Don Leet of California State University Fresno Receives National Economic Education Leadership Award

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Over his 35-year career, Dr. Don Leet has made a significant contribution to teaching economics at the state and national levels.

Educators seeking examples of leadership in economics education can once again look to California Council on Economic Education. CCEE ( continues to spearhead economic literacy and applauds Dr. Don Leet, a colleague of CCEE, and recipient of the 2011 John C. Schramm Leadership Award.

“Don’s innovative work infusing economics into the K–12 curricula sets an example for economics educators throughout the nation,” said Jim Charkins, CCEE Executive Director. “He is a superb teacher and is consistently evaluated as one of the most effective instructors in the national economics education network. He’s truly one of the great economics educators of our day.”

Dr. Leet, Professor Emeritus, began his teaching career at California State University, Fresno in 1969. He served as Director of the Fresno State Center for Economic Education from 1976 to 2006. The Center consistently introduces innovative and effective ways to teach future educators how to teach economics to K–12 students.

Leet served on CCEE’s Program Committee and was President of the National Association of Economic Educators. Most recently, he served on the planning committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Economics.

“Don represents the best of CCEE’s mission. He positively impacts thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of students every year,” said William Coffin, CCEE Chairman. “Today, Californians need to understand the principles of economic reasoning to navigate the new rules of the complex national and global economy so good choices replace the costly financial mistakes of the past.”

Leet will receive the John C. Schramm Leadership Award at the 50th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference on October 13, 2011 in Chicago.

About California Council on Economic Education
For nearly a half-century, California Council on Economic Education, a nonprofit organization, has led the effort to advance 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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