About this event

Join the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for this summer’s professional development webinar series, free to K-16 educators. Due to social-distancing recommendations, we’ll offer topic-driven, live webinars this summer. These learning opportunities will be hosted in partnership with the Center for Economic Education at Emporia State University (ESU) and include highlights of recent research, updates from subject matter experts and resource demonstrations, all tied to economics and personal finance. More depth and a graduate credit option of 1 to 3 credit hours will be available from ESU. There is no cost for teachers to participate, but advance registration is required through the links provided on the Registration tab.


K-16 educators


June 19, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

The T in STEM: Technology Jobs of the Future

Explore how emerging technology has and is transforming the workforce to create innovative career pathways, as well as how schools have approached technology-related workforce training, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

External LinkRyan Weber Presentation

Dr. Ryan Flurry
Principal of Career Education, Shawnee Mission School District
Matt Motsick
Co-Founder & CEO, RPA Labs
Ryan Weber
President & CEO, KC Tech Council

June 24, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m.

The Culture of Poverty: Its Effect on Youth and Education

Investigate how socio-economic scarcity manifests in the lives and learning capacity of youth, as well as how support systems within the community and education system offer assistance, advocacy and programs to promote financial sustainability.

Starla Brennan
Executive Director, Amethyst Place
Kortne Askew
Client, Amethyst Place
Lynette Fowler
Family & Community Engagement Manager, Mid-America Head Start
Jay Lyons,
Youth Department Administrator, City Union Mission
Travis Strong
Director of Family Ministries, City Union Mission
Catina Taylor
Co-Founder, Elements of Education KC, & Principal, DREAMS Consulting

July 8, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Insights on Labor Market Trends and Opportunities

Delve into the latest analysis of employment and unemployment trends, and explore the effect of recent labor force trends on future employment prospects.

Didem Tuzemen
Senior Economist , Economic Research
Keith Wardrip
Community Development Research Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

July 15, 2019

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Food and Energy

Hear from Fed economists about how the corona virus has affected food supply chains and energy prices, and what this means to consumers.Integrate best practices and winning strategies to engage students in fundamental economics and personal finance concepts.

Ty Kreitman
Assistant Economist, Regional Research
Megan Williams
Former Employee, Regional Research

July 22, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Connecting Schools and Employers

Learn about organizations that partner students with businesses and how apprenticeships and other career development programs collaborate with schools to provide hands-on training to prepare students for the labor force.

Anna Hennes
Program Leader, The Kauffmann Foundation
Daniel Phillips
Director of Innovation for Career & College Readiness, Grand Island Public Schools
Taylor White
Senior Advisor for K-12 education and workforce issues, New America

July 29, 2020

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Equipping Educators with Tools and Resources

Access timely information and classroom-ready resources that support career pathway instruction, work-readiness training and related curricula.

Gigi Wolf
Senior Economic Education Specialist
Robin Smith
Senior Director, The DeBruce Foundation