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International Monetary Fund project EconEd Online offers links to lesson plans, many produced by or in partnership with NCEE.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy sponsors a clearnghouse listing of more than 500 teaching resources on consumer issues (such as how to buy a car, obtain a credit card, etc.). The database can be searched by grade level and type of resource and provides information on how to contact each item’s publisher. In some states, active Jump$tart chapters sponsor workshops and advocate increased attention to personal finance courses.

Junior Achievement offers  a kindergarten through twelfth grade economics curriculum with a textbook for use in traditional high school economics courses, as well as courses taught by business executives and a program in which students organize and operate an actual small business selling items, all promoting its “free enterprise message of hope and opportunity.” The Junior Achievement web site also offers online simulations on personal finance and starting a business.

National Association of Economic Educators is a professional association affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education that serves as a support and communication network for economic educators, primarily on the high school level. It cosponsors a biannual conference with NCEE and offers small grants for professional development activities.

National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) is the largest and most influential source of materials for the high school economics curriculum. The national organization distributes more than eighty print and CD-ROM publications, and web-based resources for traditional economics courses as well as personal finance, history, and mathematics. NCEE created a network of state councils and over two hundred university-based university centers that offer workshops and other training programs for teachers. Most NCEE teaching materials underscore the benefits of markets and take a negative view of government intervention.With these concerns about ideological bias and corporate influence in mind, teachers nonetheless may find NCEE materials helpful in preparing class lessons. For an overview, consult Virtual Economics, a CD-ROM available for purchase with 1,200 lessons, and Thinking Economics, an entire economics course taught with CD-ROMs and interactive lessons. A most useful and free NCEE resource for teachers is www.econedlink.org, featuring a pull-down list of over four hundred lessons written for this site and organized by topic, grade level, and NCEE content standard.

Powell Center for Economic Literacy provides online lesson plans and a semi-annual publication with teaching ideas, and subsidizes workshops for teachers and courses for students. Most products are highly ideological, reflecting Mr. Powell’s “unwavering commitment to the free enterprise system.”

Rethinking Schools publishes a quarterly journal, an important channel for current debate about U.S. educational practice. Books published or sold by Rethinking Schools include: Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers; Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World; and The Power in Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States. The curricular materials take strong anti-inequality, progressive political stands.

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