Several MCEE student programs, professional development workshops available

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education has several programs available for students and professionals.

EconTales: Integrating Economic Principles with Children’s Stories

Description: Embark on an engaging journey through “EconTales,” where we blend the magic of children’s literature with fundamental economic concepts. This interactive workshop equips educators with innovative strategies to seamlessly integrate economics into elementary classrooms using beloved storybooks. Dive into dynamic discussions, hands-on activities, and practical demonstrations that transform abstract economic theories into captivating lessons. Depart with a treasure trove of classroom-ready materials, primed to enrich young minds with essential economic literacy. Join us for a stimulating day of exploration and discovery!

Click here to download a copy of the workshop flyer to share with your colleagues!

For: K-5th grade teachers

Where: Millsaps College; Jackson, MS


Attendance at the full workshop
Web-connected device (e.g., computer, tablet)

When: Saturday, March 23, 2024; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s in it for me? Lesson plans, 0.6 CEUs at no cost, $50 stipend, lunch provided

Contact: 601-974-1325;

Registration Deadline: Noon on Friday, March 22



Economics Challenge

The MCEE hosts the Mississippi National Economics Challenge each year for high school students. The challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Mississippi teachers have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the challenge online. All middle school and high school teachers and students throughout the state are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.

2023-2024 Testing Dates

  • Online Qualifying Round 1: October 2-13, 2023
  • Online Qualifying Round 2: December 4-15, 2023
  • Online Qualifying Round 3: March 1-15, 2024
  • State Championship: TBA; April 2024

To learn more and register teams to compete, visit

Looking for classroom resources to help prepare your students to compete in this fun competition? Look no further! Access free resources here.


Personal Finance Challenge

The Mississippi Personal Finance Challenge is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of demonstrated personal finance skills and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance curriculum. Financial Literacy is a skill needed for success in the global workplace. Teachers of economics, business, marketing, personal finance, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are urged to participate in the on-line Personal Finance Challenge; however, all high school and middle school teachers are welcome. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.

2023-2024 Testing Dates

  • Online Qualifying Round 1: October 2-13, 2023
  • Online Qualifying Round 2: December 4-15, 2023
  • Online Qualifying Round 3: March 1-15, 2024
  • State Championship: TBA; April 2024

To learn more and to register teams to compete, visit

This series of three webinars offers lessons to teach the personal finance standards tested in the Personal Finance Challenge. All webinars are available on-demand throughout the competition season.

On-demand: Standards 1 and 2—Earning an Income and Buying Goods & Services

On-demand: Standards 3 and 4—Saving and Using Credit

On-demand: Standards 5 and 6—Financial Investing and Protecting & Insuring

New NPFC Coach Toolkit! – We are excited to share an improved digital toolkit for teachers who want to coach a team for the Personal Finance Challenge (PFC). The PFC Coach Toolkit offers an accessible, simple-to-use, and cohesive user experience for both new and returning coaches to find what they need in order to prepare their students. It offers lessons, activities, videos, and quizzes to help teams learn about the six core knowledge areas of personal finance.


Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG)

The Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG) is a simulation of a real market, designed to involve students in the world of finance and investing as a means of helping them learn about how a market economy works. Student teams of 3 to 5 students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks and compete for the best portfolio performance. There are two separate programs each year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

The program is available to all public and private students throughout the state of Mississippi in grades 4 through 12. The program is adaptable for many different classes, including social studies, mathematics, economics, business, technology, gifted, and club activities. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions, and become informed about investment and economic terms. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.

Your students will have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game program. The perfect companion, the teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. Click here for more information on InvestWrite.

Teacher training on using the program is available to teachers to help them in facilitating the program in their classroom. This workshop is online, on demand and FREE. Teachers who complete the training will receive 0.5 CEU’s at no cost. For more information and to register click here.

Stock Market Game Incentives for Spring 2024

  • Fall 2023: September 11, 2023-December 8, 2023
  • Spring 2024: January 8, 2024-April 5, 2024
  • Year Long Game: September 5, 2023-May 31, 2024