Each year, MCEE honors Minnesota's best educators with a number of teaching awards. These awards are open to any Minnesota educator, grades K-12.
Educators are welcome to apply for these awards throughout the spring and summer each year. Award winners are honored at EconFest, hosted by MCEE each fall.
Teachers can also be nominated by colleagues, and our annual EconFest event is open to anyone who wants to celebrate successful educators.
Below is a comprehensive list of the awards given, with links to individual pages that contain information on eligibility, the nomination process, and more.
The 3M Economic Educator of the Year award recognizes one teacher each year who has a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education.
The 3M Rising Star Award recognizes one newer teacher annually who shows a commitment to economic education and professional development.
The 3M Innovative Economic Educator Award recognizes teachers who create and implement innovative lessons that increase K-12 economic understanding. Two awards are given each year. Secondary and elementary teachers are eligible.
The Thrivent Personal Finance Leadership Award recognizes a teacher who shows commitment to personal finance education and professional growth.
The Thrivent Personal Finance Educator Award recognizes teachers who create and implement creative lessons that increase personal finance understanding. Two awards are given each year. Secondary and elementary teachers are eligible.
The Thrivent Personal Finance Community Educator Award recognizes a community organization or individual each year that shows a sustained commitment to financial education and actively promotes financial education with the community they serve.
A special thank you to our awards sponsors, 3M and Thrivent.