by Colton Campbell
Educating the educators is central to the mission of the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy (CEEFL) at the University of West Georgia. The 2019 Teacher Institute, held earlier this summer, moved the center closer to the fulfillment of its mission.
For the second year, CEEFL hosted a Teacher Institute prior to the Education Collaborative Summit, inviting teachers from Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Coweta, Douglas, Polk, Floyd, and other surrounding counties to hear from featured speakers on topics including entrepreneurship, leadership, career development, and financial literacy.
“Our key takeaway is to encourage all of our K-12 teachers to use the resources offered by our university-based center and take advantage of the workshops and expertise that have been hiding in their own backyard for almost 50 years,” said Kim Holder, senior lecturer of economics in the Richards College of Business and director of CEEFL. “By working together and connecting them with our broad national network, we can improve students' lives as well as that of the community at large.”
The one-day symposium was designed just for K-12 teachers and featured speakers from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom.
Holder said the institute ties directly to CEEFL’s operational success.
“At our center, we create resources and curriculum for today’s teachers in order to challenge tomorrow’s students by using original, research-based methods,” she said. “We facilitate teacher training within our local seven-county region, lead a series of nationwide teacher training sessions, and conduct workshops for teachers locally, regionally and internationally.”
Dr. Micheal Crafton, UWG’s interim president, welcomed attendees to the Teacher Institute, sharing information about CEEFL’s history and drive to help teachers, students, and the community at large master personal finance and the economic way of thinking.
“Most importantly, the leaders of this center train the teachers of tomorrow through transformational opportunities like teacher training sessions and workshops,” Crafton said. “It is my hope that our center can continue to work with the counties and schools represented to support educational opportunities that lead to transformational experiences for teachers as they learn to apply the curriculum in their classrooms.”
Holder’s hope at the conclusion of the institute was for teachers to go back to their classrooms – as she went back to her’s – with more knowledge and inspiration.
“As a parent and as an educator, I know we have the most talented students right here in our own communities and I look forward to finding opportunities to work together to continue transforming their lives,” she said.