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Bridging the Skills Gap: Comparing the U.S. and Germany

Discover an interactive lesson on how Germany and the U.S. are tackling skilled labor shortages. Receive complimentary resources and learn about fully funded study tours to Germany.

Behavioral Traits and Group Projects

Group projects are designed to improve certain skills of the students. By accounting for behavioral traits in determining the groups, you can ensure that the project has a better chance of success.

Making Economic Decisions in the Real World

Economics is often taught as abstract theory, but we all make economic decisions every day. Receive teaching strategies and lessons that connect economics to the real world.

Take the Risk! Venture into Entrepreneurship with Jay Eagle!

Invite students into the world of entrepreneurship with an interactive computerized adventure as they start their own business. An accompanying curriculum emphasizing economic and financial concepts for upper-elementary students is provided.

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
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


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