Master Teacher of Economics
Description: Economics is really cool! There is no other subject that is more “real world”. Learn how to teach the subject in an exciting, engaging and hands-on manner through the Master Teacher in Economics (MTE) program. It is designed for middle and high school teachers to increase their economic understanding. This improves teachers’ abilities to bring economics to their students in stand-alone economics courses or to integrate economics as a strand within social studies and business curricula.
For: Middle school and high school teachers
Where: The MTE is a hybrid course (75 hours). There will be one in-person class meeting in Jackson (7 hours) and the remainder of your work will be done online (68 hours) to be completed by March 31, 2019.
• Principal Support Letter for MTE
• Must bring a laptop computer or tablet with capability to hookup to wi-fi.
When: In-person MTE Orientation: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00am-4:00pm**
**Attendance at orientation is REQUIRED.
What’s in it for me?: 7.5 CEUs, lesson plans, possible 193 economics endorsement on license; $500 stipend for completion, additional $500 stipend for teachers of Economics (verification required).
Contact: 601-974-1325; firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2018 Apply here
ME* Competition (Meaningful Economics &Entrepreneurship)
What is the ME* Competition? The ME* competition is a program designed to recognize student achievement in acquiring and applying knowledge in economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. The Competition is sponsored by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, Foundation for the Mid South, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch and The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch.
Who can compete in the ME* Competition? The ME* competition is open only to 3rd-5th graders.
How does the ME* Competition Work? There are 3 main contests, all done by 4 member teams of third to fifth graders:
- TEST: Each team takes a written test on basic skills in Economics, Personal Finance, and Entrepreneurship.
- PRODUCTION: Each team is given a set of directions and a time limit to produce an item according to directions. They are judged on quantity and quality.
- PROBLEM SOLVING: Each team designs a good service to solve a given problem, creates an advertising campaign, and makes a two-minute presentation before a panel of judges. The judges use a scoring rubric to rate the presentations in creativity, function, and team work.
Basic Skills Test
The basic skills test is designed to assess student’s knowledge of economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. Each team works together to complete the test and turns in only one answer sheet. Students are given approximately 30 minutes to complete the test.
The Production activities are designed to test students’ abilities to work together as a team, designate responsibility, and follow directions. Each team is given a set of directions and a time limit to produce an item according to directions. They are judged on the quantity and the quality of the item. Students are typically given approximately 30 minutes of production time, but this may vary. *Note: The biggest problems we have in this portion of the competition are that the students don’t follow directions and/or do sloppy work.
Problem Solving Activity
Problem Solving Activities are designed to test students’ creativity and cooperation. Each team designs a good or service to solve a given problem, creates an advertising campaign, and makes a two-minute presentation before a panel of judges. The judges use a scoring rubric to rate the presentations in creativity, function, and team work.
Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using the online practice resources (PDF).
The ME* Competition runs from 8:30 am- 1:30 pm
- Cleveland, MS: Friday, November 2, 2018
- Long Beach, MS: Thursday, November 15, 2018
- Jackson: TBA
- Each team should consist of a minimum 3 students/maximum 4 students. There is no cost to register teams for the ME* competition and lunch will be provided thanks to our generous sponsors. However, teams that register and do not attend the competition will be billed $50 PER TEAM to cover expenses incurred on behalf of the team, so please be sure the team can attend BEFORE registering. Event space is limited so once your registration is complete, the number of teams that you have committed to cannot be decreased. Register here
- *Deadline to register teams is one week prior to the event.