Alabama Council on Economic Education, Inc.

aka ACEE   |   Birmingham, AL   |  www.EconAlabama.org

Mission

The core mission of ACEE is to train teachers in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship instruction, enabling them to pass on this knowledge to students in the classroom. At the heart of ACEE's effort is a comprehensive program of teacher training in economic and financial literacy that most K-12 teachers lack. ACEE provides seminars and workshops for teachers, and classroom programs for students, utilizing tested and approved curriculum materials that comply with the Alabama State Department of Education standards and graduation requirements. Curriculum materials are provided at no cost, and ACEE gives funds directly to schools for substitute teacher pay, so that teachers may attend workshops and seminars.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Program Director

Ms Wanda McAbee

Executive Operations Director

Ms. Amanda Pigue Pigue

Main address

PO Box 59288

Birmingham, AL 35259 USA

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EIN

23-7048024

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Personal Finance Challenge

The goal of this program is to encourage students to compete in the National Personal Finance Challenge to reinforce their learning through healthy competition. ACEE will present a series of workshops in various locations around the State of Alabama. Teachers will receive everything they need to bring personal finance and investment education into their classrooms including training, curriculum materials, and easy-to-use lesson plans. Teachers will also learn how to participate in the Personal Finance Challenge. Teachers register teams of students, who then take the tests online. The top-scoring team will become the State Champion and go on to compete in the National Personal Finance Challenge. All curricula is correlated to Alabama Course of Study and the National Voluntary Content standards.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Alabama Stock Market Game (SMG) is an exciting 10-week, on-line trading experience. Students begin with $100,000 and may purchase stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and make any number of trades with their available funds. The teams with the most valuable portfolios at the end of the 10 weeks win their division.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Economics Challenge encourages students to apply their economic knowledge as they work in teams to win state, regional and national awards.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

After reading a story, students are given lesson plans about an economic term that was emphasized. The students then illustrate the concept which is then entered in the Color the Concepts Contest.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ACEE workshops provides economics training and resources to teachers throughout
Alabama. Limited professional development funding is available to teachers in Alabama public schools.
Understanding economics and personal finance gives students lifelong confidence that they can comprehend the world in
Which they work, save, and spend, and empowers them with the competence to make decisions as consumers, homeowners, and employers or employees (Stern 2002). Alabama students, both college-bound and those who opt for employment rather than college, will be required throughout their lives to make economics decisions important for their own success. A thorough understanding of economics will contribute not only to their personal success, but to the success of the businesses, institutions and governments in which they participate. Years of research on economic education for pre-college students and their teachers
Concludes the following: pre-college students, from kindergarten to high school seniors, can and do learn economics and financial concepts when taught by teachers who know economics and know how to teach it (Grimes and Millea 2011; Schug and Wood 2010). Research studies of teacher-training effects on students consistently find that statistically significant increases in student learning are associated with higher levels of teacher training (Swinton et al 2007). Training teachers to use particular curriculum materials is shown to be highly successful for student success (Swinton, Scafidi, and Woodard 2011; Clark et al 2011). Evidence from the Council for Economic Education (CEE) international Train the Trainers programs supports this conclusion as well (Grimes and Millea 2011). Teaching the teacher influences economics education because the trained and enthused teacher has a positive impact on new groups of students year after year, throughout their teaching career.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Rockonomix educational experience utilizes project-based learning to motivate student engagement by using popular media to reinforce basic economic principles. The idea is simple; students are asked to pick a popular song, write new economics-themed lyrics and produce a new music video parody.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Council for Economic Education 1969

Financials

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Alabama Council on Economic Education, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jim Creamer

Wells Fargo


Board co-chair

Don Korn

Regions Bank

Sam Adams

Adams Family Foundation

Sam Addy, PhD

University of Alabama Culverhouse College

Berdis Blanding III

Alabama Power Company

Joseph Borg

Alabama Securities Commission

Julie Brannon

Telp Media

James Creamer

Wells Fargo Private Banking

J. DeRieux

1st Ascent Wealth Management

Russell Douglas

retired

Don Korn

Regions Trust

Charles Lambert

Medical Properties Trust

Michelle Lax

retired

Andrew Meehan

Peachtree Planning

Maurice Moody

Synovus

Robert Nielsen, PhD

Univrsity of Alabama, College of Human Environmental Sciences

Antisthan Roach

Vulcan Materials, Inc.

Ken Snow

Dan Sutter, PhD

Troy University, Sorrell College of Business

Mayo Woodward

SA Stone Wealth Management, Inc.

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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