CEEE Economic Education Conference

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More than 60 K-12 educators across Delaware showcased their expertise in economics education at the 4th Annual University of Delaware CEEE Economics Education Conference hosted by UD’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship in July. The school year improved dramatically by strengthening the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.

CEEE provides Delaware educators with the tools to help students acquire the solid economic knowledge and skills they need to foster sound financial decisions. Returning as a virtual offering, this all-day conference was just part of CEEE’s annual schedule. This includes professional development opportunities and student competition, which together influence the learning experience of more than 100,000 students statewide each year.

During the conference, teachers who included economics in elementary school, social studies, or business classes were offered a unique professional learning opportunity. Tips and innovative interactive exercises. Attendees can choose from 12 simultaneous sessions and plenary sessions.

“Our mission is to prepare K-12 educators and students in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship by providing dynamic, effective, standards-based, and professional learning resources and programs. That’s exactly what we’re doing here with you today,” said Carlos Asarta. CEEE Director James B. O’Neill told the gathered teachers: “I know that ultimately we all want our students to graduate as financially and financially literate citizens.”

Both CEEE content experts and other master’s teachers, most of whom are graduates of UD’s Master of Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE) program, led the day’s professional learning.

Each session modeled an interactive presentation to engage teachers so that teachers could effectively engage their students. Middle school and high school tracks include Chalk and Talk and Student-Engagement Strategies in Economics, Middle School Micro and Macro, Redline: How Where You Live Affects Your Life, Innovation Cycles and It included topics such as creative destruction. The Elementary Track includes Economics for Little Learners to Big Earners and Elementary Grades – Just kidding! Learn how to incorporate content from . Many sessions focused on how to make classes more inclusive for students of color and how to adapt the curriculum to increase complexity as the grade progresses.

“I think the purpose of the conference is two-fold,” said Bonnie Meszaros, Associate Director of CEEE.

Meszaros said the success of the conference is directly related to CEEE’s reputation for providing quality programming to teachers in Delaware.

After a concurrent morning session, attendees will hear a midday keynote address by Luke Tilley, Chief Economist and Head of Asset Allocation and Quantitative Services at Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors, M&T Bank’s asset and institutional services subsidiary. Had fun.

Using concrete illustrations and easy-to-understand language, Tilly uses current headlines to illustrate economic concepts, giving teachers the background and confidence they need to explain this news to their students, and how it impacts their economic lives. He talked about inflation, changing supply and demand in a post-corona world, labor shortages, falling wages, housing issues, and speculation on stocks and bonds. .

Tilly said he did not believe a recession was inevitable in the United States, despite factors pointing to slowing global economic growth. Explaining that gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to maintain its current growth trajectory of 2%, Tilley said he would like to return to spending more money on discretionary services such as restaurants, movies, travel and vacations. He pointed to consumer wants and stagnant demand. other leisure activities.

He noted that current spending is significantly higher than pre-pandemic spending and is likely related to the government’s distribution of stimulus packages. However, he qualified his forecast, saying that if the country were to encounter another significant wave of COVID, it could certainly affect its trajectory.

Classroom Excellence Award

Kylie Holliday, Economics, Civics, and U.S. History Teacher at Alexis I. Dupont High School (AIHS), was celebrated at the conference as the 2022 Bonnie T. Mezzaros Educator of the Year. Red Clay School District.

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