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Gary Greenwood, Fluvanna High School,  Fluvanna, VA Awarded 1st Place in 2018 Virginia Economic Educator Classroom Lesson/Unit Competition “For this course, I will not be your teacher but your boss…”

> Download Mr. Greenwood’s “Turning Your Class Into a Business” Winning Lesson Plan Here 

Gary Greenwood, Fluvanna High School,  Fluvanna, VA
Awarded 1st Place in 2018 Virginia Economic Educator Classroom Lesson/Unit Competition

“For this course, I will not be your teacher but your boss…”

Richmond, VA —  Gary Greenwood,  an economics and personal finance teacher at Fluvanna High School in Fluvanna, VA, was awarded First Place in the 2018 Virginia Economic Educator Awards, Classroom/Unit competition.

The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond recognized Mr. Greenwood and 15 additional Virginia educators who have demonstrated exceptional delivery of personal finance and economic education in their Virginia K-12 classrooms.

Mr. Greenwood’s winning Lesson Plan is: “Turning Your Class into a Business”.     Here is a snippet from Mr. Greenwood’s Lesson Plan:

“For this course, I will not be your teacher but your boss. I will be paying you $100.00 per week in classroom cash to work for me. You have a contract to sign agreeing to the terms and conditions of your employment (see Employment Contract). Read it carefully. You will receive a signing bonus of $100.00 when you return it signed by you and your parent/guardian. Certain tasks and assignments will be given out. The purpose of these are to prepare you for becoming a productive individual in society, and representing my company.”

Mr. Greenwood’s “Turning Your Class Into a Business” lesson plan provides a roadmap for giving K-12 students a taste of being an employee while also covering many economics and personal finance concepts. It is a full course management plan that can be adapted to any grade level.

To view the classroom lessons developed by the award winners and to learn how to nominate an educator for the 2019 Economic Educator Awards, visit vcee.org.

Virginia Credit Union and Virginia Housing Development Authority provided financial support for the 2018 awards program.  The Virginia Lottery, which has contributed more than $9 billion to Virginia’s K-12 public schools since 1999, provided gift boxes for each awardee.

Established in 1970, the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, seeks to ensure that Virginia’s K-12 students obtain the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy. VCEE and its network of nine university-based Centers for Economic Education provide professional development and classroom programs for K-12 educators. The Centers are located at Christopher Newport University; George Mason University; James Madison University; Old Dominion University; University of Lynchburg; University of Mary Washington; University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Virginia Commonwealth University; and, Virginia Tech. VCEE is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education.2018-Greenwood-Lesson-Turning-Your-Class-into-a-Business


Mark Jones, Hickory High School,  Chesapeake, VA Named as the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year

Mark Jones, Hickory High School,  Chesapeake, VA
Named as the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year

Richmond, VA —  Mark Jones, a teacher at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, was recognized as the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year.

The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond recognized Mr. Jones and 15 additional Virginia educators who have demonstrated exceptional delivery of personal finance and economic education in their Virginia K-12 classrooms. The award ceremony was held today at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

After 10 years at Bank of America, in 2005 Mr. Jones changed professions and became an educator with a special passion for economics education.

In 2011-2012, after several years of development, Mr. Jones established and taught the first Advanced Placement (AP) Micro and Macroeconomics course in Chesapeake Public Schools.  In 2017-2018, Mr. Jones incorporated Virginia’s required Economics and Personal Finance course into his AP economics course, which enhanced student learning while also meeting graduation requirements. Since 2012, nearly 300 Hickory High School students have passed the AP economics national exams.

Mr. Jones recently chartered the Economics Club at Hickory High School and helps support students who participate in a myriad of projects and competitions.  He consistently has student teams earn an invitation to participate in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Mr. Jones was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Economic Educator by the ODU Center for Economic Education.

To view the classroom lessons developed by the award winners and to learn how to nominate an educator for the 2019 Economic Educator Awards, visit vcee.org.

Virginia Credit Union and Virginia Housing Development Authority provided financial support for the 2018 awards program.  The Virginia Lottery, which has contributed more than $9 billion to Virginia’s K-12 public schools since 1999, provided gift boxes for each awardee.

Established in 1970, the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, seeks to ensure that Virginia’s K-12 students obtain the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy. VCEE and its network of nine university-based Centers for Economic Education provide professional development and classroom programs for K-12 educators. The Centers are located at Christopher Newport University; George Mason University; James Madison University; Old Dominion University; University of Lynchburg; University of Mary Washington; University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Virginia Commonwealth University; and, Virginia Tech. VCEE is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education.

 

 


Announcing the 2018 Virginia Economic Educator Awards 16 Finalists Celebrated

>>Link to 2018 Economic Educator Awards Press Release (PDF)

Richmond, VA — The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond recognized 16 educators who have demonstrated exceptional delivery of personal finance and economic education in their Virginia K-12 classrooms. The award ceremony was held today at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

“Established in 1988, this is the 30th anniversary of VCEE’s annual Virginia Economic Educator awards. By educating Virginia’s students in economics and personal finance, Virginia educators help prepare financially responsible adults and a more qualified workforce. Ultimately this commitment to financial and economic literacy helps young Virginians thrive and leads to a stronger, more vibrant economy,” said Dan Mortensen, executive director, Virginia Council on Economic Education.

Mark Jones, a teacher at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, was recognized as the 2018 Virginia Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year. After 10 years as a banking professional, in 2005 Mr. Jones switched careers and became a teacher with a passion for economics. Among his many accomplishments, he established and taught the first Advanced Placement (AP) Micro and Macroeconomics course in Chesapeake Public Schools and recently chartered the Economics Club at Hickory High School. He was nominated by the Old Dominion University Center for Economic Education.

VCEE’s statewide network of university-based Centers for Economic Education serve K-12 schools in their respective regions. The Outstanding Economic Educators recognized by this network are:

Dianna Alger,
Page County High School, Page County, James Madison University Center
Dina J. Baber, Discovery School of Virginia in Dillwyn, Virginia Commonwealth University Center
Robin Dotson, Central High School, Wise County, University of Virginia’s College at Wise Center
Malinda Hogan, Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania County, University of Mary Washington Center
Patrick D. Riley, Heritage High School, Lynchburg, University of Lynchburg Center
Patricia Winch, Fairfax County Public Schools, Middle School Social Studies Specialist, George Mason University Center
Chad Wright, Grayson County, Career & Technical Education Center, Virginia Tech Center

These four educators were recognized for their development of original K-12 economics curriculum:

Gary Greenwood, 1st Place, Fluvanna County High School, Fluvanna County
Turning Your Class into a Business
Bethany Everidge, 2nd Place, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg
What are Common Words Anyways? Supporting Students through Tier-Two Vocabulary and Financial Literacy
Lisa Taylor, 3rd Place, Leesville Road Elementary School, Campbell County
Surviving the Heat: A Lesson in Life
Christine Pedersen, VCEE Institute Graduate Winner, New Kent High School, New Kent County, Home Sweet Mortgage

And, finally, the following received Mini-Grant Awards in recognition of ideas they implemented in the classroom with mini-grants VCEE provided for the 2017-18 school year:

Amanda S. Grimm, Alleghany High School, Alleghany County
Cost of Caring for an Infant
James Meadows, Gretna High School, Pittsylvania County
Factors of Production and Global Trade Projects
Tammy May, Co-winner, Lacey Spring Elementary School, Rockingham County
Tara Hardy, Co-winner, John C. Myers Elementary School, Rockingham County
Kid’s Market Project

In Virginia’s public schools, personal finance and economics are included in the Standards of Learning for every grade level, culminating in a nationally-recognized full-year course for high school students.

“We are grateful for the commitment of these outstanding educators.  Their innovative instructional approaches help bridge the classroom to the real world, inspiring students to create financially stable futures,” said Dr. Kartik Athreya, executive vice president and director of research, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

To view the classroom lessons developed by the award winners and to learn how to nominate an educator for the 2019 Economic Educator Awards, visit vcee.org.

Virginia Credit Union and Virginia Housing Development Authority provided financial support for the 2018 awards program.  The Virginia Lottery, which has contributed more than $9 billion to Virginia’s K-12 public schools since 1999, provided gift boxes for each awardee.

Established in 1970, the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, seeks to ensure that Virginia’s K-12 students obtain the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy. VCEE and its network of nine university-based Centers for Economic Education provide professional development and classroom programs for K-12 educators. The Centers are located at Christopher Newport University; George Mason University; James Madison University; Old Dominion University; University of Lynchburg; University of Mary Washington; University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Virginia Commonwealth University; and, Virginia Tech. VCEE is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education.

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