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Over 200 teachers in 15 rural Kentucky counties have attended a one-day training to teach the E-Discovery curriculum in the classroom thanks to grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Teachers have been given the tools to incorporate entrepreneurial instruction in elementary and middle school classrooms since 2008 through this initiative.
At the end of the nine sessions of E-Discovery, students set up their businesses at a school or community event and sell their products or services. E-Discovery is unique because students work in teams to create business ventures; the process is very empowering.
E-Discovery curriculum provides a direct tie with most disciplines. Teachers have embraced this concept because they feel E-Discovery curriculum and developing businesses shows students real-life applications of classroom instruction.
Students learn a lot of other valuable lessons that they expressed when presenting their final group presentations including:
- Groups were dissolved after some really hard work because they simply could not get along.
- Other fees are included in starting a business. These costs come out of your bottom line profits.
- It takes hard work to get even the simplest business started.
- Starting a business and making a product takes TIME!