The Center for Economic Education at Dordt University seeks to reach out to public and private schools to globally advance God's kingdom by improving the economic and personal financial literacy of all students. We strive to present a biblically wise, skillful, responsible, and caring way to apply economic, personal finance, and marketplace education in their communal life in God's world.
We believe students should develop economic ways of thinking and problem solving that they can use throughout their lives. These tools can be used as consumers, savers and investors, members of the workforce, responsible citizens, and effective participants in a global economy.
We seek to be the leading economic and financial literacy resource for K-12 schools, teachers, and students in Iowa who want to integrate economics, personal finance, and marketplace topics into their curricula.
In Iowa, economics and personal finance education is included in the K-12 standards and is required to be implemented by districts. Iowa also requires a ½ credit course in personal finance for graduation from high school. Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through high school, Iowa students are being prepared for the future. Many K-12 teachers have received little formal financial education. The teaching, training, and curriculum materials provided through Centers for Economic Education in every state have research-based, proven curricula to improve the literacy of teachers in these areas. The multiplier effect of each trained teacher reaching 100 students per year is the foundation of center-based educational objectives.
WHAT WE DO
The Dordt University Center for Economic Education, affiliated with a nationwide network of university-based Centers for Economic Education, has various programs for teachers and students to get involved with to further their Economic and Financial Literacy Education. These programs include:
Throughout the year, the Dordt University CEE will offer topical workshops for teachers and education majors in college introducing new ideas and materials for K-12 classroom. As workshops are scheduled for the coming year, they will be posted on our website.
Professional Development Activities
The CEE works with school districts to plan activities for strengthening teachers' knowledge and classroom strategies in economics and financial literacy for K-12. Programs can be designed for teacher in-service days and offer specific topics that districts may request. Feel free to contact us to arrange for the CEE to bring specialized professional offerings to your district or schools.
Teaching to 2017 Iowa Standards
Our extensive resources and many online resources have been aligned with the newest Iowa Standards. We work with the State Department of Education to continually expand the alignment of new resources. The CEE has many helpful links and will continue to expand the information available. Nationally designed and normed assessment instruments for your school or district can be found on the National Council website.
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"I have been looking for kid-friendly websites and learning tools that are educational and fun for my students. The other night I was looking for some resources on economics for my students when I came across your page. I just wanted to thank you for making your page. It is not only kid-friendly but also has some great links and resources."
–Janelle Torres, Colorado
"Our organization has had the privilege of partnering with the Dordt College Center for Economic Education on a number of financial literacy programs and initiatives since 2012. The Dordt Center for Economic Education offers educators and students many opportunities to enhance their understanding of financial and economic topics.
"Among many things, the Dordt CEE facilities the state-wide Iowa Stock Market Game throughout the school year, as well as a fall economics poster contest for elementary and middle school students. TS Institute is proud to participate in these events and appreciates the efforts by the Dordt CEE team to make these opportunities available.
–Kyle Osborne, Iowa
"I was dreading the thought of piecing together my economics unit. Now I'm stoked!"
–Sioux Center Middle School Social Studies Teacher
"Thanks for coming and teaching economics to my students! You made the concepts so clear that my students understood them easily. The class and I often discussed the things you taught us as we worked through the rest of the unit."
–Ellen Korver, Sioux Center Christian School
"Learning economics is fun? Yes! The zoo activity that Mr. Starkenburg did with my third graders really challenged them to think about economic principles as they worked together to use their money, space, and resources wisely."
–Andrea Wieringa, Sioux Center Christian School