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Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE)


The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is The Fund for American Studies’ strategic partner in reaching future leaders at the high school level. Founded in 1976 and based in Davis, California, FTE is a national leader in conducting economic education programs for high school students and working with teachers to develop lesson plans and exercises for teaching economics.

In 2013, TFAS and FTE formed a strategic partnership with Roger Ream serving as president of both organizations. Together, TFAS and FTE are training a new generation of leaders who understand the economic way of thinking.

“I was surprised at how practical and applicable economics is to everyday life. The teachers were so wonderful; they made economics fun.”

Emily Davies, FTE Student
Elmira, New York


FTE conducts over 55,000 hours of individual instruction each year for high school teachers who, in turn, impact more than 300,000 students annually. Programs are taught by mentor teachers and university professors who run hands-on games and simulations with real students so teachers can observe students’ interactions. The teachers see up close why FTE-designed lessons are so effective and leave with a better knowledge of economics, new classroom strategies and a renewed enthusiasm for teaching. Teacher programs range from week-long residential programs to one- and four-day seminars as well as online classes.


Through week-long residential programs, FTE gives promising high school students the skills to be more effective leaders and teaches them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Students learn through engaging games and simulations that explain economic concepts in exciting and relatable ways. Programs are hosted at university campuses across the United States including Yale, Cornell and Duke. More than 500 high school students participated in 13 FTE student programs in 2014.

FTE Programs for High School Students and Teachers

Visit to learn more and how you can apply today!