Future of Economic Education Unveiled at National Business Education Conference

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Super business in action workshops give educators a suite of technology-based resources for their business courses.

The National Council on Economic Education (NCEE, http://www.ncee.net) revealed today five Super Business in Action sessions at the National Business Education Association (http://www.nbea.org) Conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 18-21.

During the sessions, teachers will have the opportunity to preview the newest DVD and computer-based programs that integrate economics, personal finance and life skills into business courses. Teachers will receive handouts and other resources they can use with their students immediately.

"Because high school students typically enter business courses without a foundation in basic economics concepts, business educators are economics teachers first, and business teachers second," says Troy D. White, NCEE's Director of Product Marketing and Sales. "These workshops give business teachers technology-based tools they can use to give their students a core understanding of economics, globalization, and the free market."

Kathy Miles, NCEE teacher support specialist, will lead the Super Business in Action sessions and demonstrate how easy it is to integrate economics into business and entrepreneurship courses. Teachers will explore computer-based lessons, activities and simulations that students will find both engaging and fun. In the sessions, Mrs. Miles will profile NCEE's most popular resources, including Thinking Economics, EconEdLink.org, Financing Your Future, Risky Business, Virtual Economics and the award-winning Financial Fitness for Life program.

The Super Business in Action Sessions will take place on Friday, March 21st from 8:30am to 3:30 p.m. in Salon A. The sessions will include: "Taking the Risk Out of Life's Toughest Choices ", "The Latest Technology Tools for Teaching Business", "Standards-based Lesson Plans are a Click Away", "Fiscal Fitness in 3 Easy Steps" and "Their Financial Future is in Their Hands."

Exhibit Hall
The NCEE (http://www.ncee.net) will showcase its multimedia resources as well as its latest publications in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 19th to Friday, March 21st in booth 302. At the booth, teachers will also have the chance to register to win an iPod shuffle and additional door prizes.

For teachers who are interested in test-driving curriculum materials, NCEE will be holding a Learning Lab next door in booth 304.

Detailed Super Business in Action Schedule

Session 1: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Taking the Risk Out of Life's Toughest Choices

Equip your high school students with the life skills they need to make important decisions about their futures. Easily introduce topics like credit, higher education and insurance through a series of interactive DVD's and in-class activities from 'Risky Business'. Handouts and lessons provided.

Session 2: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
The Latest Technology Tools for Teaching Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship

Discover the latest technology resources for your business, economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance courses. From core content to advanced coursework, you'll keep your students motivated and inspired with computer-based lesson plans, activities and simulations. Handouts and lessons provided.

Session 3: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Standards-based Lesson Plans Are a Click Away

Technology has made teaching to the standards easier than ever. Discover how EconEdLink.org and Virtual Economics can help you find standards-based economic, personal finance and entrepreneurship lesson plans for your business courses. Handouts and lessons provided.

Session 4: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Fiscal Fitness in 3 Easy Steps

Exercise your students' personal finance skills and prepare them for a financially secure future. Discover the 3 components of 'Financial Fitness for Life' that give you the tools to implement a personal finance course every student will love: 1) Teacher lesson plans and
resources; 2) Student worksheets; and 3) Parent activities.

Session 5: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Their Financial Futures Are In Your Hands

Grab some popcorn and introduce your students to the hottest motion picture in town: the 'Financing Your Future' DVD. Enhance your high school personal finance curriculum with interactive videos and hands-on activities that cover budgeting, banking, credit and more. Handouts and lessons provided.

To obtain a copy of workshop materials and handouts, contact Troy D. White at twhite@ncee.net or call 212-730-1791.

To learn more about NCEE at the National Business Education Association Conference, visit http://www.nbea.org/

About the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE):
The NCEE (http://www.ncee.net) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving economic, financial, and entrepreneurship literacy. Both directly and through its unique nationwide network of State Councils and more than 200 university-based Centers for Economic Education, NCEE's programs reach over 150,000 K-12 teachers and more than 15 million students each year.

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