Economic Extravaganza 2011 A Big Hit With Teachers

Elementary Economics Extravaganza (Eco Extra) on February 1, 2011:  Where in the World Does My $ Go

Would you attend the Economic Extravaganza again?

And the elementary teachers said:

  • I learned a lot of useful information!  I plan to implement as much as I can!
  • Very interesting and useful.
  • I would love to attend the Economic Extravaganza again.  I received several useful materials that I plan to use in the classroom.
  • Very informative materials given-can be immediately implemented.
  • Informative, well done, can use ideas tomorrow!
  • I think this would be good for a math person from our team to come.  Then, we could work together on how we plan to implement.
  • Ideas and resources are always helpful and useful.
  • The materials resources are very good and worth my attending.  I also want to look into a field trip to Kidtropolis.
  • New ideas, techniques and strategies to bring economics into the classroom with the use of literature and math as well as vocabulary.
  • After the initial training I’d like to come back to share experiences and learn new ideas from other teachers.


Imagine a learning environment that centers around hands-on experiences in which children earn a living and make purchases. Not only do the students learn economics through relevant and real world practice, but they hone their math skills and gain experiences about which to write. At the February 1, 2011, elementary “eco extra” conference, the teachers visited the Kidtropolis exhibit, a “city” in which students practice roles as consumers and producers.  Kendolyn Cooper, the museum’s Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, provided insight into lessons the teachers could use to teach the economic concepts of the exhibit.  The afternoon was filled with TCEE Center Directors providing lessons that they created as well as those developed by the Council for Economic Education and the Texas Council.  Alberto Davila, Ph.D., closed the day with, “A Test Over the People and Places Along the U.S.-Mexico Border.”

The two conferences had a special visitor:  Yoshi Nakamoto, COO of the Council on Economic Education/Japan and JA-Japan.  He gave a presentation each day on Japanese business culture and customs.

Secondary Economics Extravaganza on February 2, 2011:  Texans In The Global Community

The secondary Economics Extravaganza followed a global economic theme with an emphasis on energy and immigration issues.  Discussion included Japanese business customs, migration and immigration, as well as the special economic relationship along the Texas/Mexico border.  Bill Pike provided a thorough summary of Energy Economics in the 21st Century.  Susan Kizer, Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, spoke of the global Financial Crisis:  Recovery and Beyond.  Claire Scoggin and Jody Vaughan, representing The Houston Museum of Natural Science, discussed lessons that correlate with the Wiess Energy Hall and the Forgotten Gateway (immigration through Galveston port).  Teachers attended concurrent sessions to learn lessons dealing with globalization, economic problem solving, economic cultures, and U. S. history.

Would you attend the Eco Extra again?

And the secondary teachers said:

  • Yes, informative, documented and well presented topics.
  • I am thrilled with the supplemental books for middle school math.
  • Excellent conference from a variety of sources.
  • I learned too much to write!
  • I love it!!! The next time I will bring more colleagues!
  • One of the best inservice programs I have been to.
  • I have attended for several years-and always leave with very good information.
  • The speakers are always excellent!
  • Excellent resources and very knowledge-based presenters. I would also recommend it to my colleagues.
  • My students always are curious about the details and workings of the economic issues impact on history.  I look forward to using these materials to clarify issues for my students and give them creative ways to interact.
  • Each speaker gave me information easily connected to the classroom.
  • I always learn something new and useful.
  • I have always learned a lot of things that I can use in the classroom.
  • This was the best program I have ever attended!  That’s pretty amazing! Thanks!
  • Great information and resources.  Very comfortable and personable environment.  Excellent food and service.
  • Great day-I really liked the variety of speakers.  Dr. Pike was very interesting.  Susan Kizer always makes her lessons entertaining as well as informative.  Laura-I enjoyed how you tied in “how to use this concept in the classroom” after each speaker.
  • Yes, for the materials and collegial interaction with other econ teachers.
  • Learn more, great speakers, good resources.