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Authors

Writers

Mary Suiter is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is the author or co-author of numerous economics curricula including Money Math: Skills for Life, Focus: Middle School Economics, Economics at Work, Money Math: Lessons for Life and Mathematics & Economics: Connections for Life, Grades 6-8. Suiter was a member of the writing committee for the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics. She served as president of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and is currently a senior program fellow for the Council on Economic Education. In 1998, she received the NAEE/Council for Economic Education Bessie B. Moore Service Award.

Donna Wright is the associate director of the Arkansas Council on Economic Education. She is co-author of Financial Fitness for Life: Pocketwise and Economics and Children's Literature: Storybooks for Primary Grades. She was a classroom teacher in Hot Springs, Ark., for 12 years before taking the position of economic- education specialist for Pulaski County Special School District for four years. Wright is a national award winner for her work on innovative economic-education teaching units and was instrumental in the development of the Bessie B. Moore Arkansas Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics.

Susan Hinchik is currently the math specialist at Conestoga Magnet School, a school in Omaha, Neb., that focuses on math and economics. Before becoming the math specialist, Hinchik was a fourth grade classroom teacher. She has also taught third and sixth grades. Hinchik has a master's of education in curriculum and instruction from Doane College. She has also had extensive training in "Investigations," a standardsbased math curriculum developed at TERC (Technical Education Research Centers) and is an Investigations trainer for Omaha Public Schools. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has attended NCTM academies for professional development in the areas of geometry, algebra and data analysis.

Marsha Strange Masters is the economics specialist at Baker Interdistrict Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark., where she teaches economics to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition, she serves as a curriculum consultant for the Arkansas Council on Economic Education. Masters was given the distinguished honor of being selected a Polly M. Jackson Master Economics Teacher in 2000. Incorporating economics through all areas of the curriculum, she has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects with students and has been awarded honors in the National Awards for Teaching Economics and the Bessie B. Moore Arkansas Awards Program.

Michele T. Wulff is the economic curriculum specialist at Conestoga Magnet School in Omaha, Neb. She has worked in the Omaha Public Schools for 28 years as a teacher for fourth, fifth and sixth grades and for gifted/ talented students. Wulff was chosen to attend the Council for Economic Education Training the Writers Conference in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003. She was awarded the Outstanding Service to Economic Education Award from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Center for Economic Education in 2004. She also received the 2nd Congressional District's Outstanding Social Studies Educator Award in 2004.

Content Consultants

Neal Grandgenett is the Peter Kiewit Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Nebraska- Omaha, where he teaches various undergraduate and graduate courses on the methods of teaching mathematics. He is active in the examination of mathematics and technology- related learning environments and has authored more than 60 articles and research papers related to these topics. One of his articles, "Roles of Computer Technology in the Mathematics Education of the Gifted," won an Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award. Grandgenett is a frequent presenter at the NCTM Conference. He is a review editor for new curriculum applications and resources for the international journal Mathematics and Computer Education Journal. He has received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mission Home Award for his curriculum review and development efforts.

Kim Sosin is professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, chair of the Department of Economics and co-director of the UNO Center for Economic Education. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Education. She served on the Executive Committee of NAEE and chaired the NAEE Technology Committee. She received the 1999 NAEE/Council for Economic Education Bessie B. Moore Service Award and the 2002 NAEE/ Council for Economic Education Henry H. Villard Research Award. Sosin is creator and Webmaster for EcEdWeb (http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu), a Web site providing resources for economic education since 1995. She has published papers on teaching economics in American Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Education and wrote an invited chapter on using technology to teach economics in Teaching Undergraduate Economics: Alternatives to Chalk and Talk, edited by Bill Becker and Michael Watts. Sosin has given invited presentations on economic education topics at meetings of the Allied Social Sciences Association/American Economics Association.

Project Director

Mary Lynn Reiser is the associate director of the UNO Center for Economic Education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is coauthor of several economics curricula including Middle School World Geography: Focus on Economics and was a member of the concept team for the Council for Economic Education's Virtual Economics CD-ROM. She was president of NAEE and received the 2004 NAEE/Council for Economic Education John C. Schramm Leadership Award. She serves as the economics advisor to the Omaha Public School district and worked with the district to develop a model economics magnet school for elementary students.

 

 

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