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Six Teachers in Southwest Florida Win State Awards, Now Ready to Compete Nationally Thanks to FGCU CEE
6/5/2001

FORT MYERS, FL – The Center for Economic Education at Florida Gulf Coast University has done so well in helping teachers in Southwest Florida get creative in the ways they integrate economic education into the classroom, that six local K-12 teachers have won state awards and are eligible to compete with other teachers on the national level.

The statewide Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics ceremony was held May 22 at DisneyWorld’s Boardwalk. The Florida Council on Economic Education, the sponsoring organization of the FGCU CEE, presents the awards. Judges for the competition include major donors, and key people in business and industry from around the state. Awards were given for six levels of teaching, including: Pre-K to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12, Special Student and School-wide.

Each entry was grouped in one of two different categories: “Traditions” which requires a 50-page document describing the project taught in the classroom, or “Innovations” which includes a six-page report on a specific unit, lesson plan or project.

First place in the Traditions category awarded $1,000 to the winning teacher, a crystal apple and a laptop computer. Second place was $500 and a certificate. Third place was $250 and a certificate.

First place in the Innovations category was $300 plus a $50 restaurant certificate, second place was $200 and a $35 restaurant certificate, and third place was $100 and a $15 restaurant certificate.

Teachers from Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties won awards in the tougher Traditions category at four different teaching levels. Local winners were:
First Place     Pre-K - Grade 2     Debora Mosby     Corkscrew Elementary
First Place     Grades 6-8     Kathryn Selden     Bonita Springs Middle
Second Place     Special Students Debbie Moore     Myakka River Elementary
Third Place     Grades 9-12     Kevin Schell     Gulf Coast High
Honorable Mention     Grades 9-12 Karen Smith and     Charlotte High
               Bradford Smith

This was the first time local teachers won at the state level in only their second year of competition. Earlier this spring, FGCU’s CEE hosted the Superintendent Awards, a regional competition for teachers in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. This program helped teachers to develop their packages for the Governor’s Awards. Winners are encouraged to apply to the National Teaching Awards competition, which is presented by the National Council on Economic Education and is sponsored by the Nasdaq Educational Foundation. It includes a $25,000 first prize.

“I am very proud of the teachers of Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. They faired excellently,” FGCU CEE Director Brad Hobbs said. “There were only 23 Traditions awards given in the state at the Governor’s Awards. Five of 13 entries by our teachers placed within the top four slots and two teachers won the First Prize in their grade level.”

The FGCU CEE began in January 1998 and continues operation with an annual grant from the FCEE. FGCU is an accredited comprehensive public university created to address the higher educational needs of Southwest Florida and is dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment that offers high quality educational opportunities, such as establishing the CEE to help K-12 teachers and students better understand how our economy works.

The CEE supports programs for teachers and students such as: Financial Freedom, Student Enterprise Bank, Florida Stock Market Simulation, Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics, and Zodiak – a game of strategy and finance. In addition, the CEE offers a library of interdisciplinary, active-learning educational materials including films, videos, CD-ROMs, board games and workbooks for teachers to use. All materials are aligned with state standards for economic education.

For more information on the FGCU CEE, contact Hobbs at (941) 590-7162 or cee@fgcu.edu, or the CEE web site at http://www.fgcu.edu/cee/.

Information on the FCEE is available at http://www.fcee.org/ and the NCEE at http://www.nationalcouncil.org/


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