College of Business, Dallas Federal Reserve host workshop for Lincoln Parish teachers

Sep 24, 2013 | Business

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Lincoln Parish school teachers now have classroom resources and curriculum ideas to enhance their social studies and business curricula thanks to staff from the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank and Tech’s College of Business faculty.

Princeton Williams and Steven Clayton of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank recently conducted a daylong workshop for educators in Lincoln Parish for a daylong workshop how to introduce economics and personal finance into the public school. The purpose was to help students develop critical decision-making skills in economics and finance.

Lincoln Parish teachers participate in workshop at Louisiana Tech.

Lincoln Parish teachers participate in workshop at Louisiana Tech.

“We were thrilled with the interest from the various educators in the area,” said Dr. Otis Gilley, head of the economics and finance department in the College of Business.

“This is our first collaboration with members of the Dallas Federal Reserve, but it appears it was a highly successful initiative,” said Gilley, coordinator of the workshop. “There are already plans in the works to repeat the workshop next year and to include educators from many of the surrounding parishes.”

More than 20 attendees participated in a variety of exercises designed to bring economics and personal finance alive for students at all levels. The teachers were given access to a wide variety of classroom resources and detailed plans and examples for use in a classroom setting.

“We are pleased that our relationship with the Dallas Federal Reserve is providing new opportunities for students and high schools in the region,” said Dr. James Lumpkin, dean of the College of Business. Lumpkin applauded the leadership of Dr. Gilley in coordinating the workshop. Lumpkin expressed his desire for this type of opportunity to be made more accessible to educators throughout the region.

Others who participated in the workshop were Dr. Rob Blackstock, an assistant professor of economics at Louisiana Tech and Cathi Cox-Boniol, Title 1 coordinator for Lincoln Parish schools. Written by Debbie Van De Velde –