Professional Development Opportunities from the Council for Economic Education

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Spring 2010 Workshops at the HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education Focus On Interactive Online Resources and Lessons for New York Area Educators

This spring, New York area teachers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops at the new HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education. Workshops will touch on a broad spectrum of economic and financial topics utilizing interactive online resources and new lesson content.

At our upcoming daylong workshop on February 4th, Personal Finance Boot Camp for Professional Development, teachers will be given virtual tools and strategies to incorporate three quality teaching guides on personal finance into their daily classroom lessons. Participants will work with the publications and guides Learning, Earning, and Investing®: The Online Game, Hands on Banking®, and Risky Business.

LEI: Online Game will help teachers supplement investor education for middle and high school students through the online gaming world of Learning, Earning, and Investing. The online game is set in fictional world, not unlike ours, going through a similar financial and economic crisis. Players work with a team of characters to provide personal financial advice and financial power to the people. This part of the workshop will show educators creative ways to implement this online game into any standard personal finance curriculum.

Hands On Banking has easy-to-use Instructor Guides that give you everything you need to share this valuable program with groups of any size. Lessons for students are packed with fun activities and easy to integrate into the classroom; they’re aligned with national and state educational standards for mathematics, English language arts, financial literacy, and economics. Plus, the Hands on Banking program contains no commercial content. The Hands on Banking® program offers money essentials everyone can use—the basics of responsible money management: smart shopping, saving more money, creating spending plans, establishing and managing credit, and more!

Risky Business - What Every Teenager Needs to Know About Living Smart is a comprehensive life skills lesson to help understand the DVD which consists of four 15-20 minute videos, each with three corresponding lesson plans. Risky Business shows teenagers how sound decision-making can empower people and provide greater opportunities for success, fortune, freedom, and overall well-being. This comprehensive educational package includes videos that show students how making well-informed decisions can help young people build a financially successful and more satisfying life. Each video is complemented with standards-based classroom lesson plans that teachers, parents and mentors can use to reinforce the concepts demonstrated in the videos.

“Workshop attendees will receive content knowledge taught by curriculum experts and master teachers, as well as online teaching resources and lesson plans. The workshops are also an excellent opportunity to network with fellow educators,” says Kyle Christensen, Assistant Director of the HSBC National Center for Economic and Financial Education.

Materials covered will be applicable across many subjects, so teachers without backgrounds in economics or personal finance are highly encouraged to participate as well. Space is still available, and registration is available at .

About the Council for Economic Education
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.

About HSBC-North America
HSBC North America Holdings Inc. is one of the top ten financial services companies in the United States. HSBC – North America comprises all of HSBC’s U.S. and Canadian businesses with assets totaling $547 billion. The company’s businesses serve customers in the following key areas: personal financial services, credit cards, specialty insurance products, commercial banking, private banking, and global banking and markets.

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