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The mission of the UNO Center for Economic Education is to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The Center assists and encourages teachers in their efforts to teach the economic concepts needed by future citizens to become well-informed voters, wise consumers, and effective producers.

What's New at the UNO Center?

Watch this space for information about spring and summer programs.

Here are some photos of the Spring 2005 Awards Banquet for the mathematics/economics magnet schools.

In October, we hosted two visitors (Imeda Kochauri and Tariel Giorgadze) from the country of Georgia.

Left to right: Valentin Bukhmiller (interpreter), Imeda Kochauri, Tariel Giorgadze, Tom Gouttierre, Merry Ellen Turner, Mary Lynn Reiser, and Jim Dick.

UNO Center for Economic Education awarded Regents Kudos, October 29, 2004

Regent Howard Hawks, Chancellor Nancy Belck, Kim Sosin, Mary Lynn Reiser, Jim Dick

UNO Center for Economic Education awarded inaugural Strategic Planning Award for community engagement, October 13, 2004
2004 WINNERS. The UNO School of Social Work, Center for Economic Education and Department of information systems and quantitative analysis were honored with the inaugural Strategic Planning Awards during the convocation ceremony. An award was presented for each of the university’s three overarching goals—focus on students, striving for academic excellence and engaging with the community. (Photo by Tim Fitzgerald)

UNO Center for Economic Education receives the 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award
The UNO Center for Economic Education has been singled out from among 240 centers of its kind across the nation to receive the 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award. The honor recognizes outstanding performance in helping teachers teach economic education. More information on this award is available: UNO Center receives Beekhuis Award

UNO Center Hosts Kazakhstan Visitors
The UNO Center for Economic Education hosted two visitors from Kazakhstan in April-- Adilzhan Tumatov and Alexandr Astapkov -- at the UNO Center for Economic Education in Omaha, NE. The Center showed the visitors how economic education is delivered in elementary, high schools, and universities in the area. Press release and more information.
From left to right below, Kim Sosin (UNO Center), Oxana Kolomitsyna (UNO student who interpreted), Mary Lynn Reiser (UNO Center), Adilzhan Tuatov from Kazakhstan, Tatyana Novikov (UNO faculty who interpreted), Jim Dick (UNO Center), and Alexandr Astapkov from Kazakhstan.

Crestridge School is the Recipient of Three Grants for International Studies Week Activities
Crestridge School for International/Global Studies, in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has been awarded a grant from the Council for Economic Education to conduct activities in observance of International Studies Week. International Studies Week, usually held the second week of November, has been sponsored by the United States State Department for the purpose of encouraging schools to include international studies in their curriculum. The Council for Economic Education funds special programs for this observance. The goal of this program is to make students aware of the role economics has in international studies. Press release and more information...

Crestridge School is the Recipient of Three Grants for International Studies Week Activities
Crestridge School for International/Global Studies, in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has been awarded a grant from the United States Council for Economic Education to conduct activities in observance of International Studies Week. International Studies Week, usually held the second week of November, has been sponsored by the United States State Department for the purpose of encouraging schools to include international studies in their curriculum. The United States Council for Economic Education funds special programs for this observance. The goal of this program is to make students aware of the role economics has in international studies. Press release and more information...

Mini-Society Training Spring, 2004: For the tenth year, the Center is teaching teachers from grades 3-6 in the the spring Mini-Society training course, thanks to a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership. More information will be coming soon. In addition, over 75 area teachers who have attended the course in the past will be invited to renew their association with the UNO Mini-Society program for the coming year and receive assistance for implementing the program in their classrooms.

Summer Course, 2004: Summer courses for 2004 will focus on Economics for K-8 Teachers. The dates will be finalized soon. Contact reiser at unomaha.edu if you want additional information. UNO Guffey Scholarship applications for 2004 are available from the UNO Center. The scholarship applies for this class only.

Summer 2004 Econ Camp at Conestoga, Information Coming

Summer Course, past photos: In 2002, the Center offered TED 8090, Economics for Secondary Teachers. Here is a picture of the class:

 
Pictured here are the 2002 UNO Guffey Scholarship Winners

 
For more information about our summer courses, Email: reiser at unomaha.edu or call 554-2357.

Money Talks, 2003: October 13, 2003 was the sixth annual Money Talks Student Forum on personal finances. The daylong event was held at Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE. For more information see the Money Talks website.

Adopt a School Partner: The UNO Center for Economic Education became an Adopt-a-School partner of Omaha's Conestoga Economics and Mathematics Magnet Academy School on September 13th. The Center has been working closely with faculty and staff to prepare a new curriculum for all students emphasizing economics and mathematics throughout the subject areas. Teachers and administrators took a Center sponsored course this summer to improve their knowledge of economic concepts and teaching strategies. The Nebraska Council on Economic Education provided tuition and materials for this course. The UNO Center plans to be an advisor and provide staff development as the magnet school enhances the economics portion of their model curriculum in the future.

Partners in Education, Ukraine: During the spring of 2000, Jim Dick and Mary Lynn Reiser visited Poltava, Ukraine for three weeks as a follow-up to the Partners In Education Teachers Exchange Program done during the Fall, 2000 semester. In the fall of 2002, we hosted another group of teachers from the Ukraine at UNO. Jim recently returned from his 2003 trip to the Ukraine. Take a look at a description of our involvement, pictures, and a website written by the 2002 teachers. Jim Dick and Tom Carman, Westside social studies educator, visited Cherkassy in March, 2003. The Center staff will be working on expanding the curriculum available on the website so that our Ukrainian partners will be able to assess more materials to use in studying about market economics and share lessons with their colleagues in Ukraine. Jim Dick serves as a trainer for Economics International, a program of the Council for Economic Education, as well as helping to develop the Ukrainian Council on Economic Education. The picture below shows that teachers use EcEdWeb in Ukraine also, but they prefer to read it in Ukrainian!

North High School SMG project 2002: Alan Fanning's honors economics students have been working with the sixth graders in 4 classrooms to teach them the basics of stock market investing. During the fall semester, the high school students traveled to Skinner Magnet Center to work on economics lessons in the classrooms. In the spring semester, teams of 6th graders participated in the Stock Market Game sponsored by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. Each team had student mentors from the North High class. A grant from SIA Foundation paid for their entry fees. The culminating event was a pizza party for all the mentor teachers and students from Skinner hosted at North. It was great experience for 6th graders and their high school mentors from Alan's class shown in this photo. Alan has sponsored this classroom project for the last three years at North High with coordination from Gay Thompson at Skinner Magnet Center.


Using technology to teach economics: For the next three semesters, Kim Sosin will be part of a multi-university team working on a project Efficiency in the Use of Technology in Economic Education. This project is funded by the Mellon Foundation program "Cost-Effective Uses of Technology in Teaching." The objectives of the project are to assess the cost effectiveness and student performance when technology is used to teach introductory college economics.

Materials Online: We have a set of lessons for teaching economics on EcEdWeb K-12 teaching web pages. Also economics standards in NE with lessons to teach each standard! (select Curricular materials on the K-12 page). Or go directly to the standards pages.

For more information about any of these contact:
Mary Lynn Reiser
UNO Center for Economic Education
402-554-2357.

reiser at unomaha.edu

Who are we?

Co-Directors: James Dick and Kim Sosin
Associate Director: Mary Lynn Reiser
Address: CBA 508G, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0048
Telephone: 402-554-2357; FAX 402-554-3747
Send email to Mary Lynn (include your email address, please) at reiser at unomaha.edu

What can we do to help you teach economics?

. Teaching to Nebraska LEARNS standards: In an ongoing effort to assist school districts in Nebraska revising their economics curriculum to reflect the Nebraska LEARNS social studies standards, the Center has redesigned several links on it's website. A curriculum guide for districts can assist by providing language for revising curriculum standards and course objectives. The benchmarks for grades k-6 have been correlated with both Nebraska LEARNS and the National Voluntary Standards in Economics. An additional link provides teachers with online lessons for the classroom that provide examples for direct classroom instruction. Nationally designed and normed assessments available from the Council for Economic Education have been correlated to the Nebraska LEARNS standards. Information about obtaining the assessment instruments for your school or district can be found on the National Council website.

.Summer Course 2002: Credit courses for teachers are offered by the Center each summer. In June of 2002, the Center will be offering TED 8090 Economics for Secondary Teachers. The course work will focus on preparing for a one semester economic course, reviewing appropriate concepts and curriculum materials. Teachers interested in information about this course should contact Mary Lynn Reiser at reiser at unomaha.edu

.Workshops: Throughout the year the Center will offer topical workshops for teachers introducing new materials for the k-12 classroom. As workshops are scheduled for the coming year they will be posted on the website.

. The Stock Market Game Dates: The Nebraska Council on Economic Education and the Security Industry Foundation will sponsor the Stock Market Game in both the fall and spring semesters. Dates for the game are:
October 1-December 7, 2001 registration deadline: September 24, 2001
February 4-April 12, 2002 registration deadline: January 28, 2002
Register on line at http://www.smgww.org. Curriculum teaching students about the economic concepts of the stock market can be obtained from the Council for Economic Education (materials link) Learning From the Market, Integrating the Stock Market Game across the Curriculum ($10.50) has been correlated to the Nebraska Learns Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. (new Link)

. Materials Library: Materials for teaching economics at all grade levels can be found in the UNO Center library. Contact the Center for a free catalog of National Council materials you can purchase or shop on line at (link)
Call the UNO Center (402) or send e-mail to reiser at unomaha.edu to join a class or workshop, evaluate materials or for ordering information.

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