I was awarded a scholarship to attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference from the Massachusetts Council for Economic Education and the Council for Economic Education. I was thrilled to travel to Brooklyn to meet with like-minded educators and business professionals who share a passion for educating our youth about economics and financial literacy. The conference schedule offered sessions for every level of educator, and attendees shared their experience via #CEEconf17 on Twitter.
My favorite session was Laughter, Literature, and Innovation in the Economics Classroom. The presenters modeled great instructional techniques and shared various media with us. The session was interactive, funny, and very well attended. I got so much out of this session that I will be incorporating into my own classes going forward. Here are some of the highlighted items shared during the presentation:
- Why Gift Giving Makes No Economic Sense
- Second Cheapest Wine (to cover pricing, opportunity costs, behavior, tradeoffs, etc)
- I Dare You to Watch This Entire Video (to highlight the concept of waiting)
- Peanut Butter & Cupcake (to discuss complements and substitutions)
- Dirk’s Media Library (a great compilation of media!)
Here’s a sampling of some of the great resources available in the vendor hall:
- CentSai Adulting – relatable personal finance education for students
- EconEdlink – lessons, interactive tools, videos
- NextGen Personal Finance – free financial literacy lessons using articles, videos, interactive activities, assessments and personal finance.
- NEFE – nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families
- Marginal Revolution University – free and engaging economics videos taught by top professors
- Rigged Monopoly from the Wiser Choice (there are other versions of this if you just Google it)
Thank you to Margaret Brooks for assembling the following list of Twitter handles for the state councils!
- Alabama – @EconAlabama
- Arizona – @azcouncileconed
- Arkansas – @economicsar
- California – @TheCCEE
- Colorado – @CCEE_Online
- Florida – @flaeconomics
- Georgia – @Georgiaecon
- Hawaii – @hcee808
- Idaho – @econidaho
- Indiana – @econed_in
- Kansas – @ksecon
- Kentucky – @ky_cee
- Louisiana – @lcee6
- Maryland – @mdeconed
- Massachusetts – @MACouncilEconEd
- Michigan – @michiganecon
- Minnesota – @mceetweets
- Mississippi – @mseconeducation
- Missouri – @moeconomics
- Montana – @econedmontana
- Nebraska – @neeconed
- New Jersey – @njeconomics
- North Carolina – @ncceeoutreach
- Ohio – @ohiocee
- Oklahoma – @okeconedu
- Pennsylvania – @economicspa
- Rhode Island – @RICouncil
- Texas – @economicstexas
- Virginia – @_vcee
- Wisconsin – @EWWCEE
And now for some photos!
About the blogger: Jacqueline Prester is a business and technology teacher at Mansfield High School. She has been nationally recognized for her contributions to education in technology, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and STEM integration. Jacqueline was the 2015 Massachusetts Business Teacher of the Year, a 2016 & 2017 finalist for the Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year, and a 2017 semi-finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Treasurer for MassCUE, on the Board of Directors and as the Secretary for the Massachusetts Business Educators Association, and co-founded Edcamp Southeastern Massachusetts. Connect with her on Twitter @mrsprester or at mrsprester.com.
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