In This Issue:
- Register for CEE’s Annual Conference
- 4th Edition AP Economics
- New Common Core Alignment Tool
- Join the Gen i Revolution
- Sign Up for a Free myEEL Account
- Get Ready for the 2014 National Economics Challenge
- Summer Professional Development near you
- Spotlight On: Massachusetts Council on Economic Education
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Register for CEE’s Annual Conference
Don’t miss your chance to register for CEE’s 52nd Annual Conference, taking place Oct. 3-5 in Baltimore, MD. Educators from across the nation attend our conference every year and take advantage of our cutting-edge programming regarding the latest curriculum development, instructional materials, teaching strategies, new programs and best practices. Our conference also offers a unique opportunity to meet with fellow educators face-to-face during networking sessions and roundtable discussions on shared issues.
Some highlights of this year’s conference include:
- Demonstrations of CEE’s new correlation tool to find standards and related lessons for the K-12 classroom
- Sessions focused on building a financial literacy curriculum for your school
- Special luncheon honoring teachers of excellence whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding in the teaching of economics and financial literacy
- Annual awards dinner recognizing individuals whose outstanding and dedicated service has had a significant impact on the delivery and enhancement of economic and financial education
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel reservation deadline is September 18th.
4th Edition AP Economics
CEE recently released the 4th edition of its AP Economics textbooks for teachers and students. The new edition of the teacher’s manual includes all the changes to the test since the last edition and revised lesson plans with up-to-date examples. The 4th edition also offers guidance on paring down content for better emphasis of essential AP economics concepts. CEE relied on teacher feedback to reorganize much of the material from previous editions into the more comprehensive 4th edition.
Take advantage of the summer months to review all of the new resources included in this edition.
New Common Core Alignment Tool
CEE has created a new tool to help K-12 educators align lessons with the widely-adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The standards have been adopted by 47 states since 2010 and are part of a larger initiative to unify varied state curricula.
The CEE tool is designed to make it easy for educators to find lessons in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) that correlate to a specific standard in the CCSS. The tool aligns 77 mathematics lessons and 354 ELS lessons to the CCSS.
Click here to search our lessons and the applicable standards.
Join the Gen i Revolution
This fall, CEE will launch the Gen i Revolution Contest. Students will have the chance to compete in teams or individually for prizes and classroom rewards by creating new missions for the Gen i online game. The winning entry will see their mission included in the game.
Developed for middle school and high school students, Gen i Revolution guides its users through a series of 15 missions, helping them learn important personal finance skills as they battle the Murktide.
Stay tuned for more details on the contest!
Sign Up for a Free myEEL Account
CEE’s EconEdLink is a database of hundreds of online economic and personal finance lessons for K-12 teachers. Each lesson, which includes a teacher’s and a student’s version, is designed to fit any classroom setting or teaching method. By registering for a myEconEdLink account, you’ll also:
- Be able to add your own notes, save lessons, and receive notifications when new resources are available
- Have access to a custom quiz builder
- Receive access to an administration page for the Student Version of Virtual Economics 4.0 where you will be able to monitor your students’ work and progress with the VE 4.0 videos and quizzes
- Receive a 20% discount on CEE’s resources
Sign up for a myEconEdLink account to access these lessons and features today!
Read more about this resource here.
Get Ready for the 2014 National Economics Challenge
CEE’s National Economics Challenge will soon be heating up for next year. The competition begins this fall. Teams and coaches should check with their local council or center for specific start dates in their state. Competitions are held at the State, National Semi-Final, and National Final levels in the Adam Smith Division (for AP and IB Economics students) and David Ricardo Division (for students who have only taken one economics course).
State Economics Challenge winners advance to the National Semi-Finals, from which the top 4 scoring teams and their coach, in each division, win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the 2014 National Finals for a chance to take home a national title and $1000 cash prize (totaling to $20,000 in cash prizes). See all the excitement from the competition in our 2013 Economics Challenge Highlights video.
Last year over 10,000 students from across the country competed in the National Economics Challenge—will yours be among the competitors this year?
Read more about the National Economics Challenge on our website.
Summer Professional Development near you
Find a local CEE Council or Center and inquire about their summer schedule. Participants receive materials and training that can be utilized immediately in your classroom.
Spotlight On: Massachusetts Council on Economic Education
“We are here for you,” is the message Massachusetts Council on Economic Education (MCEE) hopes to convey through its Teachers Advisory Committee (TAC). This standing committee of the MCEE’s Board of Directors was created to be a liaison between the Board and teachers in the state and answer two important questions: “1) What do our customers need? 2) Are we meeting those needs?”
In early 2011, MCEE convened a wide-ranging discovery session with a group of economics and personal finance teachers. There was universal agreement on one priority: a forum for sharing ideas. The solution: create an advisory committee of teachers to maximize idea flow, facilitate programs, and allow for rapid course corrections.
Following the selection of teachers and Richard Donnelly, Bedford High School economics teacher as Committee Chair and as an MCEE Board member, the first meeting was held in August 2011. The results of the TAC’s first project, a survey designed to pinpoint the most desirable aspects of professional development (PD), gave high marks to PD that focused on content as well as teaching methods, offered the opportunity to hear experts on economics and personal finance, and facilitated the ability for teachers to collaborate on lesson plans. With this information, in June 2012 the TAC held the first of many workshops designed by teachers for teachers.