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: , , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Provides New Personal Finance Curriculum For Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has just announced plans to implement a new Financial Literacy Framework to build financial skills at the K-11 level, along with a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders created by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). This initiative is the result of a 4-year partnership with CEE and other leaders in finance and financial education, and will provide students with the necessary real-world skills to navigate today’s financial landscape.  This announcement was formally made at last week’s White House Summit on Financial Literacy, where CEE and the school system were recognized for their ongoing efforts to prioritize financial education in our nation’s schools.

CPS’ 12th grade personal finance course is designed to culminate the K-11 skills taught by the Financial Literacy Framework. The one-semester course will use curriculum provided by the CEE, offering seniors both an academic challenge and an education in the real life lessons they need beyond graduation. The capstone course will be introduced to approximately 25 schools in spring 2013, and is expected to reach all district high schools by 2016. Funding by a $1 million grant, courtesy of Discover Financial Services, will also include training for 250 teachers over the next three years.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this important endeavor by Chicago Public Schools,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of CEE.  “Our graduating seniors are entering college and the workforce woefully unprepared for the real-life financial challenges ahead of them. By providing them with the financial education they need, we hope to change that.”

Additional partners in the development of the Financial Literacy Framework include: Ariel Investments, Econ Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Economic Education, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, JP Morgan Chase, National Endowment for Financial Education, CME Group Foundation (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), Chicago Community Trust, Junior Achievement (JA), Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, EverFi and the Economic Awareness Council. Money Savvy Generation, CARE, Girl Scouts of America/ Journey World, Illinois Credit Union League and Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

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.

POSTED: May 23, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE’s South Africa Training Featured on KEYC-TV

Mankato, MN Teacher Traveling to South Africa

By Russ Joseph, July 13, 2011

Teachers are always looking for new ways to teach their students in this ever–changing world.

The U.S. Department of Education is bringing a Mankato East Junior High teacher to South Africa so she can bring the best educational elements back to Mankato.

Mary Draper is preparing for a trip of a lifetime.

The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Economic Education is bringing the Mankato East Junior High teacher to Washington D.C. and then to South Africa. Read more…

POSTED: July 13, 2011 | BY: admin | TAGS: ,

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