News and Announcements

News and Announcements

2013-14 Exemplary Teachers Announced

Two 3M Outstanding Economic Educators: Kerry DiFusco - Indian Prairie School District 204 in Naperville, Jessica Weldon - Elmhurst Cmty Unit Sch Dist 205, as well as five STAR in the Classroom teachers will be recognized for their exemplary work in the classroom this past school year.  All award winning teachers will be honored at our Annual Economic Educators Day Luncheon on October 21 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The five STAR educators include: 

  • Doug Banwart, Astoria High School (WIU region)
  • John Egan, Providence St Mel School, Chicago (UIC region)
  • Christine Johnson, Sycamore High School (NIU region)
  • Kaye Kooi, Spring Brook Elementary School, Naperville (NIU region)
  • Valerie Kooy, Memorial Jr High School, Lansing (GSU region)

STEM Events

NIU STEMfest scheduled for Saturday, October 18 from 10-5 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Econ Illinois K-12 teacher booth of resources is one of many exhibits featuring STEM Learning Exchanges, NIU College departments, regional research firms and corporations to engage students to consider STEM programs of study.

Join in the fun! NIU STEM Outreach increases STEM literacy and interest for K-12 students, families, and educators. Delivering off-campus programs and on-campus activities that increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among students, their families, and educators. Information on numerous outreach programs is also offered, including NIU's STEM departments and the colleges.

CEE Holds 53rd Annual Conference

The Council for Economic Education’s 53rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference was a nationwide meeting of K–12 educators, local CEE affiliates from across the country, Federal Reserve partners, and other educators in this field. Held October 9-11, teachers from 36 states attended the conference in Dallas - including several Illinois teachers. View the conference link to see a bit about what you missed! 

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.

Building the Financial Literacy of Illinois Students

The Council for Economic Education, in collaboration with Econ Illinois, held a policy luncheon on June 10.

The 2014 Survey of the States shows that Illinois has fallen off the map in Financial Literacy. There are no statewide standards for Financial Literacy in place and the current consumer education mandate is not considered a required high school course. Even so, some schools and districts in the state have taken steps to ensure that all students receive the financial education they need for success in the future. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has been a leader in the state and the nation in promoting financial literacy education in K-12 classrooms.

The event brought attention to the importance of economic and financial literacy education and highlighted the success of CPS in addressing this subject area. Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune, served as the moderator delivering panel discussions on policy and practice in Chicago and across Illinois. Speakers from CPS, Ariel Academy, Capital One, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois State Legislature, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and PwC presented information applicable to all.

Our goal of the program was for attendees to leave with an understanding of the need for state-wide standards in Financial Literacy and information on how to replicate successful financial literacy programs across the state. Administrators, active educators, and others engaged in educational policy attended the event.

The Survey of the States and this event were funded by Capital One.

Survey of the States

Every two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The 2014 Survey of the States shows notable progress over the past 15 years since the first survey was conducted. The biennial survey serves as an important benchmark for progress. 

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. 

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.

Videos

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»