Econ in the Classroom

The Fed has many resources designed for economics and finance educators. The Chicago Fed is particularly proud to offer two annual student-based experiential competitions. Check out the resources and workshops available to enrich your study and teaching of economics.

Win an iPad Mini or Just Have Fun!

logo for video competition rules packet

The Fed’s launching a new video competition in Michigan for high school students. It is designed to have students explore economic concepts through their own lens, both literally and figuratively. The theme of the contest in 2015 is Opportunity Costs. All the details can be found in the submission packet.

Video Guidelines

What  2015 Michigan Economic Education Video Competition
Theme Opportunity Cost
Who Michigan Students ages 13 and above
How Create a video by yourself or with a partner about opportunity cost. Follow the entry submission rules in the packet.
Deadline May 8, 2015

Getting Ready for the Euro Challenge and Fed Challenge!

Do your high school students know who Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi are? Would you like to make the challenge of teaching monetary policy fun? Learn how you can lead your team to the head of the policy class by participating in the Euro Challenge or the Fed Challenge, or both.

New Infographic on the FOMC

FOMC infographic

Have you been looking for a way to illustrate Federal Open Market Committee voting? Our infographic shows you who votes when, and, as an added feature, the dates of the 2014 meetings. Read more...

What We Do Lesson Plan Kit Now Available

What We Do binder

Have you seen our What We Do lesson plan kit? It is designed as a supplement for the average high school or entry-level college economics course. It aims to help you teach about the role of the nation’s central bank in a new and multi-modal way. Included are a DVD that outlines the role and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a game that helps students understand the concept of inflation, a set of multiple-choice questions, and a take-home assignment that requires the students to reflect on what they have learned. For your convenience, the entire lesson plan is included in both a print and electronic format. For futher details, please review our information sheet. If you would like to order a copy, please contact Mariann Rapp via email.

Common Economic Challenges: Getting the Euro to Work

Euro gearsPlease join us at the second in a conference series, Common Economic Challenges: Getting the Euro to Work on July 25-27, 2012. This event is designed for educators and education professionals to explore the European economy and how current events can inform their teaching of economics, globalization and social studies. It is a 3-day workshop and interested educators should RSVP via email to Roma Schultz. Travel subsidies are available on a limited basis.

Conversation with the Chairman - Part Two

Bernanke Econ Ed

On August 7, 2012, another Conversation with the Chairman webinar was held. Chairman Bernanke chatted with us about the importance of financial literacy. In addition, there were workshops on financial literacy for the classroom. Check the agenda to find sessions that interest you. The event ran from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please can find links to online resources on our event page.

Make Learning Economics Fun with Econ Explorers

Econ Explorers coverThe Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago believes that economic and financial literacy serve critical roles in helping consumers make better decisions with their money. The path towards economic and financial understanding can begin as early as elementary school. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has prepared its Econ Explorers curriculum to help get this process started and make it fun for both student and teacher. A teacher's guide and a student's workbook are available for download.