for Economic Education, housed in the Krannert School of Management, offers courses and non-credit workshops to teachers to facilitate the teaching of economic concepts to students in grades K-12, and to assist teachers in meeting the Indiana Economics and Financial Literacy Standards with their students. While all teachers are welcome to attend our workshops, we primarily serve Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren, and White counties. We are available to present on-site after school workshops to teachers on a wide variety of topics including Playful Economics, Classroom Mini-Economy, Teaching Economics using Children’s Literature, and Classroom Business Enterprise, Chocolate Economics, and Virtual Economics.

In addition to existing school programs, the Center is planning to grow its research and outreach capabilities into related fields. These fields will focus on economic and financial outcomes for citizens and their links to educational services. We also plan to investigate and optimize strategic synergies between economic education and the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) by leveraging Purdue’s world class reputation and expertise in the STEM fields.

  • K – 12 Economic and Financial Literacy School Programs

    The Purdue Center offers a wide variety of professional development programs for K-12 teachers. In these programs and workshops, teachers learn fundamental economic/finance concepts and are introduced to creative ways to teach these concepts to their students. In virtually all of these programs, teachers receive curriculum materials to implement immediately in their classrooms. As presenters, the Center uses its own staff as well as practicing (and usually award-winning) teachers. Upon leaving these workshops and programs, teachers can immediately implement practical teaching strategies and activities with their students.

    Dates: Various dates throughout the school year.

    Location: Programs take place in a variety of places, including schools, the Purdue Campus, and various businesses.

    Invitees: The Center’s primary audience is K-12 teachers.

    Financial Support: $3,000

    Support Deadline: We can accept donations for this program throughout the school year.

    Recognition and Branding: Donations of at least 33% ($1,000) will receive recognition on advertising and the web site for the event, as well as at the Center’s advisory meeting. Support levels of 100% will be recognized as sole sponsors.

  • Classroom Business Enterprise Program

    The Classroom Business Enterprise Program (CBE) is a special entrepreneurship program of the Purdue Center that is targeted for K-8 teachers, although interested high school teachers and students may also take part. The unique aspect of the CBE program is that students, with guidance from their teachers, actually implement a classroom, real-money business. To take part in the CBE program, teachers must attend an all-day training program offered by the Purdue Center. At the workshop, teachers receive specific training and receive the curriculum booklet, Economics and Entrepreneurship: Operating a Classroom Business. Each classroom also receives $200 to help finance the business start-up. A powerful aspect of CBE is that students actually learn economic concepts as they implement their businesses. CBE has a proven track record of student achievement as measured by tests on economic understanding. Also, it is highly motivating for teachers and students alike, especially those students who may not be highly academic, but who possess innate entrepreneurial skills.

    Date: October 2017

    Location: The training program takes place at Purdue University

    Invitees: Primarily K-8 teachers, but high school teachers may also take part

    Financial Support: $8400

    Support Deadline: While donations can be accepted at any time, donations received by August 15 will receive full recognition and branding for the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year. Donors deciding to sponsor this program after August 15 should contact us to discuss options for supporting the program in the current year or the following year.

    Recognition and Branding: Donations of at least 33% ($2,800) will receive recognition on advertising and the web site for the event, as well as at the Center’s advisory meeting. Support levels of 100% will be recognized as sole sponsors.

  • Mini-grant Program

    The Purdue Center’s Mini-grant Program offers K-12 teachers a means (currently up to $800) for implanting in-depth economic and financial instruction for their students. Grant funds are typically spent on curriculum materials, training, and other materials to implement specific programs. Experience has shown that individual teachers typically “stretch” grant dollars so they have maximum impact. A powerful aspect of the Mini-Grant program is when teachers attend the mandatory end-of-year grant meeting to share ideas learned from implementing grant activities.

    Date: School year (August – June)

    Location: Projects are implemented at individual schools.

    Invitees: K-12 teachers/schools

    Financial Support: $4,800

    Support Deadline: We can accept donations for this program throughout the school year.

    Recognition and Branding: Donations of at least 33% ($1,600) will receive recognition on advertising, correspondences, and the web site for the event, as well as at the Center’s advisory meeting. Support levels of 100% will be recognized as sole sponsors.

  • General Economic Education Fund or Endowment

    The Purdue Center welcomes funders who, by their general contributions or through a specific endowment, would ensure the long term health and sustainability of our educational research, outreach, and teaching activities. Through generous past endowments and gifts, we have been able to cover a substantial level of our existing outreach programs. Additional general funds would be used to increase our program offerings and to extend our activities into related outcomes-based and STEM fields as described in the Center description.

    Date: Ongoing

    Location: Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

    Financial Support: Traditionally, we have received endowments of varying sizes that are typically larger than the cost of each of the aforementioned programs. If you wish to provide an endowment or one-time gift, we recommend contacting the Center to discuss such opportunities.

    Support Deadline: Ongoing

    Recognition and Branding

    • Appreciable one time gifts will be recognized on our web site with well-placed branding for at least one year past the time of the gift.
    • Significant endowments will be honored with a permanent posting on our web site.