WHAT WE DO:
The Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship is located at the University of Delaware. Our mission is to provide the highest quality K-12 professional development, resources, and curriculum support for education in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship to Delaware schools and to train teachers from around the nation and world through our Masters of Arts in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to empower students to make informed decisions as participants in the global economy.
WHAT WE OFFER:
We provide K-12 teachers with training in the content of economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. The Center also distributes curricula and other resources for use in the classrooms. One of our projects is a personal finance elective course for high school seniors. Before receiving these materials, teachers receive one week of training in financial literacy with our partner, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In the coming year, this class will be offered in 28, up from 23, different Delaware High Schools to 2150 students, which is an increase of 400+ students.
Delaware students participated in a statewide Personal Finance Challenge, sponsored by our community partner, Bank of America. The winning team traveled to Kansas City for the National Personal Finance Challenge. Other opportunities for earlier grade levels included partnering with the Delaware Bankers Association for Teach a Child to Save Day, through which over 450 bankers volunteered in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms, this year.
Rounding out the Center's outreach is the Masters of Arts in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship. Having begun the two year cycle in 1981, over 300 teachers from around the United States and international teachers from the former Eastern bloc, Japan, China, the Phillippines, New Zealand, and Ireland have received their degrees here. They have served as a multiplier as they teach their students and other teachers. This program promotes the goal of making productive informed citizens who have an increased economic awareness about their role in a global economy.
WHAT WE NEED:
To increase our capacity and outreach, we continually look for resources and financial support from the community to be able to train teachers and to keep personal finance materials up to date. Currently, we have partnerships with several banks that sponsor specific programs.
This year the Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, along with its community partners, has been working with the Delaware Department of Education to make personal finance part of the State Social Studies Standards. Four standards have been proposed and submitted for approval to the State Board of Education. With the adoption of these standards, we acquire the ability to reach our goal of having all Delaware High School students become financially literate before graduation.
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