Teacher Resources

Teacher's Corner (lesson plans, links, videos)

The Dordt College CEE staff is available to serve on textbook adoption committees and has copies of many of the latest teaching materials available for K-12 economics and personal finance. Contact the center for a catalog of the National Council materials that are available to purchase or view them online. We welcome you to stop by our campus to look over the materials we have on hand.

Economic education information is available on these external links: 

Training and Programs

Workshops: Throughout the year the center will offer topical workshops for teachers introducing new materials for the K-12 classroom. As workshops are scheduled for the coming year they will be posted on the website.

Professional Development Activities: The center can work with school districts to plan activities for strengthening teachers' knowledge and classroom strategies in economics and financial literacy for K-12. Programs can be designed for teacher in-service days and offer specific topics districts may request. Contact the center to arrange for specialized professional offerings for your district or school.

District Consultation: Does your district or school need to create a new course offering or revise standards and benchmarks in economics or personal finance? The center staff can assist in working with faculty or district personnel as new courses are being created and give advice on the latest state and national standards in K-12 economics and personal finance.

Teaching to Iowa Standards: CEE has many helpful links on its website and future plans to expand the information. We plan to take the benchmarks and correlated with both Iowa Content Standards and the National Voluntary Standards in Economics. Nationally designed and normed assessments available from the Council for Economic Education have been correlated to the Iowa content standards. Information about obtaining the assessment instruments for your school or district can be found on the National Council website.

Grant Opportunities

TS Institute has various grants to provide for your school and its economic education. For more information and access to these resources, register at TS Institute.

Educator Resources

The goal of Economics Academy 101 is to provide videos, lesson plans and Web activities that help students, through hands-on activities, to understand both the role of economics in our society and the role it plays in the 'economic' world. Students need an awareness of how they are affected by the economy and how they, in turn, affect the economy. Economics Academy 101 is for Grades 4 through 8. The teacher's guide for the program can be found here

While the target of this resource is families, there are ideas and options that can be modified for the classroom. The site includes printable labels for money jars, money-themed learning activities, and saving tips students could take home to their families. Take a closer look at www.familyeducation.com.

Cowin Financial Literacy Program 

The Cowin Financial Literacy Program is a financial literacy initiative, designed to bring experiential learning about personal finance into under-resourced, high school classrooms. This first-of-its-kind initiative provides high school teachers with intensive professional development and customized curricula. The program, developed by Teachers College, Columbia University, offers eight free case studies that can be integrated into existing curriculum. Download the case studies for free at http://lootinc.tc.columbia.edu/.


MoneyTeach is home to numerous lessons, guides, and other materials centered around financial education. Lesson can be used independently, or entire semesters of materials can be used in sequence. Educators sign up for a free account and the resources are available with insights and best practices from experienced peers.


Econ Lowdown provides award-winning, free classroom resources for pre-K through college educators to teach about economics, personal finance, money and banking, and the Federal Reserve. Their site also have free resources for consumers and parents who want to learn about these topics.

Traveling Trunk

Bring the Federal Reserve to your school. With traveling trunks, students can learn about the nation's central bank from their classrooms. Two trunks are available for reserve: Fed Detective Trunk (grades 3-8) and Economic Exploration Trunk (Grades 9-12). These trunks are available with a minimum of two weeks' notice for organizations in Kansas, NW Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and northern New Mexico. Click here for more information.


The Iowa Department of Revenue is pleased to continue its work with the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition to promote financial literacy education. That education should include basic knowledge about how to complete a tax return. To assist with the development of that knowledge, the department has created a student packet with examples, exercises, and instructions for teachers to expose students to the basics of completing an Iowa 1040 Individual Income tax return. The department encourages the usage of this packet and welcomes any questions you may have about the information presented. Please contact idr@iowa.gov.

EverFi - Financial Literacy

EverFi Financial Literacy uses online gaming and simulation to introduce practical financial literacy skills. Students earn a certification upon completion of the 9, 40-minute modules. Topics include paying for higher education, investing, and credit scores. It is appropriate for grades 9-12. Watch a video preview of the course.

Vault - Understanding Money (presented by EverFi)

Vault - Understanding Money uses online gaming and simulation to introduce financial literacy skills. Students earn a certification upon completion of the 6, 40-minute modules. Topics include wants versus needs, responsible money choices, and savings versus investing. It is appropriate for grades 4-6. View a three-minute video demonstration of the course.

After a 10-minute training, teachers will be able to utilize the courses immediately. Please contact Lincoln at lincoln@everfi.com if you have questions or would like your registration information.


EconEdReviews provides a searchable platform for teachers to find economic and financial education lessons and videos from many vetted sources across the web. Teachers provide reviews after using lessons; thus teachers' reviews become an important criterion for selection and use by other teachers. Each lesson can be downloaded for classroom use from its original website, and after use, teachers are encouraged to return to EconEdReviews to add their own review for future teachers. Over 1300 lessons are cataloged, with additional materials added monthly. 


Teachers can discover economic concepts appropriate for their grade level and then find activity-based, hands-on lessons matching those concepts to use in their instruction. Information for districts looking to create economics standards and assessments are also available on the website.