Economics for Teachers

The Brown Foundations seek to advance the use of economic principles in public and private decision making through strategic partnerships and educational programs. Our program goal is to equip teachers to increase student exposure to fundamental principles of economics in a neutral and nonpartisan way, and to help students develop an appreciation of how economic analysis applies to every day choices as well as business and policy issues.




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Are you an EconHero? Do you currently teach economic concepts to K-12 students in southern Arizona? Do you know a local teacher who brings economics to life for their students?

Please fill out this short form to nominate yourself or another teacher as an EconHero. Each month the Thomas R. Brown Foundation will select one educator to receive a $50 Amazon gift card and to be featured on our website!

2018-2019 EconHeroes

Richard Quesada, Mountain Rose Academy

Andrea Heck, Tanque Verde High School

Camille Call, Coronado Elementary School

Upcoming Education Events for Teachers

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Education Programs

Vision: A community of engaged, well-educated people and opportunities for quality employment for all.

Mission: To advance the use of economic principles in public and private decision making through strategic partnerships and educational programs.

Some of our past programs can be found here

Teacher Resources

Through active research and suggestions from teachers at all grade levels, we have built a curated list of resources available for teachers. Please follow this link to find resources that may help you in the classroom.



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Economic Education Partners

To strengthen economic education programs, the Thomas R. Brown Foundation collaborates with other economic education organizations, including:

Arizona Council on Economic Education

The Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) offers a variety of economics education and personal finance programs throughout Arizona. 

UA Office of Economic Education

The University of Arizona Office of Economic Education (OEE) is lodged in The Eller College. It offers an on-site summer teacher institute in economic content each June, and takes programs for teachers to small cities and towns across southern Arizona. The OEE is fully underwritten by the Thomas R. Brown Foundation.

TRBF also supports:

  • The Gerald J. Swanson, Chair in Economics Education supports an economics teaching-focused professor at the University of Arizona.
  • The Thomas R. Brown Professorship in Economics at the University of Arizona. It is currently occupied by Price Fishback, Ph.D.
  • Voices on the Economy (VOTE), a nationally recognized innovative curriculum for teachers and college students developed by Amy Cramer, Ph.D.. Dr. Cramer teaches the VOTE curriculum at Pima Community College, Tucson, and at Thomas R. Brown Foundation teacher workshops.