We make Arizona social studies strand 5 – economics – accessible and fun to teach.
The Office of Economic Education
The Office of Economic Education offers a variety of teacher programs, including both topical workshops on integration of economics into other subjects, colloquia for teachers with visiting scholars, fora on hot economics topics in the news, and an intensive two-week summer institute to introduce teachers to the foundational economics principals. We welcome teachers from public, charter, private, and home schools. There are no fees for these programs; certificates of attendance are issued.
We are housed in the Department of Economics, Eller College of Management, the University of Arizona in Tucson. We work jointly with the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) in Phoenix, with Arizona's Community Colleges , and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson, which also provides funding.
The Arizona Council on Economic Education was founded and operated at the University of Arizona’s Department of Economics from 1971 to 1995. That council was succeeded by a new Arizona Council that has operated in Phoenix since 1997. The ACEE works with the Arizona State Board of Education to incorporate economics in the state curriculum at age-appropriate levels from kindergarten through high school graduation. Additionally, special programs have been offered to Southern Arizona teachers since 2005 under the auspices of the Thomas R. Brown Foundations. The Office of Economic Education was founded in 2009, to revive and continue the 40-year tradition of helping Arizona teachers prepare their students for the future.