Virtual Learning Opportunities

Many of the Federal Reserve Banks across the country offer webinars to educator and student audiences. Find out more about these programs and how to register below.

Upcoming

Educators, join us for virtual professional development to examine real-world topics impacting our daily lives and the global economy. Looking to discuss current events with your students or want to learn more? Then this webinar is designed for you. Learn more and register here.

Federal Reserve Economic Education Institute 2022

Join us on June 23-24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CT) for a virtual program focused on the Fed's dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability. The event will include economic education and museum specialists from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Kansas City, Richmond and St. Louis, with technical support provided by the Cleveland Fed. They will share personalized instruction and updates on new infographics, classroom activities, lesson plans and museum tours. Attendees will also find out how to earn a Monetary Policy badge and up to 8 hours of CPDU credit. Teachers are invited to register before June 17 to take part in this special annual event!

Inflation in the U.S. Economy: Price Pressures Affecting Consumers

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Educators, join us for a virtual professional development session to examine real-world topics impacting our daily lives and the global economy. Looking to discuss current events with your students or want to learn more? Then this webinar is designed for you. This program will include expert perspectives as well as insight from economic educators about class engagement. Learn more and register here.


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Federal Reserve System

ECONnections: Tools for Teaching Financial Literacy Month

Education specialists from the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland, Philadelphia and St. Louis convened on Wednesday, March 9, to share information about free lesson plans, publications, infographics, and digital resources for Financial Literacy Month in April. They provided an overview of online financial literacy games and curriculum on spending, budgeting and investing, as well as a complete course plan for teaching personal finance to high school students, "Keys to Financial Success", and an interactive math game for middle schoolers called Cash Codebreakers. A recording of the event is available here

Teaching Economics in Changing Times: The Future of Work

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Federal Reserve Education hosted the next installment of Teaching Economics in Changing Times. This webinar focused on workforce development trends, how to prepare students for jobs of the future, skills students will need to take on those jobs and how the labor force will transform in the coming decades. Access the event on demand here

Black Banking, Currency and the U.S. Banking System

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, Federal Reserve Education hosted a webinar focused on U.S. currency and the banking system. This ECONnections webinar highlighted resources that educators from elementary to post-secondary grades can use in their classrooms to increase student understanding of how the banking system works, the facts and features of U.S. currency, and the fascinating history of Black banks in America. View a recording of the event here

Teaching Economics in Changing Times: The Role of Cognitive Science in Teaching and Learning Economics

This free virtual event explored the role of cognitive science in teaching and learning economics. Speakers for the webinar included Dr. William Goffe, Teaching Professor of Economics at Penn State University, and Dr. Scott Simkins, Chair of the Department of Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. During the program, we discussed how students learn economics, how to use the science of learning in the classroom, team-based learning, and more. Access the recording here.

Conversation with the Chair: A Virtual Teacher Town Hall Event

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell hosted a town hall on August 17, 2021 with educators and students across the country. Several teachers and students joined the live event to ask questions of the Chair and he also shared remarks about the Federal Reserve and the economy.

You can follow the Federal Reserve Board on Twitter at @FederalReserve or Facebook and watch the event here

Envision Success: What's Your Path?

Federal Reserve Education facilitated a virtual event for educators on college, careers, entrepreneurship and workforce skills on April 22, 2021. Several classroom-ready resources were highlighted to help middle and high school teachers differentiate their instruction and engage students in social studies, career and technical education, as well as personal finance and economics courses. Access a recording of the webinar here.

Teaching About Race and Economics Webinar Series

COVID's Impact on Economic Well-Being - June 30
Industry experts and well-known researchers and economists shared their views on how racial inequality impacts economic mobility and opportunity and the economy as a whole. A recording of the event is now available here to view on demand.

How Diverse Perspectives Improve Economics
This Federal Reserve Education event featured Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, along with a panel of esteemed economists  focused on the role of diversity within the field of economics. Watch a recording of the event here to find out how diverse voices can positively impact economic analysis and policy-making. This event is recommended for educators and students at the high school level and above.

Discussing Race in the Economics Classroom
This Federal Reserve Education event featured economists with years of teaching experience and research sharing strategies for discussing race in the economics classroom, whether at the high school or college level. Learn strategies for engaging your students on this timely and relevant topic through a video recording of the event here

Board of Governors

Exploring Careers in Economics

Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve Education (FRE) welcomed students nationwide via webcast to discuss career opportunities and diversity in economics and to learn about career paths within the Federal Reserve System. Watch a video of the event on YouTube




Virtual Programming At the Cleveland Fed

Danny Dollar Academy is a free financial literacy program facilitated by the Northern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The program promotes entrepreneurship, personal finance, civic responsibility, and smart financial decision-making to students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Danny Dollar is based on a financial literacy curriculum that accompanies the best-selling children’s book Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade by Ty Allan Jackson. To learn more about the program and how to access resources, visit our websitePlease direct questions to Alexandria Halmbacher at alexandria.halmbacher@clev.frb.org.

Career Exploration Series

The Career Exploration Series is a personal finance and career exploration program that invites students in grades 6-8 to learn about budgeting, saving, investing and more. Through the program, students will gain awareness of career opportunities and learn how to make smart financial decisions to better prepare for life after high school.

This program:

  • Aligns with Ohio and Kentucky Learning Standards
  • Builds skills students need to be successful in our competitive economy



Activity Topics

  • 6th Grade: Financial Decision making and Budgeting
    • Save and Spend Challenge: Students will gain a better understanding of how to build a budget and how spending and saving choices can affect financial goals
  • 7th Grade: Inflation
    • Inflation: Students will learn about inflation, explore the concepts of credit and debt, and learn about opportunity occupations (well-paying jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree)
  • 8th Grade: Career Exploration
    • Career Exploration: Students will explore career interests and opportunities through panel discussions with Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland employees

Schedule a program today through our scheduling tool. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact learningcenter@clev.frb.org.

Developing an Employable You

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is now accepting applications for the 2021–2022 Developing an Employable You Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, enabling students to apply throughout the school year. Developing an Employable You is a personal and professional development program designed to help high school students transition successfully from high school into college or a career. As part of this program, students will be exposed to a variety of topics, including:

  • Employability skills
  • Pathways to college or a career
  • Credit cards and budgets
  • Job Interviews, resumes, and cover letters
  • Paychecks and taxes
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process

Participating Ohio residents can have the opportunity to complete 10 of 15 requirements for the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness seal.

As part of the program, students will meet twice a month for 1-hour virtual sessions from November 2021 to April 2022. Sessions will run from 3:15 to 4:15 pm, EST. To receive credit for participating in the program, students must attend nine of the 11 virtual meetings.

Meeting dates

  • 04.06.2022
  • 04.20.2022

To apply, students must:

  • be currently enrolled in high school
  • have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 unweighted scale

Participants in Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky: Please direct questions to Lakisha Higgins at lakisha.higgins@clev.frb.org or 513-708-5286. Participants in Northern Ohio and Pittsburgh: Please direct questions to Alexandria Halmbacher at alexandria.Halmbacher@clev.frb.org or 216-308-4376.

You Make I.T. Better

Careers in I.T. and STEM are hot! You Make I.T. Better invites high school students to explore careers in information technology and STEM through hands-on skill building activities and job-shadowing experiences with employees in STEM professions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

This year’s virtual program comprises 11, one-hour live module sessions that will consist of:

  • A STEM mentor's career journey
  • An interactive hands-on virtual activity (guided by STEM professionals)
  • A live Q&A session with a mentor

Live sessions begin on October 21 (Thursdays at 11:00 am–noon) and will continue through mid-April. All modules will be recorded and can be accessed at a later date. Shadowing opportunities may vary based on volunteers’ schedules. Please be on the lookout for future announcements. For all questions, please contact Elle Benak at elle.benak@clev.frb.org.

Register today

Fed Futures

Spearheaded by Cleveland Fed President Dr. Loretta Mester with five other Federal Reserve Banks including FRB of Chicago, KC, Richmond (Charlotte Branch), San Francisco, and Dallas, the Fed Future Professionals Program (Fed Futures) is designed to introduce and develop knowledge and awareness of careers in the financial industry.

Fed Futures combines curricula and activities created by the Federal Reserve System to provide a continuum of skill development, training, and professional mentoring that highlights career paths in finance and economics. The year-round preparatory, paid program is designed to develop a diverse pool of future interns and employee candidates in the finance and economics fields throughout the Federal Reserve System.

The 2021–22 pilot program will include 10 students from the Fourth Federal Reserve District (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia) who will participate in:

  • Seven live virtual professional development sessions (monthly)
  • A three-month-long job shadowing experience
  • Bi-weekly mentoring from FRB professional throughout the program

Apply today

For continued updates on this program, please continue to visit this page. For questions about this program, email learningcenter@clev.frb.org.

What’s Next? Exploring Alternative Career Options

Many people don’t realize that the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers career opportunities that don’t require a traditional four-year college degree. What’s Next invites high school students to learn about the Cleveland Fed’s operational functions (Cash, Real Estate Services Group, and Law Enforcement Unit) through mentorship and job shadowing opportunities with Bank employees.

This year’s virtual program comprises 10, one-hour live sessions consisting of:

  • A mentor's career journey
  • An interactive hands-on virtual activity (focused on career-building skills)
  • Live Q&A session with a mentor

Live sessions begin October 12 (Tuesdays at 11:00 am–noon) and will continue through mid-April. All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed at a later date. Shadowing opportunities may vary based on volunteers’ schedules. Please be on the lookout for future announcements. For all questions, please contact Khaz Finley at khaz.finley@clev.frb.org.

Register today

Economic Scholars Program

The Economic Scholars Program (ESP) is a free research conference for undergraduate students in economics that aims to build an environment where students can cultivate imaginative research and gain valuable experience presenting at a professional conference. The conference offers students the opportunity to share and gain feedback on high-quality undergraduate research in the form of a paper or poster presentation. This year’s conference will be a hybrid event that takes place on Friday May 6, 2022 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

The conference has five roles that are filled by undergraduate students, each of which has specific qualifications and registration deadlines.

  1. Peer Review Board Member
  2. Presenter-Paper
  3. Presenter-Poster
  4. Discussant
  5. Session Chair

Important documents

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Important upcoming dates!

  • 03.21.2022: Proposals are sent to Peer Review Board Members
  • 04.01.2022: Scores aggregated from Peer Review Board Members
  • 04.04.2022: Registration opens for all audience members
  • 04.06.2022 @ 8:00-9:00 pm ET: Session on How How to Create the Best Conference Poster/Presentation
  • 04.08.2022: Acceptance and rejection letters sent to paper and poster sessions
  • 04.15.2022: Receive confirmation to attend/present for paper and poster sessions
  • 04.20.2022 @ 4:30-5:30 pm ET: Discussant training session (virtual) and accepted papers matched with accepted discussants
  • 04.27.2022 @ 3:30-4 pm ET: Session chair training session (virtual)
  • 05.04.2022: Registration for all audience members closes
  • 05.06.2022 @ 3:30-4 pm ET: ESP Event

View the complete overview of the program timeline

Please contact Alexandria Halmbacher at Alexandria.Halmbacher@clev.frb.org with questions or sign-up for our e-blast to get up to date information and reminders of important upcoming dates.

Student Roles

Peer Review Board Guidelines

Peer Review Board Members are responsible for evaluating all conference submissions against a rubric to determine which students should be offered a presentation or poster session. Peer Review Board members are eligible to submit a conference proposal. Students must meet the following requirements to apply to be a peer reviewer.

  • Currently in enrolled in an undergraduate or 4+1 program or are recent graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • Completed or are concurrently enrolled in intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics courses. Exceptions do apply, please check with your professor to ensure you are able to perform the role as described
  • Attend three 1-hour virtual training sessions that will cover expectations of peer review board members and demonstrate how to successfully evaluate a submission against a rubric

Applications open: 01.01.2022

Application deadline: 01.28.2022

Notification of acceptance: 02.04.2022

Training sessions: 02.14.2022, 02.21.2022, and 02.28.2022

Evaluation of Submissions: 03.16.2022–03.30.2022

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Presentation Guidelines-Paper

Current undergraduate students who are conducting independent or student coauthored original research in all fields of economics and finance are encouraged to submit a paper for consideration. Papers can be empirical, theoretical, or analytical in nature. All papers submitted will be reviewed by the ESP Peer Review Board. Papers will be accepted based on the selection criteria detailed in the rubric. Paper presenters may also serve as discussants and/or session chairs. Students who wish to submit their research must meet the following requirements.

  • All accepted presenters must register and attend the conference (virtual or in-person)
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or 4+1 program or are recent graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Proposal application open: 02.11.2022

Proposal application deadline: 03.11.2022

Notification of acceptance: 04.08.2022

Proposal Guidelines

Rubric

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Presentation Guidelines-Poster

Current undergraduates who are conducting independent or student coauthored research in all fields of economics and finance are encouraged to submit a proposal for a poster session. Posters will be accepted based on the selection criteria detailed in the rubric. Poster presenters may also serve as discussants and/or session chairs. Students who wish to submit their research must meet the following requirements.

  • All accepted poster sessions must register and attend the conference (virtual or in-person)
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or 4+1 program or are recent graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Proposal application open: 02.11.2022

Proposal application deadline: 03.11.2022

Notification of acceptance: 04.08.2022

Proposal Guidelines

Rubric

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Discussant Guidelines

Discussants hold two important responsibilities during the conference-helping those in the audience better understand the paper by reading the paper assigned very carefully and taking time to understand the paper’s contributions, its strengths and weaknesses and providing comments such as why and what the author can do to improve the paper. Discussants are responsible for responding to session presentations with 5-7 minutes of remarks. Students must meet the following requirements to apply to be a discussant.

  • All accepted discussants must register and attend the conference (virtual or in-person)
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or 4+1 program or recent graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • Completed or are concurrently enrolled in intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics courses. Exceptions do apply, please check with you professor to ensure you are able to perform the role as described
  • Attend a 1-hour virtual training that will cover how to use clarifying questions, ideas for extension, and supportive suggestions to facilitate the learning by both the presenter and the audience

Application open: 02.11.2022

Application deadline: 03.11.2022

Notification of acceptance: 04.08.2022

Training session: 04.20.2022 @ 4:30-5:30 pm ET

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Session Chair Guidelines

Session chairs are responsible for timekeeping during the session, introducing presenters and discussants, and managing the audience question and answer portion of the session. Students must meet the following requirements to apply to be a session chair.

  • All accepted session chairs must register and attend the conference (virtual or in-person)
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or 4+1 program or recent graduates from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
  • Attend a 30-minute virtual training that will review roles and responsibilities on the day of the event

Application open: 02.11.2022

Application deadline: 03.11.2022

Notification of acceptance: 04.08.2022

Training session: 04.27.2022 @ 3:30-4 pm ET

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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Summer Series for Educators 
The Soul of Our Economy: Uncovering Stories of Economic Challenge
June 22 and 24, 2021

The soul of our economy are stories we're able to tell. The stories of struggle, success and the path forward. Join us this summer as we examine current economic issues and challenges of the communities in which we live. Presentations, lively discussion and classroom-ready materials will be provided for all attendees. 

Registration here.


Teacher Development Program 
A yearlong professional development opportunity 

Starting this July, the Dallas Fed is bringing together a cohort of educators from across the region for an exciting professional development journey. Over the course of a year, participants will take a deep look at adapting instructional content and pedagogy to address the changing, post-COVID landscape of high school education, and they will explore opportunities to extend their impact through community leadership.

Complete the application. 



Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Girls and Economics Webinar

March 29, 2022 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT (Online)

To celebrate Women's History Month, join us for a webinar on Girls and Economics. This one-hour webinar for K-12 teachers will explore how to get female students interested in economics. Rebecca Chambers, economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will share strategies and curriculum resources you can use right away to interest girls in economics concepts. Elementary school, middle school, and high school resources will be shared. Participants will receive a certificate for 1.0 professional development hours. Teachers from Pennsylvania will, upon providing their PA Professional Personnel ID number, receive 1.0 hours of Act 48 credit for this webinar. This webinar is free, but registration is required by March 28 at 11:59pm EDT. Register Here.


Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City




Energy, Agriculture and the Russia-Ukraine War: Econ Ed from the Fed

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Educators, join us for virtual professional development to examine real-world topics impacting our daily lives and the global economy. Looking to discuss current events with your students or want to learn more? Then this webinar is designed for you.

Energy, Agriculture and the Russia-Ukraine War: Econ Ed from the Fed

 – , CDTVirtual Professional Development

Educators, join us for virtual professional development to examine real-world topics impacting our daily lives and the global economy. Looking to discuss current events with your students or want to learn more? Then this webinar is designed for you.


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Click, Learn, and Teach: Online Professional Development

Asynchronous; on-going 

It's tough for you to participate in professional development and still be in the classroom with your students. You have a lot to do and so little time to get it all done. Click, Learn, and Teach, a series of online professional development programs from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis, is designed to make it easier! There are three options for you to consider, each with a different level of time commitment and a different level of educational attainment: Graduate Credit, FRB Certification, and CPDU Credit. Choose among inflation, unemployment, GDP, money, and monetary policy.