Workshops at Northeast Regional Social Studies Conference Give Teachers Tools To Empower Their Students as Change Agents in 2010 And Beyond

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Teachers Get Unique Hands-On Curriculum, Tools for Leveraging Technology in Education

"It’s never too early to teach students about economics so they will be better informed consumers, investors and citizens," says Troy D. White.

K-12 social studies teachers who want to educate their students to become agents of change through economic understanding will find an abundance of classroom tools and resources at the Council for Economic Education’s Workshop and Exhibit Booth at the 41st Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies from March 22 – 25.

The theme of the conference is “Beyond Borders: Creating Connections – Changing the World.” Workshops at the conference will focus on teaching students to become leaders through service learning initiatives and civic engagement opportunities.

“It’s never too early to teach students about economics so they will be better informed consumers, investors and citizens,” says Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Council for Economic Education will conduct two workshops at the event. “Teaching K-8 Economics with Play Dough and the 3 Little Pigs” offers fun and innovative hands-on lessons that use modeling clay to teach students fundamental economic concepts. A unique Literature Connections component shows teachers how to use children’s books to reinforce the concepts taught in the Play Dough curriculum.

“Using Technology to Teach High School Economics” will introduce teachers to tools such as Econedlink.org and Virtual Economics. Both of these digital resources contain a treasure trove of lesson plans, worksheets, and other free resources.

In the exhibit hall, teachers can browse the Council for Economic Education’s latest lesson plans and resources for teaching K-12 economics and personal finance. Teachers will also find more information on teacher training workshops available at the HSBC Center for Economic and Financial Literacy located in New York City.

The exhibit hall hours are Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

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