Supporting Economic Education in San Diego County.


Economic Competitions and Programs

These economic competitions and programs foster an interest in economics by recognizing student achievement and offering a fun/competitive way to showcase their knowledge.  The competitions and programs emphasize economic reasoning, communication, and understanding of economic systems.  Students develop decision-making skills, knowledge of current affairs, and an understanding of the economic forces that affect their lives.

  • Capital Markets Contest – $2,000 – $2,500

  • Economics Challenge – $2,000 – $2,500

  • Native American Personal Finance Program – $5,000 – $8,000

Student Awards and Teacher Recognition

Performance recognition and incentives serve as motivators to individuals, encouraging them to become more engaged and to put forth maximum effort.  Acknowledgement of achievement promotes an interest in learning for students and provides for a feeling of self-worth for teachers.

  • Junior Model United Nations Awards and Support – $2,000 – $2,500

  • History Day Awards and Certificates- $500 – $800

  • Outstanding Economics Teacher Award – $500 – $1,000

Classroom Resources and Literature

Resources are essential to a classroom and the success of students.  Many classrooms lack the learning resources that allow for successful and meaningful learning experiences.

  • Classroom copy of  “The Economist” – $130/yearly subscription

  • The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition – $100/yearly 30 set classroom subscription

  • Lending Library Books – $15 – $20/per book

Teacher Workshops

Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to teach the same curriculum.   Workshops provide teachers with strategies, tools, and materials to enhance their classroom practice ultimately supporting school improvement efforts.

  • Teacher’s Guide to California Economic Standards 3-day seminar/workshop – $25,000

  • Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) Workshops – $5,000

  • Council on Economic Education Curriculum Workshops – $3,000 – $4,000

  • Introducing Economics Through Children’s Literature – $3,000 – $4,000

  • New Economics Teacher In-service $3,000 – $4,000

  • MoneyWise Teen Program Workshop – $3,000 – $4,000

  • Economic Teacher Mentorship Program – $varies

Continuing Education for Teachers

Today’s times demand an educated workforce and the continuation of learning.  Teachers are no different than other professionals.  They, too, seek to further advance and promote their intellectual capabilities.  Continued education assists with teachers’ employability, income potential and productivity as an educator.

  • University of Delaware’s Masters in Economic Education and Entrepreneurship – $5,000 – $10,000

Teacher Professional Development Conferences

Teacher development opportunities are critical for a teacher’s growth.  Attendance at professional development conferences, provide teachers with the opportunity to learn new ideas in education and methodology and collaborate with other educators.

  • National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference – $1,350 – $1,500

  • CEE//NAEE/GATE Conference – $1,000 – $1,500

  • California Council on the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference – $700 – $1,000

  • California Association of Secondary Economics Teachers (CASET) Conference – $500 – $600

  • Jump Start National Conference – $unknown at this time

  • Hosting of California Association of School Economics Teachers (CASET) Conference – $8,000 – $10,000

Professional Organization Memberships

Professional organizations are committed to serving the needs of its members.   Professional organizations provide teachers with invaluable information on up-to-date issues and developments in teaching and provide for numerous networking opportunities.  Membership in professional organizations has many benefits such as access to publications, newsletters, online curriculum and much more.

  • National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS) Membership – $73/yr.

  • California Council on the Social Studies Membership – $50/yr.


Growth of the San Diego Center for Economic Education is key to its continued ability to successful serve teachers in Southern California.   A significant growth constraint is an adequate budget.  Greater resources are necessary.

  • Full-time Center Director at the San Diego Center for Economic Education at Cuyamaca College – $40,000

  • Website development and maintenance – $5,000