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CEE Honors New York Metro Area Top Economic Educators with 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards

POSTED: October 15, 2013 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: ,

This month, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) will honor three outstanding educators in the New York metropolitan area with the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards. These teachers have distinguished themselves by raising the bar for economic education, and will receive the Sloan Award at CEE’s annual Visionary Awards gala on October 22.

The Sloan Award is presented to economic educators in the New York metropolitan area who have shown excellence and innovative teaching methods in their classrooms. The award aims to promote economic literacy at the K-12 level by recognizing teachers who effectively deliver this important content in their classrooms and achieve results.

“We are thrilled to present the Sloan awards to these outstanding teachers,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE President and CEO. “We hope that the honorees and their achievements will inspire even more teachers to integrate economics into the classroom.”

This year’s Sloan Award recipients are:

Saji James, Conrad High School
Staten Island, NY

Kathleen Brennan, Mount Saint Mary Academy
Watchung, NY

Wendy Garcia-Buchanan, Park Avenue Elementary
Freehold, NJ

Saji James teaches economics and global history to 10th-12th graders at Conrad High School. Throughout his 15 years in education, Mr. James has dedicated his work to teaching at alternative or transfer schools. At Conrad, Mr. James teaches students who need a second chance to earn their high school diploma. He works hard to motivate his students by relating his lessons to their everyday lives.

Kathleen Brennan has been an educator for 14 years and teaches AP Economics, AP Statistics and Financial Literacy at Mount Saint Mary’s School. She strives to make each lesson unique and keeps her students engaged by offering a variety of interactive activities during her lessons, such as videos, skits, songs, and podcasts.

Wendy Garcia-Buchanan has spent 19 years teaching students from kindergarten to fourth grade. She has created innovative lessons in her economics class by having her students create a fictitious family for which they must budget and invest the family funds. Ms. Buchanan’s students participate in The Stock Market Game during which they use technology to research stocks and companies to inform their investment decisions.

Honorees will each receive $5,000 and their respective school will receive a cash award of $2,500 to use to support economic and financial education. Honorees will also be offered the opportunity to share best practices with their colleagues by co-facilitating a training workshop for area teachers and sharing their best lessons with teachers nationwide through CEE’s online assets.

The awards will be presented along with the CEE Visionary Awards on October 22 at The Pierre Hotel in New York.

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About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. For almost 65 years, the Council’s mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. It is only by acquiring economic and financial literacy that children can learn that there are better options for a life well lived, will be able to see opportunity on their horizon line and, ultimately, can grow into successful and productive adults capable of making informed and responsible decisions.

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About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, the Foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance. The Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards are funded through the Foundation’s Civic Initiatives program, which aims to benefit the New York City metropolitan area in ways that advance the Foundation’s mission.

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