News and Announcements
News and Announcements
Econ Illinois teachers recognized at luncheon in Springfield
The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), honored 36 educators who were chosen as exemplary in their field of expertise during the 2012-13 school year. The educators, all of whom earned awards for their work teaching specific subjects, were recognized during a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. Twelve teachers, who participate in Econ Illinois programs, were recognized for their efforts in the classroom. Nine of the twelve were in attendance at the luncheon:
- Helene Caliva, Robert Clow Elementary School, Naperville
- Carol Cohran, Grisby Middle School, Granite City
- Kerry DiFusco, White Eagle School, Naperville
- Patrick Fardy, South High School, Downers Grove
- Kathleen Gienko, St Bartholomew School, Chicago
- Dave Meyer, Sycamore Middle School
- Mirsad Spahovic, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Chicago
- Alison Upton-Dunmore, South Elgin High School
- Terry Vaughn, Germantown Hills Middle School, Metamora
Those recognized but unable to attend the event include:
- Joan Kane, Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago
- Dave Kush, Homewood-Flossmoor High School
- Karen Sassetti, Proviso West High School, Hillside
Watch the 2013 National Economics Challenge
The 13th Annual National Economics Challenge culminated with an exciting quiz bowl that was aired live on Sunday, May 19. For more information on the winning teams and to view available photos visit the Council for Economic Education's Facebook page.
3M Economic Educator Award application available!
Nominations/entries for the 3M Awards will be accepted through July 15. Nominations may be made by a supervisor/administrator, a colleague, a local Center or Office for Economic Education, the Econ Illinois staff, or by the nominee through self-nomination. All K-12 educators teaching economic education may apply. Two winners are selected from among nominees each year. 3M Outstanding Economic Educator award winners receive $500 and a plaque. Their school receives a $350 grant for economic education professional development and/or materials. Apply today!
Nation’s Report card
The National Assessment Governing Board recently released the results of The Nation's Report Card: Economics 2012, Grade 12 during an April 24 webinar. In case you missed the report card release, you may view an archived version of the webinar here, and you can read panelist statements and review additional materials here.
Financial Literacy Month recap
CEE continued to raise awareness for the importance of financial literacy education for K-12 teachers and students by providing events, lectures, teacher workshops, resources, free lessons and webinars for educators, industry leaders, and people with a vested interest in raising the levels of financial literacy in the United States. Our nationwide efforts produced tangible results, including teachers trained in our professional development workshops, an increase in free resources offered, and press coverage of our new National Standards for Financial Literacy.
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.
UIC CEE Working Paper Series
The UIC Center for Economic Education website features a list of working papers on a variety of economic education topics. Helen Roberts, Director of the UIC Center is one of the contributing authors.
New National Standards for Financial Literacy
The National Standards for Financial Literacy provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. A student who masters the knowledge embodied in the standards should be able to avoid making poor financial decisions, understand the economic reasons behind the trade-offs between financial choices, and know the basis for their own decisions.
Learn more and download your free copy of the new standards here.
Archived Webinars for Economics and Personal Finance Education
CEE is pleased to offer free webinars for K-12 teachers, after school providers, curriculum developers, partners and anyone who has an interest in furthering economics and personal finance education in our nation’s schools.
Teacher shows why The Stock Market Game should be in YOUR classroom!
Tom Kowalewski, Virginia High School, created this video file for a course project. See how the SMG program can help reinforce teaching goals and provide life skills for students. Tom recommends Money Spin educational puzzle activity from White Bag Software. Watch»
Pritzker Elementary- SMG in the classroom
This Web-Documentary produced by The Stock Market Game and the "Pearson Foundation chronicles Pritzker Elementary's teacher Jerry Weissbuch and his use of the SMG program in the classroom and after school. Watch»
Managing Risk at CME Group - How it all Works
This is a great and yet very simple introduction to the vital role CME Group plays in helping people manage their risk on a daily basis. It breaks the terminology and general concepts down into terms everyone can understand. A great video to play in the classroom too. Students who tour the CME Group/Chicago Board of Trade see this video as part of that visit. Watch»