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Business education can start at any age

Welcome to Susquehanna University’s new Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship Education! We are excited to support K-12 educators through the development of new and exciting mechanisms to integrate business education into the classroom. By providing professional development training for educators, the center seeks to increase overall business literacy among young people in the Susquehanna Valley region and the state of Pennsylvania and prepare them to be:

  • Business leaders
  • Educated voters
  • Knowledgeable consumers
  • Prudent savers and investors
  • Effective participants in the global economy
  • Entrepreneurial thinkers and competent decision makers throughout their lives

We aim to serve all K-12 educators (teachers, counselors, home schoolers) by hosting free workshops, seminars, lectures and competitions that will seek to make economics, business, and entrepreneurship concepts more understandable, fun and easier to teach through innovative and new pedagogical techniques. We will also host seminars, workshops and other events designed to educate the students themselves, and the public at large.

The center is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education and as such, teachers can earn continuing professional education hours for attending under ACT 48.

Economics and business knowledge, financial literacy and entrepreneurial thinking are crucial to being a successful adult. Our goal is to help ensure children in central Pennsylvania have access to a quality education on these topics.

We are still creating our final calendar for the 2017-18 academic year, but we are excited to announce the following events:

Creating an Innovative Classroom

Teaching Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship using Children’s literature, music, movies and more!

Monday, Jan. 15

8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Presenters and schedule

Erin Yetter, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Louisville Branch: "Using the Berenstain Bears and other children’s literature to teach business, economics and entrepreneurship"

James Tierney, Penn State: "Teaching economics, business and entrepreneurship using TV show clips"

Emma Fleck, Susquehanna University: "Exploring superheroes as a method to develop creativity and entrepreneurial mindset"

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2017-2018 Workshop and Lecture Series

Dan Kuester

Big Bang Theory

Dan Kuester, Kansas State University

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

"Finding Economic Concepts in The Big Bang Theory, The Office and Other Television Shows"

Workshop 4:30-6:30 p.m. (dinner provided)

Workshop will focus on how to use media clips to teach and will be followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m. 


Hunger Games

Brian O'Roark, Robert Morris University

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 

"Economics Lessons from The Hunger Games, Divergent, and other Dystopian Novels"

Workshop 4:30-6:30 p.m. (dinner provided)

Workshop will focus on how to teach economic concepts to elementary, middle, and high school students using comic book super heroes and will be followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m. 


Pride and Prejudice

Michelle Vachris, Christopher Newport University

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Adam Smith and Jane Austin"

Workshop 4:30-6:30 p.m. (dinner provided)

Workshop will focus on how to teach economic concepts to middle and high school students from popular novels, followed by a lecture at 7:30 p.m.. 


We are reaching out to the local schools to ask for your ideas in designing a series of events, at times which are convenient for your teachers, and would love your input into this process.

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