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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.

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SMG Champions

Major GCEE congratulations to the team of students from Hahira Middle School who took home 1st place in the FALL 2020 Stock Market Game competition! The students turned an initial $100,000 investment into a final portfolio total of $153,166.57. Thank you to our friends at Invesco, the Primerica Foundation, and Delta Community Credit Union for the support that allowed us to conduct another successful Stock Market Game for students across Georgia.

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Governor’s Award

Congratulations to GCEE Board and Executive Committee member Dr. Eddie Bennett for being named a 2020 recipient of a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities. This award honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s civic and cultural vitality through service to the humanities or excellence in the arts. We could not be prouder to call Dr. Bennett our friend!

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Lights, Camera, Budget Contest

The Georgia Council on Economic Education is running the Lights, Camera, Budget contest for grades 6-12! This is a fun opportunity for both you and your students, plus they will learn some personal finance along the way. 

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Center Director News

Dr. Brenda Cude, Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Economic Education, has announced her retirement will come at the end of 2020. Dr. Cude has been working with the Georgia Council in various capacities at the UGA Center for the last eleven years, and during that time has lent her expertise to a number of key GCEE initiatives and competitions. All of us at GCEE can’t begin to thank Dr. Cude enough for helping us help so many teachers in the 16-county UGA Center area. We wish her nothing but the best during her retirement. 

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November Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Laura Perry for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of November. Laura, a middle school teacher at Rehoboth Middle School in Griffin, is being recognized for exemplary work in the classroom and her dedication to making herself a better educator each semester. Laura will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize her outstanding work.

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A Conversation with JASG

A Conversation with JASG

GCEE Executive Director Mike Raymer recently sat down with Japan-America Society of Georgia’s Executive Director Yoshi Domoto for another episode of “Have a Coke & Tea With the Society.”

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Helping Teachers During a New Reality

Helping Teachers During a New Reality

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about serious changes to the way teachers deliver content to students in just about every school in Georgia. In response to the many new challenges being faced by teachers, GCEE has been working diligently to find new ways to help K-12 educators reach students in effective ways. This video captures some of the challenges teachers are currently experiencing.  

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October Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Lonnie Wannum for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of October. Lonnie, a 5th grade teacher at Livingston Elementary in Covington (Newton County), is being recognized for exemplary work in the classroom and his dedication to making himself a better educator each semester. Lonnie will receive an Amazon gift card and signed GCEE certificate to recognize his outstanding work.

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3,000 Served!

Congratulations to Nancy Romeo of Johns Creek Elementary school in Forsyth County for being the 3,000th teacher we’ve served in 2020! We were thrilled to honor Nancy with a $300 Amazon gift card and look forward to seeing her at future training sessions. Thank you to each of the other 2,999 teachers we have been fortunate enough to work with since the start of 2020. Plenty more to come.

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September Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Katrena Taylor-Springs for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of September. Katrena, a high school economics teacher at Butler High School in Augusta (Richmond County), is being recognized for her creativity and dedication to bringing outstanding lessons and activities to her students each and every day. Katrena will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize her outstanding work.

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August Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Don Riggins for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of August. Don, a high school economics teacher at Central High School in Carrollton, is being recognized for his ability to consistently make economics and personal finance come alive for his students in effective ways and for his ongoing creativity in the classroom. Don will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize his outstanding work. 

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John Morton Award Winner!

Congratulations to Joel Miller of South Forsyth High School for recently being awarded the Council for Economic Education’s “John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award.” This prestigious award honors teachers of any subject who use exemplary teaching techniques that improve their students’ economic understanding, in and out of the classroom. Joel is the current GCEE Economics Teacher of the Year and a longtime friend of the Georgia Council.  

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InvestWrite Champs

Special tip of the GCEE hat to students from Space, Time, Community Homeschool, North Hall Middle, and Decatur High for taking home top honors in Georgia’s spring-2020 InvestWrite competition.

InvestWrite is an innovative national writing competition offered exclusively to teachers and students participating in The Stock Market Game each semester. The program adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom and helps students gain a deeper understanding of the market.

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YTD Update

YTD Numbers

As we prepare to kick off a new season of workshop delivery, it’s worth pausing to reflect on what GCEE has accomplished this year. As of 7/31/20 we’ve served 2,615 K-12 teachers from 116 of Georgia’s public school systems. We’ve also hosted multiple competitions for more than 350 students and had 14,985 elementary, middle, and high school participants play our spring Stock Market Game. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far this year and are looking forward to serving many more teachers in the coming months.

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A Candid Talk With Andre Dickens

Councilman Andre Dickens

GCEE was honored to spend time speaking with Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens about economic equity, civil rights, silver rights, and public education during yesterday’s engaging webinar. Councilman Dickens shared his thoughts on how to include all students in the educational process and his views on the ongoing push for economic opportunity in communities throughout Atlanta and Georgia. 

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2020 Update

It’s been quite a year to be serving teachers considering everything that’s happened in the last few months. From school closures to the sudden shift to virtual learning, 2020 has been a year like none other. One constant during the recent tumult is GCEE’s dedication to helping teachers teach economics and personal finance. Since March 25th we’ve served 1,197 K-12 teachers through a series of virtual workshops designed to help them shift to virtual learning environments.

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Center Director of the Year

Congratulations to University of West Georgia Center for Economic Education & Financial Literacy Director Kim Holder for being named the Georgia Council’s 2020 Center Director of the Year. Kim is a tireless advocate for K-12 teachers in her region and regularly promotes professional development opportunities designed to help teachers teach economics and financial literacy. Kim also connects teachers and business leaders in her community in order to help students learn more about future occupations and meaningful work pathways. 

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Econ of Sports: Kelley O’Hara Edition

GCEE was honored to recently spend an hour with USWNT star Kelley O’Hara talking about life as a professional soccer player, pay equality, the collective bargaining process, building endorsement partnerships and being part of the greatest team in the world. Kelley answered questions from teachers and shared great life lessons related to being a better teammate and leader.

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May Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Austin Green for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of May. Austin, a teacher at Milton High School in Milton, GA is an outstanding AP Micro/Macro teacher and current University of Delaware grad student.   Austin will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize his outstanding work.  

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Social Studies Fair Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s state social studies fair “economics division” winners…

Best in Class I Economics: “Do People Know Where Their Tax Dollars Go?” Hasty Elementary School (Cherokee County Schools)

Best in Class II Economics: “The Effects of Socioeconomics and Academic Performance in Georgia” Liberty Middle School (Newton County Schools)

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2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

GCEE is proud to recognize Dr. David Martin as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. From time to time, there are Georgians who have made such outstanding contributions throughout their lives to advance economic and personal finance education in our state that the Georgia Council on Economic Education believes they are truly deserving of special recognition.  David Martin is perhaps the person most deserving of this award.  In addition to leading the Georgia Council for 35 years, David has been recognized nationwide as a leader and someone who literally spent his entire professional career promoting economic and personal finance education.  Thank you David Martin and congratulations!

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2020 Program of Excellence Award

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) has been selected as the 2020 Program of Excellence by the Georgia Council.  This award is periodically given to an organization, school, or school system that has demonstrated excellence in economic education by offering transformative experiences for students and teachers.  SCCPSS is a state leader in economic professional development for its educators hosting more than 30 economics workshops for over 450 teachers in the last three years.  Additionally, SCCPSS has fielded several Teacher of the Year finalists, helped facilitate student and teacher study tours to Japan, and hosted GCEE for many other special events and learning opportunities.  Thank you Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and congratulations!

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2020 William J. Van Landingham Commitment to Education Award

GCEE is proud to recognize Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) as the recipient of the 2020 William J. Van Landingham Commitment to Education Award.  GPB has an extensive education arm that reaches tens of thousands of preschool – 12th grade students every year through digital resources and face to face training.  GPB continues to be a valued partner of the Georgia Council for workshop delivery and creation of online resources such as the award winning Lights, Camera, Budget!  Thank you Georgia Public Broadcasting and congratulations!

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Georgia’s 2020 Economics Teacher of the Year

Georgia’s 2020 Economics Teacher of the Year

Today would have been the day we officially honored Joel Miller of South Forsyth High as our 2020 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year during our Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. With that in mind, we proudly share this video produced by our friends at Georgia Power. Congratulations to Joel from all of us at the Georgia Council!

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The Canada-U.S. Trade Relationship

GCEE was honored to be joined by Nadia Theodore (Consul General of Canada in Atlanta) for a fantastic webinar today. 48 middle and high school educators had the opportunity to hear the Consul General speak on a range of topics including the U.S./Canada trade partnership, the duties of a Consul General, the recently ratified USMCA trade agreement, and the Canadian response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

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GCEE Appreciates Georgia’s Teachers

GCEE Appreciates Georgia’s Teachers

All of us at the Georgia Council could not be more proud of the amazing work Georgia’s K-12 teachers have done since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Teachers from all across the state have stepped up to meet the challenge of switching to virtual/remote teaching almost overnight. We dedicate this video to them.

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Spring SMG Winner Crowned

Congratulations to the team of students from the Atlanta International School for taking home 1st place in the spring, 2020 Stock Market Game. Amazingly, they turned an initial $100,000 investment portfolio into a final total of $253,986 during the ten-week competition. Hats off to the more than 20,000 students and teachers who participated this spring! 

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Adam Smith Champions

Major props going out to the team of students from Chattahoochee High School for bringing home 1st place in the 2020 Georgia Economics Challenge/Adam Smith Division. The team will be competing in next month’s online National Economics Challenge against schools from all across the country. 

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David Ricardo Champions

Major kudos going out to the team of students from Starr’s Mill High School for bringing home 1st place in the 2020 Georgia Economics Challenge/David Ricardo Division. The team will be competing in next month’s online National Economics Challenge against schools from all across the country. 

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April Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Janaé Cohen for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of April. Janaé, a teacher at Red Oak Elementary in Stockbridge, GA brings engaging, rigorous, student-driven, real-world experiences into her classroom each day.  She is a Stock Market Game veteran and has participated in the Henry County Econ Games. Janaé will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize her outstanding work.  

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Virtual Learning

GCEE delivered its very first “Virtual Learning” webinar on March 25th to an engaged group of 68 teachers from across the state. The focus of the meeting was the recent fiscal and monetary policy actions taken by the federal government and Federal Reserve Bank . Teachers received numerous teaching tips, strategies and web links that will help them reach their students during these interesting times. GCEE plans to offer at least two webinars per week through the end of the school year. 

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Tifton Econ Games 5th Grade Champs

Super huge GCEE congratulations to the team from Kings Chapel Elementary in Houston County for bringing home 1st place in the highly competitive 2020 Tifton Econ Games (5th grade division).

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Tifton Econ Games 4th Grade Champs

Super huge GCEE congratulations to the team from Len Lastinger Elementary in Tift County for bringing home 1st place in the highly competitive  2020 Tifton Econ Games (4th grade division). 

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March Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Maryann Plowden for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of March. Maryann, a teacher at Westover High School in Albany, GA tries to plant seeds of learning that will help her students as they move beyond the high school level.   Maryann will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize her outstanding work.  

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Personal Finance Challenge Champs

A team of students from Jackson County High took home 1st place in the 2020 Georgia Personal Finance Challenge and will now have the opportunity to compete in the national finals in Lincoln, Nebraska in May. Runners up in the competition were teams from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology and Campbell High School. Teams were given financial information related to a fictional family and had to create a plan that would help this family become more financially sound.

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Delivering the Goods in February

338 and 1,753. By now you know what those numbers represent. GCEE served 338 K-12 teachers during the month of February and we drove 1,753 miles to do it.  Not bad for the shortest month of the year.

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GCEE at NAEE

Members of the GCEE team and Center Directors from Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and the University of Georgia joined a group of educators from around the country at the 2020 National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida last week. The Georgia Council was awarded two NAEE Curriculum Awards and Associate Director Chris Cannon took home the 2020 NAEE Rising Star Award. University of West Georgia Center Director Kim Holder was honored with the 2020 NAEE Technology Award.   

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Atlanta Econ Games

Super huge GCEE congratulations to teams from Springdale Park Elementary (5th grade) and the Main Street Academy (4th grade)! They took home the top prizes in the 2020 Atlanta Econ Games hosted by our friends at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on February 21st. Springdale Park and Main Street Academy topped teams from Atlanta City and Fulton County school systems in an exciting competition that focused on entrepreneurship, teamwork, and the 4th and 5th grade econ standards. 

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A Day at Blackhall Studios

If you’re going to deliver a workshop focusing on Georgia’s booming film industry why not do it at one of the largest movie studio’s in the state? Hats off to everyone at Blackhall Studios for being such great hosts to a terrific group of teachers that trekked from far and wide to attend. Amazing guest speakers, terrific industry insight and a tour of multiple sound stages all made for a wonderful day of learning.  

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February Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Michael Herndon for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of February. Michael, a teacher at Calhoun High School in Calhoun, GA consistently makes economics and personal finance interesting subjects to study by connecting what he teaches in his classroom to the daily lives of his students.  Michael will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate to recognize his outstanding work.  

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Behind the Scenes at GPB

A group of high school teachers spent the day at GPB learning more about the rapidly changing media landscape, GPB’s funding model, their educational programming initiatives and the impact the film industry continues to have on GPB’s ability to rent studio space on a regular basis. The teachers were also given the opportunity to tour some of GPB’s television and radio studios.  

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Delivering the Goods in January

437 and 2,888. Care to take a guess what those two numbers represent? We served 437 K-12 teachers during the month of January and we drove 2,888 miles to meet them where they work.  Not a bad way to start the new year.

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Martha Rush in the House!

Teaching legend Martha Rush came all the way to Atlanta to deliver two outstanding workshops to a number of lucky high school econ teachers from throughout the metro area. Ms. Rush, a nationally recognized teacher and author, shared many of her most successful teaching strategies, lessons and classroom tips during two workshops she presented for GCEE.  Special thanks to our friends at the Atlanta Fed for hosting the first of the two workshops. 

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2020 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year

All of our congratulations are going out to Joel Miller from South Forsyth High School…the 2020 GCEE Economics Teacher of the Year! Joel’s fantastic work in the classroom will be recognized at GCEE’s Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on April 22nd. Way to go, Joel!

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January Featured Teacher

Congratulations to Christie Lehman for being named GCEE’s “Featured Teacher” for the month of January. Christie, a teacher at Langston Road Elementary in Houston County, consistently makes learning relevant, exciting, and enjoyable for her students by incorporating innovative teaching strategies that make economics and personal finance fun subjects to study.  Christie will receive an Amazon gift card and signed certificate that recognizes her fantastic achievement. 

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Year in Review

What a year it’s been! We delivered 150 workshops to 2,611 K-12 teachers, we rolled out a brand new website, we hired a new Program Manager, we created multiple new workshops, we drove more than 17,000 miles to serve teachers in 104 of Georgia’s 181 public school systems…and we did about 14 million other fun/interesting/effective things to help teachers teach economics and personal finance in the public and independent schools of Georgia.

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A New Workshop is Born

GCEE recently convened an all-star group of middle/high school teachers, a college professor and an education specialist from the Atlanta Fed to begin work on a new 6th & 7th grade econ workshop that will be rolled out in March, 2020. The new workshop, which will focus on standard of living, international trade, trade barriers, and economic systems, will be made available to any/all 6th & 7th grade teachers throughout Georgia in the coming months. 

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SMG Winners

Congratulations are in order for a team of students from Redan High School in Dekalb County for taking home 1st place in the Fall 2019 Stock Market Game. This group of students finished the game with an impressive portfolio total of $135,873! The Georgia Council looks forward to celebrating these great students at the Stock Market Game Awards Luncheon at the Fabulous Fox Theater in May. 

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Abbejean Kehler Technology Award

Congratulations to University of West Georgia Center for Economic Education Director Kim Holder for recently being awarded the Abbejean Kehler Technology Award by the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE). 

This award recognizes a NAEE member instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education. 

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GCEE Goes to Japan

CEE Associate Director Chris Cannon is in Japan for the week with a group of high school students from Islands High, Milton High, Roswell High and Sumter County High as part of a Japan-America Society of Georgia/Gen-J/Japan Foundation study tour. While in Japan, the group will be visiting schools, businesses and cultural locations to experience what the country has to offer and to learn more about what life is like for Japanese citizens of all ages.

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A Rising Star Among Us

Proud moment for the GCEE team as Associate Director Chris Cannon was just named the 2019 National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) “Rising Star Award” winner. This highly prestigious award is given each year to an individual who has been a member of the NAEE network for seven years or less. The purpose of the award is to identify someone who has “hit the ground running” and made extraordinary contributions to economic education programs or services early in his or her career in economic education. Congratulations all around to Chris!

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Wells Fargo Night in Atlanta

The Georgia Council partnered with our friends at Wells Fargo to conduct a “Family Financial Fun Night” at the Barack and Michelle Academy in Atlanta on Tuesday evening. Students and their family members learned about saving, budgeting and banking through a series of interactive activities and simulations. They also walked away with new skills that will help them make informed financial decisions in the future. Thank you to all of the wonderful Wells Fargo volunteers who helped make the evening a success.

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GCEE Visits MAGNA

GCEE and the Center for Economic Education at the University of West Georgia brought a group of teachers to Magna Industries in Carrollton, GA on November 18th to learn more about MAGNA’s manufacturing processes, strategies and business successes. Teachers got to see how MAGNA uses innovative strategies to produce millions of auto parts that end up on BMW, Chrysler, EZ GO, Hyundai, KIA, and Nissan vehicles sold all over North America.

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Econ Games Comes to Henry County

More than 100 4th and 5th grade Henry County students participated in GCEE’s ECON GAMES competition on Friday, November 15th. Students competed in three rounds of competition that focused on entrepreneurship, economics, and personal finance. The final round saw students “pitching” business plan ideas (Shark Tank style) to groups of judges who ultimately determined the winners.

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A Day at the Georgia Poultry Lab

GCEE took a group of middle and high school teachers to the Georgia Poultry Lab in Gainesville to learn more about the poultry industry’s impact on Georgia’s economy. A few key takeaways…the poultry industry makes up 50% of Georgia’s overall agriculture sector, Georgia leads the nation in broiler production, Georgia poultry farmers produce 31 million pounds of chicken and more than seven million table eggs on an average day! Thank you to all of our friends at the Georgia Poultry Lab for the amazing hospitality.

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NAEE Curriculum Awards

The National Association of Economic Educators recently recognized GCEE with a gold medal for our “Lights, Camera, Budget!” online game and a bronze medal for our “The Atlanta Braves Move to Cobb County”  lesson plan series. The annual awards recognize superior curricular resources that are based on a thorough examination by a committee of experts in subject matter and curriculum design.

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A Day at the UPS SMART Hub

GCEE took a group of econ teachers to the UPS SMART Hub for a tour of one of the most technologically advanced sorting facilities in the world. The teachers learned that more than 100,000 packages are processed every hour in the 1.2 million square feet facility located on Fulton Industrial Blvd. They also learned about employment opportunities at UPS, the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and its energy saving practices that are cornerstones to their approach to business.   

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Family Financial Fun Night

GCEE was honored to team up with friends from Wells Fargo to deliver a Family Financial Fun Night at Houston County’s Russell Elementary School last evening. Students and parents came out to learn more bout financial literacy and to experience interactive activities designed to help them make sound decisions related to personal finance and financial planning.  

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Distinguished Speaker in Savannah

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Georgia Edward Coleman, and a team of Savannah-area lawyers, spent an evening with a group of distinguished Chatham County economics/personal finance teachers to discuss bankruptcy laws and the importance of learning personal finance basics at a young age. Judge Coleman and his colleagues explained the history of bankruptcy, the most common reasons why people file, how bankruptcy typically works, and numerous tips for avoiding the process altogether.

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GCEE @ GCSS

The GCEE team was busy during last week’s Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) conference at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. Associate Director Chris Cannon delivered an informative session on the new “Financial Fitness for Life” publication while Program Director Angie Battle led a session on GCEE’s “Economics in Children’s Literature” workshops. Thank you to the hundreds of K-12 educators who stopped by the GCEE booth to say hello and to everyone on the GCSS Board for coordinating another great conference.  

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GCEE in L.A.

Georgia was well represented at the Council for Economic Education’s Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Los Angeles, CA last week.  GCEE staff was joined by four outstanding high school teachers, two Center Directors, and an Atlanta Fed education specialist. Members of this group presented sessions on the economy of Cuba, investing in human capital, fiscal responsibility, and project-based learning.

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Stock Market Game

The 2019 Fall Stock Market Game kicks off today with more than 4,000 student teams from around the state participating in the ten-week online simulation. Students are given a hypothetical $100,000 to invest in the global capital markets and attempt to build a portfolio that increases this amount. At the end of the 10 weeks, teams with the highest total equity are eligible for a variety of prizes and awards. 

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Middle School Financial Lit Takes Flight

Teachers in Savannah were the first to experience the Georgia Council’s new Financial Literacy for Middle Grades workshop this week   This workshop delivers content and new lesson plans written by Georgia teachers designed to engage middle school students and help them understand personal financial literacy from a variety of angles. The Georgia Council will be delivering this workshop far and wide in the coming months.

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Economics in Children’s Literature: Grades 4 and 5 Kicks Off

The Georgia Council debuted its newest workshop in front of a group of Henry County teachers earlier this week. Economics in Children’s Literature: Grades 4 and 5 uses four unique children’s books to help fourth and fifth grade teachers incorporate effective literacy strategies into creative and engaging STEM, language arts, and social studies lessons. All four books are provided to teachers along with the lessons that are demonstrated at the workshop. Thank you to the Zeist Foundation for making this exciting workshop possible! 

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What a Difference a Day Makes

The Georgia Council was recently presented with a generous donation from Regions Bank for winning the recent “What A Difference A Day Makes” online competition.  Thousands of teachers, students, and supporters of GCEE voted in the competition to see which non-profit organization would get a generous financial donation along with a day of volunteer services from a Regions representative.

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Georgia Pacific Sponsors Economic Education Institute

Twenty-five teachers from across the country were treated to a week-long Economic Education Institute co-produced by GCEE and Georgia Pacific in June.  The experience included lesson demonstrations from the Council and Youth Entrepreneurs, guest speakers from Georgia Pacific, and field experiences to High Road Ice Cream, Mercedes Benz Stadium, The Battery Atlanta, Chick Fil A headquarters, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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2019 Manufacturing Tour Heads East

GCEE’s summer manufacturing bus tours have developed a good reputation over the last four years for providing top of the line experiences for teachers and access to facilities around the state of Georgia.  The 2019 tour was no exception as teachers were treated to exceptional tours of Toto Toilets, Great Southern Wood (Yellawood), Savannah River Brewing, Textron’s RPM facility, and Cardinal Health.

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Lights, Camera, Budget! wins Serious Play Award

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The GCEE/GPB co-produced Lights, Camera, Budget! online game was awarded a Silver Award at the 2019 International Serious Play Awards.  Only 24 games were selected for this award out of thousands of entries.