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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: , , , ,

High school teachers can win a free Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation from H&R Block Dollars & Sense

As teachers, you know personal finance skills are critical to your students’ future success, but educating them in a way that is as intriguing as texting and gaming can be a challenge.

H&R Block Dollars & Sense, which provides personal finance curriculum and scholarships to high schools nationwide, has partnered with CEE to bring additional financial education resources to teachers across America, powered by Gen i Revolution, an online game that provides a fun and motivating learning environment for students. Read more…

POSTED: November 2, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Never Too Young: Personal Finance Program for Young Learners

CEE has partnered with ING DIRECT Kids Foundation to pilot and release a personal finance after-school program, Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners, for elementary school students focusing on effective decision-making and the development of crucial life skills.

This financial literacy program, a complete curriculum designed specifically for after school/out of school, is structured as 12 units to be taught over the course of two to four months.  The program will help young students understand concepts such as the basics of banking and credit, the cost to run a family and the importance of cost-benefit analysis in making purchases.

First piloted in Wilmington, DE and St. Cloud, MN, in conjunction with the Delaware Council on Economic Education, the St. Cloud State University Center for Economic Education and the Boy Scouts of America, this financial literacy program can be brought directly to other communities throughout the United States.

Watch the video trailer of the program:

Never Too Young trailer Never Too Young: Personal Finance Program for Young Learners

Watch the video of the pilot program to learn how to implement Never Too Young in your community.

Never Too Young Never Too Young: Personal Finance Program for Young Learners

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POSTED: October 18, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Summer planning leads to improved performance for the school year

There is no better time than the slower days of summer to prepare for the school year ahead. Add some of these ideas to your preparation and you’ll start the next semester ahead of the game!

  • The Council for Economic Education has a nationwide network of local affiliates that provide free professional development for teachers. If you are looking for help or guidance with materials such as Virtual Economics, Stock Market Game training and the National Economics Challenge – contact your local affiliate. All 50 states have economic education centers to help teachers find and use K-12 classroom resources, find ideas from fellow teachers that work with students and offer workshops and more opportunities to grow in the field.
  • CEE’s 51st Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference is October 4-6, 2012 in Kansas City, MO. GATE members receive $100 off the registration fee. This is the best opportunity to meet other K-12 teachers of economics. October 5-6 are conference days dedicated just to teachers. We have a full schedule of professional development, workshops, teacher roundtables and networking events. Join us for the opportunity of a lifetime to meet new friends and reunite with old connections. Register today!
  • Economics is all around you. Every teacher and their students are CONSUMERS, PRODUCERS, SAVERS and CONTRIBUTORS in the economy now! There are daily opportunities to tie classroom content to local events, activities and more. Check out EconEdLink for free classrooms lessons that make current events teachable moments.

Have a great summer and a successful start to your school year ahead. You CAN do this and become a better teacher in economics with a bit of planning and preparation!

Bruce Damasio
Maryland Council on Economic Education
Former GATE President and current GATE Advisory Board Member

POSTED: July 18, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

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