The CEEE has been making a difference in K-12 economic and financial education for nearly 50 years.
By outfitting more than 3,000 teachers annually with high quality, grade-appropriate professional development and peer networking opportunities, UD’s Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship (CEEE) empowers educators to deliver the practical skills students need to graduate as economically literate and flourishing citizens.
Through supplemental classroom instruction and experiential programs, students learn firsthand:
- How markets work
- How conscientious spending, saving and investing can lead to financial security
- How innovation through entrepreneurship is a possibility for all
The CEEE, affiliated with the Delaware Council on Economic Education, also offers a unique advanced degree program. Graduates of the Master of Arts in Economics & Entrepreneurship for Educators are well-positioned to become change agents in their own schools, districts and regions.
Stay Up-to-Date With CEEE
- Lerner’s Top Stories of 2020 - From student success to new faculty research, here are our top 10 most popular stories from 2020 at UD's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics.
- Reimagining Youth Leadership - This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Siegfried Group worked with UD's CEEE and Junior Achievement Delaware to reimagine the delivery of its very popular Siegfried Youth Leadership Program® (SYLP).
- Using FRED® to Teach Unemployment - The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship hosted Delaware social studies teachers for a virtual lecture with Diego Mendez-Carbajo from the St. Louis Federal Reserve on a tool called FRED®.
- The Stock Market Game Awards Go Virtual - This year’s Stock Market Game reception, presented by the CEEE from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, honored Delaware’s winning teams from elementary through high school via Zoom.
- Improving Economic Education From Home - Students in the UD Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE) program created implementation projects to help improve economics and personal finance education in their home communities.
Bank At School
Representatives from community banks and credit unions visit their local elementary schools weekly to accept student deposits for non-custodial, no-fee savings accounts the students have set up. There are accompanying lessons that emphasize financial management and hands-on learning. Direct program inquiries to Judy Austin at email@example.com
The Bonnie T. Meszaros Economics Teacher of the Year Award
The annual Bonnie T. Meszaros Economics Teacher of the Year Award honors a Delaware K-12 teacher of economics, personal finance or entrepreneurship who has demonstrated a sustained history of commitment and contribution to economic education. Nominees must be full-time Delaware K-12 classroom teachers who have been engaging students in economic education for five or more years. Evaluation criteria includes teaching, professional learning and economic program development. Self-nominations are accepted. The award winner will receive a $1,000 prize and will be honored publicly at the CEEE Annual Economic Education Conference. Direct program inquiries to Scott Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org
CEEE Annual Economic Education Conference
The CEEE Annual Economic Education Conference is designed for secondary teachers of economics. The daylong gathering provides attendees a chance to meet and catch up with colleagues and attend concurrent sessions highlighting content and methods, a luncheon presentation from a respected keynote speaker and an awards presentation honoring the Bonnie T. Meszaros Economics Teacher of the Year. The CEEE offers this conference free of charge. Direct program inquiries to Bonnie Meszaros at email@example.com
Hosted by the Lyons Companies and the CEEE, the Economic Forecast
brings together distinguished voices that influence, determine and interpret U.S. economic policy to discuss the upcoming year’s economic climate. Typically held each year in February, the goal of the event is to provide regional business and financial communities with a better understanding of how the upcoming year’s economic climate will affect their business.
Economics for Kids
Economics for Kids
provides kindergarten through third grade teachers with a comprehensive kit of grade appropriate books, lessons, manipulatives and student exercises. The kits offer economics and personal finance lessons that address Delaware economic standards. Direct program inquiries to Bonnie Meszaros at firstname.lastname@example.org
High school juniors and seniors experience entrepreneurship and economic fundamentals through a five-day residential experience in a college setting through the EntrePrep
program. Direct program inquiries to Jennifer Magaw at email@example.com
Keys to Financial Success
This CEEE and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia co-authored high school personal finance course encourages better decision making in personal finance. Educators can implement Keys to Financial Success
either as a semester-long or full-year class. Weeklong summer training is available. Direct program inquiries to Gail Colbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship Competition (ME*)
Teams of students in the third through fifth grades participate in a competition highlighting economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance. Activities include a written test, product creating, problem solving and preparation of a marketing strategy for presentation to a panel of judges. Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using online practice resources (PDF)
. Direct program inquiries to Bonnie Meszaros at email@example.com
Students in the third through sixth grades establish mini economic systems in which they create and manage currency and run businesses that provide goods and essential services for their society. Students experience roles as producers, consumers and voting citizens, and learn economic and entrepreneurial concepts. Direct program inquires to Bonnie Meszaros at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Finance Challenge (PFC)
provides high school students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing with other students from throughout the state. Educators administer the first round of the PFC online and in school. Each teacher’s highest scoring team is then invited to participate in the state championship held in Newark, Delaware. Participating teams compete in a three-round competition with the top two teams advancing to a fast-paced quiz bowl round. First and second place winners and their teachers are awarded individual cash prizes. Teachers can also prepare students for the competition using curriculum such as Keys to Financial Success and have access to a national question bank. Direct program inquiries to Scott Bacon at email@example.com
Personal Finance Case Study Competition (PFCSC)
The PFCSC provides Delaware Academy of Finance Pathway high school students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance in an academic challenge setting. Working in groups of three or four, students assume the role of financial planners. They are tasked with researching a hypothetical family financial profile and preparing sound recommendations in the form of a written financial plan. A team of experts from the fields of personal finance and financial planning then evaluates submissions, inviting the highest scoring teams to campus to pitch their plans in person. All teams invited to present qualify for individual cash prizes. Direct program inquiries to Gail Colbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stock Market Game
The Stock Market Game is a national program developed by the SIFMA Foundation and offered in Delaware exclusively by the CEEE. Teams of students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in online portfolios using a live trading simulation that develops research, mathematical, language, critical thinking and collaborative skills. Register at http://www.smgww.org
. Direct program inquiries to Marion Jacobs at email@example.com
Teach Children to Save Day (TCTSD)
Banking professionals serve as visiting instructors to third and fourth grade elementary classes throughout the state to present lessons on spending, saving and money management. TCTSD in Delaware is part of a nationwide financial literacy effort designed to educate young students on the importance of saving as the basis of future financial security. Direct program inquiries to Jennifer Magaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
Using high interest events and topics, this evening professional development series offers educators a chance to hear from expert speakers who share personal experiences, which provide concrete and relevant examples that help bring economic, financial and entrepreneurial content to life in the classroom. Direct program inquiries to Scott Bacon at email@example.com
Gifts, grants and other assistance help the CEEE to provide educational support to teachers and students and improve the future of economic education in and beyond the state of Delaware.
Visit the University of Delaware’s giving page to make a gift in support of the CEEE.
The CEEE is housed in Alfred Lerner Hall, located at the intersection of Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road.
Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship
102 Alfred Lerner Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716