The Idaho Council on Economic Education is presenting its innovative global education program in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Dec. 4.
The Idaho Council’s International Economic Summit features student teams representing 101 countries that must apply economics in a realistic global competition. The program teaches students the challenges of working and competing in today’s complex global economy.
The Idaho Council is hosted jointly at Boise State University by the College of Business and Economics and the College of Education. The Foxboro event is being presented in partnership with the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education.
“The Idaho Council and its International Economic Summit help us provide economic education to Idaho’s students and teachers,” said Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education.
Patrick Shannon, dean of the College of Business and Economics, said, “Our entire country needs this program to help strengthen our global competitiveness.”
Last year, the summit drew 525 high school students from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire to Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots professional football team. This is the fourth year the summit program has been presented in the New England states. The first year it was held at Bridgewater State University, then at Harvard University and then at Gillette Stadium.
This year, students from 14 high schools in the region are participating in the summit.
Boothe, who also is a member of the board of directors of the Idaho Council, is attending the New England summit to strengthen the relationships among Boise State, the summit program and the New England-based sponsors of the program. She and Leon Maynard, executive director of the Idaho Council, will meet with East Coast foundations, financial institutions and other potential sponsors in an effort to expand the summit program nationally and internationally.
Currently the summit program reaches 30,000 high school students each year in 12 states, including Idaho, and in China and Mexico.
“The summit is good for Boise State because it brings up to 3,000 Idaho high school students onto campus each year in addition to the exposure it gives the university outside of Idaho,” Maynard said. “It also provides a bridge to the business community that demonstrates Boise State’s commitment to K-12 education in Idaho and across the country.”
You can learn more about the International Economic Summit here.