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The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) was founded in 1975 to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators. FTE focuses its efforts on the high school and middle school grade levels and provides professional development programs and teaching resources, which target primarily, but not exclusively, the social studies curriculum.

FTE is known nationally for its emphasis on active learning and the engaging activities and lessons that are used to teach economics. A unique feature of FTE curriculum is the demonstrations: instructors model the activities with high school students.

To ensure the high quality of FTE materials, all resources are reviewed by an independent evaluator. In addition, FTE staff continually monitors state educational requirements so all curriculum correlates with both the Common Core state standards and all 50 state standards in economic education.

“FTE should become a keystone for teacher training nationally.”

– D. Thomas Hornish, Jr.

“As a new teacher of economics, this program was the perfect jump-start into the basics of the topic, its real-world applications and, most importantly, its relevancy to student’s lives, by teaching them how to think critically about the world around them.” 

– Johnny Kent, EFL Chicago

“Although I’ve taught economics for several years, the exceptional instructors gave me strategies which will increase my teaching skills exponentially.”

– Matthew Schafer, EFL Seattle

FTE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce young individuals to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators.