Stover publishes Booker T. Washington lesson on national site
JMU’s Lynne Stover has authored a lesson on Booker T. Washington, who was born a slave in Virginia but rose to a distinguished career in higher education. The lesson, recently published on the Council for Economic Education’s national website econedlink, draws out economic content in the picture book Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim. Stover’s lesson includes content, activities, and links to additional resource materials. Here again is a link to the lesson:
and here is a link to all of Stover’s currently available lessons on econedlink.org:
Two institutes set for summer 2014
Two institutes geared toward teachers of the required high school class in economics and personal finance are set for JMU in the summer of 2014. The Economics Institute, set for July 7-8-9 and 14-15-16, covers the economics portion of the class with instruction on content, methods and materials. The Personal Finance Institute, set for July 21-25, not only covers the personal finance part of the course but also provides excellent materials for personal financial planning by teachers. The institutes, coordinated by the Virginia Council on Economic Education, are free to participants, thanks to generous financial support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Capital One, the Genworth Foundation, Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc., the SunTrust Foundation, the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation and Wells Fargo. More information and registration are available at http://www.vcee.org/workshop/view/886 (economics) and http://www.vcee.org/workshop/view/887 (personal finance).
Spring workshop series open for enrollment
The Center for Economic Education’s spring workshop series includes a variety of subjects for K-12 educators, from the Stock Market Game to children’s literature. All workshops feature free registration, and certificates for recertification points as allowed by your school system. Read more about the workshops and sign up at the workshop registration page. (We will be moving to the Ice House on South Liberty Street from our current offices at 1598 S. Main St. early in 2014, but the workshop series is unaffected. Although our telephones may be down for a few days during the move, we will continue to answer email submitted though our contact page.)
Teachers recognized in state competition
Two local teachers have been recognized as state winners in economic education competition sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education. Receiving a joint third place prize in K-12 competition statewide were Teresa Cooper of John Wayland Elementary School and Amy Wheeler of Harrisonburg High School.
Cooper’s project, “Grandpap’s Story,” helped fourth grade students understand choice, natural resources and ethics, using family history and an environmental decision.Wheeler’s project, on the theme “Pedometers Make Cents,” was a budget-fitness project that awarded students virtual money for pedometer-measured activity and then guided students through making economic choices with the money.
Stover recognized with statewide award
Lynne F. Stover, associate director for program in the JMU Center for Economic Education, received the 2013 “Friend of VAASL” award from the Virginia Association of School Librarians. Stover served as librarian at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School in Rockingham County before joining the JMU center, and continues to write library lessons. At left, Stover receives her award at the VAASL convention in Williamsburg in November.
GEM Fair March 12
This years Global Entrepreneurship Marketplace Fair (GEM Fair) is set for March 12 at the JMU Festival Conference Center. At a GEM Fair, students from Mini-Economies across the region bring their products to sell in a simulated international marketplace. Information and registration materials will be posted as available at the GEM Fair page on this site.
PwC sponsors video competition
PwC’s is sponsoring a financial literacy award recognizing educators’ efforts in the field with a video competition. Entrants submit a one-to-three (1–3) minute video demonstrating learning activities, such as PwC’s financial literacy curriculum, and real-world application to bring the topic to life. The first place winner will receive an iPad for classroom use and $5,000 for his or her high school to support financial literacy education. Two honorable mention recipients will each receive $2,500 for his or her school. All winning educators also receive priority entry into the 2014 PwC and Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility.
All teachers who submit a complete award application will receive a $100 DonorsChoose.org e-gift card. The application period is open now and closes on December 20, 2013. Additional information on the award can be found on PwC’s Financial Literacy Award webpage. See more at: http://www.councilforeconed.org/2013/11/01/teaching-opportunity-november-2013/#sthash.eiB6SUWJ.dpuf