Black Hills State University will host a free teacher training workshop about the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) Friday, Sept. 28 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The Fall 2007 session of the SDSMG will kick off its 10-week trading period Monday, Oct. 1. Last spring, the program had a record number of participants with 1,000 students on 400 teams from 50 South Dakota high school and middle schools.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation in which teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks. According to Don Altmyer, associate business professor, SDSMG coordinator, and director of the Center for Economic Education at BHSU, students participating in the program learn more effectively as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world. Altmyer also says teachers have found the program boosts attendance and reduces dropout rates.

“Research has shown that the program increases student motivation and academic achievement in core disciplines as well as enhancing understanding of investment concepts,” Altmyer said.

The South Dakota Board of Education recently mandated an economics or personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement. The SDSMG program fulfills this requirement and 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 SDSMG is presented by the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, and the Central States Securities Industry Association.

Included in the $5 team registration fee are team-trading screens to research companies and a teacher support center with online lesson plans and classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects.

To register for the Fall 2007 session, click on the Register Now link at www.stockmarketgame.org.

For more information on the program or the teacher training workshop, contact Altmyer at 605-642-6266 or email DonAltmyer@BHSU.edu.