At ThinkCERCA, we know one of the best ways to engage students with important issues across the curriculum is through compelling, authentic content. With this in mind, we’re very excited to announce a partnership with We the Economy to bring teachers and students 22 new video-based economics lessons for free.
These lessons, which cover topics from government economic regulation to the relationship between human rights and the economy, were created to spark a deeper understanding in students about issues related to today’s systems of wealth.
A collaboration between Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, We the Economy is a series of short films that takes a critical eye to the American economy. The series aims to drive awareness and establish a better understanding of the U.S. economy. Told through animation, comedy, musical, non-fiction, and scripted films, We the Economy seeks to demystify a complicated topic while empowering the public to take control of their own economic futures.
This partnership means teachers now have access to 22 challenging and innovative pieces of content to help students understand and relate to important economic issues. Exposing them to the amazing authentic content from We the Economy allows us to fulfill our goal of sparking creative, critical debate in classrooms around the nation.
Elizabeth Riley Boyer is an experienced journalist, digital content strategist, and operations manager. Prior to joining ThinkCERCA, she was part of the founding team at Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. As Impact Engine’s Director of Operations & Communications, Elizabeth oversaw the company’s overall processes, day-to-day planning and finances, curriculum development, marketing strategy, and community outreach.
Elizabeth also spent three years at Chicago magazine, most recently as its Digital Engagement Editor, where she managed the organization’s social media and reader engagement initiatives. Elizabeth also works as a freelance content strategist, writer, and communications consultant. Her recent writings on impact entrepreneurship have been featured by the Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business.
In 2007, Elizabeth helped open a private school for underprivileged children while volunteering for a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic. This experience inspired her to quit a paper-pushing job at an insurance brokerage firm to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.