Free Economics Workshop Gives San Diego Students Leg Up in Down Economy

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Teachers explore print and web-based lesson plans that bring current events into K-12 classrooms

In conjunction with the Cuyamaca College Center for Economic Education (http://www.econedsandiego.org), the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE, http://www.ncee.net) will conduct a free workshop for select San Diego County K-12 teachers on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008.

With the financial turmoil taking center stage, teachers will discover ways to teach their students about the current crisis, and explain how students can prosper in both good times and bad.

"These are definitely troubling financial times for adults, so imagine how high school students must feel as they prepare to enter the workforce or plan for college," says Troy D. White, NCEE's Director of Product Marketing and Sales. "San Diego County teachers will find out how to teach K-12 students to take control of their credit, build a nest egg, and manage their money. Students will leave their classrooms with the confidence to make wise financial decisions."

Teachers will use a mix of multimedia and print resources that help them teach crucial economic and personal finance content to their students. Hosted in a computer training lab at Cuyamaca College, teachers will put the power of technology to work in two ways:

1. Taking Advantage of Teachable Moments -- Using NCEE resources such as EconEdLink.org, teachers will research and find lesson plans that help them teach about the current financial crisis.

2. Creating Modules -- Teachers will use a timely topic, credit, to put together a teaching unit that includes print lesson plans, multimedia clips and computer-based activities for students.

Resources covered by the teachers include:

About the Workshop
The workshop will take place at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, CA, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Space is limited to 35 participants, and teachers can RSVP to Anthony Zambelli at anthony.zambelli@gcccd.edu or call 619-660-4318.

About the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE)
The NCEE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving economic and financial 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 more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in more than 70,000 schools each year and in more than 30 countries.

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