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Teachers are invited to register for the fall 2009 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG.)

The fall program begins on Oct. 5 and ends its 10 week trading period on Dec. 11. The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions. Students participating learn more effectively as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world. Teachers have found the program boosts student motivation and attendance.

The South Dakota Board of Education has mandated an Economics or Personal Financial course as a high school graduation requirement and the SDSMG program provides teachers with lesson plans by subject and grade level that correlate to national content standards in economics, personal finance, social science, math and business education. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) a federal agency commonly referred to as the “nation’s report card,” defined Economic Literacy and studied Economic content at high schools nationwide. The NAEP report found that students who played the Stock Market Game outperformed the Economic Literacy national averages in every category including gender, ethnicity and Title 1.

A free web based teacher-training workshop will be conducted for all registered teachers the week before the game starts. The $ 5.00 team registration fee for teams of 2-3 students includes team-trading screens to research companies and a Teacher Support Center with online lesson plans by grade level and subject and classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects.

To register, go to www.stockmarketgame.org and click on Register Now and select USA and South Dakota. Enter the School and Teacher information and click Submit Pre-registration. Teacher and Team passwords and user identification numbers will be emailed to the teacher.

The SDSMG is presented by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Central States Securities Industry Association. Last academic year, the SDSMG program had over 1,500 students on 600 teams from 70 South Dakota high school and middle schools participating.

For more information on the program, contact Professor Sheng Yang, BHSU professor of economics at Sheng.Yang@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6429.