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National Personal Finance Challenge

Major kudos to the team of students from Dunwoody High School for taking 4th place in the 2024 National Personal Finance Challenge. The team, led by former Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year Laura Lampron, traveled to Cleveland, OH to compete against students from across the country.  

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May Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the incredible Elexsius Rush from Factory Shoals Middle School  (Douglas County School District) for being recognized as our May Featured Teacher

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GCEE at the Fox Theatre

GCEE was honored to celebrate 80+ Stock Market Game Congressional District-winning students and teachers at the Fabulous Fox Theatre last week during its annual SMG Awards Luncheon. Teams across Georgia were honored for their successes in the Fall 23 and Spring 24 Stock Market Game competitions.

Special thanks to our friends at Delta Community Credit Union, the Finra Foundation, Georgia Securities Association, Invesco, the Primerica Foundation, and the SIFMA Foundation for supporting the Georgia Stock Market Game.

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2024 Program of Excellence Award

Over many years, we have had the pleasure of providing our professional development programs to hundreds of teachers in Rockdale County. We are grateful for our relationship with the Rockdale County leadership, which has helped make this possible. We are especially thankful for Virnilisa Printup, the K-12 Social Studies Coordinator who is always eager to host us and to help maximize our reach in all Rockdale County schools.

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2024 The William J. VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award

This year’s VanLandingham Award goes to the Georgia Department of Education’s Social Studies Department. The Georgia DOE Social Studies Department has been a critical partner of GCEEs since the 1970s. Over the years, numerous state superintendents, deputy superintendents, and social studies program managers have served on GCEE’s board and committees.

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Spring 2024 SMG Rural Division Winners

Congrats to Screven County High School in Sylvania, GA for winning the rural division of the Stock Market Game! This team of four amazing students earned $122,956 in total equity, beating out all other teams in their division! Great work!

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InvestWrite State Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2023 InvestWrite STATE WINNERS : Nishant from Shiloh Point Elementary and Rha-Shun from Villa Rica High School! Their essays landed them top spots in the personal finance essay competition. Thank you to Ms. Elizabeth Stevens and Ms. Shanda McCray for providing this opportunity for your students.

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Adam Smith Econ Challenge Champs

Three cheers for the Walton High School (Cobb County) team that took home first place in the 2024 Georgia Economics Challenge competition (Adam Smith Division) held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on April 19th.  The team now moves on to the national semi-finals, where they will compete for an opportunity to attend the National Finals in New York City in June.

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David Ricardo Econ Challenge Champs

Three cheers for the Lambert High School (Forsyth County) team that took home first place in the 2024 Georgia Economics Challenge competition (David Ricardo Division) held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on April 19th.  The team now moves on to the national semi-finals, where they will compete for an opportunity to attend the National Finals in New York City in June.

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Spring 2024 SMG Teacher Competition Winner

This teacher is all that! Mr. Matthew Richards of Johnson County High School won the teacher competition in the GA Stock Market Game. He beat out all the other teacher contestants, finishing the game with $113,887 in equity. Wow!

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Spring 2024 SMG New Teacher Division Winner

Congrats to team GA_64_ZZ3788 and their teacher MS. Duncan from Baldwin High School for winning the New Teacher Division of the Georgia Stock Market Game. They earned the #1 spot amongst hundreds of teams taught by teachers brand new to the Stock Market Game!

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Spring 2024 Georgia SMG State Winner

He did the impossible! Student Jimmy Slack from Woodville-Tompkins High School in Savannah just became a 3x winner of the GA Stock Market Game! A remarkable win, Slack beat out 3,934 other teams in the game, earning $214,818 in equity in 10 short weeks. Slack’s win is one for the history books, making him the first 3x consecutive winner in Georgia Stock Market Game history. The Woodville-Tompkins program, taught by teacher John Cook, has quite the remarkable performance in the game overall.

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SMG Week 9 Leader

Starting off the final week in the Stock Market Game, a new leader, team #2466 from Woodville-Tompkins High School, has emerged with $206,728 in equity. Will they hang onto the top spot? Anything can happen in the final week of the Stock Market Game!

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SMG Leader Week 8

With a couple weeks left in the Stock Market Game, team A11 from Woodville-Tompkins High School in Savannah is still in the #1 spot. Can they keep up this amazing lead for the final two weeks?

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SMG Leader Week 7

After the 7th week in the Stock Market Game, team A11 from Woodville – Tompkins High School remains #1 in GA with over $186k in equity. With just a few weeks left in the game, can they hold the top spot? Or will another team best them next week?

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SMG Leader Week 6

At the close of the sixth week in the Stock Market Game, team A11 from Woodville-Tompkins High School in Savannah is back on top with over $185k in equity! Wow! Great work wolverines! 

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March Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the multi-talented Shanda McCray from Villa Rica High School  (Carroll County Schools) for being recognized as our March Featured Teacher

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SMG Leader Week 5

After the 5th week in the Stock Market Game, team 2720 from High Shoals Elementary in Oconee County is currently holding the #1 spot in the state. This fabulous team of 5th graders are holding over 166k in equity! Great work Hawks!

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Econ Games…5th Grade

Hats off to the amazing team of 5th grade students from Willis Road Elementary School in Coweta County who took home 1st place in the 2024 Metro Atlanta Econ Games.

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Econ Games…4th Grade

Hats off to the amazing team of 4th grade students from Oakland Elementary School in Henry County who took home 1st place in the 2024 Metro Atlanta Econ Games.

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SMG Leader Week 4

It’s week 4 in the Stock Market Game and team A11 from Woodville-Tompkins High School is back again as the #1 team in GA. These Wolverines are sitting pretty with over $167k in equity. Great work team!

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SMG Leader Week 3

A new team from Woodville-Tompkins High School has emerged as the current leader in the GA Stock Market Game. Congrats to team A11, who has earned over $166 in equity in three short weeks! Awesome work Wolverines!

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SMG Leader Week 2

It’s the second week in the Stock Market Game and a team of 5th graders from Riverview Elementary in Dawson County currently has the #1 spot in the state. This team of bright young minds has made a gain of over $42k in just 14 days! Wow! Keep up the great work eagles!

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February Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the phenomenal Cheri Thornton from Powder Springs Elementary School  (Cobb County School District) for being recognized as our February Featured Teacher

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SMG Leader Week 1

In just one week into the Stock Market Game, Team 2472 from Woodville Tompkins High School has surged to the forefront, making an impressive $20,773 profit. The team initiated the game with an initial capital of $100,000 and now boasts a total equity of $120,773; a remarkable gain in just seven days! Great job Wolverines!

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January Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the remarkable Joshua Smith from Henderson Middle School  (Butts County School District) for being recognized as our January Featured Teacher

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December Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the fabulous Angie Jacobs from Jefferson Academy  (Jefferson City School District) for being recognized as our December Featured Teacher

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Fall 2023 SMG Teacher Competition Winner

This teacher is all that! Mr. John Masley of Ridgeland High School in Walker County won the teacher competition in the GA Stock Market Game. He beat out all the other teacher contestants, finishing the game with $131,290 in equity. Wow!

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Fall 2023 SMG Rural Division Winners

Congrats to Thomas County Middle in Thomasville, GA for winning the rural division of the Stock Market Game! This team of two amazing middle school students earned $122,456 in total equity, beating out all other teams in their division. Their prize? A $400 Amazon gift card!!! 

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Spring 2023 SMG New Teacher Division Winner

Congrats to team GA_35_ZZ2342 and their teacher Rayleen Tajirian from John Robert Lewis Elementary School in Bibb County for winning the New Teacher Division of the Georgia Stock Market Game. They were the top dogs amongst hundreds of teams taught by teachers brand new to the Stock Market Game. Way to go Panthers!

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Fall 2023 Georgia SMG State Winner

GCEE is thrilled to announce that team GA_35_ZZ1196 from Woodville-Tompkins High School has earned top prize in the Georgia Stock Market Game! Student winner Jimmy began the season with $100,000 and in just 10 short weeks, he turned that into $202,455.19 in equity. This is Jimmy’s second time winning the overall state competition in back to back seasons of the Stock Market Game! Jimmy and teammate Jimena won the Spring 2023 competition with $248,495 in equity. Becoming a 2x winner is extremely unusual- a first in recent GA Stock Market Game history. Way to go Jimmy!

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SMG Leader Week 9

It’s the final countdown in the Stock Market Game. Entering our 10th week, team 1196 from Woodville-Tompkins High School in Savannah currently holds the lead with $201k in equity. Can they maintain their top spot in the last few days of the game? Or will another team best them?

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SMG Leader Week 8

A new team has emerged as the leader in the Stock Market Game! Team 2519 from Camden County High School concluded week 8 of the Stock Market Game over $206k in equity! Wow!

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November Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the outstanding Jason Carter from Jeff Davis High School  (Jeff Davis County) for being recognized as our November Featured Teacher

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SMG Leader Week 7

North Oconee HS is still top dog in the Stock Market Game! After the 7th week, Team 3611 is maintaining the #1 spot with over $186k in equity! But with Woodville-Tompkins hot on their tail, can they keep the top spot?

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SMG Leader Week 6

North Oconee High School has re-taken the lead! After the 6th week in the GA Stock Market Game, Team 3611 holds the #1 spot with over $182k in equity! Wow!

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SMG Leader Week 5

A new leader has emerged in the Stock Market Game! After week 5, Team 2515 from Camden County High School currently holds the top spot with over $155k in equity! Go Wildcats!

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SMG Leader Week 4

North Oconee High School is back on top! After the 4th week in the GA Stock Market Game, Team 3611 regained the #1 spot with over $148k in equity! Go Titans!

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SMG Leader Week 3

After the third week in the GA Stock Market Game, a team from Woodland Elementary in Henry County now has the top spot in the state with $131,415 in equity! Awesome job Wolves!

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#EconEdMonth Visits

A group of teachers joined GCEE for a visit to the Flatiron Building in downtown Atlanta to learn more about entrepreneurship and the commercial real estate market. Prior to this visit, the teachers also had an opportunity to tour the Waffle House Museum in Avondale Estates to learn more about the history of the company that gave us “scattered, smothered and covered.”

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October Featured Teacher (Elementary School)

Congratulations to Theresa Godbold from Peek’s Chapel Elementary School in Rockdale County for being named GCEE’s Elementary School Featured Teacher for the month of October.  #EconEdMonth

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October Featured Teacher (High School)

Congratulations to Katie Scali from Gainesville City Schools in Hall County for being named GCEE’s High School Featured Teacher for the month of October. #EconEdMonth

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SMG Leader Week 2

A new leader has emerged in the second week of the fall 2023 Stock Market Game. Team 3611 from North Oconee High School currently has the lead with $131,023 in equity. Wow!

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Headed to the Fed With Earl and Starla

The GCEE team recently had the pleasure of taking a group of teachers to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to learn more about the Fed’s dual mandate and Money Museum for a special Econ Ed Month event. Each teacher had an opportunity to walk in the pawsteps of everyone’s favorite Econ Cats (Earl and Starla) during a tour that included a visit to the the Fed’s boardroom. 

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SMG Leader Week 1

A team of students from Newton County High School finished the first week of the fall Stock Market Game on top! In just one week, they have turned $100,000 into $105,492! Great work Rams!

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Econ Ed Month

It’s October and that could only mean one thing…it’s officially Econ Ed Month from sea to shining sea. Join us as we celebrate the teaching of econ ed to K-12 students throughout Georgia. Students with a sound understanding of basic economic principles will be prepared to make informed decisions that can lead to more prosperous lives.  

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September Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the extraordinary Nathaniel Roscoe from Carver Middle School  (Walton County) for being recognized as our September Featured Teacher. Nathaniel continually strives to engage his students through the use of technology and active learning strategies designed to make economics and personal finance come alive.

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Start It Up! Award

The GCEE team is thrilled to announce that Start It Up! recently won an Innovation in Education award  at the recent 55th Public Media Awards presented by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)! Major kudos to our friends at GPB Education for partnering on this wonderful project.

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Morton Award Winner

Congratulations to Stacy Dockter from DeSana Middle School (Forsyth County) for being selected as a 2023 John Morton Excellence in Economic Education Award winner. The award, sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, recognizes three teachers each year who use exemplary teaching techniques that improve their students’ economic understanding, in and out of the classroom.

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August Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the amazing Julie DuPriest from Burch Elementary School (Fayette County) for being recognized as our August Featured Teacher. Julie continually strives to engage her students through the use of active learning strategies designed to make economics come alive.

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GCEE’s GPEE Fellow

GCEE Program Manager extraordinaire Angie Battle has been selected as one of 24 leaders in Georgia who will participate in the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s 2023-2024 Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). EPFP is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy.

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Teach Econ Podcast

GCEE Executive Director Mike Raymer recently had the pleasure of joining the great Mary Suiter on an episode of the St. Louis Fed’s “Teach Econ” podcast. Mike and Mary shared lesson writing insights and discussed ways teachers can implement active learning lessons and strategies into their own classrooms. Listen to the podcast here: https://www.stlouisfed.org/education/teach-economics-podcast-series/how-creative-lesson-writing-starts-with-teamwork 

 

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Summer 2023

And just like that, summer break is coming to a close for teachers across the state. And what a summer it was! We had the pleasure of serving more than 150 K-12 teachers in a series of innovative and engaging workshops, along with one study tour abroad.

From AP to the history of econ, and from literacy in elementary econ to a visit to Canada’s national capital, we delivered professional development opportunities for just about every grade level imaginable. 

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InvestWrite National Winner

This awesome kid did it again! Congratulations to Charlie from Peachtree City Elementary, two time national winner in the InvestWrite competition. Charlie’s essay earned him 4th place in this national essay competition about investing. Way to go! Thank you to Ms. April Mobley for teaching InvestWrite & the Stock Market Game!

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InvestWrite State Winners

Congratulations to our Spring 2023 InvestWrite STATE WINNERS : Justine from Bulloch Middle School and Emaan from Fayette County High School! Their essays landed them top spots in the personal finance essay competition. Thank you to Ms. Shannon Burnham and Mr. Jay Travis for providing this opportunity for your students.

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SMG at the Fox Theatre

Congratulations to the more than 250 students and teachers who joined us at the Fox Theatre for our 2022-2023 SMG Awards Luncheon. Winning teams from each of Georgia’s 14 Congressional Districts came to celebrate their winning ways in the most recent fall and spring SMG competitions.

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May Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the terrific Teorna Thomas from Oglethorpe Charter School (Savannah) for being recognized as our May Featured Teacher.Teorna works diligently to make economics meaningful and engaging for her students.

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Spring 2023 SMG Rural Division Winner

Congrats to Graysville Elementary from Catoosa County for winning the rural division of the Stock Market Game! This team of five amazing 5th grade students earned $115,928 in total equity, beating out all other teams in their division. Their prize? A $400 Amazon gift card!!! 

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Spring 2023 SMG New Teacher Winner

Congrats to team 44 from Central Middle School in Carroll County for winning the New Teacher Division of the Georgia Stock Market Game. They were the top dogs amongst hundreds of teams taught by teachers brand new to the Stock Market Game. Way to go Lions!

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Spring 2023 SMG Teacher Division Winner

This teacher is all that! Mr. Chris Davis of Decatur High School won the teacher competition in the GA Stock Market Game. He beat out all the other teacher contestants, finishing the game with $125,192 in equity. Wow!

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2023 Personal Finance Challenge

Major league congratulations to the team of students from Dunwoody High School who took home 1st place in the 2023 Georgia Personal Finance Challenge. Led by teacher Laura Lampron, the team of four students advance to the national finals in Cleveland, OH in June.

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Spring 2023 Georgia SMG State Winner

GCEE is thrilled to announce that team 182 from Woodville-Tompkins High School has won the state of Georgia! Student winners Jimmy & Jimena began the season with $100,000 and in just 10 short weeks, they turned that into $248,495 in equity. What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks to their teacher Mr. John Cook providing his students this opportunity to learn about investing.

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David Ricardo Champions

Congratulations to the team of students from The Walker School (Independent) for taking home first place in the 2023 Georgia Econ Challenge (David Ricardo Division) The team now moves on to the national semi-finals.

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Adam Smith Champions

Congratulations to the team of students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (Gwinnett County) for taking home first place in the 2023 Georgia Econ Challenge (Adam Smith Division). The team now moves on to the national semi-finals. 

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April Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the marvelous Hope Myers from The Lovett School (Atlanta) for being recognized as our April Featured Teacher. Hope works diligently to make economics meaningful and engaging for her students.

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SMG Leader Week 9

It’s the final countdown in the spring Stock Market Game. Currently, team 182 from Woodville Tompkins High School has the lead with over $248k in equity. But a new competitor is on the rise from Peachtree Ridge High School. Can they catch up before the last day of the game? Or will Woodville Tompkins take home the gold?!

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SMG Leader Week 8

Wow! Team 182 from Woodville Tompkins HS is killing it in the Stock Market Game! Currently, they have over $246k in equity and a 147% return above the S&P 500! With just two weeks left in the game, can they maintain this amazing lead?

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SMG Leader Week 7

We have a new leader in the Stock Market Game! Team 182 from Woodville Tompkins HS has surpassed longtime leader team 160 and taken the top spot. They have made over $179K in equity! Wow! Can they keep this lead for the last 3 weeks of the game?!

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March Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the fantastic Janet Leathers from Russell Elementary School (Houston County) for being recognized as our March Featured Teacher. Janet consistently strives to make economics fun and engaging for her students.

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SMG Leader Week 6

There’s a battle happening for top spot in the Stock Market Game! Team 160 from Woodville Tompkins High School has the lead with $172K in equity but team 182 from Woodville Tompkins & team 2519 from Atlanta International are hot on their trail! Who will be in the lead next week?!

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Econ Games Champs

Congratulations to the team of students from Vanderlyn Elementary (DeKalb County) for taking home 1st place in the 2023 spring metro Atlanta Econ Games 5th grade division!

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Econ Games Champs

Congratulations to the team of students from The Lovett School for taking home 1st place in the 2023 spring metro Atlanta Econ Games 4th grade division!

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SMG Leader Week 5

At the end of week 5 in the Stock Market Game, a team from Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah remains in the lead with $172K in equity. Wow! But those wolverines better watch out! A team from Atlanta International School is hot on their trail!

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InvestWrite 6th Place National Winner

Congratulations to our 6th place national InvestWrite winner, Charlie England from Peachtree City Elementary. Charlie’s awesome essay earned him this high honor in the national finance essay competition. Thank you to Ms. April Mobley for teaching InvestWrite & the Stock Market Game!

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Abbejean Kehler Technology Award

GCEE Associate Director Chris Cannon was recently named the recipient of the 2023 Abbejean Kehler Technology Award at the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) conference in St. Louis. This award recognizes a NAEE member instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education. Congratulations to Chris!

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NAEE Gold

Congratulations to GCEE Program Manager Angie Battle for winning a “Gold Award” at the recent National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) conference for her “How Technology and Specialization Increase Productivity: Earl & Starla Go to the Farm” submission.

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NAEE Platinum

Hats off to GCEE Executive Director Mike Raymer for winning a “Platinum Award” at the recent National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) conference for his “Earl and Starla Go To the Farm” submission.

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SMG Leader Week 4

$172,189! That’s how much our current leaders from Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah have in total equity in the Stock Market Game. That’s over $72k earned in 4 weeks!!

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InvestWrite State Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2022 InvestWrite STATE WINNERS : Gabrielle P from Southwest DeKalb High School and Sydney W from Palmer Middle School! Their essays landed them top spots in the finance essay competition. Thank you to Ms. LaQuinta Plunkett and Ms. Jaime Williams for providing this opportunity for your students.

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SMG Leader Week 3

We got a new leader in the clubhouse! A team from Woodville Tompkins High School in Savannah has stolen the top spot in the Stock Market Game, earning a stunning $165,837 in equity at the end of week 3. Whoa! Great job Wolverines!

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SMG Week 2 Leader

For the second week in the Stock Market Game, a team of students from Atlanta International School remains on top with $125,130 in total equity! Way to go Eagles! 

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February Featured Teacher

Congratulations to the amazing Terri Lewis from Sequoyah Middle School (DeKalb County) for being recognized as our February Featured Teacher. Terri consistently strives to make economics relatable and relevant for her students.

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SMG Week 1 Leader

A team of students from Atlanta International School finished the first week of the spring Stock Market Game in a strong position. In just one week, they have turned $100,000 into $128,004! Wow! Can they keep up these huge gains?!

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2023 Economics Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Austin Greene from Milton High School (Futon County) for being named a 2023 GCEE Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year! We look forward to honoring Austin at our Annual Meeting Luncheon in April.

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2023 Economics Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Jason Eisele from McIntosh High School (Fayette County) for being named a 2023 GCEE Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year! We look forward to honoring Jason at our Annual Meeting Luncheon in April.

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$martPath II

We are THRILLED to announce the release of the second video and lesson in the latest $martPath video series. “Five Thousand Dollars” sees Kevin, a talented musician who just earned $5,000, trying to turn his latest hit into a music video. But does he really understand how much everything costs? In this video, we learn about earning and spending money and the concept of cost.

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January Featured Teacher

Congratulations to John Mizell from Washington Middle School in Grady County for being named GCEE’s January 2023 Featured Teacher! John believes economics is the engine that drives all other Social Studies disciplines. We couldn’t agree more!

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December Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Scott Swann from Warren County High School in Warren County for being named GCEE’s  Featured Teacher for the month of December. Scott continually strives to come up with new and engaging methods of teaching economics to his students.

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SMG Champions

Congratulations to the team of students from Redan High School (DeKalb County) for being the fall 2022 state champions of the Stock Market Game! With a portfolio total of $148,895, the team was crowned champion after ten weeks of heated competition with thousands of other students from across Georgia. 

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$martPath

We are THRILLED to announce the release of the first video and lesson in the latest $martPath video series. “Wheat, Bread, Fruit, or Cheese” focuses on opportunity cost, decision making, and wants and needs. Between now and May, a new video and lesson plan in the series will be released at the beginning of each month. GCEE will be hosting a special event at Georgia Public Broadcasting in February to kick off a new $martPath workshop.

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SMG Week 9

Some changes to the rankings after week 9 of the fall SMG. A team of students from North Oconee High (Oconee County) now sit at #1 with a portfolio total of $146,272. Can they hold the lead for one more week? Stay tuned…

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SMG Week 8

Props to the team of students from Redan High School (DeKalb County) for being the leaders at the end of week 8 of the fall Stock Market Game! With a portfolio total of $143,985, the team is sitting alone in the top spot.

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Econ Empress Meme Contest

Kudos to to Catherine H. from Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County for taking home 1st place in the 2022 Econ Ed Month meme competition. 

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SMG WEEK 7

A team from Woodstock High in Cherokee County remained at the top of the rankings as we concluded week seven of the fall 2022 SMG. With a portfolio total of $147,415.00, the leading team is doing well during a time of much market uncertainty. Can they hold on for three more weeks? We will know soon enough.

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SMG WEEK 6

A team from Woodstock High School in Cherokee County remains in the lead after week six of the fall Stock Market Game. With a portfolio total of $128,313.00, the students lead thousands of competing teams from across Georgia.

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South GA Econ Games

Congratulations to the team of students from Len Lastinger Elementary (Tift County) for taking home first place in the 5th grade division of the 2022 South Georgia Econ Games

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South GA Econ Games

Congratulations to the team of students from Langston Road Elementary (Houston County) for taking home first place in the 4th grade division of the 2022 South Georgia Econ Games

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SMG WEEK 5

A team from Woodstock High School in Cherokee County takes over the lead after week five of the fall Stock Market Game. With a portfolio total of $133,024.00, the students lead thousands of competing teams from across Georgia.

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SMG WEEK 4

A team from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County continue to lead the pack after week four of the fall Stock Market Game. With a portfolio total of $134,348.00, the students lead thousands of competing teams from across Georgia.

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SMG WEEK 3

A team of students from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County leads the pack after the third week of the fall Stock Market Game. With a portfolio total of $127,932.00, the students lead thousands of competing teams from across the state.

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October Featured Teacher (Middle School)

Congratulations to Ashley Dawson from Blake Bass Middle School in Coweta County for being named GCEE’s Middle School Featured Teacher for the month of October. aka Econ Ed Month

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October Featured Teacher (High School)

Congratulations to Tammy Howard from West Laurens High in Laurens County for being named GCEE’s High School Featured Teacher for the month of October. aka Econ Ed Month

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SMG Week 2

A team of students from Woodstock High in Cherokee County leads the pack after the second week of the fall Stock Market Game. With a portfolio total of $109,152, the students lead thousands of competing teams from across the state.

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Women in the Workforce

The Georgia Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta recently partnered to deliver  ”Women in the Workforce,” an engaging luncheon for more than 50 female metro Atlanta high school students. Speakers included members of the Federal Reserve Bank team and numerous GCEE Board members. Topics discussed included workforce preparedness and career opportunities.  

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Econ Ed Month

For the second consecutive year, October has been designated as “Economic Education Month” in Georgia. GCEE will be promoting the month by delivering numerous special teacher workshops, webinars, and events along with engaging competitions for teachers and students.

The month was created to bring awareness to the importance of teaching economics to students everywhere.

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GCEE Turns 50

The Georgia Council on Economic Education celebrated its 50th Anniversary on September 13th at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta with a large group of friends, funders, board members and teachers.  Event highlights included opening remarks from Dr.

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September Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Tania Davis from Inman Elementary School (Fayette County Schools) for being selected as the September Featured Teacher. Tania regularly uses GCEE resources to make connections between the 2nd grade economics and financial literacy standards and the real world.

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Econ Empress & the Scarcity Kid

There’s a new team on the scene who are making it their life’s mission to save the world…one economic meme at a time! Say hello to Econ Empress and the Scarcity Kid. Two econ superheroes who are ready to help students and teachers gain a deeper understanding of economic concepts. Visit www.econempress.com to create your own econ meme!

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August Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Memorie Stelter from Grovetown High School (Columbia County Schools) for being selected as the August Featured Teacher. Memorie recently attended the Georgia Council’s week-long Summer Institute at Georgia-Pacific and came away inspired to use what she learned during the workshop in her classroom.   

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May Featured Teacher

A hearty GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Joseph Haig from Cedar Grove High School (Dekalb County Schools) for being selected as the May Featured Teacher. Dr. Haig is retiring after a 42-year career as an educator. During his time as a high school economics teacher, he attended 57 GCEE workshops. A record!

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VanLandingham Award Winner

Everyone at GCEE is pleased to congratulate the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education for being named our 2022 VanLandingham Award winner!

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Program of Excellence

Everyone at GCEE is pleased to congratulate Coweta County Schools for being named our 2022 Program of Excellence!

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Personal Finance Challenge Winner

Congratulations to the team of students from Jackson County High School and coach Craig Ellis for taking home 1st place in the 2022 Georgia Personal Finance Challenge. With this victory, the team will now compete in the National Semi-Finals for the opportunity to advance to the National Finals in May. 

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4th Grade Metro Econ Games Champs

Ladies and gentleman…your 4th grade Metro Econ Games champions. This team of fantastic students from Crabapple Elementary School (Fayette County) took home 1st place in the recent student competition that focused on decision making, entrepreneurship, and the 4th grade economics standards.

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Georgia Econ Challenge Smith Champions

Congratulations to a team of students from the Gwinnett School of Science, Math & Technology (Gwinnett County) for taking home 1st place in the 2022 Georgia Econ Challenge Adam Smith Division.

The team now moves on to the national semifinals where they will compete for a chance to travel to NYC for the national finals.

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Georgia Econ Challenge Ricardo Champions

Congratulations to a team of students from South Forsyth High School (Forsyth County) for taking home 1st place in the 2022 Georgia Econ Challenge David Ricardo Division.

The team now moves on to the national semifinals where they will compete for a chance to travel to NYC for the national finals.

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Spring SMG Winner

Congratulations to our Spring SMG winners from Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School (Savannah-Chatham Schools). With a final portfolio total of $149,917.20, the team of students take home 1st place in the state by beating out more than 3,500 participating teams.

The winning team and teacher will be honored during the Stock Market Game Awards ceremony on May 11th.

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5th Grade Metro Econ Games Champs

Ladies and gentleman…your 5th grade Metro Econ Games champions. This team of fantastic students from Newnan Crossing Elementary School (Coweta County) took home 1st place in the recent student competition that focused on decision making, entrepreneurship, and the 5th grade economics standards.

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April Featured Teacher

A big GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Sheree Patton from Westwood Elementary School (Dalton City Schools) for being selected as the April Featured Teacher. Sheree, a 3rd grade teacher, regularly uses children’s literature to teach her students essential economic and financial literacy concepts.

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Spring SMG Week 9

A team from Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High still sits atop the leaderboard after week #9 of the spring SMG competition. With a portfolio total of $149,917, the first place team continues its long run of being tops in the state. Can they hold on for a few more days? Check back next week when we announce the final winner.

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Spring SMG Week 8

Eight weeks down and Woodville-Tompkins Tech and Career High in Savannah continues to lead the way with a portfolio total of $149,895. Two weeks left in the competition and the rankings are tight! Can WTTCH hold on for 14 more days? Stay tuned.

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Metro Econ Games Champs

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Metro Econ Games competition. 

4th Grade Division: Crabapple Elementary School (Fayette County)

5th Grade Division: Newnan Crossing Elementary (Coweta County)

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March Featured Teacher

A hearty GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Teandra Storey from Grayson High School for being selected as the March Featured Teacher. Teandra, who teachers AP and regular level econ, has been a  GCEE workshop regular for years and uses GCEE resources regularly with all of her classes. Keep up the great work, Teandra! 

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Spring SMG Week 7

Seven weeks down and Woodville-Tompkins Tech and Career High in Savannah continues to lead the way with a portfolio total of $145,310. Three weeks left in the competition and the rankings remain close at the top. Can WTTCH hold on for 21 more days?

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National InvestWrite Winner

Congratulations to Elijah H. from Henry County Schools for taking home first place in the 2021 fall InvestWrite competition. 

Beating out thousands of other students around the country competing in the elementary school division, Elijah researched and composed an impressive long-term financial plan and now he is being recognized nationally.

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Spring SMG Week 6

Six weeks down and Woodville-Tompkins Tech and Career High in Savannah continues to lead the way with a portfolio total of $144,336. Four weeks left in the competition and the rankings are starting to get close at the top. This one is going to go down to the wire.

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Spring SMG Week 5

With five weeks in the books, Woodville-Tompkins Tech and Career High in Savannah leads the pack with a portfolio total of $144,926. A little bit less than week four, but still enough to maintain their team lead. Can WTTCH hold this lead for another five weeks or will another team make the right investments to take the #1 spot and win it all? Stay tuned.

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Platinum Award

Hats off to GCEE Executive Director, Mike Raymer for winning a National Association of Economic Educators “Platinum” Curriculum Award for his book: Earl and Starla Want All the Fishy Treats.

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Gold Award

Hats off to GCEE Program Manager, Angie Battle for winning a National Association of Economic Educators “Gold” Curriculum Award for her lesson: Squirrel and Sloth in a Pickle.

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Silver Award

Hats off to GCEE Associate Director, Chris Cannon for winning a National Association of Economic Educators “Silver” Curriculum Award for his lesson: Something From Nothing: a Lesson in Cryptocurrency. 

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John C. Shramm Leadership Award

Congratulations to GCEE Executive Director Mike Raymer for being named the winner of the 2022 National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) “John C. Shramm Leadership Award.” 

The award recognizes individuals who are affiliated with the NAEE network, and whose leadership has had an extraordinary, positive impact at both the state and national levels.

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Spring SMG Week 4

Sitting atop the week four SMG rankings is Woodville-Tompkins Tech and Career High in Savannah with a portfolio total of $156,836.  An impressive total considering the high levels of market turbulence. Can WTTCH hold this lead or will another team take the #1 spot? Stay tuned.

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Spring SMG Week 3

Three weeks in and we’ve got a new team sitting atop the leaderboard. A group of students from Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School in Chatham County lead the way with a portfolio total of $115,474.00. Still a long way to go before we crown a champion.

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Spring SMG Week 2

Augusta Christian School in Martinez remains on top of the Stock Market Game leaderboard at the end of week two with a portfolio total of $110,190. With eight weeks to go in the competition, will ACS be able to hold on to take home first place? Stay tuned.

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GCEE Wins Governor’s Award

Governor, First Lady Announce Recipients of Arts & Humanities Awards

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp today announced the recipients of the 10th annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities to honor outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia through their work in these fields. The awards are presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

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February Featured Teacher

A massive GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Daniel Sobczak from Southwest DeKalb High School for being selected as February’s Featured Teacher. Daniel’s been attending GCEE workshops for more than 17 years and always finds ways to use what he’s learned to make economics more relevant for his students. Keep up the great work, Daniel! 

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Spring SMG Week 1

The spring 2022 Stock Market Game has begun and after the first week a team of students from Augusta Christian School in Martinez leads the pack with a portfolio total of $113,547.17.

More than 3,600 student teams are registered this time around and we look forward to an exciting competition. Nine weeks to go!

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EconEd Advocates

Happy to announce the first-ever group of GCEE EconEd Advocates is officially off and running. The Georgia Council looks forward to working with this great group of 18 teachers to promote the teaching of economics and all of the amazing things they’re doing in their classrooms and communities to help make economics come to life.

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January Featured Teacher

A huge GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Sherry Anthony from JK Moss Elementary School in Marion County for being selected as the January Featured Teacher. Sherry is being recognized for her tremendous successes in the Stock Market Game over the years and for helping so many students understand how markets work and benefit society.

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Happy 50th

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Since 1972, we have served tens of thousands of Georgia’s k-12 teachers by providing effective professional development and meaningful classroom materials. Stay tuned for announcements related to many special events we will conduct to celebrate this monumental achievement.

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December Featured Teacher

A huge GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Gibson from Kell High School in Cobb County for being selected as the December Featured Teacher. Jessica is being recognized for her ongoing efforts to improve herself through programs like the U. of Delaware Masters program and for her willingness to always mentor fellow econ teachers.

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Serving Georgia

Proud to share the news that we’ve served teachers from 141 of Georgia’s 181 public school systems in 2021. Workshops, webinars, student competitions, Stock Market Game…we are here to help K-12 teachers teach the mandated economics and personal finance standards in effective ways. What a year it has been!

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SMG FALL 2021 WINNER

Congratulations to the team of students from L.K. Moss Elementary School (Marion County) for taking home first place in the Fall 2021 Stock Market Game. Catapulting into the lead in the final week of the competition, the team managed to turn their initial $100,000 investment into a portfolio total of $149,528.00 in ten weeks. 

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November Featured Teacher

A mighty GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Ho from Suwanee Elementary School in Gwinnett County for being selected as the November Featured Teacher. Michael is being recognized for his continuous efforts to help his students apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations.

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SMG Week #9 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game is in the final stretch and a team from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County remains atop the leader board with an accumulated portfolio total of $169,823.00.

With one final week to go, will the Morgan Road students be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned for next week’s announcement.

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SMG Week #8 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game continues to roll on and a team from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County is back on top of the leader board with an accumulated portfolio total of $150,116.00.

With only two weeks to go, will the Morgan Road students be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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Economic Education Month Winners

Hats off to a student from Hilltop Elementary School (Houston County) for submitting the winning picture in the first ever GCEE #EconEdMonth ad competition.  The winning elementary school entry was judged on artistic talent and economic relevance. Thank you to all of the students and teachers who submitted advertisements during the month.

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Economic Education Month Winners

Hats off to a student from General Ray Davis Middle School (Rockdale County) for submitting the winning picture in the first ever GCEE #EconEdMonth ad competition.  The winning middle school entry was judged on artistic talent and economic relevance. Thank you to all of the students and teachers who submitted advertisements during the month.

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SMG Week #7 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game continues to roll on and a team from Dickerson Middle School in Cobb County has vaulted to the top the leader board with an accumulated portfolio total of $130,125.00.

With only three weeks to go, will the Dickerson Middle students be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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SMG Week #6 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game continues to roll on and a team from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County is still atop the leader board with an accumulated portfolio total of $129,518.00.

With four weeks to go, will the Morgan Road students be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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SMG Week #5 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game continues to roll on and the leader after week five is a team from the Alternative School at Morgan Road in Richmond County, They sit atop the leader board with an accumulated portfolio total of $124,456.00 during the first five weeks!

With four weeks to go, will the Morgan Road students be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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October Featured Teachers

Humongous GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to the following teachers for being selected as Featured Teachers for the month of October, aka, Economic Education Month.

Shelly Cox from Center Elementary School in Waycross.

Stacy Dockter from DeSana Middle School in Alpharetta.

Kay Johnson from Therrell High School in Atlanta.

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SMG Week #4 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game continues to roll on and the leader after week four is a team from Central Fellowship Christian is back at the top of the leader board. This team of students has accumulated $115,928.00 during the first four weeks!

With six weeks to go, will Central Fellowship Christian be able to maintain their lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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Council of the Year

The Georgia Council (GCEE) was recently named the 2021 Council of the Year by the Council for Economic Education. GCEE was recognized for its continued efforts to help thousands of K-12 teachers teach economics and personal financial literacy and for its innovative approach to creating innovative resources being used across the country.

Congratulations to everyone on the GCEE team!

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SMG Week #3 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game is rolling along and the leader after week three is a team from Lumpkin County Middle School in Dahlonega. This team of students has accumulated $113,282.00 during the first three weeks!

With seven weeks to go, will Lumpkin County Middle be able to maintain their narrow lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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Econ Ed Month

It’s October and that can only mean one thing: it’s Economic Education Month. That’s right, for the first time in our nation’s history, the month of October has been officially designated as a time to formally acknowledge the importance of teaching economics to our K-12 students.

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AP Special Session

GCEE was thrilled to welcome award-winning AP teacher Martha Rush for a special webinar session for Advanced Placement teachers from numerous counties across the state. Rush, a longtime AP grader/expert, shared tips on how to teach externalities and government intervention more effectively and offered advice on how to better prepare students for AP exams.

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SMG Week #2 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game is rolling along and the leader after week two is a team from Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Macon. This team of students has accumulated $112,154.00 during the first two weeks!

With eight weeks to go, will Central Fellowship Christian Academy be able to maintain their narrow lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot? Stay tuned…

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September Featured Teacher

A mighty GCEE CONGRATULATIONS to Suzanne McWhorter from Bleckley County Elementary for being selected as the September Featured Teacher. Suzanne, an attendee of GCEE’s summer institute for elementary teachers, is being recognized for her ability to deliver fantastic economics lessons to her students and her desire to always improve herself as an educator. 

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SMG Week #1 Results

The fall 2021 Stock Market Game has begun and the leader after week one is a team from Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Macon. This team of students has accumulated $109,868.68 in total equity in one week!

With nine weeks to go, will Central Fellowship Christian Academy be able to maintain their narrow lead or will other teams make investment decisions that will catapult them to the top spot?

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August Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Ivory Roberson from Jonesboro High School (Clayton County) for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of August. Ivory is being recognized for her incredible teaching skills and ability to make econ come alive for her students. Ivory will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her exemplary work. Congratulations, Ivory!

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Jacob Goldstein Delivers

Jacob Goldstein, NPR correspondent and cohost of the Planet Money podcast, recently delivered a unique virtual workshop for Georgia teachers. The workshop focused on Goldstein’s book Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing. Goldstein spoke about the creation and uses of money and  cryptocurrency. Teachers received copies of Goldstein’s books and lesson plans related to the topics covered during the three-hour session.

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Econ Ed Expo

Over 110 elementary teachers from across the state of Georgia met virtually at the beginning of their summer vacation to participate in the first-ever K-5 Economic Education Expo. GCEE partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, and the Georgia Department of Education to provide these dedicated teachers a fast-paced professional development opportunity taking place June 14-15, 2021. These days were filled with engaging presentations from accomplished classroom teachers and notable social studies leaders.

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Atlanta Econ Games Champions

Hats off to our 2021 Atlanta Econ Games Champions. A team of fabulous students from Springdale Park in Atlanta took home the top prize in the 4th grade division while a team of awesome students from Main Street Academy in Fulton County took home top honors in the 5th grade division. Congratulations to all of the 4th and 5th grade students who participated in this year’s exciting event.

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South Georgia Econ Games Champs

Hats off to our 2021 South Georgia Econ Games Champions. A team of amazing students from Westside Elementary in Coffee County took home the top prize in the 4th grade division while a team of amazing students from Lanier County Elementary took home top honors in the 5th grade division. Congratulations to all of the 4th and 5th grade students who participated in this year’s exciting event.

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May Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Shronda Smith from Evans Middle School (Coweta County) for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of May. Shronda is being recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom and drive to continually improve herself as an educator. Shronda will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her exemplary work. Congratulations, Shronda!

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A Book!

What’s better than buying econ-themed children’s literature books to share with teachers? Writing your own econ-themed children’s literature book to share with teachers! Earl & Starla Want All the Fishy Treats will be released to the world in early June. 

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Spring SMG Winner

The Spring 2021 Georgia Stock Market Game winner is…Augusta Christian School in Martinez, GA! Their total equity was $175,854.15. Thanks so much to the SIFMA Foundation, the Primerica Foundation and Invesco for helping to make this competition possible for thousands of students across the state.

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Econ Challenge State Champion- Adam Smith

Congratulations to the team of students from Chattahoochee High School for taking home first place in the 2021 Georgia Economics Challenge - Adam Smith Division. The team now moves on to the National Finals in May.

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April Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Amber Adams from Troup County High School for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of April. Amber is being recognized for her dedication to finding new ways to teach economics in creative ways that meet the needs of each of her students. Amber will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her exemplary work. Congratulations, Amber!

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Econ Challenge David Ricardo Finalists

Excited to announce the five state finalists for the 2021 David Ricardo Division Econ Challenge Competition. Teams from Jasper County High, Mt. Zion High, Northview High, Sandy Creek High and Starr’s Mill High will be competing on Saturday, April 17th to see who takes home 1st place for the state.

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Econ Challenge Adam Smith Finalists

Excited to announce the five state finalists for the 2021 Adam Smith Division Econ Challenge Competition. Teams from Chattahoochee High, Denmark High, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, South Forsyth High and Woodstock High will be competing on Saturday, April 17th to see who takes home 1st place for the state.

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March Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Alex Seidensticker from Savannah High School (Savannah-Chatham County Schools) for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of March. Alex is being recognized for preparing his students for their economic roles as workers, consumers, and citizens and for consistently using GCEE resources to make his classroom come alive for each of his students. Alex will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize his exemplary work.

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2021 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year

All of us at GCEE are thrilled to recognize Laura Lampron from Dunwoody High School (DeKalb County) as one of our “2021 Georgia Economics Teachers of the Year.” Laura, a high school AP economics teacher, is an amazing educator who is always striving to better herself in ways that will benefit each of her students. We will be formally honoring Laura at our Annual Meeting in the spring. Congratulations!

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February Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Bridget Boddie-Baker from Brewer Elementary School (Muscogee County) for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of February. Bridget is being recognized for expertly preparing her students for their economic roles as workers, consumers, and citizens and for using GCEE resources to make her classroom come alive for students. Bridget will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her exemplary work.

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Leadership Role

GCEE Executive Director, Mike Raymer, was recently named the National Association of Economic Educator’s very first Governance Advisor. As an ex-officio member of the NAEE Executive board, Mike will serve as a liaison between the board and various NAEE committees. Mike looks forward to serving in this newly created role as he knows how valuable NAEE is to educators across the country.

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2021 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year

All of us at GCEE are thrilled to recognize Jana Lane from Mary Persons High School (Monroe County) as one of our “2021 Georgia Economics Teachers of the Year.” Jana, a high school economics teacher, is an absolute all-star in the classroom who has a unique ability to make econ and personal finance relevant for each and every one of her students. We will be formally honoring Jana at our Annual Meeting in the spring. Congratulations!

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January Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Libby Aldridge from Brooks County High School for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of January. Libby is being recognized for her outstanding work and for her ongoing commitment to making her classroom come alive for her students each and every day. Libby will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her exemplary work.

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3,247 Served

Some good news coming out of 2020…The Georgia Council served 3,247 K-12 teachers from 146 of Georgia’s 181 public school systems. All of us are truly thankful for the opportunity to work with so many talented educators in every corner of the state. Thank you to each of our sponsors for your continued support. Bring on 2021!

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December Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Tom Brodnax for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of December. Tom, an economics teacher at Toombs County High School in Lyons, is being recognized for exemplary work in the classroom and his dedication to making himself a better educator each semester. Tom will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize his outstanding work.

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LCB! Winners

Hats off to the winners of the Fall 2020 Lights, Camera, Budget! student competition. Joshua Adams from Lanier Career and College Academy in Hall County (teacher Alexandria Cordell) and Brooklyn Adams from Veterans Memorial Middle School in Muscogee County (teacher Vanessa Ellis) beat out 321 other students to take home top honors. Joshua, Brooklyn, and their teachers received Lights, Camera, Budget! t-shirts and Amazon gift cards.