TEXAS COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION wrote -
Our Mission: To help all students develop an economic way of thinking and problem solving useful in their lives as knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers, informed investors, workforce members, responsible citizens, and global economy participants.
Our Vision: The U.S. as a nation of citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed economic decisions.
One Impact Story: The high school senior waited quietly for his teacher to call his name to receive a $50 check. He had led his Stock Market Game™ (SMG) team to a first place victory for his Texas region. The teacher later noted that while his other team members had not been as engaged as he, this student’s involvement encouraged his teammates to make wise investment choices. As the dismissal bell rang, the young man stepped up to the teacher to thank her for introducing him to this learning activity. He explained that since his mother had suffered a stroke, she could no longer hold a job. He worked every job he could find to bring money into the household to help support his mother, sister, and himself. He told his teacher that for the first time in his life, he learned that saving and investing could be powerful tools to break his family out of poverty. He would use these lessons learned to help his family become financially capable.
A teacher worked with his students during lunch, and before and after school. They drilled on countless economics concepts in preparation for the Texas State Economics Challenge playoffs. They excitedly accepted their first place win for Texas and continued studying for the national competition. For 8 years the teacher’s teams advanced to the top 4 positions at the national level, which was an accomplishment in itself. The 9th time was a charm, as the 2014 team placed first in the nation. They were acknowledged by many for their accomplishments. However, every student who had passed through this teacher’s classroom had benefitted from the vast learning opportunities he provided them in the classroom, along with outside opportunities, as they prepared for the state and national competitions.
Another teacher walked her advanced students down the hallway to cheer on the special needs class that had just excelled in the SMG. They had won first place in the region, outperforming all the other high school teams in the greater Houston area. The SMG provides lessons and activities that help all students learn about saving, investing, mathematics, decision making and research.
Please consider these statistics:
- In 2014, TCEE trained 2,500 educators who then reached 2.3 million students.
- In the fall of 2014, Kindergarten through grade 8 mathematics educators began teaching 3.5 million students about financial literacy. Because TCEE played a key role in writing the standards adopted by Texas, the students will receive a higher quality education based on these standards.
- To ensure that real-world relevant learning experiences are available to teachers, TCEE wrote lessons Kindergarten through grade 8 mathematics financial literacy lessons that are being used by more than 170,000 educators to teach over 2.5 million students.
TCEE is making a difference in Texas: one teacher, one student, and one classroom at a time.
Join a winning team that will make a difference in the economic lives of many students as they grow to adulthood. The end result is a smarter Texas with a better economy.