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The Essential Educator: How Higher Education Content Adds Value to Your Classroom

A milestone just announced by the Wharton Global Youth Program team provided us with the theme for our latest Essential educator post, a blog written by high school teachers for high school teachers. Our new integrated website, launched in early November 2021, now also features all of our content, including our regularly updated online business journal articles, lesson plans for teachers, newsroom articles, and more. . The separate Knowledge @ Wharton High School website / brand is a thing of the past.

Linda Cox, a retired California high school business teacher and longtime member of our Educator Advisory Board, saw this announcement as a great opportunity to highlight how and why she used Wharton Global Youth content with her students over the years. In this month’s blog, Linda explains why institutions like the Wharton School are valuable and dynamic sources of knowledge for teachers and high school students today.

Linda Cox with one of her youngest graduates.

Ten years from now, when our high school students graduate from college and decide to establish their lives and careers, it is an educator’s deepest wish to see the knowledge and skills of our classes enrich them. life and their goals. But every year, the acceleration of technological advances brings about disruptive changes seen as good or bad. The traditional industries and workforce skills of yesterday’s lesson plans are becoming obsolete faster than ever. As educators, the pressures of understanding the dynamic changes and skills required for our students to be competitive in their future careers are often overwhelming.

How to stay one step ahead?

My suggestion is to use educational resources from institutions that are themselves current and relevant because of their research.

I have found such a source – and have used it extensively with my students over the years. The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia produces unprecedented quality free business, financial, and economic content. In fact, by the time my students hear that their educational content is coming from Wharton, they are much more engaged and enrollment is increasing in my classes simply by word of mouth.

Why? Besides reputation, I know Wharton has done research to provide high school teachers with content relevant to today’s global society and future student careers. It’s not just educators who want to stay up to date; students are increasingly aware that they must differentiate themselves in order to enter university and build successful careers.

My go-to destination in Wharton is the Wharton Global Youth Program, a Wharton School initiative that creates on-campus and online business and finance-focused content, contests and programs specifically designed for high school students. and educators. It has been an integral part of my life as an educator for many years. I led teams to the Global Youth Investment Competition Finals (and won!), Attended dynamic teacher seminars, looked to the program lesson plans for support , integrated readings from the online business journal Global Youth into my classes, and even taught students from around the world in Global Youth’s paid summer programs.

“This is our chance as teachers to take advantage of this free resource, so that we can prepare our students with the most recent business information for their future careers and leadership positions. “

Needless to say, I am intimately familiar with the power of Wharton Global Youth and the appeal of its free content for high school educators. The program offers cutting-edge, high-level research and analysis developed at Wharton School directly into the high school classroom. It is our chance as teachers to take advantage of this free resource so that we can prepare our students with the most recent business information for their future careers and leadership positions.

I encourage all teachers to check out the hundreds of articles and lesson plans, as well as the video glossary, featuring professors from Wharton defining over 550 business, financial and economic terms.

Wharton Global Youth also produces a monthly podcast titled Future of the Business World, which features interviews with high school entrepreneurs from around the world who talk about all aspects of business ideation and development, from product development to marketing, pricing and customer satisfaction. It’s a great conversation starter for the classroom.

I also want to highlight a few other ways that I have successfully used Wharton Global Youth content. Here are my top three recommendations for successful and confident information in the classroom:

  • For Educators: Over the past two years, Wharton Global Youth has launched a free content model called Explore Business. These mini-site series tackle big business topics and issues facing the world today, and they are intended to spark curiosity, conversation, and innovative thinking among high school students. The first series of three mini-sites tackled different themes around The case of the race. This month, Global Youth launched the first of three mini-sites that showcase the concept of ESG or Environmental, Social and Governance. The theme of the first site explores climate change. The worksheets, video segments, teacher guides, and student choice charts on each mini-site are built from hour-long discussions moderated by Erika James, Dean of Wharton School, at which join academic and industrial leaders. Educators should start with the downloadable teacher’s guide found at the bottom of each mini-site to help them navigate the instructional content and discussion.
  • Videos: Wharton Global Youth’s YouTube channel recently got a facelift, with new playlists and easier accessibility. In fact, several hundred of the video glossary terms I mentioned are now also available on the YouTube channel (in addition to the Wharton Global Youth website) for teachers to use in the classroom and for students to easily access. . Also noteworthy are videos featuring career conversations with Wharton alumni and video interviews with enterprising young high school students. Kudos to my fellow finance and economics professors: The Meet the Experts investment competition playlist has lots of great interviews on topics related to finance, business, and investing, like an interview with Peter Ammon, chief investment officer of Penn, who leads a team responsible for investing the Penn endowment. I think these are great opportunities to expose high school students to people and concepts from the real world of business and finance.
  • Investment Case Study & Lesson Plans: The annual Wharton Global High School Investment Competition is exceptionally well planned and executed with a focus on the student and an emphasis on understanding and financial planning of strategies long-term investment. There is no “get rich” shortcut to the value-based fundamental analysis approach taken here. I understand that some teachers may feel that they do not have the knowledge, time or resources to devote to the competition. Pro tip: You don’t need to enter the Investment Contest to use the materials! I suggest digging into the site’s investment resources in manageable portions. The competition case study, for example, is great for any lesson, from team case analysis, 2 minute presentations, Socratic seminar to portfolio recommendations. The lesson plan curriculum offered on the investment competition website (with a teacher’s guide) can be used for an entire financial unit or selectively chosen to fit any business course , finance or economics.

It was difficult to highlight just three of Wharton Global Youth’s free online resources. I have used all types of content as an educator and demonstrated it to students as an ongoing source of inspiration and knowledge in business and finance. New material is being added all the time.

What I like about teachers is that we all share! Please provide your ideas and comments in the comments below. I look forward to hearing your suggestions on using the resources of the Wharton Global Youth Program to further the learning of high school educators around the world.