Virginia Teachers Get Inside Track on Infusing Economics and Personal Finance Into Family and Consumer Science, Marketing, Business and Vocational and Technical Education Curriculum

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Workshops at VCTE conference help teachers meet new mandates and become instructional leaders in their schools.

The Council for Economic Education, ( announced today its economics and personal finance workshops at the Virginia Career and Technical Education (VCTE) Summer Professional Development Institute ( on August 5, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, students will be required to take one credit in economics and personal finance for the Standard, Standard Technical, Advanced Studies, and Advanced Technical Diplomas.

To help schools meet this new mandate, the Council for Economic Education will show VCTE teachers time-saving, affordable tools they can use to infuse economics ( and personal finance ( into their curriculum. Teachers will explore interactive activities, multimedia clips and web-based resources that introduce important concepts like saving and investing, budgeting and money management. After the workshops, teachers will return to their classrooms with countless teaching tips, instructional strategies, and ready-to-use lesson plans that they can use to enhance their curriculum immediately.

"Meeting the new economic and personal finance standards doesn't need to be a burden on teachers" says Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Senior Director of Product Marketing and Sales. "These workshops will show teachers how to quickly and easily find, plan and deliver lesson plans that meet this new mandate and engage their students at the same time."

To help teachers prepare for this mandate, Mr. White will lead a workshop On to the Good Stuff: Use Technology to Cover Core Economic Principles in Your Business Courses. In this highly-interactive session, teachers will explore the latest multimedia products ( and Internet-based ( materials that engage students and help them master much-needed economics and personal finance concepts.

Next, Mr. White will help teachers "shape up" their curriculum with sure-fire teaching techniques and the newest personal finance resources in Are Your Students Financially Fit? A 3-step Personal Finance Program. In this interactive workshop, teachers will discover how to introduce and reinforce economics and personal finance concepts with hands-on activities, discussion questions, student worksheets, and a helpful parent's guide.

In the afternoon, Ruth Cookson, Program Manager at the Center for Economic Education at Old Dominion University, will profile the hottest personal finance flick to hit the classroom bigscreen in the workshop Make Sure Your Students Finance Their Future. The session will showcase videos and activity-based lesson plans designed to introduce money management, credit, saving and investing.

Win a (Virtual) Million Dollars and an Ipod Shuffle at Booth #223

Teachers interested in getting their hands on more personal finance and economics resources, multimedia content and print publications should visit the Council for Economic Education at booth 223. Teachers also get to test their personal finance knowledge and win a virtual million dollars when they take the popular "How to Really be a Millionaire Quiz." Plus, teachers will have the chance to sign up for the chance to win an ipod shuffle and learn how to stretch their budgets this year with the K-12 Economics and Personal Finance Teacher Prep Kits.

Workshop Schedule

On To the Good Stuff: Use Technology to Cover Core Economic Principles
August 5, at 8:30am-9:30am, in Amethyst B

Are Your Students Financially Fit? A 3-step Personal Finance Program
August 5, at 9:45am-10:45am, in Amethyst B

Make Sure Your Students Finance Their Future
August 5, at 2:00pm- 3:00pm, in Amethyst B

About the Presenters

Troy D. White is the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at the Council for Economic Education, where he helps K-12 teachers find economic and personal finance lesson plans for their classrooms.

Ruth Cookson is the Program Manager at the Center for Economic Education at Old Dominion University, which is part of the Virginia Council for Economic Education. She conducts workshops and develops curriculum for grades K-12 teachers, helping them to better integrate economics and financial literacy into their lessons. She has been nationally recognized for her work with the ODU Center by the Council for Economic Education and has participated in and conducted national
teacher training programs.

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 ( 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.


Troy White
Council for Economic Education


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