The National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and the Council for Economic Education selected Mary Suiter, assistant vice president, and Barbara Flowers, coordinator, both with the St. Louis Fed's Economic Education team, to receive the 2015 Abbejean Kehler Technology Award for their leadership in developing Econ Lowdown. The award is given to NAEE members who use technology to build stronger networks for economic educators and improve the efficiency of delivering training programs for teachers.
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What are teachers saying about the Econ Lowdown website?
I just wanted to say thank you. The three days at the conference were fantastic. I learned so much and can't wait to apply what I learned in my Personal Finance and Economics classes. I chose to come to this on my own which means my school did not finance my trip. I strongly believe it was money well spent. I'm looking forward to seeing more on the website and hope to attend more sessions that you offer.
Business Teacher, Canton R-V High School
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the Fed’s online lessons and videos. We are having cyber-school today and tomorrow, since we are not at school. I am using the Fed’s online resources for my students at home school requirements, which works beautifully for this situation.
"Thank you so much for The Economic Lowdown! It has become my go-to resource in teaching high school Economics. After the video on the circular flow model, I have had a 40% increase in students correctly answering questions about that on their capitalism test."
Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, Neb.
"Our students use EconLowdown. We also spread the word to other teachers. It is a great main teaching unit or supplemental information for specific topics. Thank you so much for this resource!!!!"
Mrs. Joey R.
West Albany High School, West Albany, N.Y.
"I recently discovered how truly awesome ECON Lowdown is. Thanks for all of your work! My students are doing all sorts of activities with the program."
Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.
Teachers attending professional development events have said:
"I love the St. Louis Fed! I have found a true partner in education. The instruction, materials, and support are all excellent."
AP economics/business teacher, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo.
"I have been a five-year attendee of the AP Economics Conference at the St. Louis Federal Reserve. The combination of content, teaching strategies, discussion, and resources are invaluable to new and seasoned AP economics instructors."
Department chair and AP economics instructor, Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, Mo.
"The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' annual AP Economics Conference is the single most beneficial PD that I attend each year. I know my students' understanding of economics is enhanced as a result of the teaching tools, strategies, and content from the conference."
Social studies teacher, Oakville High School, St. Louis, Mo.
"The three-day AP Econ Conference brought together many great teachers, professors, and academics to help deepen both content and pedagogy. It was the best three days I spent this year for learning more about my Econ courses."
Secondary social studies teacher, Sanford H. Calhoun High School, Merrick, N.Y.
"Excellent organization, accommodative hosts ... wonderful opportunity to meet teachers, share resources, and hear from economists."
Teacher, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Ontario
"The conference is very organized and the resources and the speakers were fantastic. It helps you review the concepts and allows you to ponder questions beyond the curriculum."
Teacher, The Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Ontario
"The AP Economics Conference was an excellent professional development. Both micro- and macroeconomics were covered. The topics were relevant, the teaching strategies were helpful, and the networking will allow me to grow as an AP economics teacher."
AP economics teacher, York High School, Elmhurst, Ill.
"This is, by far, the best AP conference I have attended. The Fed people treat us so well–prompt attention to any and all details to ensure we get what we need. The presenters are always top-notch. The available resources are impressive. The opportunity to hang out with and talk to other AP economics teachers and the Fed economists–just outstanding. Since the topics change each year, this is an annual conference for me."
Teacher, FJ Reitz High School, Evansville, Ind.
"This is a first-class conference complete with AP materials, ideas, speakers, and accommodations. I come away every year with fresh ideas and a new enthusiasm! I can easily incorporate these ideas and materials into my classroom. Also, the networking is amazing, and everyone is very generous and kind."
Teacher, FJ Reitz High School, Evansville, Ind.
"The AP Economics Conference is three days of worthwhile information. I would highly recommend this conference to anyone from rookies to veterans. The readers for both micro and macro AP exams were full of information concerning the test. Very beneficial with tons of resources!"
Business department chair, Francis Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.
"The St. Louis Fed provides outstanding education materials that are easily accessible for teachers."
Teacher, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Ladue, Mo.
"This AP Economics Conference was excellent. Where else could a teacher go to be educated about economic policies, aggregate supply and demand, and to speak with economists, other than the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis? By attending this conference, I am more prepared to teach the AP economics course."
Business education, Gateway Science Academy, St. Louis, Mo.
"The St. Louis Fed is a great supporter of economic education and teachers. The online resources are top-notch. I use the Econ Lowdown podcasts and videos and the online learning modules. I especially appreciate the pre-test and post-test components of the online modules. The website is also very user-friendly. The online learning modules are perfect for review and practice of economic concepts, and I also assign the modules to students who have been absent from class so they will not fall behind. In addition to the fantastic online resources, the St. Louis Fed hosts the best professional development opportunities for teachers. The AP Economics Conference features an extensive list of experts in the field: economists working for the Fed, the chief reader for the AP test, experienced teachers, and College Board consultants. I always leave the conference with more content knowledge and a variety of innovative strategies for teaching the content."
Teacher, Graves County High School, Lexington, Ky.
"I wanted to let you know how valuable the Global Economic Conference put on by the St. Louis Fed was for my classes (Intro to Business, Intro to Marketing, Personal Finance). The speakers were very informative giving perspectives of what takes place in the world outside of the U.S. Bringing this information back to the classroom and my colleagues gave us new insights to use and made the concepts we were teaching more easily understood. And the Econ Lowdown lessons are great for introducing and re-emphasizing what is being discussed in class. It works well for a sub to "use" and for the students to explore and complete at home. The students were excited to use this and my colleagues were thankful for the new perspective(s) to use."
East Aurora HS DECA, Illinois DECA Board of Directors
"The instructors and participants of the Common Core Mathematics Institute 2015 (CCMI 2015) send their deepest thanks for your visit and instructional session on Monday morning, June 8th. Your 3 1/2-hour presentation was packed with mathematical, historical and economic information that fit perfectly with the goal of the institution: the development of real world mathematics problems."
Director, CCMI 2015, Mississippi University for Women
"It was super worthwhile! I've already given some of the information to my kids and their parents. Thanks for the opportunity!!"
Director of Guidance/Counseling/College Counseling, DeSmet Jesuit High School, St. Louis, Mo.
"Enjoyed the evening and the activities. I want to start using more of the on-line activities The Fed offers. They have really put a lot of activities out there for teachers. Really good!"
Business Teacher, Oakville High School, St. Louis, Mo.
View a map showing the number of classrooms enrolled in Econ Lowdown online courses and videos across the U.S. in the 2013-2014 school year. To register as an instructor and enroll your students, click here.
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