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In September 2005, after a long hiatus, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside revived its Center for Economic Education. The center is affiliated with the Council for Economic Education (a national organization) and EconomicsWisconsin. It is committed to offering quality curriculum materials and professional development programs to K-12 teachers that will enable them to more effectively teach finance and economics.
In October 2008, the UW-Parkside Center for Economic Education was honored by the National Association of Economic Educators and the Council for Economic Education when its director at the time, Norm Cloutier, was named Rookie of the Year for the work the center has been doing with Wisconsin teachers. The current Center for Economic Education director is Professor Sahar Bahmani.
Activities sponsored by the UW-Parkside Center are consistent with the vision and mission of the Council for Economic Education:
The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.
The mission of the Council for Economic Education is two-fold: To advocate for better and greater school-based economic and personal finance education at the K-12 level; and to educate young people in the United States and around the world, primarily through well-prepared teachers, so they may become empowered with economic and financial literacy.