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IU Northwest Center for Economic Education lauded for stewardship to local schools

Indiana Council for Economic Education awards program $2,000 to continue K-12 initiatives


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Indiana University Northwest’s Center for Economic Education, housed in the School of Business and Economics (SOBE), recently was awarded the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE) 2011 Peter V. Harrington Award for University Centers at its annual Awards of Excellence Program in Indianapolis. This statewide honor comes with a $2,000 award funded by Duke Realty Corporation.

The Center, led by John Gibson, director of graduate and undergraduate SOBE programs, provides training for area teachers on how to educate their students about economic and personal finance issues. Gibson says the monetary award will be used to continue the Center’s efforts to engage the local schools in promoting economic and financial literacy.

ICEE officials were impressed with IU Northwest Center’s K-12 professional development programs and commended Gibson for his participation in Econ Camp, Economics Challenge and the ICEE’s Executive Committee strategic planning meetings. Gibson also assists the ICEE in JumpStart Coalition activities, is a successful Junior Achievement volunteer and serves as a judge in the Chicago Fed’s Euro Challenge.

“In a very difficult external school environment, your Center continued its high level of programming – with stellar workshop ratings of 4.8 out of 5.0. It is obvious to the committee that teachers have greatly appreciated the professional expertise of your Center’s programs,” said ICEE Executive Director Dr. Harlan Day, in the award letter.

“The fact that so many area teachers come to the workshops offered by IU Northwest’s Center for Economic Education is a testament to the dedication of these teachers,” Gibson said. “I really enjoy showing them how they can use grade-appropriate curricular materials in their classrooms to not only meet Indiana Academic Standards, but to help their students get on the road to economic and financial literacy.”

Anna Rominger, Dean of the SOBE, called the award a great honor.

“John provides an excellent program in economic education for local teachers,” Rominger said. “This is such an important component for the K-12 social studies curriculum at a time when understanding the economy is crucial.”

Named for ICEE’s director from 1971 to 1997, the Peter V. Harrington Award recognizes the university-based center which best promoted economic education to teachers, students and citizens in the state of Indiana in the previous year.

IU Northwest’s Center for Economic Education is one of 10 university-based Centers for Economic Education across the state. It is housed in the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics, accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Business Programs (AACSB). The Center for Economic Education holds both state and national accreditation with the ICEE and the National Council on Economic Education.