Center for Economic Education

Mission

The New York State Council on Economic Education, established in 1959, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization dedicated to ending economic illiteracy by improving the quantity and quality of economic education in our public and private schools, kindergarten through grade 12.  The Council is supported by grants from: corporations,  individuals,  foundations government and  labor.

The Nassau Community College Center on Economic Education is active in:

  • Training teachers:  workshops and courses to improve student learning.
  • Setting Standards:  what every student should know about economics.
  • Developing curriculum:  comprehensive programs from kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Producing materials: guides and books containing proven strategies for teaching economics.
  • Evaluating results:  instruments for assessing student performance.

Courses Offered

Credit: The following courses are offered for college credit:

  • Survey of Economics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Economic History of the United States
  • Personal Finance
  • Money and Banking
  • Introduction to Investments
  • Introduction to International Economics & Finance

Courses can be tailored for in-service credit. Courses can be modified to include pedagogy, in addition to content. Courses are offered on the college campus and off campus sites, enrollment permitting.

Materials

Economics America materials focus on the needs of teachers in economic classes and infuse the subject into courses on social studies, literature and mathematics.

Consultation

The Center staff serve as consultants to school districts on needs assessment, curriculum development, course content and teaching strategies.

Teacher Training Workshops

 ELEMENTARY:

  1.  Teaching Economics Through Children's Stories
  2. Teaching Economic Concepts in the Primary Grades
  3. Teaching Decision-making Skills
  4. Introducing the Teaching of Basic Economic Concepts

 SECONDARY:

  1. Teaching Economic Concepts in Middle School Social Studies
  2. Teaching Economics Through Songs, Cartoons and Documents
  3. Teaching Economics in the United States History Curriculum
  4. Teaching Economics in the Global Studies Curriculum
  5. Using the Mystery Approach in Teaching

APPROPRIATE FOR ALL GRADES K-12

Virtual Economics – (1) Demonstration of how to use a CD ROM which defines basic Economic Concepts, shows how to teach these concepts and highlights source materials and lesson plans for grades K - 12. (2) Teaching Economics Through Literature and Creative Writing (3) Improving Personal Financial Skills for all students.

Board of Directors:

Louis Buda
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Marie Kratochvil
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Center Directors:

Louis Buda
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Marie Kratochvil
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Center Associates:

Darleen Braunshweiger, J.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Louis Buda
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

George Frost, J.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

 

Marie Kratochvil
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance

Ethel Weeks, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Economics/Finance