PCEE’s Teacher Advocate, Gina Boyd, Wins National Award
Congratulations to the PCEE’s teacher advocate, Mrs. Gina Boyd, on her selection as a recipient of the prestigious Council of Economic Education’s John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level. This national award recognizes Mrs. Boyd for her excellent service in providing after-school teacher workshops for the PCEE, and exemplifying the importance of economic and financial education to the future success of her students. Mrs. Boyd is a 4th and 5th grade high ability teacher at Mayflower Mill Elementary School, and will receive the award at the 55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in October. In addition to facilitating workshops for the PCEE in which she demonstrates to other teachers how to incorporate economic education into their own elementary school classrooms, she also serves on the Elementary Educator Advisory Committee to the PCEE.
The PCEE is pleased to offer mini-grants in economics for K-12 teachers and schools for the 2016-17 school year. The mini-grants are competitive, and open to all accredited K-12 public and private schools in Northwest Indiana, including Marion County. Grants will be for a maximum of $800 per school. Multiple schools from the same corporation may apply for grants. Up to six grants will be awarded! The application deadline is Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Visit the Mini-Grants page for more information and to download the application.
Teachers Honored with Olin W. Davis Awards
Three teachers who have been active with Purdue Center for Economic Education programming, and currently serve on the Center's teacher advisory committee, have been recognized for their excellence in teaching and promoting the teaching of economics. Receiving the 2016 Olin W. Davis Teaching Award is Christy Harshbarger, a multi-grade high-ability teacher at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Lafayette. She received a plaque and a check for $1,000 at the Indiana Council for Economic Education Annual Program on June 28th. The Council presented a plaque and a check for $500 in the runner up category to Kathryn Dodds, a fourth-grade teacher at Happy Hollow Elementary School in West Lafayette, and to Tracy Franklin, an economics teacher at Jefferson High School in Lafayette. We congratulate these deserving teachers on this outstanding achievement!
Olin Davis Award recipients from left to right: Tracy Franklin, Christy Harshbarger, and Kathryn Dodds
Purdue Center Director Named
Dr. David Perkis joined the Purdue Center for Economic Education as Director on July 1st. Dave recently finished his PhD in natural resource and environmental economics at Purdue and is looking forward to working working with teachers throughout our community to facilitate economic education in our schools.
Before economics, Dave's background was in engineering, mathematics, and statistics. Additionally, he pursued a teaching certification in mathematics education, having completed his student teaching at City Charter High School in downtown Pittsburgh.
Given his background, he has a passion for utilizing experimentation and discussion in the classroom, as well as taking advantage of synergies between economics and the STEM fields. Most importantly, with he and his wife both having experience in the classroom, he has a heart for helping teachers effectively teach economic and financial topics to their students.
Dr. Harlan Day, who has been serving as the PCEE's Interim Director, will continue to remain active with the Center as assistant director.
PCEE Celebrates Successful Summer Workshop
K-8 teachers from throughout the region recently enjoyed sessions and hand-on activities at the PCEE's 2016 Summer Economics Extravaganza Workshop on the Purdue University Campus, June 21-24. Over the 3 1/2 days, teachers participated in hand-on activities and learned more about topics such as The Role of Government in the Economy, Economic Systems, and Dealing with Common Resources. Popular curriculums including Herschel's World of Economics, Creating a Classroom Mini-Economy, Teaching Economics with Children's Literature, and Classroom Business Enterprise were also covered via presentations by area teachers who have successfully implemented these programs in their own classrooms. The workshop was well received by participants and rated highly. One teacher stated on the program evaluation, "I enjoyed this summer workshop immensely. I learned a ton each day and no minute was wasted. All of the activities, tips, and content are directly related to my classroom. I am so excited to get started next year!"
Save the Date for Econ Camp 2016!
Econ Camp is a professional development opportunity for high school teachers of economics. It provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network with fellow economic educators in a relaxed and fun environment. All Econ Camp lodging and meal expenses are covered by sponsors! Econ Camp will take place at Camp Tecumseh near Brookston, Indiana, on October 19-20, 2016 (beginning at 4 p.m. on October 19 and ending by 2:30 p.m. on October 20). For more information, contact Shelly Surber at 76-494-8541 or email@example.com or register on-line at www.econed-in.org. Econ Camp is suppported by the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics.
K-12 Student Video Contest
Attention teachers! The Council for Economic Education is sponsoring a contest to challenge students to speak out on "What should the Next President do to Improve the Economy?" All you have to do is record one or a group of students answering the question in 60 seconds or less. Cash prizes will be awarded. For contest rules and all the details, visit the CEE contest website.