Programs


Danny Dollar Academy

Danny Dollar is a kid with a plan.  He is out to become a millionaire, and nobody can stop him!  Throughout Danny’s adventures, he teaches readers about personal finance and entrepreneurship in a fun and relatable way.  Each student participating in this program will receive their own copy of the Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: Lemonade Escapade book to read while taking part in Danny Dollar Academy (DDA).  DDA aims to promote financial and reading literacy and entrepreneurship to students across the nation. The lesson plans taught as part of DDA were written by Northern Kentucky University Center for Economic Education (CEE) in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  The Mississippi Council on Economic Education is a proud regional partner in this program.  We are offering two independent programs this school year.  Please read on for more information on each one. 

For 6-12 grade students with an intellectual and/or developmental disability: 

This is a virtual event for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians to learn about personal finance, entrepreneurship and economics while practicing reading skills. Families will join the event via Zoom and will be led through the lessons and activities by a representative of the MS Council on Economic Education. Student participants will be given a $25 gift card upon successful completion of the program as well as the opportunity to open an ABLE savings account.

The materials for the event will be provided in advance via mail. The materials include a backpack, copy of the Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: Lemonade Escapade book and a finger popper fidget toy.

Programs are taught on Thursdays for 6 weeks for one hour each from 6-7 pm.

  • Program Dates: 
    • October 21 
    • October 28 
    • November 4 
    • November 11 
    • November 18 
    • December 2 

Register for this program NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 8 at the following link: 

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001MSSCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

Classroom or After School program for Educators of students from grades 3-5: 

Educators will attend an information webinar that explains the program.  Those wishing to move forward implementing the program in their classroom will receive FREE copies of the Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: Lemonade Escapade for each of their students.  The webinar will cover the ELA and social studies lesson plans that can be used in the classroom while students are reading the book.  Register for upcoming webinars at https://www.dannydollar.academy/teachers.  Note the webinar times are in EST.   

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Empowered

Empowered is a community that embraces a growth mindset. It allows educators to discover and develop each learner’s unique potential by focusing on value before grades and scores.  It provides instruction on real-world context with a focus on self-discovery.  The program allows students to find their voice, their agency and their purpose. The Mississippi Council on Economic Education is a proud partner in this program.  Please read on for more information.  The lessons we have selected for this program are the following: 

1.  What’s in a Handshake 

2.  Disruptus with Names 

3.  Human Treasure Hunt 

4.  Paper Airplane Factor 

5.  Dirt & Worms 

6.  I, Pencil 

7.  Alphabet Soup 

8.  Three-Legged Stool 

9.  SMART Goals 

For 6-12 grade students with an intellectual and/or developmental disability: 

This is a virtual event for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians. The topics covered will help the students become more comfortable with soft skills and personal finance. Participants will join the event via Zoom and will be led through the lessons and activities by a representative of the MS Council on Economic Education. Student participants will be given a $25 gift card upon successful completion of the program as well as the opportunity to open an ABLE savings account.   

The materials for the event will be provided in advance via mail. 

Programs are taught on Tuesdays for 8 weeks for one hour each from 6-7 pm.   

  • Program Dates:  
    • October 5 
    • October 12 
    • October 19 
    • October 26 
    • November 2 
    • November 9 
    • November 16 
    • November 30 

Register for this program NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1 at the following link:

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001MSSCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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Economics Challenge

The MCEE hosts the Mississippi National Economics Challenge each year for 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 middle school and high school teachers and students throughout the State are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.

**2021-2022 Testing Dates**

  • Online Qualifying Round 1: October 4-15, 2021
  • Online Qualifying Round 2: December 6-17, 2021
  • Online Qualifying Round 3: February 28-March 11, 2022
  • State Championship: TBA; April 2022

To learn more and register teams to compete, visit https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi

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Family Financial Fun Night/Day

Family Financial Fun Night/Day is a two hour fun family event for K-5 students. The goal is to create experiences that will promote conversations at home about money management. The event brings together students and their families to learn about the importance of personal finance. The experience creates an open dialogue about topics such as savings, spending, debt, and budgeting that are often not talked about at the dinner table.

During the event, students and their parents participate and learn together through five rotating money management activities modeled on real-world personal finance scenarios that help improve financial decision-making. Each activity focuses on a money management topic such as saving, spending, budgeting, etc.

We do not have any scheduled events at this time. Click here to learn how you can do it yourself!

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Invest It Forward

SIFMA Foundation’s Invest It Forward™ is an industry-wide financial education and capital markets literacy initiative convening hundreds of financial firms that are committed to giving young Americans a solid understanding of the capital markets system and the invaluable tools to achieve their dreams. Invest It Forward connects Stock Market Game educators and classrooms with financial professionals and firms to promote youth financial capability across the US.

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InvestWrite

InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

  • 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 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.

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Master Teacher of College & Career Readiness (MTCCR)

In addition to improving teaching skills, the Master Teacher of College and Career Readiness (MTCCR) improves a teacher’s ability and practice of being a good critical thinker. MTCCRs will have more ability and confidence to empower their students’ critical thinking capacity to make better choices as they prepare to leave high school and enter the workforce, military or post-secondary education. Successful MTCCRs will understand why personal finance education is valuable and learn how to present the content in an engaging manner; learn how to use materials created by Get2College to mentor students in the process of planning for and applying for college; have the ability to mentor students in making decisions on next steps after high school; articulate answers to the essential questions of what is after high school and why different choices make sense for different students; recognize good personal finance informational text; improve in structuring learning experiences, and improve on professional evaluations. The MTCCR was developed to be an example that teachers could replicate in their classrooms to meet best practices in engaging students to integrate the economic way of thinking into their lives.

Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.

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Master Teacher of Economics Program (MTE)

The Master Teacher of 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.)

Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.

Sponsored by:

Mississippi Department of Education

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Master Teacher of Personal Finance (MTPF)

The Master Teacher of Personal Finance (MTPF) program is designed to provide middle and high school teachers with the personal finance content necessary to teach a high school personal finance course or to incorporate the topic into other courses, i.e. business, math, ICT, College and Career Readiness. In addition to content instruction, teachers will learn about a variety of high-quality resources they can use to teach the content in the classroom. The content and classroom resources are aligned with National Standards for Financial Literacy produced by the national Council for Economic Education.

Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.

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Master Teacher of 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 training is 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.)

Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.

Sponsored by:

Mississippi Department of Education

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Personal Finance Challenge

The Mississippi Personal 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 Personal Finance Challenge, however, all high school and middle school teachers are welcome. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.

**2021-2022 Testing Dates **

  • Online Qualifying Round 1: October 4-15, 2021
  • Online Qualifying Round 2: December 6-17, 2021
  • Online Qualifying Round 3: February 28-March 11, 2022
  • State Championship: TBA; April 2022

To learn more and to register teams to compete, visit https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi

This series of 3 webinars offers lessons to teach the personal finance standards tested in the Personal Finance Challenge. All webinars are available on-demand throughout the competition season.

On-demand: Standards 1 and 2—Earning an Income and Buying Goods & Services  

On-demand: Standards 3 and 4—Saving and Using Credit  

On-demand: Standards 5 and 6—Financial Investing and Protecting & Insuring

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Rockonomix

Many of today’s students arrive in class with headphones on, listening to the latest hit song or watching the newest viral video. They often question learning material that they can simply “Google” and struggle with applying textbook concepts to the world around them. Educators are continually struggling to find ways to reach these students by engaging them in the learning process. Rockonomix, a student-produced music video parody project, helps motivate student learning by using popular media to reinforce basic economic principles. See info flyer and competition rules below.

Spring 2022 Submission Deadline: TBA

Rockonomix Rubric to Success

THE RULES OF THE GAME

Your task is to write NEW lyrics to a popular hit song and post your musical masterpiece to YouTube.

1. Group Size: limited to 5 people

2. Song Choice: choose any song

3. Song Lyrics: lyrics must be substantially rewritten (i.e. your own original work) and the theme of your new song must be about economics…which is about more than MONEY! Use terminology or ideas from your textbook (even if it wasn’t covered it in class), class lectures, prior knowledge, etc.

4. Stay Classy: any aspect of economics is acceptable. However, avoid the use/showing of foul language, sexual content, violence, drugs or alcohol and keep your clothes on! A church minister must not be offended by it and we should be able to post it on our website.

5. Edutainment Factor: it must be humorous, entertaining and educational, because if it is unbearable or boring to watch, it is excruciating to grade! Hint: choose a HIT song!

6. SING: unaccompanied versions are not accepted unless you can sing a cappella in four-part harmony. You must sing to recorded music and make sure you can hear the music on your video.

7. Comparative Advantage: you are free to specialize and outsource any aspect of this project. However, at minimum, every group member must have a cameo appearance in the video (photographs do not count) and appear in a group photo in the credits at the end of video.

8. Shout-Outs: if someone helps you with your video, give them proper recognition. If you use a location, get permission and give them a mention. You should also credit the original artist/song that you are parodying. We also prefer that you name your newly formed band/record label.

9. Final Cut: make sure the lyrics are spelled correctly and are visible in the video (YouTube captions don’t count), that you have followed all the rules, and that the video file you submit is a finished video and not a “project file”.

10. Official Video Release: Post your musical masterpiece on YouTube and include the following as both tags and in the video description area: TeachECON, Rock-o-nomix, Rockonomix, Rockonomics, Rock-o-nomics, Economics, ECON, Spring2020

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Sponsored by:

State Farm Insurance

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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 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 available to teachers to help them in facilitating the program in their classroom. This workshop is online, on demand and FREE. Teachers who complete the training will receive 0.5 CEU’s at no cost. For more information and to register click here.

  • Fall 2021 Trading Session: September 7, 2021 – December 3, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Trading Session: January 10, 2022 – April 8, 2022

Resources to help you get started:

SMG Essentials Mini Lessons Videos

Recently updated! Check our this collection of SMG mini lesson videos. Specifically the new SMG Launch video! It’s perfect for teachers to play at the beginning of their session to get students excited about the program.

SMG Calendar of Events

A one-stop shop for all SMG events including webinars

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