Mission and Purpose of the Center for Economic Education:
To raise the level of economic literacy by improving the quality and increasing the quantity of economics taught in our schools and colleges.
The Center works with teachers through courses, workshops, conferences, and one-to-one consultation to provide them with instruction and materials, in order to implement their enhanced understanding in the classroom.
Established in 1970, the Center is part of a network of centers and councils for economic education affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education. The National Council serves as a non-partisan, non-profit, stimulating and coordinating agency for education, business, labor, industry and government in the promotion of economic education throughout the US. The St.Thomas Center is also affiliated with the Minnesota Council on Economic Education.
The Center serves the academic and social communities in many ways:
- By instructing present and future elementary, secondary, and college level teachers in the discipline of economics
- By improving the content and instructional techniques of economic education programs;
- By collecting, developing and disseminating economic education materials
- By providing consultative assistance and special programs for schools, educational agencies, and community organizations
- By conducting economic education conferences and research projects.
Through the EconomicsAmerica Program, the St. Thomas Center is directly associated with the following school districts:
1. Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent District 191
2. Osseo Area Independent School District 279
3. White Bear Lake Area Independent School District 624
4. Schools of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
5. South Washington County District 833