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Magnolia Educator receives award for excellence in economics

by From Staff Reports | September 20, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Economics Arkansas recently awarded seven teachers with a Bessie B. Moore Teaching Award for the 2021-22 academic year. The awards program recognizes Arkansas teachers for going "above and beyond" what is required by developing outstanding economic and personal finance projects they integrate into the classroom during the school year.

Winners of the 2021-22 competition include:

Amy Blackburn: Toy Economics, Anne Watson Elementary, East End School District

Tracy Floyd & Courtney Warren: Economics From Hero to Hero, Louise Durham Elementary, Mena Public Schools

Allyson Goodin: EAST Tackles Economics, The Academies at Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro Public Schools

Amy Mileham: Young Entrepreneurs Club, Grace Hill Elementary, Rogers Public Schools

Jessica Talley: Economics Is All The Buzz!, East Side Elementary, Magnolia Public Schools

Lisa Taylor: Inventors, Inventions, Entrepreneurs, and More, Willis D. Shaw Elementary, Springdale Public Schools

Marsha Masters, Associate Director of Economics Arkansas, had this to say of this year's winners: "The winners in this year's awards program integrated economics in many creative ways and platforms. Some brought real world applications during the traditional school day while others provided engaging opportunities outside the classroom schedule. All of them have provided lifelong learning opportunities which will be remembered by these students throughout their lives."

The purpose of the awards program is to stimulate creativity and innovation in teaching economics, encourage educators to develop descriptions of their successful teaching practices, and recognize outstanding educators who effectively teach economic education principles. Winning entries demonstrate standards-based knowledge of economics appropriate to the grade level or course being taught and support increased student achievement and growth in economic understanding and knowledge.

The award is named after Economics Arkansas' first Executive Director, Dr. Bessie B. Moore. Award recipients are surprised by the "Bessie Brigade" each fall, and receive a monetary award, a basket of goodies, and "The Bessie" award statue.

Economics Arkansas is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1962 by Dr. Arch Ford and led by Dr. Bessie B. Moore to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance, and the free-enterprise system using practical, innovative, and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students may master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in the free-enterprise system.

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