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UCR Offers Elementary Teachers A Mini Society

UCR Offers Elementary Teachers A Mini Society

(April 26, 2000)

The Anderson Graduate School of Management and University Extension at the University of California, Riverside recognized 15 local school teachers Wednesday, April 26 for their efforts to build miniature versions of the entrepreneurial world at their schools.

Those teachers represented seven districts: Adelanto Unified; Desert Sands Unified; Fontana Unified, Lake Elsinore Unified; Moreno Valley Unified; Riverside Unified; and San Bernardino Unified.

Funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Mini-Society Program enables children ages 8 to 12 to design and develop their own society in class, complete with a name, a flag, currency and start-up companies.

"It prepares children for the real world within the larger context of a child's world," said Michelle L. Skiljan, assistant director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Management at UCR. "It teaches entrepreneurship in ways children understand - through experiences, role-playing and careful instruction."

Developed by Marilyn L. Kourilsky, the Mini-Society program teaches lessons about entrepreneurship, economics, ethics, government and law, as well as mathematics and language arts, Skiljan said.

The University of California, Riverside is one of many universities training teachers to implement the Mini-Society in 43 states nationwide. The U.S. Department of Education included Mini-Society in its highly respected National Diffusion Network - the first entrepreneurial education program to achieve this endorsement.

Teachers honored for the completion of the Mini-Society training program are listed below by school district:

Adelanto Unified School District
Connie German

Desert Sands Unified School District
Agustin Navarro

Fontana Unified School District
Edward Davis
Patricia Rynearson

Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Marguerite Whitehorn

Moreno Valley Unified School District
Renee Gurley
Greg Morton
Virginia Tauro
Beth Zoco

Riverside Unified School District
Robert Bell
Janice Kenzy
Paul Lowe
Debon Peters

San Bernardino Unified School District
John Roach
Barbara Thornhill

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