Below you will find tools that will assist you in teaching MCEE curriculum in the classroom.


Curriculum Evaluation Rubrics

Choosing economics and personal finance curriculum materials for classroom use can be challenging. Do the lessons, videos and textbooks employ good pedagogical techniques? Is the economic and personal finance content accurate? Are the materials standards-based? Are they grade-level appropriate? The National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) has created a set of evaluation rubrics that can help you select the best economics and personal finance curriculum materials for you school district, school, or classroom. These rubrics are free for you to download and use. They are aligned with the Council for Economic Education Voluntary National Standards in Economics and National Standards for Financial Literacy, and they were tested by educators from throughout the country. There’s also a glossary of economics and personal finance terms to help you judge content accuracy. Click here to access the rubrics.


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What is it?

EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 427 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like.

Who is it for?

The Internet-based lessons are targeted for K-12 teachers and their students. Each of the lessons includes a teacher’s version as well as a student’s version. Each of the lessons are designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.

How do I use it?

All of the lessons are Internet-based and free to everyone. Each lesson contains a teacher’s version as well as a student’s version which can be used in a variety of ways.

For more information and to access lessons visit:

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Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL)

(click your grade level for the appropriate alignment)

Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade
Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade
Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade
Twelfth Grade



Parent Resources


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Gen i Revolution


Developed for middle school and high school students, this FREE online game gives your students the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates.

The game includes sixteen Missions in which students attempt to help people in financial trouble. Students join the Gen i Revolution, strategically select their Operatives, and begin to explore and earn points as they work to complete each Mission.

For more information and to register, please click here.


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Get on the Grid

Get On The Grid is an initiative led by the Mississippi Energy Institute and made possible by numerous partners. Their purpose is to increase awareness of educational and occupational opportunities in energy and advanced manufacturing. Careers in these sectors are in high demand and pay above average, so motivated students and adults can prosper by gaining STEM knowledge and honing technical skills. Skilled jobs today are dynamic careers driven by the latest technology. Even greater, Mississippi’s future depends on having a world-class workforce ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities. Visit their website for more information:



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Compound Interest Calculator

The Compound Interest Calculator visually shows students the dramatic affect that compounding can have on investments. This interactive can be used to supplement multiple lessons within the Learning, Earning and Investing publication.



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Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation (LEIG)

(click your grade level for the appropriate alignment)

Fourth Grade Fifth Grade Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade Eighth Grade Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade


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MS Subject Area Frameworks



Personal Finance

Social Studies

Business Fundamentals I

Marketing Essentials

Management Essentials

Management Fundamentals




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Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners

This program was developed in response to a growing interest in teaching students about personal finance through settings outside of the traditional school day. The program teaches young students about financial choices, cost‐benefit analysis for purchases, the role of an entrepreneur, and the economics and finances of their individual communities—all with a goal of helping children understand that saving is a good thing for us as individuals and as a nation. The program has two distinctive features that align with CEE’s delivery strategy of providing both content and pedagogy: a 12‐lesson manual and a training component for service providers. Watch the trailer and the full-length video here to learn more about this program.

Access the curriculum at no cost here.


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Online Assessment Center

The Council for Economic Education is a leading designer of high-quality resources facilitating instruction and assessment. The Online Assessment Center (OAC), builds further upon this record providing a free service where teachers can securely administer assessments, gain real-time data, and measure student knowledge and understanding of economic and personal finance concepts. In four easy steps teachers can use this service to analyze the efficacy of their instruction and modify their approach.

The Online Assessment Center will enable teachers to:

  • Administer tests online
  • Analyze student and class performance by test
  • Analyze student and class performance by item
  • Track student and class progress over the course of a school year
  • Identify how students and classes perform against standards and benchmarks
  • Create custom reports


For more information and to sign up for FREE click here.

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Self-sufficiency Calculator

The Self Sufficiency Standards calculates how much a family needs to earn to live in their county without any government or private assistance. The Standard is unique in that it varies based on the county of residence, the type of family (1 parent or 2 parents) and the number and ages of children. Click here to find out what it takes to be self-sufficient in your county and then come back to the MCEE website for lessons to use in teaching this info! (Courtesy of Mississippi Economic Policy Center, an ECD initiative)

How does this fit in your classroom? Two Mississippi teachers have created lessons just for you! Click the links below to see the handouts.


Economics Based Lesson

Self Sufficiency Lesson Plan
Lesson Pan Activity – Recession
Student Worksheet
Article:Value of a degree
Wants vs Needs worksheet


Personal Finance Based Lesson

Personal Finance self-sufficiency lesson plan

The Self Sufficiency Standard for Mississippi_powerpoint

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$martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for teachers of grades 1-6 to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. Best of all, $martPath is completely free! $martPath provides simple, fun lessons that bring economic and financial education to life in your classroom. $martPath units teach students about personal financial responsibility (such as saving, prudent spending, and prioritizing needs and wants) through grade-appropriate, curriculum-aligned, interactive lessons.

Check out the video below for a brief introduction and then visit the SmartPath website to get started:

SmartPath is a resource you can start using in your classroom TODAY!

Download a FREE teacher manual here!



Want to learn more? For a brief tutorial on using SmartPath watch the video below.





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Teacher of the Year

Annually the MCEE chooses one teacher to be the Economics Teacher of the Year. 2017 applications are due by April 30, 2017. For more information and to enter a submission please review the application.

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Previous Winners:

2016: Cindy McMullen- Economics Teacher of the Year

2015: Angela Sanders- Economics Teacher of the Year

2015: Kenyatta Durr- Personal Finance Teacher of the Year

2014: Rebecca Tyndall- Economics Teacher of the Year

2013: Deborah Morali- Economics Teacher of the Year

2012: Ginger Tedder- Economics Teacher of the Year

2011: Eskkellikka Gibson- Economics Teacher of the Year

2010: Tommie Gillispie- Economics Teacher of the Year

2009: Rush Sweeney- Economics Teacher of the Year

2008: Terry Smith- Economics Teacher of the Year

2007: Pam Carrubba- Economics Teacher of the Year

2006: Christy Walker- Economics Teacher of the Year

Virtual Economics 4.5 (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 4.5 contains over 1,400 activity-based lessons from more than 75 publications, 51 key economic concepts, and a glossary with over 500 terms. This ‘must-have’ resource provides all the tools you need to create engaging economic and personal finance lessons including a hands-on approach to teaching that is relevant to how students learn in today’s classroom.

VE 4.5 Features:

New Publications Added to V4.5

  • AP Macroeconomics Teacher Resource Manual 4th Edition
  • AP Microeconomics Teacher Resource Manual 4th Edition
  • High School Economics 3rd Edition
  • K Thru 2 Math Can Do
  • Middle School World History
  • Entrepreneurship Economics
  • Learning and Investing for a New Generation
  • National Personal Finance Standards

V4.0 Publications Removed

  • Advanced Placement Economics: Teacher Resource Manual 3rd Edition
  • Advanced Placement Economics: Macroeconomics – Student Activities 3rd Edition
  • Advanced Placement Economics: Microeconomics – Student Activities 2rd Edition
  • Focus: High School Economics 2nd Edition
  • Learning, Earning, and Investing: Middle School

For the complete list of publications included, click here.

More Flash Drive memory – now with an extra gig of memory, saving relevant lessons is a breeze.

Automatic Lesson Updates – when connected to the Internet, your VE 4.5 search results will automatically be enhanced with new and updated lessons from CEE’s EconEdLink library. It’s seamless and is provided at no additional cost.

Multiple Search Options – search by National and/or State Standards, by grade band, keyword, or publication

Useful Tips – short cuts for each lesson provide helpful hints for you and your students

Glossary – over 500 crystal-clear terms and definitions

Simplify the way you teach K-12 economics and personal finance

Whether you’re looking for comprehensive lesson plans, quiz and test materials, or after-school interactive activities to challenge small groups of students, you will find resources that are easy to use and just a click away.

Get your own copy of Virtual Economics today!

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