Bessie B. Moore Service Award Given To Jim Charkins, CCEE Executive Director

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Jim has dedicated his 40-year career to training and inspiring teachers so ultimately young people will understand the economic world in which they live.

California Council on Economic Education ( recently announced that Executive Director Jim Charkins has been given the Bessie B. Moore Service Award on behalf of the National Association of Economic Educators and the Council for Economic Education.

The service award is given to one individual annually who exemplifies the spirit of Bessie B. Moore, a pioneer in economic education.

“I am proud to accept the Bessie Moore award, but more proud of the California teachers who strive daily in their classrooms to help students use economic reasoning to survive and prosper,” said Jim Charkins. “Our teachers are the best in the nation. This award belongs to them.”

Through Jim’s efforts, CCEE leads economic education in California by consulting the State Board of Education in writing the History/Social Sciences Standard; leading the effort to pass SB 1213, requiring that California students pass one semester of high school economics; and developing award-winning programs, such as MoneyWiseTeen (

“We are very pleased about this prestigious honor recognizing Jim’s contributions,” said William Coffin, Chairman of CCEE. “His advocacy for comprehensive economics instruction has had a significant impact on California and the goals of CCEE.”

Jim will be presented the award at the 50th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference on October 13, in Chicago.

About California Council on Economic Education
For nearly a half-century, California Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to advancing the economic reasoning and financial literacy of Californians. CCEE prepares students to participate in the global economy by providing educational programs and materials to K–12 teachers. Information about professional development for teachers, workshops, programs and student contests can be found at


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