Council for Economic Education introduces Common Core resource for teachers

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This month, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) introduces a Common Core Alignment Tool, an invaluable resource to help educators meet the Common Core State Standards while teaching financial and economic literacy. Over 400 CEE lessons, designed for K-12 students at varying grades and competency levels, have been aligned with these Standards, giving teachers access to a content-rich pool of classroom resources. This easy-to-use online tool will be a helpful resource to teachers as they incorporate the Common Core into their lesson planning for the first time.

The mission of the Common Core State Standards is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” They are “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers,” positioning them “to compete successfully in the global economy.” Currently 45 states have adopted the Common Core, which establish a clear set of expectations in math and English Language Arts (ELA) for K-12 students. CEE’s interdisciplinary lessons offer educators a way to address these expectations and do so through the lens of personal finance and economics.

CEE’s Financial Fitness for Life curriculum, free online resource EconEdLink, and lessons like Teaching Economics Using Children’s Literature, use simulations, games and discussions to give students an applied, hands-on experience. With CEE’s new online alignment tool, these financial literacy lessons are easy to search and connect to corresponding Standards. Clicking on a resource reveals a dropdown of the lessons they contain, and the Common Core Standards they meet (math or ELA). Another click, on the lesson, reveals further details on the content and the Standards it correlates to. Teachers can also do a reverse look-up, by searching through the Standards themselves to click on corresponding publications and lessons that will help them meet that Standard.

“We’re excited to introduce this resource to teachers across the country, as they begin prepping for the new school year,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a significant factor in education today, and CEE’s lessons offer a fresh, dynamic way to teach personal finance and economic education while incorporating the competencies in the Common Core. Our new alignment tool will make it easier for teachers to find resources to help them teach these important skill sets.” The Common Core State Standards alignment tool is available for free on the CEE website, http://www.councilforeconed.org/resource/common-core-state-standards-sta....

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance—so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in the global economy. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and approximately 5 million students.

For more information visit www.councilforeconed.org.