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Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship Education

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You are invited to meet at the Lemonade Stand where our entrepreneurial interests were sparked as children. Today 60% of our youth want to explore entrepreneurship. Problem: not a lot of educators are knowledgeable and can teach them how to get started. As the facilitator of this group, I would like you to introduce yourselves and tell us about your interest in this group. Are you now teaching entrepreneurship in some way in your classes? Are you interested in learning where the rich resources are so that you can bring this into your classes? Last year, the 21st Century Skills Partnership included entrepreneurship into the list. It is a wonderful way to integrate across the curriculum. We are now on a journey of discovery. The meeting has been called. Let's see who we are!

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Dale Decco Ph.D.'s picture
Dale Decco Ph.D.
Educational Psychologist (Adults)

As an educator of adults I am very interested in promoting "other ways of working". I have had students with learning challenges that may not fit in the "corporate world", but are very creative and intelligent people. This is especially true of individuals with ADD/ADHD. I would like to see some sort of supported entrepreneurial opportunities for them.

Dale Decco Ph.D.'s picture
Dale Decco Ph.D.
Educational Psychologist (Adults)

I am interested in this area as well. I have worked with people with ADD/ADHD and would like to provide more "support" for them ranging from how someone starts a business to how someone behaves in the business world.

Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.'s picture
Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

I have had the unique opportunity to teach a Business Leaders course over the summer. My focus for this week-long course was to assist 4th-6th graders in creating their own business from scratch. I taught them the basics from choosing whether to sell a product or service, choosing an appropriate name and logo for their business,to drafting a business/marketing plan. While I did not have any experience in this field prior to teaching this course, I carefully researched texts on entrepreneurship and used samples and products that were actually utilized in the field (i.e. business plan, marketing plan, business cards, press release, etc.). Throughout my unit I also emphasized branding and its importance in the business world.

I would love to hear from other teachers who have taught a similar course/unit and I am willing to share my resources.

Below are a list of my favorite sites:
On money and investing- games and worksheets
Games for business
A game that simulates operating a business
A PBS website on how to market products, and analyze commercials/ads, as well as insights into tricks of the trade

Cheryl Young's picture
Cheryl Young
Educator in Private Practice: Entrepreneurship Education & Sustainabilty Ed

A great program for young women, Camp $tart Up This camp's focus is developing on girls ages 14-18 entrepreneurail skills. Joline Godrey created this program that is held around the country. Google: An Independent Means, Inc. Also check out for more resources. On this website is an on-line magazine CEO Stars which tell very inspiring stories of teen entrepreneurs. BizKids is another PBS resource each week.
Hope these suggestions help,

Cheryl Young's picture
Cheryl Young
Educator in Private Practice: Entrepreneurship Education & Sustainabilty Ed

Erik, for a lot of great resources, check out There are lots of resources there for anyone interested in bringing entrepreneurship into their programs. The Consortium for Entrepreneurshp Education is a professional association of educators and practioners world wide who support or participate in providing entrepreneurship education as a lifetime career option.

Geraldine Fegan's picture

I am a school librarian at an elementary school who is very aware that the skills we teach in information literacy will prepare students for careers in fields that have not even been invented yet. As the president of my state's school library association, one of my goals is to bring entrepreneurship into the state curriculum as part of the ethical use of information strand. Not an easy task, but I think it's provocative enough to collaborate with parents and other businesses to provide civic attention to students at all age levels.

Emily Bayley-LeQuire's picture
Emily Bayley-LeQuire
Montessori preschool teacher 24 years, BA Early Ed, Master Student in Ed,

Hi Cheryl,
Even though I am a preschool teacher, I see the entrerpreneurial spirit in the students in my class. They want to be enterprizing in a way that looks like to me the seeds of early entrepreneurial endeavours. I can think into the future of the ideas that my 4 and 5 year olds come up with and see enterprizing. I also think that it is such a wonderful forum to teach all kinds of skills through, writing, math, social skills of cooperation between fellow students, imaginative creating, and confidence. I beleive that is a very respectful way to teach and engage children. In the process the teacher or facilitator is enlisting children's ideas and with that they are made to feel important and valued. There is a marvelous sense of independence with projects built around entrpreneurship practice. I would like to know more about how you go about teaching and interacting with your students and at what age do you mostly begin? Thanks Emily

Evelyn's picture
Learning Specialist, Writer

One great way to motivate and educate kids about entrepreneurship is to offer them real life examples. Invite kid/teenpreneurs to your school. Share their websites and interviews with your students. Let your students see what young people can accomplish in business. My daughter started a girls magazine when she was just thirteen. Six years later, the magazine has subscribers worldwide and my daughter has expanded to book publishing and graphic design. Here's her website

Tammy G. Parks's picture

Hello everyone,

I am starting a 9 week project for my 7th graders this week focusing on entrepreneurship. I attended ISTE2010 this past summer and won a BizWorld BizMovie kit. Because I am a video journalism/production teacher, I was excited to see the project tie-in technology with business skills. My teaching certificate in in Business and Journalism. You can follow our project on our blog at I an addition to creating their own movie production business, my 7th graders will also interview young entrepreneurs around the world, blog about their learning experiences, create innovative games for use in teaching entrepreneurship, and connect with other classrooms via Web 2.0 applications such as Skype and Edmodo.

We would love for you to visit our blog site, comment, encourage or offer suggestions for our learning experience. Your input and expertise will be invaluable to our project. I have collected several great resources that are linked in our blogroll. Hope to see you there!

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