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Announcing Our Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellows

This cohort of highly-qualified Personal Finance Teacher Fellows will offer personal finance professional development and resources to other teachers in their school, school division, and region. In this way, the VCEE can dedicate more personal finance resources where they will have a meaningful impact. We believe this investment will help improve education opportunities and economic equity in Virginia’s underserved communities by ultimately improving the financial knowledge and skills of middle and high school students.

It is with the greatest pleasure that we announce our first ever Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellows!

  • Amanda Flowers | Halifax County High School, Halifax County Public Schools
  • Michael Gardner | Churchland High School, Portsmouth Public Schools
  • Iris Gibson | Langston High School Continuation Program, Arlington Public Schools
  • Charlotte Hayer | Richmond Community High School, Richmond City Public Schools
  • Jackie Herrmann | Deep Run High School, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Shannon Ison | Landstown High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Ingrid Johansen | George Wythe High School, Richmond City Public Schools
  • Andi Johnson | Roanoke Technical Education Center, Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Sharon Paul | Hayfield Secondary School, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Timothy Pemberton | John R. Lewis High School, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Jeremiah Riesenbeck | Roanoke Technical Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Rhonda Russell | Hampton High School, Hampton City Schools
  • Alice Stocks | Granby High School, Norfolk Public Schools

The Virginia Personal Finance Teacher Fellowship Program is sponsored by: Bank of America | State Farm | Truist Foundation | Virginia Council on Economic Education | The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Foundation


2023 FREE TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Happy New Year! Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) provides high quality interactive professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers to connect them with classroom-ready economics and personal finance resources. With the support of donors and partners, VCEE institutes and workshops are provided at no cost to teachers or school divisions.

In 2022, we served 1,500 teachers who would reach more than 109,000 students. We have also had 11,000 contact hours with these amazing educators over the last year. Additionally each educator will impact even more students every year as they continue to teach using our FREE customizable resources.

  • CULTIVATING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET ACROSS K-5 SUBJECTS USING CHILDREN’S LITERATURE | Jan 12, 2023 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • THE STOCK MARKET GAME™: PROVEN EXPERIENCE-BASED LEARNING | Jan 17, 2023 – May 05, 2023
  • VIRTUAL MINI-COURSE: SAVING, INVESTING, & THE STOCK MARKET GAME™ | Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 04, 2023
  • THE STOCK MARKET GAME™: PROVEN EXPERIENCE-BASED LEARNING | Jan 25, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • ONLINE PERSONAL FINANCE INSTITUTE | Feb 13, 2023 – Mar 24, 2023
  • QUICK HIT: LET’S PLAN AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP | Feb 16, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • QUICK HIT: MONEY TALES SERIES, SHEILA BAIR’S NEW BOOKS | Feb 28, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS | Mar 06, 2023, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK WITH ELEMENTARY ECONOMICS | Mar 21, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • QUICK HIT: HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK WITH SECONDARY ECONOMICS | Mar 22, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • THE PRICE OF THIRST: WATER SCARCITY | Apr 06, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • WATER SCARCITY ACROSS THE SEAS | Apr 11, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • ETHICS, ECONOMICS, & SOCIAL ISSUES | Apr 17, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • ECON AT THE CAMEL BARN | Apr 27, 2023, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
  • ECONOMICS TEACHER FORUM | Apr 28, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

What is the Stock Market Game™?

The Stock Market Game™ is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance. Students work in teams of 2 – 4 to perform research and evaluate trends in order to manage their $100,000 portfolio. Since its inception, The Stock Market Game™ has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures.

IMPORTANT SPRING GAME KEY DATES: 2/6/2023 – 6/2/2023
2/6/2023 – Trading opens.
2/17/2023 – Registration for Spring game closes.
3/3/2023 – Last day to add or delete Spring teams.
3/10/2023 – All Spring teams must trade by this date in order to be eligible for end-of-competition awards
4/21/2023 – END OF COMPETITION. TEAMS MAY CONTINUE TO TRADE UNTIL 6/3/2023.

ENHANCE THE GAME:

  • InvestWrite® is a culminating activity exclusively for students competing in The Stock Market Game™ that extends students’ classroom learning with a written challenge to address real-world financial issues and situations. Students must analyze, think critically and problem solve about a long-term saving and investing scenario.
  • Invest It Forward® connects educators and classrooms with financial industry professionals and firms. Teachers can request face-to-face or virtual meetings with financial professionals for their classrooms.

SMG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

QUICK HIT – THE STOCK MARKET GAME™: PROVEN EXPERIENCE-BASED LEARNING

Jan 17, 2023 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thinking of bringing the Stock Market Game™ to your 4th-12th grade class? This online workshop helps make the most out of the experience – learning how to play the game as well as how to integrate this teaching tool into your existing classroom curriculum.

Potential Recertification Credits: 1

VIRTUAL MINI-COURSE: SAVING, INVESTING, & THE STOCK MARKET GAME™

Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 04, 2023

Thinking of bringing the Stock Market Game™ to your 4th-12th grade class? This online mini-course program helps make the most out of the experience – learning how to play the game as well as how to integrate this teaching tool into your existing classroom curriculum.

Potential Recertification Credits: 6


SLOTH & SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE

Introducing…SLOTH & SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE one of our 2021-2022 Reading Makes Cents title. This book is written by Cathy Ballou Mealey, illustrated by Kelly Collier printed by Kids Can Press in 2021.

A pair of unlikely friends, decide they would like a new tandem bike find a job packing pickles. Squirrel’s plan to specialize, with him packing the jars and Sloth attaching the labels, backfires. The entrepreneurial friends turn their mistake into a unique business, make a profit, and surpass their goal.

Reading level: 2.0
Interest level: K-3

Economic Concepts:
• Jobs
• Income
• Money
• Entrepreneurship
• Productive
• Resources
• Earning
• Profit
• Producers
• Consumers
• Opportunity Cost
• Specialization
• Production

All Virginia elementary school librarians are invited to complete a simple application in order to bring Reading Makes Cents to your school courtesy of Virginia529.

Learn more about the Reading Makes Cents program


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