- Banner School in Financial Readiness
- Best Practices
- College Knowledge Project
- Economics Challenge
- Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL)
- Financial Literacy Challenge
- Focus on the Economy
- International Economic Summit (IES)
- Learning, Earning and Investing (LEI)
- Master Teacher in Economics (MTE)
- Master Teacher in Entrepreneurship (MTEnt)
- Stock Market Game (SMG)
- Teacher of the Year – Economics
- Virtual Economics 4.0 (VE)
- Youth Asset Development (YAD)
Banner School in Financial Readiness
The purposes of the Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness are:
*To recognize Mississippi schools who are effectively teaching students economic, financial and entrepreneurial skills.
*To reward demonstrated success in student achievement in economic and financial literacy and
*To reward students who are experiencing the greatest success in achieving demonstrated economic and financial literacy.
Award winners receive recognition in a formal program and student scholarships. Selected schools will receive a Banner to display at their school designating the school as a Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness and administrators will be given the opportunity to award $500 scholarships to at least three students who are achieving the highest success.
The Purposes of the Best Practices Award Program are to recognize outstanding educators who effectively teach economic education principles, to reward improvement in economic education teaching practices, to encourage educators to develop descriptions of their successful teaching practices and to encourage replication of successful teaching by fostering a widening and continuing exchange of ideas in economic education among educators throughout Mississippi in every level of education.
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) initiated the program to recognize highly skilled classroom teachers who devote their creative energies to assure that their students become effective economic decision-makers.
Award-winning teachers gain recognition, earn cash awards and will be honored at the U. S. Senator Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Being a Best Practices Economics Education Winner reflects the teacher’s ability to effectively teach basic economic concepts, principles and understandings. Students involved in these projects not only show cognitive growth but also experience many exciting and interesting activities they will long remember.
College Knowledge Project
The College Knowledge Project is a higher education initiative of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and funded by the USDOE College Access Challenge Grant Program. The project provides the following services:
- Early postsecondary awareness workshops and events to middle school students and their families.
- Professional development in college & career advising and financial literacy.
- College planning and preparation publications.
- Comprehensive college access website and marketing campaign at RiseUpMS.com.
The MCEE hosts the Annual Mississippi Economics Challenge every Spring. The Challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Competitions are held at the school and State levels. In each competition, teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events. At the State Competition, students complete rounds of testing, work in teams to answer questions, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl in order to compete for the title of Mississippi Champions.
Every year the MCEE, with support from the Council for Economic Education, host the Economics Challenge Program. The Challenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Economic Literacy by competing with other students across the state in written and “Quiz Bowl” examinations. The competition is a “must” for future business leaders. Student participants receive certificates of recognition, awards and accolades.
Mississippi teachers have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge online. All teachers and students throughout the State are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. There are no team limits so this makes a great class activity. In the first round each team of four students in two divisions will complete one online exam that covers topics in macro, micro and international economics.
Divisions & Eligibility
The “Adam Smith” Division is restricted to students enrolled in courses labeled AP, IB, honors, differentiated, or college level. Any economics course as a two-semester course also falls in this division. If you previously participated in the David Ricardo Division, you must register for Adam Smith in this year’s competition.
The “David Ricardo” Division is restricted to students enrolled in one-semester or less high school course not labeled as AP, IB, honors, differentiated, or college level.
See official rules at http://www.councilforeconed.org/events/national-economics-challenge/
All schools who participate in the qualifying online round will receive a certificate of appreciation and recognized locally. School districts will be given written feedback on the scores of their students. Winning teams of the Economics Challenge from each Mississippi Region will be invited to Jackson for the State Championship April 8, 2014. Each of the Mississippi State Championship winners will be awarded $750 scholarships. Each of the Mississippi State Championship second place winners will be awarded $250 scholarships. The Economics Student of the Year will also be named and awarded a $500 scholarship. All students participating in the State Championship will receive a medal and a certificate of recognition. Teachers who participate in The Challenge will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad and a trip to the Council for Economic Education/National Association of Economic Educators/Global Association of Teachers of Economics Annual Conference.
Registration for the EconChallenge ONLINE! is open now. Once registered, teachers will be able to create their student teams. The Challenge is available October 7-25, 2013; December 2-13, 2013 and March 17-21, 2014.
Winning high school teams of the Online Economics Challenge from each Mississippi Region will be invited to Millsaps College in Jackson for the State Championship on April 8, 2014.
To learn more and register teams to compete, visit www.econchallenge.org
For more information on the 2014 National Economics Challenge click here
Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL)
Financial Fitness for Life® is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum for K-12 students that teaches students how to make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, such as earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money.
Economic concepts form the foundation of all lessons, providing students with a decision-making framework for the real world. Content is based on national standards, and correlates to standards in economics, personal finance, mathematics, and language arts. With engaging, hands-on instructional activities, FFFL materials engage students of all ages in active learning.
Materials are available in four grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 with a teacher guide and student guide that work in tandem. Corresponding parent guides for the K-5 and 6-12 grade levels contain activities to extend learning into the home.
Financial Literacy Challenge
The Mississippi Financial Literacy Challenge is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of demonstrated personal finance skills and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance curriculum.
Financial Literacy is a skill needed for success in the global workplace. Teachers of economics, business, marketing, personal finance, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are urged to participate in the on-line Financial Literacy Challenge, however, all high school and middle school teachers are welcome. There are no team limits so this makes a great class activity.
This is a fun and competitive way to engage students more fully in their learning while assessing how well they are meeting financial literacy standards. Personal Finance brings Personal Success. All students need demonstrated skills in financial and economic literacy.
Registration for the FinanceChallenge ONLINE! is open now. Once registered, teachers will be able to create their student teams. The Challenge is available October 7-25, 2013; December 2-13, 2013 and March 17-21, 2014.
Go to www.financechallenge.org, click on Mississippi and register.
High School: Regional high school winners of the Finance Challenge ONLINE! are awarded prizes at the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) Awards Day in Jackson on May 1, 2014.
Middle School: Winning middle school teams of the FinanceChallenge ONLINE! from each Mississippi Region will be invited to Jackson for the State Championship on April 17, 2014.
High School: Members of the first and second place teams in the FinanceChallenge ONLINE! in each Mississippi region will receive $100 for first place and $50 for second place.
Middle School: Winning middle school teams in the FinanceChallenge ONLINE! from each Mississippi Region will be invited to Jackson for the State Championship on April 17, 2014.
Teachers: Those who participate in the Challenges will be entered into a drawing for a free iPad and an all-expense paid trip to the Council for Economic Education/National Association of Economic Educators/Global Association of Teachers of Economics Annual Conference.
Focus on the Economy
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch partner host an annual Focus on the Economy Summer Conference each July. Economics is a part of our everyday life, and so easily integrated into almost every classroom subject! It is the “science of decision-making” and gives our students a view of the “big picture,” plus helps them understand their role as future producers and consumers in a global economy. Integrating economics also creates project-based learning, as we see teachers linking economics across the curriculum! The conference provides individual tracks for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Visit the workshops page for more information about the summer 2014 conference.
International Economic Summit (IES)
The purpose of the International Economic Summit program is to provide students with a practical, hands on learning experience in globalization, international relations and economics.
At the Summit student teams representing the nations of today’s complex world, compete for scarce resources, form strategic country alliances, debate global issues, invest in long term development projects, interact with global economic institutions, and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy.
The more immediate benefits of the program include meeting state educational standards in economics, building bridges between schools and universities, and motivating students to expand their educational goals and aspirations, specifically college completion.
For more information click here.
Learning, Earning and Investing (LEI)
Learning, Earning and Investing introduces students to the world of investing, its benefits and risks, and the critical role it plays in fostering capital formation and job creation in our free market system. Learning, Earning and Investing is a comprehensive investor education program focusing on the benefits of and strategies for investing for the long term. Lessons cover basics such as the language of financial markets, reading the financial pages and financial institutions in the U.S. economy. There are lessons on stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The 16 lessons in the middle school volume and the 23 lessons in the high school volume provide students with the active-learning experiences which are a Council for Economic Education trademark.
Master Teacher in Economics Program (MTE)
The Master Teacher in Economics Program is an intense professional development program offered in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Education to provide professional development to teachers in economics and financial education. Mississippi needed 400 Master Teachers in Economics to implement the new state mandated graduation requirements in economics that went into effect with the class entering high school in 2008. Teachers’ average score on a test of economics literacy is 62 before MCEE training and 86 after the training, a 40 percent increase. The Department of Education confers the “Master Teacher of Economics” designation. (Please note that this is a State certificate program and not a degree.)
Master Teacher in Entrepreneurship (MTEnt)
The Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship program is designed for middle and high school teachers to increase their understanding of entrepreneurship. The program improves teachers’ abilities to bring this subject to their students in stand-alone entrepreneurship courses or to integrate this subject area as a strand within other business curricula. MTEnt trainings are offered as a collaborative initiative between the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education at the University of Southern Mississippi (CEEE), the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, and the Mississippi Department of Education. The Department of Education confers the “Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship” designation. (Please note that this is a State certificate program and not a degree.)
Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG)
The Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG) is a simulation of a real market, designed to involve students in the world of finance and investing as a means of helping them learn about how a market economy works. Student teams of 3 to 5 students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks and compete for the best portfolio performance. There are two separate ten-week programs each year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
The program is available to all public and private students throughout the state of Mississippi in grades 4 through 12. The program is adaptable for many different classes, including social studies, mathematics, economics, business, technology, gifted, and club activities. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions, and become informed about investment and economic terms. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.
Teacher training on using the program is also available to teachers to help them in facilitating the program in their classroom. These workshops are strongly recommended for first year participants.
Spring Trading Dates: January 6, 2014 – April 18, 2014
To register your teams for The Mississippi Stock Market Game, please visit www.stockmarketgame.org.
For more information on teacher workshops click here.
For a flyer on the Stock Market Game click here.
For a Stock Market Game Advisors guide click here.
To see if the Stock Market Game fits into your class click here.
To see a list of the Stock Market Game prizes click here.
Teacher of the Year
The MCEE Economics Teacher of the Year honors outstanding teachers in any subject area who show assessed increases in Economic, Entrepreneurship and/or Financial Literacy of our state’s students. The entry must be emailed as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2014. Click here for rules and application.
Virtual Economics 4.0 (VE)
What if you could find one tool that takes the grunt work out of lesson planning for economics and personal finance?
As you know, looking for economics and personal finance lesson plans in your textbooks and online is a full time job on its own, and when you factor in that the lessons plans and activities have to jive with your students and correlate with the most up-to-date state content standards it’s almost an impossible task.
So how should you approach this on-going and often hopeless search?
Discover an all-in-one Flash Drive –Virtual Economics– your one-stop resource to print-based, web-based and multimedia resources. Version 4 contains over 1,400 activity-based lessons from more than 75 publications, 51 key economic concepts, and a glossary with over 500 terms. This is a resource every economics teacher should have. Plus, these boredom-proof resources give your students an active learning approach with interactive simulations, role playing activities and multimedia clips.
What’s New in Version 4?
- New and Updated Publications- Version 4 has been updated with over 25 new and revised publications.
- Improved Performance- Using the search function is easier than ever.
- Updated Standards- State Standards have been updated and Personal Finance Standards have been added for those states that have them.
- Updated Content- The 51 concepts included in Version 4 have been updated with new material, quizzes, and online resources have been integrated.
Youth Asset Development and Entrepreneurship Program (YADEntre)
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is in its fourth year of funding the Youth Asset Development and Entrepreneurship Program (YADEntre) which focuses on Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship. The fourth year will involve a partnership with the Southern Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. This program is a model demonstration project that can be emulated across the nation by other non-profit organizations.
The YADEntre Program enables middle school and high school students in designated disadvantaged Mississippi schools to develop and maintain a small business venture and make monthly deposits into an Individual Development Account. This program will match participants’ (from low-to-moderate income households) savings from business ventures. We are fostering self-sufficiency by way of entrepreneurship. YADEntre will enable the participants to tap into their hidden human capital in an effort to invest in their post secondary education, enhance the economy, and secure a better overall quality of life.