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Dr. Larsen (UNMC) discusses health research with participants at the 2014 UNO Seminar at Union Pacific.

Successful Sixth Annual UP/UNO Center Seminar!
Topic: Teaching Healthcare Economics.

Participants pose in front of the Union Pacific motto. More photos...

Steve Martin (BCBS Nebraska) discusses the Affordable Care Act with participants.

Last year, our fifth annual summer seminar, covering teaching international trade, was a great success! According to the Omaha World Herald, June 12, 2013:

China is likely to surpass Japan as Nebraska's third-largest overseas trading partner, according to the state's go-to man for Asian commerce. "China will probably overtake Japan in the next four to five years," said Joe Chapuran, international development manager for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, speaking at a conference for teachers Tuesday at the Union Pacific Center.

Nebraska's top export destinations are Canada, followed by Mexico, then Japan and China. But the growth is with the world's most populous nation: Exports of Nebraska farm products, machinery, chemicals and other goods to China more than doubled between 2005 and 2010 to $229 million, according to state records.

Nebraska has been angling hard after China under Gov. Dave Heineman, who led a trade mission there last year with state officials and business leaders. Since, the state has opened a permanent trade office in China and says five Chinese companies are now operating in Nebraska as a result of recent recruiting and economic development efforts.

The Tuesday event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education, an effort now in its fifth year to encourage teachers to emphasize economic and financial proficiency among their students. About 40 Nebraska teachers attended Tuesday, with expert speakers from business, government and academia scheduled to continue today.
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Banks in the Schools:
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Bank tellers at the 2011 outstanding tellers celebration for the area banks-in-schools program. more photos... / Information about the program...

The mission of the UNO Center for Economic Education is to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The Center assists and encourages teachers in their efforts to teach the economic concepts needed by future citizens to become well-informed voters, wise consumers, and effective producers.

The UNO Center for Economic Education is jointly supported by the UNO College of Business Administration and the UNO College of Education. It is affiliated with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the Council for Economic Education. In 2005, it was reviewed by the Council for Economic Education and given its highest accreditation rating.

Co-Directors: James Dick and Mary Lynn Reiser
Center Associates: Janet West and Kim Sosin
134T Mammel Hall, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182-0048
Telephone: 402-554-2357; FAX 402-554-3393
Contact email

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UNO Center for Economic Education co-director Mary Lynn Reiser will be happy to talk with you at 402-554-2357 or

.See "What's New" to learn from the UNO Alumni Magazine article Putting Stock Into Investment Education why Conestoga Magnet Center students know all about money, with a little help from the UNO Center for Economic Education!

What can we do to help you teach economics?

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 UNO Center can work with school districts to plan activities for strengthening teachers' knowledge and classroom strategies in economics, 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? 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.

Teaching to Nebraska LEARNS standards: The Center has many helpful links on its website, which is a part of EcEdWeb, a large repository of economic education materials. In an ongoing effort to assist school districts in Nebraska revising their economics curriculum to reflect the Nebraska LEARNS social studies standards, the Center has redesigned several links on it's website. A curriculum guide for districts can assist by providing language for revising curriculum standards and course objectives. The benchmarks for grades k-6 have been correlated with both Nebraska LEARNS and the National Voluntary Standards in Economics. An additional link provides teachers with online lessons for the classroom that provide examples for direct classroom instruction. Nationally designed and normed assessments available from the Council for Economic Education have been correlated to the Nebraska LEARNS standards. Information about obtaining the assessment instruments for your school or district can be found on the National Council website.

The Stock Market Game Dates: The Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the Security Industry Foundation will sponsor the Stock Market Game in both the fall and spring semesters. Watch the "inside" sidebar for dates for the game or the "external resources" sidebar to find the details.

Materials Review Library: The UNO Center staff is available to serve on textbook adoption committees and has copies of many of the latest teaching materials available for K-12 economics. Contact the Center for a free catalog of National Council materials you can purchase or shop on line at (link)

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