- College Knowledge Project
- Economics Challenge
- Finance Challenge
- Focus on the Economy
- International Economic Summit (IES)
- Master Teacher in Economics (MTE)
- Master Teacher in Entrepreneurship (MTEnt)
- Stock Market Game (SMG)
- Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM)
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 Mississippi Economics Challenge each year for middle and high school students. The Challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. 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.
Winning high school teams of the Economics Challenge ONLINE! from each Mississippi Region will be invited to the State Championship in Jackson on April 12, 2016. The State Championship 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.
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 here.
All schools who participate in the qualifying online round will receive a certificate of appreciation. Teachers will be given written feedback on the scores of their students. Winning high school teams of the EconomicsChallenge ONLINE! from each Mississippi Region will be invited to the State Championship. Each of the Mississippi State Championship first place winners will be awarded $750 college scholarships. Each of the Mississippi State Championship second place winners will be awarded $250 college scholarships. The Economics Student of the Year will also be named and awarded a $250 college scholarship.
Teachers who register students to participate in the Economics Challenge will be entered into a drawing for an all expense paid trip to the Council for Economic Education Annual Conference or one of (5) $100 Amazon Gift Cards.
Registration for the EconChallenge ONLINE! is currently available.
Testing will be open on the following dates:
October 12-30, 2015
December 7-18, 2015
March 1-18, 2016
To learn more and register teams to compete, visit https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi
The Mississippi Finance 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 Finance Challenge, however, all high school and middle school teachers are welcome. There are no team limits so this makes a great class activity.
High School: Members of the first and second place teams in the Finance Challenge ONLINE! in each Mississippi region will be invited to the MCEE Awards Day in Jackson in May 2016 and receive cash prizes.
Middle School: Winning middle school teams in the Finance Challenge ONLINE! from each Mississippi Region will be invited to Jackson on April 21, 2016 for the State Championship. The State Championship is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Financial Literacy by competing with other students across the state in written and “Quiz Bowl” examinations. Each of the Mississippi State Championship first place winners will be awarded $750 college scholarships. Each of the Mississippi State Championship second place winners will be awarded $250 college scholarships. The Financial Literacy Student of the Year will also be named and awarded a $500 scholarship.
Teachers who register students to participate in The Challenge will be entered into a drawing for technology and an all expense paid trip to the Council for Economic Education Annual Conference.
Registration for the Finance Challenge ONLINE! is currently available.
Testing will be open on the following dates:
October 12-30, 2015
December 7-18, 2015
March 1-18, 2016
To learn more and to register teams to compete, visit https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi
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.
The program from the 2015 conference can be accessed here.
International Economic Summit (IES)
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.
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- Every student currently registered in The Stock Market Game program with a valid team login ID and password is eligible.
- Your students participate by writing essays in their grade division: Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).
- Every assignment introduces or relates to investment principles linked to The Stock Market Game program. Each InvestWrite assignment ties to various lessons throughout the curriculum.
- Teachers can choose to assign the InvestWrite writing assignment as an in-class or homework assignment.
- At the State level a $100 cash prize is awarded to the student with the top essay for Elementary, Middle and High School each semester and at the National level both teachers and students will have a chance to win gift certificates, laptop computers, trips to New York (middle and high school), and other great prizes.
- Each participating student submission has a chance to be reviewed by the competition’s first round judge…you, the teacher.
- Then, as the first round judge, you select the top ten responses from each class or group of participants (based on the guidelines and directions).
- Then submit them electronically to the next round of evaluation at the national level on this website.
Click here for more information and to submit essays.
For examples of what a winning essay looks like:
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. 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 fourteen-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.
Your students will have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game program. The perfect companion, the teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. Click here for more information on InvestWrite.
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. For more information on teacher workshops click here.
Fall 2015 Trading Dates: September 14, 2015- December 18, 2015
Spring 2016 Trading Dates: January 19, 2016- April 22, 2016
To register your teams for The Mississippi Stock Market Game, please visit www.stockmarketgame.org.
Pre and post test links:
Before You Invest Pre-Test
Before You Invest Post-Test
For a Stock Market Game Advisors guide click here.
To see if the Stock Market Game fits into your class click here.
For a sample letter to use in requesting support for team fees from local business, click here
Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM)
The MS Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is one of two organizations chosen to provide services to educators as part of the TEAM initiative. MCEE will be promoting financial literacy in MS by providing robust training to the teachers. These teachers will not just implement the EverFi software, but also provide Financial Literacy education to students. Phase one includes the deployment of software and teacher training to high school teachers. The curriculum for teacher training is Financial Fitness for Life and we believe we plan to reach 300 teachers during phase one of TEAM.
MCEE will deliver financial literacy professional development for teachers that would supplement their use of Everfi in the classroom. While the software is ideal in allowing students to practice their financial literacy skills, it is the opinion of MCEE that in order to truly be a sustainable program, the teachers must be financial literate and know how to teach the material to students.
As workshops are scheduled, teachers can sign up on the workshop page of this website.