ARKANSAS STATE COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION

Education for Real Life

aka Economics Arkansas   |   Little Rock, AR   |  www.economicsarkansas.org

Mission

To equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free enterprise system using practical, innovative and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students can master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in the free enterprise system.

Ruling year info

1962

Associate Director

Mrs. Marsha Masters

Main address

PO Box 3447

Little Rock, AR 72203 USA

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EIN

71-6058254

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Stock Market Game program

This highly popular investment simulation competition teaches saving and investing for the future while integrating math, economics, social studies and technology. Teams of 4-5 students in grades 4-12 compete against each other by division and region to grow a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio over a 12-week session each fall and spring semester and—new in 2017/18—during a year-long session. Participants tend to improve their personal finance and money management skills and deepen their understanding of the interdependence of our domestic and global economies. Additionally, Economics Arkansas has repeatedly received teacher feedback that participating in the Stock Market Game has prompted especially marginal students from underserved, underprivileged low-income communities to change their trajectory and future opportunities for the better.

Population(s) Served

All Professional Development (PD) teacher training provided by Economics Arkansas is certified by the Arkansas Department of Education, i.e., standards-based and curriculum aligned. In addition, it is relevant, engaging, hands-on, project-based and often downright fun. We like to say that we teach economics without the "eek." We provide PD opportunities year-round and customize our training in response to the needs of Arkansas school districts and independent schools who partner with us. We provide the training for the mandated high school economics course and personal finance standards. During the summer, we hold a number of topic-specific, one- or two-day intensives, including our REAL Econ for All Conference, Connecting Educators to Industry workshops, entrepreneurship seminars and high school econ course training. Details at http://www.economicsarkansas.org/for_teachers/resources-at-a-glance-by-category.html.

Population(s) Served

Economics Arkansas launched the Bessie B. Moore Awards program in 1995 to honor exemplary teachers for successfully integrating economic principles into the classroom. The contest is open to educators PreK-12 from public and independent schools in Arkansas. To enter, teachers submit written descriptions of their projects, which are reviewed and judged by an independent panel of economic education specialists. The winners receive cash awards and plaques. Up to 12 awards are presented each year, six in a Newcomers division and another six in the Veterans category. The deadline to enter is typically in early to mid-July. More information is available at http://www.economicsarkansas.org/for_teachers/recognition_programs.html.

Population(s) Served

This program supports teachers who want to integrate economics and personal finance into their classroom, but don't receive funding from their school districts due to budget restraints.
Each school year, Economics Arkansas awards between 10 and 15 teacher grants of up to $500 each for economic units and activities in the classroom. Eligible expenses include project-related student materials, teacher supplies, guides and publications, books, charts, DVDs, technology and student field trips tied to an economic project. At the end of the school year, teacher grant recipients attend an “Economics Exchange” meeting in Little Rock to share their project and discuss the implementation of their grant-funded activities in the classroom.
Our two 2017-18 teacher grant cycles are detailed at http://www.economicsarkansas.org/for_teachers/economics-arkansas-teacher-grant-program.html.

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ARKANSAS STATE COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Perry Wilson

Barber Law Firm

Term: 2017 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Randy Lawson

Lawco Energy Group

Term: 2017 - 2018

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