Liz Bland
Holt Middle School – Fayetteville
[email protected]
Improved Student Performance
Increased initiative
Increased self-confidence
Improved school performance
More ambitious goals for life after school
Upgraded School Performance
• Less likely to be truant or drop out of school
• Encourages youth to employ sophisticated math and science concepts
in real-life situations
• Greater interest and improved performance in math and science
Enhanced Economic Competitiveness
More likely to start, sustain, and grow a business
Promote future economic growth
Contribute to job creation
increase wealth generation
Studies from Philadelphia’s high school system show that at-risk
students enrolled in entrepreneurship education have better
attendance, have higher grades in Math and English, and are more
likely to graduate.
Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation
Y.E.S. – Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase
36 groups in my classes
5 entered into statewide competition
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174 business plans submitted statewide
26 semifinalists
2 groups from my school! – Shnibiti Bags and Smart Pillow
“I learned how to use borders and format pictures. I had no previous
knowledge of the business procedures and documents that were
necessary in starting a business. This project will help me in the future to
make my other projects more professional.”
- Jacob P.
“I learned how to do math even better than before. Now I can put that
in every day life.”
-Dominique W.
“I learned a lot from this project. It was cool to use the cool logos from
that website. I even used one on a project in Learning Tools”
- David F.
“I also learned how to communicate with a team better. I learned this by
telling my team my ideas instead of just sitting there”
-Dylan S.
“From what I learned in this project I know that being an entrepreneur is
a lot of work. I respect them a lot more than I used to.”
- Hayes K.
“I loved everything about it. I thought our teacher treated us like adults.
Also, this project let us know what all the stuff you have to do when
you’re older.”
In a post-project evaluation survey:
• 102 students indicated that they had a better understanding of
how business work now
• 90% of students reported that they had a better understanding
of how to use Microsoft Word features to format documents
• 34 indicated that they are more likely to become entrepreneurs
in the future than they were before the project!!
Formatting text
Formatting paragraphs
Formatting page setup
Proofreading Marks/editing
Punctuation spacing
Tab settings
Practicing alpha-numeric touch typing
• Text Types and Purposes1
• 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or
texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
• 2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex
ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,
organization, and analysis of content.
• 3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using
effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
• Production and Distribution of Writing
• 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development,
organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
• 5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing,
rewriting, or trying a new approach.
• 6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish
writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
• Research to Build and Present Knowledge
• 7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based
on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject
under investigation.
• 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources,
assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the
information while avoiding plagiarism.
• 9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support
analysis, reflection, and research.
• Range of Writing
• 10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research,
reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a
day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
• Grant Info:
• $100,000 grant from Economics Arkansas to fund business
related projects in Arkansas
• What's available? Economics Arkansas is offering match
funding to Arkansas economics/business projects requesting
$600 or less in materials.
• Through donorschoose.org
• Y.E.S. Competition Info – www.aeafoundation.com
• Contact me – [email protected]