All schools inside Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are eligible for the local economic education awards program.

For more information, fill out the request form, and we’ll send you an information and entry packet.

Local and state competition can help you be a winner!

Advantages of Winning
  • There are 14 cash prizes at our local level.
  • Lesson plan competition requires only short and easy to assemble entries.
  • Your unit, lesson plan, or performance assessment is automatically entered into state competition; you need not win locally to go on to state.
Local Unit and Lesson Award Program
  • Recognizes teachers on four local levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) for creating and implementing innovative projects that increase economic understanding.
  • Requires only short entries of 12 pages or fewer, with 10 pages maximum for supplements (guidelines outline what goes on each page).
  • Offers local cash prizes:
    • William C. Wood Award for Exemplary Teaching of Economics: $1500
    • Grand Prize overall competition: $1000
    • Plus three additional cash prizes in each of the four grade categories:
      • First Place $750
      • Second Place: $500
      • Third Place: $250
Steps in Qualifying
  • Check out all entry information
  • Teach an economics lesson or unit during the current school year
  • To make your entry better, hang on to everything – lesson plans, student work, photographs
  • Submit entry to the JMU Center for Economic Education by June 14, 2024.
  • Observe the guidelines – excessively lengthy entries not accepted
  • JMU’s Center for Economic Education is ready to help with one-on-one consultations. Contact Lauren Shifflett at (540) 568-3248 or

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