With the help of resources from YES, a classic economic education video series from the Shenandoah Valley has been restored from VHS cassettes. Now made available on YouTube, “Money Matters: The Role of Money in an Economy,” features exemplary Shenandoah Valley teachers. It premiered at Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater in 2000 and was distributed statewide by the Virginia Department of Education.
With VHS technology becoming obsolete, YES arranged to restore the video and upload it to YouTube for free use for any educational purpose. Downloadable .PDF teacher resources were also recovered (links below). The 50-minute video has been separated into its five segments, each featuring a different teacher:
1. Series introduction and Dennis Durost’s money lessons (kindergarten)
2. Sue Haley’s Oobleck factory (1st grade)
3. Yvette Weaver’s Mini-Society (3rd grade)
4. Andrea Freeland’s Reality Check (4th grade)
5. Andrea Nolley’s Money in the Community (5th grade), ending with production credits
A companion set of materials, developed by James Madison University’s William C. Wood, is still available in two downloadable .PDF teacher’s guides:
- The Role of Money in an Economy (mostly macroeconomics)
- and An Economy at Work (mostly microeconomics)
Original production was overseen by Teresa Harris of JMU’s College of Education. Videography and editing were done by Jeffrey Butler. The entire enterprise was funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education.