Economics Wisconsin
EW  E-News / January 2016


26th Annual ASET Conference 



Forty-four teachers from throughout Wisconsin attended the 26th Annual ASET (Association of School Economics Teachers) Conference held at Miller Park on December 4th. All teachers were provided curriculum materials, free of charge.

A series of presentations, intended to bring teachers up to date on some of today's most important economics and personal finance issues, was presented by Professor Tim O'Driscoll, Director of our Lakeland College Milwaukee Center for Economic Education and EconomicsWisconsin Board Member, Dr. Sahar Bahmani, Director of our UW-Parkside Center for Economic Education, and Dr. Scott Niederjohn, Director of our Lakeland College Sheboygan Center for Economic Education. 


Comments from participating teachers included:
  • Great info-captivating. Very useful for my classroom.
  • Well researched. Good and useful info.
  • Great information! I cannot wait to discuss topics with students.
  • I enjoyed the entire conference because it was focused on economics. Many econ conferences focus too much on personal finance.
  • New information on great topics.


For the second consecutive year, in memory and in honor of former EconomicsWisconsin Board Member, State Program Director and teacher, Jim Flora, Clinton High School teacher Frank Crivello was presented the James E. Flora Award for Excellence in Teaching Advanced Economics. Frank has been teaching economics for thirty years and continually seeks to better himself as a classroom teacher through participation in many of EconomicsWisconsin's educational programs. EconomicsWisconsin's Education Committee unanimously selected Frank to receive this prestigious award.

Future presentations of this award will continue to take place at the ASET Conference in Milwaukee. 

This workshop and the accompanying materials were made available to teachers through the generous support of State Farm and the Council for Economic Education.

Early$tart = Money$mart Financial Literacy Program

Preschool students get to know Maggie Lou, the Money Smart Marsupial, while participating in the Early$tart = Money$mart program, "From Books to Bucks", taking place at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rubicon.

Falling under the umbrella of Early$tart = Money$mart are three financial literacy programs:
  • From Books to Bucks: Linking Literature and Money for Young Earners (Children PK-Grade 3)
  • Money Doesn't Grow on Trees! (Children Grades 4-6)
  • One a Penny, Two a Penny, Hot Cross Bucks: Equipping Children with Money Management Skills and Family Values (Adults raising Children 4-years old and up)
To learn more, and to find out how you can become involved, please visit:

Financial support for the Early$tart = Money$mart program is provided by Architectural Designs, Inc., Cousins Subs, St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Viking Brothers Landscaping Service, and an Anonymous Donor.

Economics Challenge
The 2016 Wisconsin Economics Challenge is an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of economics concepts in a competitive and fun atmosphere. Any Wisconsin student enrolled in a high school course for credit during the 2015-16 academic year can participate in one of two divisions.  Statewide winners have a chance to participate in the National Semifinals, with the top four teams qualifying for an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Finals, sponsored by the Council for Economic Education.

The Wisconsin Challenge will take place at the following locations:
  • Oshkosh - April 7th
  • Milwaukee - April 8th
  • Eau Claire - April 11th
To learn more about this exciting opportunity, and to register teams, please visit:

Financial support for this program is provided by The Arnold & Lois Domer Foundation, The Alberta S. Kimball-Mary L. Anhaltzer Foundation, and Xcel Energy.

Governor Walker Announces
2015 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award Recipeints
Dr. Brian Schultz, recently retired Director of our Center for Economic Education at UW-River Falls, was one of three individuals named recipient of the 2015 Governor's Financial Literacy Award in the Legacy Category. This lifetime recognition goes to those whose purpose and heritage is ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability, and whose reputation in doing so is held in high regard as to serve as a model for others in carrying on the work of supporting financial literacy and expanding opportunities through financial capability.

Brian is largely responsible for the continued success of our Economics Challenge mentioned above.  We congratulate Brian for this well-deserved honor, for which he will be recognized in a ceremony at the Capitol on February 10, 2016. 

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