Workshop at ACTE Conference Highlights Important Financial Literacy Lessons for K-12

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Teachers explore K-12 print and web-based lesson plans to help them teach money management, investing and saving.

With the economy taking center stage in the minds of young and old alike, the Council for Economic Education (the "Council", -- formerly the National Council on Economic Education -- unveiled its personal finance workshop at the Association for Career Technical Education conference ( on December 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With a heavy focus on leveraging technology to introduce new concepts, teachers will explore the latest teaching tools and strategies for infusing personal finance skills into career and technical education courses. Teachers will leave with handouts and ready-to-use lesson plans that will give them a jump start on adding personal finance and economics to their curriculum.

"In order to build a successful career, students need to leave school with basic financial skills: how to manage their money, invest their earnings and avoid common credit pitfalls," says Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Director of Product Marketing and Sales. "This workshop helps career and technical education teachers clear the first hurdle in introducing personal finance into their courses."

The Council for Economic Education's teacher support specialist, Kathy Miles, will lead the workshop "Adding the Fourth 'R' -- Real-World Financial Literacy" on Thursday, December 4th at 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in workshop #4. To demonstrate how teachers can seamlessly infuse concepts like money management, savings and investing, and earning an income into their courses, teachers will assume the role of students and engage in a number of simulations, activities and discussion-based exercises. Mrs. Miles will highlight a suite of print- and digital-based materials that use a mix of activity-based lessons, videos and multimedia content to introduce financial literacy to high school students.

In addition, Sandy Wheat, from the Council's affiliated North Carolina Council on Economic Education ( will present "The County Marketing Contest" on Thursday, December 4th at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Convention Center 208B. Her workshop will focus on a fun, useful project for introducing economics and marketing as an extension of the middle school standards for social studies.

About the Council for Economic Education (the "Council")
The Council for Economic Education ( 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, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in more than 70,000 schools each year.

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