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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education Provides Training for High School Teachers

Farm Business Management Update, April - May 2009

By Barbara J. Taylor (, Program Coordinator, Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education, and Mike Ellerbrock (, Professor, Natural Resources and Economic Education, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

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The Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education is providing a well-timed response to a significant need for training teachers in the areas of economics and personal finance. Recently, the Virginia Board of Education passed a requirement that all freshman students entering high school in 2010 receive a one-year course in economics and personal finance, prior to graduation. The Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education is developing a model for that required course, with the aim of beginning teacher training on the course this summer. High school teachers who have either a Social Studies or a Career and Technical Education endorsement will be eligible to teach the required high school course; however, many need assistance to be able do so.

Mike Ellerbrock and Barbara Taylor will offer, at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, a two-week professional development workshop in June for up to 25 teachers from Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, and Wythe counties and the city of Galax. This work is being funded through a grant to the Virginia Council on Economic Education from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. If you are interested in attending this workshop please contact Barbara J. Taylor at: or by calling (540) 231-1147.

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