The only statewide conference for secondary and elementary teachers with a focus on teaching economics and personal finance, MCEE's annual conference is two days of sharing, learning, and networking during the summer. Enhance your content knowledge and walk away with new resources, lessons, and ideas for bringing economics to life in your classroom!
The 2017 Annual Conference on Teaching Economics & Personal Finance was August 1 & 2. This year's conference included exclusive elementary educator programming from from Professor Curt Anderson, University of Minnesota-Duluth, retired, and Geanie Channell! Curt and Geanie have been working with Economics Arkansas to develop a series of K-5 teaching guides that bundle economic concepts into 12 concept statements that tell the story of economics in a thoughtfully sequenced manner. Each durable, eight-page, fold out guide contains background and examples, an introductory activity, three reproducible activity pages with teaching notes, and extensions. Curt and Geanie spent the day on August 1 in 4 sessions for elementary teachers presenting these new materials and guiding teachers through using them.
The first day of the conference also included morning sessions for secondary teachers and pre-service teachers, an afternoon edcamp, exhibitor fair, and the 2017 Claudia Parliament Distinguished Lecture featuring keynote speaker Julie Sweitzer, Executive Director of the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota. The CRC works in partnership with PreK-12 educators and others to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in higher education. See a full conference agenda here.
Day two of the conference featured two post-conference all-day workshops for secondary teachers and pre-service teachers on economics and personal finance. Teachers chose between High School Economics, using Council for Economic Education publication High School Economics, 3rd Ed. and giving teachers hands-on activities for teaching high school economics, and Making Personal Finance Decisions, using the award-winning curriculum of the same name originally created by MCEE and recently revised in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, that provides teachers with 20 interactive lessons in ten areas of personal finance including thinking economically, planning and tracking, earning income, paying taxes, budgeting, borrowing, and protecting.
Thank you to our 2017 conference sponsor