Economics Challenge

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: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

CEE Report – Summer 2012

Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

“We know that education is everything to our children’s future. We know that they will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the world.”
–  President Barack Obama

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POSTED: July 9, 2012 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Teaching Opportunity – June 2012

CEE is pleased to provide you with Teaching Opportunity, our newsletter for educators. Each month we’ll provide new lessons, special promotions, news for teachers and tips for the classroom.

In This Issue:

  • Did you miss the 2012 Economics Challenge?
  • Join GATE today
  • Nominate a Teacher of the Year
  • New Teacher Resource: Entrepreneurship Economics
  • This Day in History
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Help us reach our $200,000 goal!

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POSTED: June 14, 2012 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , ,

Belmont High School and Little Falls Community High School Win 2012 National Economics Challenge Championships

Students competed against nearly 6,000 others to be honored as the Nation’s brightest

NEW YORK – May 21, 2012 – Belmont High School of Belmont, MA, and Little Falls Community High School of Little Falls, MN placed first in their divisions of an exciting quiz bowl to become the national champions of the 2012 National Economics Challenge, presented by the Council for Economic Education (CEE).

Belmont, competing in the Adam Smith division of students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or honors courses, beat The Harker School of San Jose, CA, 15-6; while Little Falls, competing in the David Ricardo division for students enrolled in introductory-level economics courses, beat Carmel High School from Carmel, IN, with a score of 15-4.

Teams who competed to win the national title placed as follows:

Adam Smith division

  • Belmont High School, Belmont, MA – 1st Place
  • The Harker School, San Jose, CA – 2nd Place
  • Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX – 3rd Place
  • Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, IL – 4th Place

David Ricardo division

  • Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN – 1st Place
  • Carmel High School, Carmel, IN – 2nd Place
  • Iolani School, Honolulu, HI – 3rd Place
  • Michael E. DeBakey High School, Houston, TX – 4th Place

Belmont was led by coach Bryan Corrigan, and his team members were Ben Goodman, Robbie Gibson, John Lazenby and Even Green.  Little Falls was led by coach Tom Stockard, and his team members were Derek Toso, Adam Grams, Caleb Hardekopf and Michael Borders.

More than 1,500 high school teams in 33 states contended for a spot in the championship in New York City. Finalist teams competed in the oral quiz bowl about complex economic concepts and theories of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics and current events.

“CEE wants to ensure that economics and personal finance concepts are taught to our students – and that these concepts stick with them through adulthood,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of the Council for Economic Education. “As these remarkable young people have shown us this weekend, teaching these subjects at a young age provides students with the strong foundation to grow into tomorrow’s leaders.”

The 2012 National Economics Challenge was made possible by generous support from State Farm®.

Watch the National Economics Challenge here.

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance—so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in the global economy. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and approximately 5 million students.

About the National Economics Challenge

The CEE created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, advance academics and school spirit and reward scholarship. In 2011, more than 1,200 teams of high school students participated in 32 states nationwide. The National Economics Challenge is one of several key initiatives in the CEE’s “Campaign for Economic Literacy” which seeks to focus public attention on the importance of economic literacy and the need for a high-quality, standards-based economics curriculum in every state.

POSTED: May 21, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

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