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REAL Econ For All

By Caleb Taylor

Are you a teacher still needing professional development this summer? Are you looking for resources to prepare you for the unique challenges the upcoming school year will bring? The Relevant, Engaging, Activity-Based Learning (REAL) Conference hosted annually by Economics Arkansas is going virtual this year, and bringing together speakers from around Arkansas and the United States to help you prepare for the upcoming year.

ACRE Program Coordinator Terra Aquia and ACRE Scholar and UCA Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl will be presenting at this year’s virtual Relevant, Engaging, Activity-Based Learning (REAL) Conference hosted annually by Economics Arkansas on July 22-23. Horpedahl will be presenting the Time Well Spent lesson and activity module for Arkansas teachers. This lesson helps students explore an alternate way of thinking about the “cost” of any object: the effort that is “hidden” underneath a dollar bill. Students learn about how the price and quality of goods and services has changed over time, and provides strategies to study those changes.

Aquia will be debuting the new Personal Finance curriculum developed by UCA Professor of Finance Dr. Michael Casey. During the activity, teachers will learn about building wealth through saving and investing, managing debt, and calculating interest rates on saving and investing as well as on debt like loans and credit cards. 

Teachers can earn professional development credits and other incentives for attending various sessions throughout the event.

Those interested can register for the REAL Conference here. Registration is free for all Pre K-12 educators and administrators.

To be notified about upcoming educational workshops and new resource offerings, visit our website or sign up for the email list here: https://uca.edu/acre/resources-for-teachers/