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GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economics

JohnCook 199x300 GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economicsThe Council for Economic Education proudly congratulates John Cook, Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

John Cook had two teachers growing up in Cordele, Ga., – Janet Robinson and Sharon Stewart – who had such an impact on his learning, they inspired his teaching style.

“They made their subjects come alive in a way that continues to stay with me,” says Cook, who now teaches economics at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia.  “Mrs. Stewart taught my enrichment class in middle school, and we were always putting on radio plays or doing activities like building bridges out of toothpicks. Mrs. Robinson was my ninth grade English teacher, and she was great at getting me excited about reading and writing. I remember both teachers’ classrooms always being welcoming, exciting places. They both gave me a love for school.” Read more…

POSTED: June 7, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

New Jersey Econ Challenge Winners Visit CNBC Studios

Bergen County Academies of Hackensack, NJ placed first in their state and 25th overall in the National Semi-Finals of the 2013 National Economics Challenge.

The winning team recently visited the CNBC Worldwide Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ with Joe DiFiglia, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for Economic Education.

Congratulations to the team for their first place win in New Jersey, and here’s a photo of the team, their teacher and Joe enjoying the tour of CNBC.

Bergen County Academies CNBC visit New Jersey Econ Challenge Winners Visit CNBC Studios

POSTED: June 5, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

Washington State Econ Challenge Winners Receive Local Love

The four finalist teams in CEE’s National Economics Challenge face each other in the final round in a “quiz-bowl” format held in New York City, this year on May 19.  Each team must have previously won in its state and been one of the top four highest scoring teams at the National Semi-Finals competition in order to advance to the championship series.

This year’s third place winner in the David Ricardo Division was Olympia High School from Olympia, Washington.

The team, comprised of students Josh Borden, Marissa Grubbs, Luke Johnson and Laura Smit, with coach Brian LeTourneau, received a warm welcome when they returned home to Washington with their trophies. Read more…

POSTED: June 3, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Little Falls Community High School Receives Local Recognition as Econ Challenge Finalists

One of eight Finalist teams in the 13th Annual National Economics Challenge is getting great press in the local community.

Little Falls Community High School will once again vie for the title of National Champion this weekend in New York City. The Morrison County Record highlighted their achievement in this article.

“We applaud Little Falls’ success in qualifying for the National Economics Challenge,” says Donald Liu, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, host of the Minnesota Economics Challenge. “Their success is a testament to Minnesota’s strong economics educators and students, both of which are so crucial in today’s changing global environment.”

In conjunction with the Finals this weekend, CEE asked the eight Finalist teams to prepare a video profile that shows who they are as people, students and scholars. Get over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite team. The team with the most votes will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for their school and a $25 iTunes gift card for each student from the team.

Stay tuned for updates from New York City this weekend as the eight Finalist teams battle for the title of National Champions!

POSTED: May 16, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

Preparing for Global Competition

Patricia Wright 213x300 Preparing for Global CompetitionBy Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

It is always satisfying to watch a student’s face light up when he or she grasps a previously baffling concept or idea.

Even more satisfying is the moment when a student not only “gets it,” but also understands why something is worth knowing and how it might make a difference in his or her own life.

Empowering students was the goal of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance in April.  I had the privilege of addressing high school students from across the Commonwealth who had triumphed in the online portion of the competition and were battling it out in the championship rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their energy was contagious, and I was impressed by their command of this critical subject matter.

The Governor’s Challenge, sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), highlights real-world financial skills and economic concepts that the state Board of Education incorporated into a now-required high school course in economics and personal finance.

By passing the course, students will come to understand their role and opportunities in the global marketplace. They will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to make smart decisions as adults about spending, saving, investing, risk taking and, even, starting a business.

Meet the 2013 Governor’s Challenge state champions – Western Albemarle High School:

Partnerships allow us to draw upon existing strengths between school divisions, government, the private sector, and groups with specific expertise such as the Council for Economic Education and VCEE.  Together, we can maximize our investments and equip more students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to prosper and secure financial independence.

POSTED: May 2, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Cocktail Party Advice: Never an Economist and Always an Advocate for K-12 Personal Financial Education

Andrew Hill1 225x300 Cocktail Party Advice: Never an Economist and Always an Advocate for K 12 Personal Financial EducationBy Andrew Hill, Economic Education Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Temple University.

Cocktail party conversation can often be difficult for even the most adept conversationalists among us. When meeting new people, an unavoidable topic is always what you do for a living. I was trained in graduate school to expect people to respond in unpredictable ways when I explain that I am an economist. Read more…

POSTED: April 30, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

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