By SPECIAL TO THE TIMES |
September 5, 2019 at 9:55 am
Economic Literacy Colorado is offering free teacher training courses for its fall Stock Market Experience program.
According to a press release, the Stock Market Experience (SME) is a ten week, robust, online investment simulation program that teaches third through 12th grade students about saving, investing, personal finance and basic economics. The SME training sessions are available both onsite or as webinars on Sept. 4, 5, or 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Teachers, who need no knowledge of the stock market, will receive an outline of the SME program, a demonstration of the website’s operational features and an overview of available curriculum resources and lesson plans.
“Providing students with foundational economic knowledge positions them to make wise financial decisions post-graduation,” says Debbie Pierce, president and CEO of Economic Literacy Colorado. “Our Stock Market Experience is a fun, interactive way to get students excited about managing and investing money.”
The SME is offered free of charge to all Colorado students and teachers due to sponsor support, the press release says. During its ten-week duration, student teams will use technology to invest a virtual $100,000 in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more.
Student teams across the state can reportedly compete with others in their same age division. Students and teachers of the first, second and third place winning teams in each age division will receive up to $100 in cash prizes at the spring Awards Ceremony.
“We also offer the SME Mentored Investment Challenge,” added Pierce, “which pairs knowledgeable volunteer investors with student teams to provide an added level of support. It is free, fun, and educational for all involved.”
Colorado teachers are invited to learn more or register for the SME or the Mentored Investment Challenge at econlitco.org/stock-market-experience.
Registration for teacher trainings can be found at econlitco.org/sme-work shops/.