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CEE Affiliate in the News: UNO Center’s China Seminar

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education hosted a China Seminar for teachers this June. Nebraska’s top export destinations are Canada, followed by Mexico, then Japan and China. But the growth is with the world’s most populous nation: Exports of Nebraska farm products, machinery, chemicals and other goods to China more than doubled between 2005 and 2010 to $229 million, according to state records.

“The event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education, an effort now in its fifth year to encourage teachers to emphasize economic and financial proficiency among their students. About 40 Nebraska teachers attended Tuesday, with expert speakers from business, government and academia scheduled to continue today.”

“The goal is to teach more economics to teachers so they can teach the students,” said James Dick, director of the UNO Center for Economic Education.”

Sid Conrad, an economics teacher at the middle school and high school in Norris, said his students always get a big helping of international trade in his classes. A better working knowledge of Nebraska’s external ties, he said, will allow him to devise talking points that he said will better resonate with Nebraska students.

“International trade is a huge issue,” he said. “Basically, the more you trade, the wealthier you get.”

You can find full coverage of the event and the work done by the UNO Center here.

POSTED: June 17, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

FINRA Releases 2012 National Financial Capability Study

Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe Financial Literacy Should be Taught in Schools

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) released the results of America’s State-by-State Financial Capability Survey. The survey findings are available at www.usfinancialcapability.org, which features an interactive map of the United States, and allows the public, policymakers and researchers to delve into and compare the financial capabilities of Americans across all 50 states and the nation as a whole.

The 2012 Survey asked respondents whether they thought financial education should be taught in schools. An overwhelming majority (89%) of respondents said yes, indicating strong support for increased school based financial education.  As of June 2013, only 16 states require that some sort of personal finance education be offered in high schools and only 15 states require that course for graduation. The Council for Economic Education is working with state affiliates to increase these numbers so that more students have exposure to this important topic as part of the required curriculum. Read more…

POSTED: June 17, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

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: , , , , ,

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