Happy Economic Education Month!!

We are officially kicking off #EconEdMonth at VCEE! As said by Daniel Mortensen, our President and CEO, “A solid understanding of economics is essential for successfully managing the business of life, guiding our behaviors as producers, consumers, savers, and investors.” It is our goal for the entire month of October to not only celebrate #EconEdMonth but to provide resources for econ educators, spark program interests with special workshops and have #EconFun with chances to win prizes like t-shirts, stickers and special swag boxes!

Join us each week for:
• Market Mondays
• Teacher Talk Tuesdays – Workshops: Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 & Oct. 25
–Register for our first workshop here:
• Win-It Wednesdays
• Thankful Thursdays
• Fun Fact Fridays

Be sure that you are following us on all of our social media pages so you will not miss out on any of the #EconFun!

2022-2023 Annual Reading Makes Cents Challenge

We are pleased to announce the kick-off of our 2022-2023 Annual Reading Makes Cents Challenge!

Reading Makes Cents annual reading challenge encourages students to explore the concepts of scarcity, saving, work, money and many other topics tied to SOL concepts.
• Earn three free books (with library binding) for your library.
• Encourage your students to learn about money, making choices, and saving.
• Reward students for reading.
• Give students the chance to win a $529 college savings account from Virginia529.

Our 2022 – 2023 Featured Titles Include:

  • WILMA’S WAY HOME: THE LIFE OF WILMA MANKILLER – Author/Illustrator by Doreen Rappaport
  • SLOTH & SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE – Author Cathy Ballou Mealey, Illustrator Kelly Collier
  •  HURRICANE – Author/Illustrator John Rocco

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.

Today we celebrate National Non-Profit Day!

We are the Virginia Council on Economic Education or known as VCEE by many and our mission is simple: to provide Virginia’s K-12 students with the economic knowledge and financial skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy. VCEE was established as a nonprofit in 1970 to leverage the collective intelligence, resources, and spirit of state government, local school divisions, universities, business leaders and classroom educators to ensure Virginia’s 1.2 million K-12 students graduate economically and financially confident. Today, VCEE resources are available in every school division across the Commonwealth.

VCEE provides quality professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers to assist them in teaching economics and personal finance. With the support of donors and partners like you, VCEE institutes and workshops are provided at no cost to teachers or school divisions.

Your involvement makes a difference! When donors like you give back to our educators, VCEE is able to continue to teach the teacher to reach the greatest number of students.

In honor of National Non-Profit Day please join us! With your donation, we’re one step closer to ensuring that these amazing educators continue to impact additional students every year they continue to teach.

As always, your contributions are valuable to the continuation of our cause.

Welcome Kate Scott to the VCEE team!

On July 1st, we welcomed Kate Scott as VCEE’s new Vice President of Programs. You may know that Kate previously served as the associate director of the Center for Economic Education at George Mason University, one of VCEE’s nine affiliated centers. In that role, over the last four years, Kate effectively supported educators in the state’s most populated region, and she was an active member of the VCEE Network, oftentimes leading the development and delivery of a broad array of professional development programs and contributing to a more economically and financially literate region. In addition, Kate served on the VCEE Board of Directors as the Network representative. Kate has also served on the boards of the Council for Economic Education (CEE), our national affiliate, and the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE).

Kate brings to her new role both experience as a classroom educator and business experience, in addition to her experience at the GMU Center. Before coming to George Mason, Kate was a high school teacher in Mississippi, teaching business, management and administration. During the summers, she participated in a program with the Mississippi Council on Economic Education in which she taught entrepreneurship to other teachers. Prior to entering the field of education, Kate held several positions while working for three different businesses.

Kate holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration-Small Business & Entrepreneurship Emphasis from the University of Southern Mississippi and, from William Carey University, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education. She has also earned several professional certifications, including the W!SE Personal Finance Certification for Educators.

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