Will the Financial Crisis Leave Students Behind? Workshop at ASCD Highlights Teaching Strategies and Skills-Building Lesson Plans for Teaching Personal Finance

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Session puts end to tiresome hunt for resources with timely lesson plans, engaging technology and web-based content that covers essential personal finance concepts.

The Council for Economic Education, http://www.councilforeconed.org (formerly known as the National Council on Economic Education) unveiled its personal finance workshop at the Annual Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference (http://www.ascd.org/) in Orlando, FL on March 14th to March 16th.

Teachers will discover how to integrate essential economic and financial literacy concepts across multiple content areas by exploring effective teaching techniques, activity-based lesson plans and rigorous student worksheets. Teachers and curriculum directors will leave with the tools and knowledge necessary to launch a standards-based personal finance program in their districts.

"Unfortunately, the current economic crisis is yet another unfunded government mandate: teachers and administrators realize the importance of teaching financial literacy, but how do they add it to a curriculum that's already stuffed full of NCLB requirements?" asks Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Director of Sales and Marketing. "This workshop will give them simple, affordable ways to infuse economics and personal finance into all courses, at all grade levels."

On Sunday, March 15th, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Fred Dorsett of the University of Southern Florida's Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economics Education (http://www.coss.fsu.edu/stavros/), will lead the workshop Adding the Fourth R: Real World Financial Literacy. In the session, Mr. Dorsett will preview resources and demonstrate teaching techniques that teachers can use to teach timely economics and personal finance topics. Teachers will learn how they can seamlessly infuse these key concepts into subjects like math, reading and civics and government.

To help teachers kickstart their financial literacy curriculum, Mr. Dorsett will examine a blend of print, CD, DVD and web resources that make the search for economic and personal finance lesson plans effortless. Teachers will discover how to engage students with a mix of videos, multimedia clips and activity-based lessons. Teachers will also learn how to enhance their instruction with interactive, web-based lesson plans from http://www.Econedlink.org.

For teachers who can't get enough cutting-edge instructional technology, or for those who just want to get their hands-on timeless economics and personal finance print resources, the Council for Economic Education will display its full suite of resources at booth 1409 in the exhibit hall. Teachers will get face-to-face resource consultations to help them find lesson plans tailored to their teaching style. They will also find out how to save up to $85 on the popular K-12 Personal Finance and Economics Prep Kits (http://www.councilforeconed.org/ascd).

About the Presenter
Prior to joining the Stavros Center in 1998 as a Program Coordinator, Mr. Fred Dorsett completed 31 years as a social studies teacher and department chair in Pinellas County Schools. During that time, he served as a student government advisor, taught college courses, and directed teacher-training programs. Mr. Dorsett assisted in the development of local, state, and national K-12 curricula on a variety of topics and has been editorial consultant for several textbook companies. He is an active member of the Florida Council for the Social Studies having served in various leadership positions and committee assignments.

About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.

The Council for Economic Education (http://www.councilforeconed.org) offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.


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