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Poor Kids (FrontLine/PBS)

View an intimate portrait of the ongoing economic crisis told through kids growing up in the Midwest. The film revisits three families hit hard by the recession, exploring what poverty means to children and to the country.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 9:00pm
November 13, 2017 - 3:00pm EST
"Learn how to create fun, engaging activities in your classroom to foster youth voice and civic engagement." Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will help you teach about green energy and climate change in the classroom and empower students to take actions to protect the environment and create a better society. Rowe will also provide strategies to improve student learning using high impact learning practices.
November 13, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Front Line/PBS)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail is a documentary about the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names. Check local listings for time of broadcast, and read more at ww.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/abacus
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 9:00pm

Negotiation Skills Game (George Siedel/UM)

“The House on Elm Street” is an exercise developed by Professor George J. Siedel with support from the University of Michigan.  It involves a transaction that students can easily relate to:  the sale of a house.  The twist in the exercise is that, unknown to the seller, the buyer is a secret agent representing a large company.  Each student receives a short (two-page) role as either the buyer or seller, and they negotiate for 30 minutes, followed by a debriefing.  The exercise is designed to achieve several learning goals.  For example, students will learn how to:

The Concept of Fair Trade (Fair Trade Campaigns)

Fair Trade Campaigns has developed a series of lesson plans to help educators bring the concept of Fair Trade into their middle and high school classrooms. There are four distinct lessons, covering four subject areas in relation to Fair Trade:

- Changing the Rules of the Global Economy: An Introduction to Fair Trade
- Gender Equity and Fair Trade
- Child Labor and Fair Trade
- Environmental Sustainability and Fair Trade

An Online Risk Calculator (Confronting Poverty)

Confronting Poverty (confrontingpoverty.org) is a new website that offers a set of resources dealing with American poverty and inequality. Most notable is an interactive "poverty risk calculator" that estimates for the first time the likelihood that an individual will experience poverty at some point in their future.
May 3, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT to May 23, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT
Through the Council for Economic Education, NCSS is pleased to be a co-sponsor in the following webinars

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