April is Financial Literacy Month (K-12)

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CEE Teaching Opportunity newsletter for educators
UIC Center post on CEE blog

TWOKAM & $150 honorarium for 75 teachers (Gr 7)

The Talk With Our Kids about Money “School program” targets 7th grade. However, other interested teachers are also requested to teach a lesson, relevant to their subject area and curriculum outcomes, with a focus on a money topic. The website provides online access to additional information, ideas and resources, and provides an opportunity for teachers to post questions. All aspects of the program are available in both English and Spanish.

The first 75 teachers who respond to Econ Illinois (icee@niu.edu) and indicate a willingness to participate in the pilot will be offered a $150 honorarium to do two things for us - (1) complete a one-page evaluation form reviewing the website, and (2) pick one lesson pla‎n to use on the Day - April 30th - and complete a one-page evaluation of the lesson. If you want to do your own lesson and share it with us, that would also be most welcome.

SIFMA Invest It Forward (4-12)

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, the SIFMA Foundation is pleased to share the Invest It Forward™ suite of resources and tools. This new initiative was launched in partnership with industry firms that facilitate the placement of volunteers in SMG classrooms.

Yumonomics! (K-5)

Lesson ideas for elementary educators use children’s literature and other media to teach economics principles and concepts. The lesson plans integrate literacy strategies as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) when appropriate. Search for “Financial Literacy” lessons and enjoy!

The Mint.org (K-12)

Fun, engaging tools to help educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits: the building blocks for a secure future.

NYSE Euronext Teachers Workshops (4-12)

Summer professional development is available to help educators teach students about the financial marketplace and its importance in their lives and the global economy. The 5-day Teacher Workshops are held at the NYSE. A week long Graduate Program is also available for educators who have previously completed the NYSE Teachers Workshop.

A limited number of fellowships exist to help deserving teachers from under-resourced schools to attend a workshop. The Application deadline is May 2, 2014.

Chicago Foundation for Education – CPS grants (K-8)

The 2014 Study Group Team Member application is open through this week! We are expecting to award more than 250 Team Member Grants this year. A great opportunity for new teachers, veteran teachers, and teachers in any other phase of their careers. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm Monday, April 28th.


Econ Illinois provides information on programs, curriculum and opportunities as a service to K-12 educators and does not endorse any particular resource.


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IL Econ Challenge Champs-Willowbrook HS

Econ Challenge state winners! (9-12)

Willowbrook High School earned First Place at the Illinois Econ Challenge state finals held April 10 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago!

York Community High School earned a close Second Place during the final “Quiz Bowl” round of the competition.

The First Place team advanced to compete in the National Semi-finals against the top scoring team from thirty states.  The top scoring 4 teams overall will advance to the National Economics Challenge Finals in New York City on May 19th!

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Personal Finance team during the morning activity

Personal Finance Challenge state finalists (9-12)

Ten student teams statewide advance to the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge (IPFC) State Finals at the Federal Reserve Bank on April 25.

The State Championship team will be invited to compete at the National Personal Finance Challenge in St Louis on May 2nd.  Read about the program.

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