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CEE’s Classroom Mini-Economy Teachers 4th Graders How to Pay the Bills and Have Fun

Kate O’Hagan, a 4th grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY, uses CEE’s ‘Classroom Mini-Economy’ to teach real-world lessons in her class.

The United Federation of Teachers wrote a great article about Kate and her class, “Although they’re having fun, these children at PS 97 in Brooklyn are learning the serious business of being a grown-up in the Classroom Mini-Economy project, which O’Hagan began this past September after taking a free professional development unit on it at the Council for Economic Education in Manhattan.” Read more…

POSTED: February 6, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

Teaching Opportunity – February 2013

In this issue:

  • Advanced Placement Webinars
  • Teaching the News
  • This Day in History
  • Teach the Theme: Debt Ceiling
  • Featured Lesson Plans
  • FRED in the Classroom: Debt and Deficit
  • Mineral-Rich Mongolia
  • What is the “Dutch Disease”?

Read more…

POSTED: February 1, 2013 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS:

CEE in the News: Reality Check

Tennessee is one of only 14 states that require high school students to take a course in personal finance, according to CEE’s Survey of the States biennial report.

“Reality Check,” a program sponsored by the Chattanooga, TN Chamber of Commerce, teaches ninth-grade students how to budget their money. The Chattanooga Times Free Press documented the one-day exercise in an effort to bring attention to the need for financial literacy in high school. Read more…

POSTED: January 23, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Why Students Need Financial Literacy by Brian Page

Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst and a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also writes an education blog that is widely read, and sometime closely scrutinized, but the industry.

Today, her blog featured a guest post by Brian Page, award-winning educator, who demonstrates the same passion and drive for education as Ravitch does.

From Page’s post, “I want our children first introduced to complicated financial concepts and contracts by teachers who love them and who are trying to help them, not by someone trying to trick them. Relying on the school of hard knocks should not be an option anymore. It is time a step is added in the ladder to empower future generations to make wise and informed financial choices. Personal Finance should be integrated into every child’s K-12 educational experience, and a course in Personal Finance should be a semester-long high school graduation requirement.”

We couldn’t agree more. Read the full post here, and see what Ravitch has to say on her blog here.

POSTED: January 16, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Chicago Public Schools Kick Off New Semester with New Personal Finance Curriculum Developed by the Council for Economic Education

Capstone Course of Financial Literacy Framework Equips Students With Necessary Real-World Skills

For many years, Illinois has placed a high priority on the financial literacy of its students, as one of the first states to implement rigorous economic and personal finance standards. This semester, its largest city continues to raise the bar for school systems nationwide: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) introduces a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders with resources developed by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). Read more…

POSTED: January 14, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Free Online Training for Personal Finance Educators

Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education recently launched a website to provide financial education training for teachers and other professionals who deliver financial education programs.  The website can also be viewed by consumers who are interested in learning more about personal finance topics. Read more…

POSTED: December 3, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

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