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The Massachusetts Council

Your go-to source for high quality teaching resources and professional development, connecting you with an enthusiastic community focused on economics and personal finance.

Whether online or in-person, in a traditional classroom or in a living room, we support teachers with professional development and educational resources so they can have a positive impact on the financial futures of students in the great state of Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Council offers standards-based curriculum, resources, and professional development that have been designed to build educator and student knowledge, support student participation in competitions, and facilitate educator connections.

“My career has always focused on financial and economic education that empowers individuals to make educated, well-informed decisions throughout their lives. Working with colleagues at the Council for Economic Education to deliver opportunities at the local level is an honor.”

—Dr. Margaret Brooks, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council

The Massachusetts Council: Who We Are

The Massachusetts Council is the local chapter of the Council for Economic Education. We offer CEE programs that are tailored to the needs of Massachusetts teachers of personal finance and economics so they can best serve their local school districts. We focus on:

  • Providing access to high-quality, topical classroom resources for teachers
  • Offering professional development programs that build teachers’ skills and confidence, and supports their MA PDP continuing education credit requirements
  • Increasing the number of Massachusetts students participating in CEE’s National Economics Challenge and National Personal Finance Challenge
  • Advocating for Massachusetts state requirements for K–12 financial literacy
  • Connecting like-minded teachers and fostering a supportive and helpful community

Certified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to provide professional development  (MA PDPs).

Professional Development Opportunities & Events for Educators

News and information about our upcoming programs can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Did you know?

The Council for Economic Education’s EconEdLink offers free professional development training that you can access online. Teachers can watch a webinar for a minimum of 45 minutes and receive a certificate of completion from CEE within 24 hours. Participating in more than 10 webinar hours can count toward MA PDPs.

Register for upcoming webinars or browse the archive of in-demand instructional videos from CEE.

Educator Resources

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The premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance materials for K–12 teachers and their students. Explore hundreds of free online lessons, videos, and classroom interactives, easily searchable by concept, standard, grade level, and subject.

Council for Economic Education Store

Top-rated print materials for Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers. Developed by CEE, our resources include student manuals, teacher guides, lesson plans, and curricula to support the teaching of economics and personal finance.


Margaret Brooks, Executive Director

Dr. Margaret Brooks, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council, is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University, where she has taught Economics full-time since 1984. 

Dr. Brooks also serves as President of Rhode Island Council for Economic Education and President of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition. 

A distinguished economist and advocate for online education, Dr. Brooks has offered innovative economics workshops and programs for teachers and students for more than 25 years. 

A long-time resident of New England, Margaret Brooks was recognized by Providence Business News in 2020 as one of 25 Business Leaders and Achievers for her leadership as President of RI Jump$tart and the RI Council for Economic Education, and for her service as Director of the BSU Office of Financial Literacy. 

Margaret Brooks received a PhD in Economics from Brown University.

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Massachusetts State-Wide Learning Standards

Find related resources such as student work exemplars, quick reference guides, and definitions of terms from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Standards Navigator.

Massachusetts Council Advisory Board

  • Margaret Brooks
    • Executive Director, Massachusetts Council
  • Abby Cox
    • Senior Program Associate, New England, Invest in Girls
  • Stewart Dew
    • Vice President Finance Manager, HarborOne Bank
  • Kevin Gotchet
    • Director of Programs, Council for Economic Education
  • Moonsu Han
    • Economics Professor, North Shore Community College


The Massachusetts Council is a program of the Council for Economic Education.

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