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Council for Economic Education Offering Free Webinars

The Council for Economic Education is offering free professional development webinars on a wide variety of topics for teachers nationwide. All webinars are held from 4:00 to 5:00 ET, but by registering you can get access to the archived program in the event you cannot attend the live webinar. Teachers earn one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for each webinar. Upcoming topics include High School Economics: Economic Indicators, on October 19, High School Economics: Understanding Monetary Policy, on November 16, and High School Economics: Price Floors and Ceilings, on December 14, 2016. Several webinars on topics for teaching economics to younger children are also available. For more information and to register, go to:

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.

Olin Davis Award recipients

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

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.