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PCEE Teacher Advocate Gina Boyd named TSC Teacher of the Year

The Tippecanoe School Corporation has named Gina Boyd as their TSC Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Gina Boyd has been the PCEE's Teacher Advocate for Elementary Education since 2014.

Boyd teaches a fourth- and fifth-grade high ability class at Mayflower Mill Elementary School. She has taught for 24 years,16 of those years with the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Boyd holds a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University and a gifted and talented license from Purdue University. Mayflower Principal Shannon Cauble says Boyd is recognized by her colleagues for her incredible classroom instruction and innovation. "She is a master of differentiation and personalized instruction. She uses proven research-based strategies to make every minute in her classroom count," says Cauble.

Boyd has conducted many highly-rated teacher workshops for the PCEE including Chocolate Economics, Classroom Mini-Economy, Full STEAM Ahead: Integrating Economic Education with STEAM, and Classroom Business Enterprise. In 2016, she was recognized with the national John Morton Excellence in Teaching Award from the Council for Economic Education.

Boyd will represent the TSC in the Indiana 2019 Teacher of the Year program.

2018 Purdue CBE Showcase a Big Success!Girl holding a big sheet of homemade paper

Four teachers and 34 students from the greater Lafayette area and Frankfort, Indiana, attended the 2018 CBE Showcase at Purdue University on April 12th to display their innovative classroom businesses and products. The Showcase gives teachers and their students who have participated in the PCEE's Classroom Business Enterprise program the opportunity to display and sell their products, and share all they have learned by running a classroom business during the school year. 

Students from McCutcheon High School  displayed information about their highly successful smoothie business, Smoothie Stampede.  Other schools represented were Frankfort Middle School, Mayflower Mill Elementary, and Mintonye Elementary, featuring such items as stress balls, marshmallow launchers, UV bracelets, sparkle balls, duct tape pens, slime, and homemade suckers.  Four local business experts visited each display to talk with students and to evaluate the students on their knowledge of product design, production, marketing, and presentation and leadership skills, and to provide feedback to the students.  At the end of the program, business experts spoke on what each business was doing especially well. 

Read the Krannert News Feature on the 2018 CBE Showcase Here.

For information on how your school can be involved with the Classroom Business Program, visit the CBE webpage or contact the PCEE.

Financial support for the Showcase was generiously provided by the Lafayette Life Foundation, Lafayette Bank and Trust, and the Purdue Federal Credit Union. 

2018 Smart Indiana Conference to Take Place in June

The Indiana Council for Economic Education has announced the date for the 2018 Smart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference for K-12 grade teachers.  The annual conference will take place on June 18 and 19 at the Wyndham Indianapolis.  The keynote speaker will be Economic YouTube Star, Jacob Clifford.  Jacob Clifford is a national award winning teacher recognized for his engaging approach to teaching.  He has created a number of clever videos that elaborate on a range of economic topics.  Visit to learn more. For more information and to register, go to

John Morton Award Submissions Being Accepted

The Council for Economic Education is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards. Three teachers will be awarded $1,000 for demonstrating inspirational and innovative teaching approaches that improve and stimulate economic understanding in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. Additionally CEE will cover costs (transportation, hotel accommodations and conference registration) associated with attending the fall conference October 5-6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, where the winners will be recognized during the October 5 Teacher Awards Luncheon. Submissions are due June 29, 2018 at 11:45 pm EST. Interested teachers can seek more information and apply at: 

57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference

Online Registration for teachers for the 57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference is OPEN! The CEE is currently offering teachers an EARLYBIRD 10% discount, valid until 5/01/18.  The Conference will take place October 5-6, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the schedule can be found on the CEE registration website. Raphael Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will be the featured speaker for the teacher’s awards recognition luncheon on Friday, October 5th.

PCEE Mini-Grants Awarded for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce the winners of PCEE Mini-Grants for 2017-18.  PCEE Mini-Grants are competitive, and are available for up to $800 per project. The following teachers and schools were awarded funding for their economic education projects.   

  • Sarah Bollock, Lafayette Christian School, for her project Colonial Marketplace Simulation Springs to Life, a multi-faceted role-playing activity in which students research colonial life and trades, and apply economic concepts in a marketplace simulation.
  • Aaron Neblett, Lafayette Jefferson High School, for The Stable: LJHS Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a program to create a unique entrepreneurial incubator at Jefferson High School involving over 150 students in 7 different courses.
  • Rose Sgambelluri, Boston Middle School of LaPorte, Indiana, Brew'n Cafe, an in-school beverage shop in which students in the school's life skills program learn economic concepts and entrepreneurial skills by operating a small business.
  • Michelle Tuinstra, Lafayette Christian School, for Expand the Vision 2017, a student career planning program that builds upon a career fair put on by the school in April 2017, and that was partially funded by a 2016-17 PCEE Mini-Grant.

“Mini-grants are made available annually to help teachers and schools fund effective and motivating curriculum projects to promote economic education in K-12 classrooms,” says David Perkis, director of the PCEE. “This year, we are especially excited that several mini-grants align with PCEE’s current research and engagement efforts in career education and entrepreneurship.”

Teachers leading two of our mini-grants, the Stable and Brew’n Café, will also receive financial and consulting support though the Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE).  CBE, a program offered jointly by PCEE and the Indiana Council for Economic Education, provides funds and training for teachers to start real businesses with their students.

PCEE Affiliated Teachers Recognized for their Achievements

Several teachers affiliated with the PCEE were recognized on June 29th at the $mart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference in Indianapolis.  The Olin Davis Awards for Exemplary Teaching of Economics is given annually to teachers who demonstrate outstanding and creative economic education projects.  This year, the state winner of the Olin Davis Award (elementary school level) was Justine Skillman of the Hasten Hebrew Academy in Indianapolis.  Justine is a teacher participant in the PCEE's Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE) program.  Barbara Tilley, Mintonye Elementary School, Lafayette, was a finalist for the award.  Barb is also a CBE teacher participant, and serves on the PCEE's Educator Advisory Committee.  The PCEE's Teacher Advocate at the Secondary Level, Emily Vanderwall, Lafayette Christian School, Lafayette, was also a finalist along with her colleagues Michelle Tuinstra and Kim Plantenga. Emily is also a member of the PCEE's Educator Advisory Committee, and Michelle a CBE teacher participant.  We are very proud of these outstanding teachers who are so dedicated to economic education, and to helping their students learn about economics in fun and creative ways.  To see the full list of statewide Olin Davis Award winners, visit

Tilley Skillman

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