HATTIESBURG – As
Mississippi’s K-12 educators gear up to implement new economics
curriculum requirements in the classroom, they’ll have more
assistance in making sure that the state’s students are more
economically literate through a new center at The University of
The Center for Economic Education (CEE), housed
in the College of Business, plans to conduct economic education
professional development programs for K-12 teachers and will act
in a consulting capacity with public and private school systems
in south Mississippi.
Susan Doty, lead educator for the Mississippi
Council on Economic Education (MCEE), will coordinate economic education
programming for teachers through the center.
“Economics requirements for students
are becoming reality as the incoming high school freshman class
of 2008 will be required to take an economics class before graduation,
and universities will require economics for college admission. Additionally,
there are economic standards required by the Mississippi Department
of Education that are to be integrated across the curriculum at
the elementary and middle school levels,” said Doty. “In
addition to our work with high school teachers, we want to help
current K-8 teachers, who may not have had formal education in economics,
feel prepared, confident and enthusiastic about meeting these requirements.”
The Southern Miss CEE is a unit of the university’s
Bureau of Business and Economic Research directed by Dr. William
Gunther, professor of economics. The CEE is affiliated with both
the MCEE and the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) and
is one of two university-based centers in Mississippi.
Having a new center in south Mississippi that
will focus on expanding economic education workshop opportunities
for the state’s public and private schools is good news for
Dr. Ted Alexander, chairman of the MCEE and chief executive officer
of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation of Picayune.
“It will be a great benefit to have the
center at The University of Southern Mississippi as a focal point
for economic education throughout all of south Mississippi. Its
opening will be of great benefit in terms of our K-12 teachers having
access to nationally developed curriculum,” said Alexander.
During the past two years, the MCEE has taught 1,700 teachers and
reached almost 200,000 Mississippi students.
“The Southern Miss center will make a
real difference because we’ll be doubling our resources for
teachers,” said Dr. Pamela P. Smith, president of the MCEE.
“Our organization works with both of the state’s university-based
centers on a strategic plan to deliver our programs.” Its
goal is to see that Mississippi’s students are able to achieve
economic literacy before they graduate from high school.
For more information about the CEE at Southern
Miss, call (601) 266-4659.