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. For nearly 65 years, our mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. It is only by acquiring economic and financial literacy that children can learn that there are better options for a life well lived, will be able to see opportunity on their horizon line and, ultimately, can grow into successful and productive adults capable of making informed and responsible decisions. The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.
The mission of the Council for Economic Education is two-fold: To advocate for better and greater school-based economic and personal finance education at the K-12 level; and to educate young people in the United States and around the world, primarily through well-prepared teachers, so they may become empowered with economic and financial literacy.
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.
Math in the Real World will provide high school teachers and their students with dynamic, interactive resources to teach math concepts through real-world lessons based in economics and personal finance. Lessons will be available both as a mobile app and through the web. Math in the Real World will include complete lesson plans, each with activities that will engage students with simulations and other tools that take advantage of current technology.
Lessons will integrate concepts such as unemployment, supply and demand, trade, taxes, savings, credit, and other economic and financial concepts with math content such as statistics and probability, geometry, modeling, functions, etc. All content will align with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics as well as national standards in personal finance and economics.
Completed lessons will be compiled into a Math in the Real World mobile app. Lessons also will be available through EconEdLink for classrooms that are not mobile app-ready. The app will also pull in appropriate stories from CEE’s Teaching the News feature and provide questions and strategies for teaching the latest news in the math classroom. Math in the Real World will provide high school educators with an engaging way to connect math to the real economic world around them.
Past experience with writing seminars has shown them to be effective in developing strong lesson writers, and by using the seminar to guide writers’ lessons CEE will ensure that all writers develop lessons that consistently integrate technology into the activities. Each participant will write at least two lessons (one as part of a group during the seminar and one independently after the seminar), all of which must include an activity designed for an online interactive or mobile environment. Lessons will be reviewed by the seminar facilitators and field tested before being considered complete.
The Council for Economic Education is seeking qualified applicants, particularly economics, personal finance, and math educators, who have the commitment and support to continue developing high-quality economic and personal finance education instructional materials after completing this program. CEE will identify a group of 12 content experts and convene a lesson writing seminar on using a variety of instructional strategies, with a focus on active learning in an online/mobile environment. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to economic and personal finance education and to working with their state council and/or local center for economic education.
CEE will train up to 12 writers in a five-day workshop in St. Louis, MO, from December 11-15, 2013. This program is not a study tour. It requires extensive writing and group work before, during the workshop, as well as continued writing from December 2013 - June 2014. During the workshop, individuals will be assigned to work in pairs. After the workshop, participants will be required to develop economics lessons that use an active-learning approach and online interactive. Faculty will provide feedback to participants for the improvement of their lessons, and they will work intensively with writers on improving their lessons to a publishable online form. Housing, meals, and transportation within the U.S.A. will be covered by the Council for Economic Education. Family members may not accompany participants. All participants are required to stay at the workshop hotel.
Preference will be given to Educators who:
1. Enter the program with significant knowledge of economics, personal finance, math, and who have participated in council/center-sponsored workshops or seminars.
2. Demonstrate a commitment to economic and personal finance education, and have an ongoing relationship with their state council and/or local center for economic education. Letters of recommendation from councils/centers are strongly encouraged.
3. Have strong written and oral communication skills.
4. Commit to attend all workshop sessions, to attend all planned activities, and to participate in evening work sessions as required.
5. Commit to participate actively in small groups during the workshop. Group members are expected to work together and to contribute to all writing assignments.
6. Commit to work extensively after the workshop on the development and revision of one lesson in for the secondary level.
7. Commit to meet all deadlines outlined on the application form.
8. Have regular access to a laptop for use at the workshop (December 11-15, 2013).
9. Have regular access to a computer with an e-mail account for communication with faculty.
10. Demonstrate strong relationships with teachers who can field-test developed lessons in their classrooms.
11. Respect copyright laws – that is, plagiarizing will not be tolerated.
12. Respect copyright laws that govern distribution of materials that will be given to program participants.
13. Agree not to engage in religious or other proselytizing.
Applications are due September 17, 2013. Applicants who are selected to participate will be notified by e-mail on or before October 17, 2013. For more information about the Council for Economic Education please visit our website