Professional Development Webinars for Educators

These webinars can provide perspectives and insights to equip educators to be more culturally responsive in the classroom and in their curricula.

The Culture of Poverty: Its Effect on Youth Education

Investigate how socio-economic scarcity manifests in the lives and learning capacity of youth, as well as how support systems within the community and education system offer assistance, advocacy and programs to promote financial sustainability. 

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Current Perspectives on Racial Economic Opportunity

This Federal Reserve Education event in the Discussing Race and Inequality in the Classroom series invited industry experts and well-known researchers and economists to share their views on how racial inequality impacts economic mobility and opportunity.

PDF Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America's First Black Banks

PDFProgress Through Parity: How Minority Banks Changed the Financial Landscape

Let Us Put Our Money Together Podcast

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Discussing Race and Inequality in the Classroom

Learn strategies for engaging your students on this timely and relevant topic. Hear from 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.

Cultural Relevance in the Classroom: Connecting Students' Perspectives to Content

Learn about Federal Reserve System education resources that engage and benefit elementary and middle school students of all backgrounds. Discover resources and materials that can help cultivate a healthy learning environment for students diverse in a variety of ways, including by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Targeted toward K-8 students, the lessons are suited to more than personal finance and economics courses including social studies, history, or geography classes.

PDFPowerPoint Presentation

Lesson Plans

These lesson plans integrate culturally responsive topics and issues within their content for use in the K-12 classroom.

PDFCrenshaw (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

  • This lesson will introduce students to challenges faced by those who live in poverty due to homelessness, unemployment and/or low-income jobs. Students will read the book Crenshaw about a boy who creates an imaginary friend to help him deal with difficult experiences in life.

PDFOne Plastic Bag (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

  • In this lesson, students will learn about responsible consumption and how the choices we make when disposing of trash can impact the environment. Students will listen to a story from the book One Plastic Bag, about an entrepreneur; watch a video about pollutants and distinguish between reducing, reusing and recycling. Students will interpret graphs and data within an infographic and demonstrate their knowledge of responsible consumption through developing their own infographic in collaborative groups.

PDFSweet Potato Pie (Grades 3-5)

  • This lesson highlights the resources needed for a business and key information entrepreneurs should consider before starting a business. Through the story an activities, students will learn about division of labor and identify risks and rewards entrepreneurs may face when starting a business.

PDFThose Shoes (Grades PK-2, 3-5)

  • In this lesson, students listen to a story about a boy who wants a certain pair of shoes because his classmates have them. They learn that their tastes and preferences affect shopping decisions. Students conduct a class survey on shoe choices and graph their results as a final activity.

PDFTwenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank (Grades 9-12)

  • In this lesson students will explore a wide array of economic concepts related to entrepreneurship, banking, poverty, and economic decision making through the story of Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank. Students will take a variety of perspectives regarding current banking practices in Bangladesh, engage in PACED decision making, analyze economic data, compare economic issues in Bangladesh and the United States, and craft hypotheses on how current banking practices came to be.