About the St. Louis Fed's Economic Education Program
Resources by educators, for educators: We provide high-quality resources and professional development to improve instruction in pre-K through college classrooms. You can:
- Join our mailing list to learn about upcoming events.
- Subscribe to our newsletter and alerts to learn when new resources are added.
Get to know our team.
How can I use your free resources in my classroom?
In our portal, you’ll find hundreds of ready-made economic and personal finance lessons for use at no cost. Formats include video, audio and reading Q&As with post-tests; online modules with pre- and post-tests; and FRED® interactives. You can sort by grade (K-2, 3-5, middle school, high school, and college) as well as subject, topic, language and duration.
- Choose pre-made or custom syllabuses
- Create online classrooms
- Easily assign (and most often auto-grade!) student work
Our Econ Lowdown resources now integrate with Canvas by Instructure. Find over 500 no-cost teaching resources for elementary, middle, high school and college. You can assign online modules, videos, audio and readings with Q&A—right in the Canvas platform you’re familiar with.
We’ve converted award-winning lessons to Google Docs and Google Slides so you can use them virtually with your students.
The St. Louis Fed’s main website offers resources outside of the teacher portal. These include active-learning lessons for the classroom and lessons to accompany popular children’s books. Many are offered in PowerPoint or compatible with SMART/Promethean/Whiteboard. You’ll also find videos, podcasts, a glossary and timely articles. Use the filter on this page to drill down to the resources you need.
We also have resources for parents and Scout leaders!
Who creates these educational materials?
Our team has the best of both worlds: real-life teaching experience along with expertise in economics and personal finance. We are part of the St. Louis Fed’s highly respected economic Research division.
In our Econ Lowdown portal, you’ll find materials produced by our team, as well as by our colleagues at the Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia Federal Reserve banks. We also offer resources from the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Currency Board and FINRA Foundation.
Check out some of our award-winning resources.
Our education specialists’ research has been published in a number of academic journals, including in the Journal of Economic Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, and Numeracy. Peruse some of their articles and working papers.
What professional development opportunities do you offer?
Earn credits: The St. Louis and Atlanta Federal Reserve banks offer online professional development opportunities. Choose from Graduate Credit, FRB Certification and CPDU Credit.
Join us at an upcoming event: Throughout the year, our team hosts a variety of free webinars and workshops.
Invite us to your district’s next PD day: From one hour to a full day, we can provide instruction in personal finance and/or economics free of charge. (Professional development workshops are limited to the Eighth District.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are other teachers saying?
I recently discovered how truly awesome Econ Lowdown is. Thanks for all of your work! My students are doing all sorts of activities with the program.
Sara S., Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.
The AP Economics Conference was an excellent professional development. Both micro- and macroeconomics were covered. The topics were relevant, the teaching strategies were helpful, and the networking will allow me to grow as an AP economics teacher.
Tamra C., AP economics teacher, York High School, Elmhurst, Ill.
Your [presentation] was packed with mathematical, historical and economic information that fit perfectly with the goal of the institution: the development of real world mathematics problems.
Richard H., Director, CCMI 2015, Mississippi University for Women
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