K-12 Educators Honored for Excellence in Financial and Economic Education
Next month, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) will honor educators from across the nation with the William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, the Adam Smith Award, the Albert Beekhuis Award, and the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards Awards at its 52nd Annual National Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference. The conference will be held October 3 – 5 in Baltimore, MD.
Personal finance and economics educator Brian Page from Reading High School in Reading, Ohio will receive the William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award. In addition to winning “Teacher of the Year” several times in his hometown, Mr. Page serves on a number of national and state department of education advisory boards including serving as the new chair of the Teacher Advisory Committee for CEE beginning in 2014. Mr. Page is also a member of the Working Group (ELA) for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
Mr. Page’s efforts in promoting the importance of K-12 financial and economic education have been shared in publications such as the Washington Post, TIME, Edutopia, Mint, Bankrate, SmartBrief, and the CEE newsletter. Page has also been recognized by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch.
The Adam Smith Award will go to Dr. R.J. “Jim” Charkins, executive director of the California Council on Economic Education. This award honors individuals who have championed the cause of effective education in economic principles as part of the national education reform movement.
As a professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino, Dr. Charkins is dedicated to economic education and has been the economics editor of the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition Teacher’s Guide for nine years. Dr. Charkins served on the ten member writing team for Kindergarten through 12th Grade national economics standards and as economics consultant to the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards. He also served on the Review Committee for the National Standards for Business Education.
CEE will honor Gary Stone, director of the Center for Economic Education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, with the Albert Beekhuis Award. This award is given to CEE affiliates who have demonstrated outstanding performance in working with teachers and exhibiting excellence in practice, delivery of high quality programs, and outreach to their community.
Winthrop University designated Dr. Stone as a William H. Grier professor, an honor given every four years to an excellent classroom teacher who is highly imaginative, dependable and in command of his or her discipline.
Stone has participated in or led multiple delegations overseas for the United States Agency for International Development, providing training on market economics to teachers overseas, across the spectrum of public schools. Stone also worked on the committee to revise the State Department of Education’s social studies standards to include economics.
Additionally CEE will recognize the three recipients of the John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards, honoring outstanding K-12 teachers who are raising the bar in economic education.
Elementary School Level
Sheila Humphrey, Woods Elementary School
Fort Smith, AR
Middle School Level
Shanan Riegel, Yorktown Elementary School
High School Level
Martha Rush, Mounds View High School
All of honorees will receive their awards at the CEE conference in Baltimore, MD on October 4.
For information on the event including registration information and event schedule, visit stage.councilforeconed.org/events/cee-national-conference.
About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. For the past 60 years, our mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. It is only by acquiring economic and financial literacy that children can learn that there are better options for a life well lived, will be able to see opportunity on their horizon line and, ultimately, can grow into successful and productive adults capable of making informed and responsible decisions.