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Teaching Opportunity – July 2012

POSTED: July 16, 2012 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , ,

In This Issue:

  • Teaching the News: The Other Foreclosure Crisis
  • This Day in History: July 23 Launched the War on Poverty
  • Featured Resources: Activity-based Lessons and State Standards Tool
  • Financial Literacy Conference: Register Now
  • Professional Development Courses At No Cost
  • Join GATE
  • Play Gen i Revolution
  • CEE on The Balancing Act

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Teaching the News

Use these current events to teach the news in your classroom. Following each article you’ll find several related resources from EconEdLink.org for teaching the underlying economics and personal finance concepts.

The other foreclosure crisis: Losing a home for $400 in back taxes
People are losing their homes over unpaid tax bills that, in some cases, add up to just a few hundred dollars.
Learn more…

This Day in History

The Calendar of Historical Events provides 365 days worth of historical facts and interesting developments in personal finance and economics. See what happened on this day in history, and use the related lessons in your classroom.

July 16, 1998
Caught Red Handed
On this day in 1998 Health Care Services Corporation agreed to pay $140 million to the United States government for eight different counts of trying to defraud the government. The company tried to block government attempts to audit their records and shredded and mishandled claims to try and manipulate and obscure the evidence. Along with the fine the company was forced to sign a strict corporate integrity agreement and is constantly under the eye of the government.

July 23, 1964
War On Poverty
On this day in 1964 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson began watching over the passage of a landmark civil rights bill, and Johnson also marshaled the government’s forces in a so-called “War on Poverty.” Towards the end of the “War on Poverty”, he intended to utilize federal funds to train indigent Americans and offer them financial aid.

Featured Resources

Virtual EconomicsDid you know that more than 75 teacher resources and student workbooks from CEE are available on ONE CD-ROM? That’s right—Virtual Economics 4.0 contains over 1,400 activity-based lessons, 51 key economic concepts, and a glossary with over 500 terms. All of the lessons on Virtual Economics have been correlated to the Council for Economic Education Voluntary National Standards in Economics, the Jump$tart Coalition’s National Standards in Personal Finance and the economics standards of 48 states. Through this state standards tool, you can search lessons that are correlated to each standard.

Virtual Economics is a resource every economics teacher should have; available on CD-ROM and flash drive. Buy your copy today!

Annual Conference, October 5-6

Registration is open for the 51st Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference! This year’s conference is October 5-6 in Kansas City, MO. Join us for a nationwide annual gathering of educators including K-12 teachers, college and university professors and Federal Reserve partners.

Who should attend?

  • K-12 teachers in Social Studies, Economics, Mathematics, Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Curriculum Developers, Superintendents, Principals and Assistant Principals
  • All educators working in the fields of financial literacy and/or economic education

Why you should join us in Kansas City:

  • Learn about the latest in curriculum development, teaching strategies, new programs and best practices.
  • Get introduced to new products and lesson plans, including the revised Advanced Placement Economics curriculum, the Personal Finance Standards, and Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation.
  • Network with colleagues from across the country. Share tips, tricks and resources with attendees you see every year – or meet someone new!

Attend professional development workshops and sessions, such as:

  • Teaching the Common Core
  • Using CEE’s online game Gen i Revolution with students
  • Personal finance concepts in the elementary, middle and high school classrooms

Professional Development Courses At No Cost

Revive your lessons and invigorate your teaching with free professional development at the HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education.

CEE offers free workshops and professional development for K-12 educators who teach economics, personal finance, social studies, business and entrepreneurship.

Join fellow teachers in New York City this summer to discover new lesson plans, teaching techniques and emerging technology tools to make the classroom an engaging place for your students.

Don’t have a trip planned to New York this summer? Contact your local CEE affiliate for workshop opportunities near you. CEE and its network of affiliates host hundreds of professional development opportunities each year.


Comprised of teachers from around the world, the Global Association of Teachers of Economics is the one-stop resource for teachers with a zeal for economic, personal finance and entrepreneurship education.

Benefits of Becoming a GATE Member:

  • 20% Discount on Council for Economic Education materials.
  • Save $100 off the registration fee for The Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.
  • Regular updates on Council for Economic Education products and services.
  • Opportunity to connect with other economics and personal finance educators to share ideas, get tips about resources and other important topics.
  • Participate in peer discussion groups and research studies regarding important financial literacy and economic education issues.

Play Gen i Revolution

Gen i RevolutionCan you save the world from financial disaster? Join the thousands of teachers and students who have played Gen i Revolution.

Gen i Revolution is a free online game for middle school and high school students to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates. Students learn about investing and key finance concepts by battling the “Murktide” and saving the world from financial confusion in 15 interactive missions. Each mission takes about 30 minutes to complete, making it an excellent activity in the classroom or as a homework assignment.

CEE on The Balancing Act

It’s important that our kids know and understand how finance works to help them make responsible choices when they grow up and become participants in the global economy. CEE’s President and CEO Nan J. Morrison talks to Danielle Knox on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television about the importance of economic and financial literacy in the K-12 classroom, CEE’s Financial Fitness for Life program, Playful Economics for young learners, and the roles played by parents and teachers in raising financially literate children in today’s economy.

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