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UI offers entrepreneurship training for Iowa high school teachers

Iowa high school teachers interested in incorporating entrepreneurship education into their classrooms can attend workshops this summer sponsored by the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).

The five two-day sessions are being conducted in partnership with the Iowa Area Education Agencies statewide this summer. Teachers can get the training and use the curriculum during the 2001-2002 school year.

In addition to learning strategies and methods for integrating entrepreneurship into the classroom, training participants receive a BizBag loaded with curriculum materials including textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes, and transparencies. Teachers who choose to implement the program are provided with a $300 teacher stipend as well as classroom materials including BizTech, an online entrepreneurial learning program, for up to 30 students at no charge to the school.

"The UI program is open to all Iowa high school teachers interested in, or currently teaching entrepreneurship. This program is being taught in various classes, some of which include careers, foods, retail sales, business, marketing, economics, agriculture as well as entrepreneurship. "One of the best things about this program is its adaptability," said Dawn Bowlus, JPEC's Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator in the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Through a grant from the Zimmerman Foundation of Fairfield, Iowa, JPEC in partnership with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has trained 49 Iowa teachers and impacted more than 400 students through in-school programs during the 2000-2001 school year.

"Over the next three years, JPEC would like to enroll 150 teachers in this program and reach 2000 students. By partnering with the Iowa AEAs, we feel that we will easily meet and hopefully surpass this goal," said Bowlus.

Teachers interested in participating in the two-day workshop should review the training locations and registration information listed below and choose the one that best suits their needs. The training will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The cost for licensure renewal credit has been included in the registration fee. University of Iowa graduate credit is available for participants for an additional $206. The deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the start date of the workshop; space is limited to 30 participants at most locations.

For more information about the Iowa High School Teacher and Youth Entrepreneurship Program, contact Dawn Bowlus at 319/335-0985 or dawn-bowlus@uiowa.edu.

Training locations, dates and registration information:

NORTHWESTERN IOWA/ AEA 5 Storm Lake Schools, Storm Lake, June 18 and 19; contact Carrie Kee, ckee@aea5.k12.ia.us or (800)-669-2325 ext. 5525 to register. Cost is $85.

SOUTHWESTERN IOWA/ AEA 13 Lewis Central Middle School, Council Bluffs June 20 and 21; contact Diane Malcom, dmalcom@aea13.k12.ia.us or (712) 366-0503 ext. 275 to register. Cost is $65.

SOUTHEASTERN IOWA/ AEA 10 John Pappajohn Business Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, June 25 and 26; contact June Teigland jteigland@aea10.k12.ia.us or 1 (800) 798-9771 ext. 6767. An online registration application is at http://www/aea10.k12.ia.us/staffdev/gwsd.html.ssi. Cost is $50

NORTHEASTERN IOWA /AEA 7 AEA 7, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive, Cedar Falls Aug. 6 and 7; Contact Barb Schroeder bschroeder@aea7.k12.ia.us or (319) 273-8218. Cost is $40 and space is limited to 26 participants.

CENTRAL IOWA/ HEARTLAND AEA 11 Waukee Middle School/Media Center, Waukee, Aug. 8 and 9; contact Lora Wunsch lwunsch@aea11.k12.ia.us or 1(800) 362-2720. An online registration application is at http://www.aea11.k12.ia.us/site/profdev.html. Cost is $60.


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