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The Richmond Fed Hosts Educational Webinars

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is hosting a series of webinars to help educators and students stay current on the latest economic trends and their impact.

Teachers who are working remotely and parents who are homeschooling will find the first two sessions informational; and for the first time in a webinar format, students will have the opportunity to connect with a Richmond Fed economist.

“This series was launched in response to what's going on with COVID-19 and wanting to make sure we're meeting the needs of teachers and helping them better understand the Fed’s response to the economic crisis,” said Sarah Gunn, the Richmond Fed’s economic education director. “We also want students to hear directly from us.”

The first webinar, Invest in What’s Next for Distance Learning, will be led by the Bank’s Economic Education team on Wed., April 29, from 3–4 p.m. This webinar will help teachers, counselors and homeschooling parents integrate into their remote learning environments Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School, an online course that teaches personal finance concepts in the context of a student’s first major financial decision — what to do after high school.

Kartik B. Athreya, the Richmond Fed’s executive vice president and director of Research, will be the featured guest on the second webinar, Economic and Monetary Policy Update for Educators. It will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and will focus on the state of the economy, in light of the ongoing global pandemic.

The final webinar in the series takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, with Athreya hosting Ask an Economist, a town hall-style session with high school and college students. He will discuss the U.S. economy and monetary policy, and invite participants to ask questions.

“This is unique,” Gunn said. “We haven't had Kartik, or any economist, talk directly to students in this format before. We’re interested in getting feedback from students, and from teachers, to see if this is something we should continue in the future. We’re always open to ideas about topics they’d like to learn more about and how we can continue to meet their needs.”

Visit the Richmond Fed’s webinar series registration page to sign up and learn more.

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