WHAT WE DO:
The mission of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware (CEEE) is to provide teaching professionals with knowledge, skills, and innovative curriculum to equip Delaware K-12 students with the economic, personal finance, and entrepreneurial foundation necessary to become informed, active participants in the global village. Included in our outreach are programs for K-12 students to reinforce their classroom experiences. Beyond Delaware, the Center's Master of Arts in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship provides an intensive degree program for educators nationally and internationally. Approximately 300 have graduated since 1982. To achieve our goals, we engage in many partnerships with both the business and education communities.
WHAT WE OFFER:
During the past year, the Center conducted 105 programs and courses, both graduate and undergraduate, for 1829 in-service and pre-service teachers. Six special events for K-12 students were conducted with the support of our partners:
Partnering with the state's 19 school districts and the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware, our staff consults to help with the alignment of curricula to the state economic benchmarks and by training teachers to utilize engaging active learning strategies. Other programs that focus on economics are:
The Keys to Financial Success one semester high school course is adding three additional schools this year and twelve new teachers from Delaware. Delaware teachers joined 15 teachers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey for one week of training in Philadelphia in conjunction with our partner, the Federal Reserve Bank. Seventy schools in the Third District have teachers trained to deliver this curriculum.
Our Bank at School (33 schools) matches elementary schools and banks so students can open savings accounts at school. Partnering with the Delaware Bankers Association, CEEE participates in Teach Children to Save Day sending over 500 bank volunteers into the schools to teach a lesson on saving.
WHAT WE NEED:
The Center continues to seek partnerships with the business community and private foundations plus volunteers to foster improved teaching of the fundamentals of personal finance, economics, and entrepreneurship. CEE, in partnership with members from the public and private sectors, is working to make a personal finance course a graduation requirement for Delaware students.
The Center developed a pilot program for college freshmen. We offered a one hour session on using credit responsibly to 12 sections of the Freshman Year Experience class. Based on the success of the pilot, the program is now being offered to all sections of FYE. The Personal Finance Academy trained 23 K-5 teachers to deliver personal finance/math games for each grade and to use them at two Personal Family nights. The first Personal Finance Challenge occurred in May and involved eight high schools in an online preliminary round. Teams from the top six high schools then competed in a statewide competition related to earning, spending, and saving.
James B. O'Neill, Director
University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
102 Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2725
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