• 2015WaltonAward


    2015 Leadership Conference October 22 – 24, 2015
    “Making the Case for a Free Society”
    Come celebrate Dr. Terry Anderson as he receives the Gary M. Walton Excellence In Economics Education award, plus hear several other featured speakers such as Melanie Sturm and Jonah Goldberg.

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    NEW ONLINE COURSE:  Economic Forces in American History Pilot – by Application Only
    October 12 – December 16
    EHOFT is the online version of Economic Forces in American History

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    STUDENT APPLICANTS – Space available at select sites. If you are a high school student looking to accelerate your understanding of economics and want to develop unique leadership skills that set you apart from your peers, you should apply to the Economics for Leaders summer program.

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    A tax deductible contribution to the FTE ensures that we can improve economic education in the classroom and beyond for many years to come.

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Economics for Leaders

Leaders in particular should learn economics because their decisions are more important.”

Milton Friedman – Nobel Laureate

The goal of the Economics for Leaders (EFL) program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders.

EFL is a selective summer program that teaches leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment.

Programs are led by economics professors and leadership instructors selected, nationwide, for their expertise and teaching effectiveness.  Morning discussions, activities, and interactive sessions introduce participants to the “economic way of thinking.”  Afternoon sessions build an understanding of leadership and participants practice leadership skills in a fun-filled series of tasks and dilemmas.  Students also engage in a creative decision-making challenge in which they apply and demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained during the week.

Economics for Leaders is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. When asked if the program impacted their children, parents of participants responded with a resounding ‘yes!’ Read the responses here. The program is competitive with approximately two applicants applying for each available space. College admission officers have commented that students who attend selective programs, such as Economics for Leaders, make more competitive applicants.

Who Can Apply?

Students who are currently sophomores and juniors in high school are eligible to attend an EFL program in 2015.


Admission to EFL is competitive, with decisions based on leadership potential, maturity, and vision.  Above all, EFL participants are intelligent and articulate students who will benefit from this unique educational experience.

Applications are considered, reviewed, and accepted on a rolling basis.  Space is limited at each site, so we encourage students to apply early to ensure their first choice program. 30 – 60 students are accepted at each site.

Application Deadline

Applications received will be reviewed on a space available basis.

College Credit

Through a partnership with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, two semester hours of undergraduate credit are available to students attending the program.  There is an additional fee for the course, Econ 1310 ‘A Survey of Economics,’ and students opting for the credit must complete additional assignments.  The credits cost $204.  Instructions on how to sign up for the credits will be sent in the orientation packets of accepted students.  College credits are NOT available for the EHFL Williamsburg program.

Program Goals

  • Equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.
  • Give students the knowledge to understand the economic concepts shaping the global economy.
  • Foster students’ commitment to continued learning about economics and leadership.
  • Provide a fun-filled, active environment rich with new friendships that can last a lifetime.
  • Help students discover their potential as they assemble their own personal tool kits for effective leadership.

These programs are fun!

A site-specific program fee from $800-$1200 will be assessed upon acceptance to the program.

20 – 25 high school economics teachers will attend some of the EFL programs to learn best practices in the teaching of economics.