MICHIGAN COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Michigan Council on Economic Education uses the multiplier effect to reach students through their teachers. We invest in teachers who, in turn, reach thousands of students over the course of their career. We offer professional development in economics and personal finance both face to face and through on demand platforms.

Our premier student competitions include the annual Michigan Economics Challenge sponsored by Amerisure Insurance and the Personal Finance Challenge sponsored by Michigan Credit Unions.

Each competition begins with a qualifying round held online at your convenience January through March. The top scoring teams are invited to the state finals to compete for thousands of dollars worth of scholarships and an all expense paid trip to the national finals!

STUDENT COMPETITIONS

WEBINARS

The Council for Economic Education is pleased to offer professional development webinars for teachers nationwide. The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in the classroom and create a fun learning experience for your students.

When you attend the webinar(s), you will leave with relevant lessons, resources and tools that can be implemented the next day. Also, Michigan teachers earn one Continuing Education Unit (SCECH) for each webinar. If you are interested, but cannot attend the live webinar, please register to get access to the archived version.

An evening to celebrate the economic education achievements of Michigan teachers and students who have excelled in the classroom and those individuals and organizations whose efforts have expanded the role of MCEE, economic education, and financial empowerment throughout the state.

CHAMPIONS DINNER

EVENT CALENDAR

    • Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Register Here

    Join us to learn the ins and outs of participating in the online portion of the economics challenge. We will address how to register, how to create your student teams, and how to obtain your individual and team scores. We will also discuss how to move on to the national semi-finals and national finals. Bring your questions; this is will be an informal session.

    Presented by Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council of Economic Education.

    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    We will discuss key steps towards implementing a powerful "Shark Tank" project in your classroom. You will learn how to connect students and local business leaders in an authentic community as the students develop integral entrepreneurial, collaborative, and presentation skills centered around their original product ideas.

    Presenter: Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck is an economics and law teacher at Waldwick High School in Waldwick NJ. He has been a high school educator for 24 years and is currently teaching AP Economics, Honors Economics, Principles of Economics, Law, Criminal Procedure, and United States History I.


    • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    Some titles include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Upper Elem/Middle School

    Presenter: Lynne Farrell Stover

    Lynne Farrell Stover is currently a Teacher Consultant at the James Madison University Center for Economic Education. Prior to this, she spent thirty-three years in public education where she enjoyed various teaching assignments including classroom teacher, gifted education specialist, and librarian. She is the author of over fifty educational articles and eight teacher resource books including From the Big Screen to the Classroom: Using Movies to Teach in the Content Areas (Pieces of Learning, 2016).


    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Macomb Intermediate School District

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    Receive a $25 Amazon gift card just for attending this training and an additional $75 gift card if you implement in your classroom!

    $martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for teachers of grades 1-8 to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. Best of all, $martPath is and will remain completely free!

    Developed by leading practitioners working hand-in-hand with teachers, $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, Michigan state standards and curriculum-aligned, interactive lessons.


    • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    • 1600 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48207

    The High School Fed Challenge is an academic competition that provides students grades 9-12 the opportunity to study the U.S. economy through the lens of the U.S. Central Bank. The program is designed to encourage students to learn more about economics and the work of the Federal Open Market Committee. The challenge offers students an enriching experience to think critically about the economy, construct an argument and present their well-crafted research findings to Federal Reserve Bank economists.

    Register Here

    • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    Presenter: Tim Monahan

    • Friday, March 22, 2019
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • Hope College, Holland, MI
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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    Presenter: Grace Geng

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    “T” is for Titanic: Lessons Learned on a Sinking Ship

    The RMS Titanic was thought to be unsinkable. However, on the night of April 14, 1912, it struck an iceberg and sank.

    Students will be fascinated by the many economic concepts that came into play as the passengers made life saving decisions.

    Featured concepts include scarcity, choices, productive resources, and social status.

    Presenter: Lynne Farrell Stover

    Lynne Farrell Stover is currently a Teacher Consultant at the James Madison University Center for Economic Education. Prior to this, she spent thirty-three years in public education where she enjoyed various teaching assignments including classroom teacher, gifted education specialist, and librarian. She is the author of over fifty educational articles and eight teacher resource books including From the Big Screen to the Classroom: Using Movies to Teach in the Content Areas (Pieces of Learning, 2016).

    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    The recent Syrian refugee crisis has thrust the issue of migration into the spotlight. How can we as educators encourage our students to analyze human mass migration through a critical, economic line of reasoning. In this webinar, teachers will explore how to design several projects that examine the economic dilemma of refugee crises around the world, from the perspectives of the refugees and the target nations.

    Presenter: Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck is an economics and law teacher at Waldwick High School in Waldwick NJ. He has been a high school educator for 24 years and is currently teaching AP Economics, Honors Economics, Principles of Economics, Law, Criminal Procedure, and United States History I.

    • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    This webinar takes a look at the changes in poverty over the last two hundred years and across two hundred countries. It identifies how open trade, property rights, and limited government has contributed to the marked progress on reducing poverty over recent decades.

    Presenter: Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Plaster Professor of Economic Education, Lindenwood University

    Dr. Ferrarini is the Robert W. Plaster Professor for Economic Education at Lindenwood University and is nationally active in promoting the advancement of economic and financial literacy across the United States and around the globe. She served as the 2015 President for the National Association of Economic Educators and is known widely for her research on successfully integrating technology trends into high school and college spaces. Accolades include receiving a distinguished faculty award at Northern Michigan University and serving as a distinguished scholar on the board of the Council for Economic Education – Japan. Dr. Ferrarini has a BA in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    With an emphasis on entrepreneurship, Lawn Boy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are fun reads that feature tons of personal finance content.

    Students learn about investing, saving, and spending by reading about the silly mistakes made by the relatable main characters.

    Presenter: Lynne Farrell Stover

    Lynne Farrell Stover is currently a Teacher Consultant at the James Madison University Center for Economic Education. Prior to this, she spent thirty-three years in public education where she enjoyed various teaching assignments including classroom teacher, gifted education specialist, and librarian. She is the author of over fifty educational articles and eight teacher resource books including From the Big Screen to the Classroom: Using Movies to Teach in the Content Areas (Pieces of Learning, 2016).


    • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch

    An evening to celebrate champions of economic education!

    • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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    This webinar plug into the current fascination concerning Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies. Use it to describe the key functions of money and explore the role a stable money system and sound investment play in helping people prosper and achieve financial security.

    Presenter: Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Plaster Professor of Economic Education, Lindenwood University

    Dr. Ferrarini is the Robert W. Plaster Professor for Economic Education at Lindenwood University and is nationally active in promoting the advancement of economic and financial literacy across the United States and around the globe. She served as the 2015 President for the National Association of Economic Educators and is known widely for her research on successfully integrating technology trends into high school and college spaces. Accolades include receiving a distinguished faculty award at Northern Michigan University and serving as a distinguished scholar on the board of the Council for Economic Education – Japan. Dr. Ferrarini has a BA in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University and a PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.


    • Friday, October 04, 2019
    • Saturday, October 05, 2019
    • Los Angeles, CA

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Michigan Council on Economic Education
41500 Gardenbrook
Novi, MI  48375


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Office: 248.939.4995


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