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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...

The UNO Center for Economic Education, in conjunction with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Union Pacific Railroad, hosted 25 Nebraska teachers for a two day look at the Economics of Health Care. The event was hosted by Union Pacific Railroad.
   The seminar began with two sessions by Jennifer Davidson, President of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, and Jamie Wagner, Ph.D.candidate. Sessions discussed reasons behind the increasing costs of healthcare, an introduction to the Affordable Care Act, state exchanges, insurance and adverse selection issues.

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

Steve Martin, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska discussed, in detail, health care reform and the insurance industry.
   Participants also heard from John Levy, Director of the Heart Ministry Center in Omaha. The Center delivers healthcare and other needed services to the very underserved population in Omaha. Levy's presentation allowed participants to compare government funding of health care to entrepreneurial private sector solutions. Other sessions included health care policies at the national level, research and health care in the future, and promoting healthy lifestyles as a way to reduce costs.
   The event closed out with a discussion and pro/con debate from Senator Jeremy Nordquist, coauthor of the bill for medicare expansion, and Richard Clark, Director of Research for the Platte Institute. Many over-arching issues were discussed over the course of the two days, for example, “Is health care a right?” The Economics of Health Care was the 6th annual Summer Seminar for teachers event coordinated by Dr. Jim Dick and the UNO Center for Economic Education.

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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
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.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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