On June 28-29, 2016, Ford Credit, Michigan Jump$tart, the Michigan Council on Economic Education, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago—Detroit Branch sponsored a conference for teachers that focused on economic and financial education. Approximately 70 teachers and professionals attended each day of the conference. The first day featured a tour of Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Plant and a presentation from Paul McCarthy, Senior Economist at Ford Credit. McCarthy’s presentation looked at current financial state of the auto industry. The first concluded with a social gathering at the Detroit Tigers game where the conference was recognized on Comerica Park’s scoreboard. Day 2 featured Gary Mottola, FINRA; David Buten, H&R Block Budget Challenge; Kris Bertlesen, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and Cindy Ivanac-Lillig and Martin Lavelle, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The second day’s presentations provided user-friendly resources for teachers to use, including the St. Louis Fed’s economic education webpage and FRED graphing tool, the H&R Block Budget Challenge for high school students, and FINRA’s Financial Capability Test.
Save the Date! Next year’s conference will fall during the last week of June, 2017. Thank you to all those who attended!