September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4

Powerful Partnerships

Partnership Promotes Financial Literacy in Schools

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The Miami Dade College Center for Economic Education will provide professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties for instruction in economics and financial literacy.

Always outstanding in its endeavors to create quality partnerships benefiting the South Florida community, the College’s School of Business recently established the Miami Dade College Center for Economic Education working in conjunction with the esteemed Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE). This initiative provides professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties for instruction in economics and financial literacy.

Housed at InterAmerican Campus under the direction of Professor David Mahon, the Center enables teachers to gain the skills, knowledge and resources needed to better integrate economics into their classrooms and curricula.

New Resources

“Having been a math and social studies teacher, I know resources are often hard to come by,” Mahon said. “So I’m delighted to know that MDC’s efforts will provide these beneficial resources.”

The additional focus on economics, entrepreneurship, free enterprise systems and personal finance will have a far-reaching impact as students develop into productive members of the workforce, successful business owners, responsible consumers and wise investors.

“Financial literacy is important to building strong, well-functioning communities,” Mahon said. “As students become more knowledgeable about economics and financial literacy, they will be able to make more informed choices to empower themselves, their families and their community.”

Conducting Research

In addition to training, the Center will provide education and curriculum materials and assessment instruments to teachers and administrators. The Center also will conduct research in economic education and evaluating the positive effect of the programs in the community, explained Thania Ríos, associate dean of MDC’s School of Business.

“MDC is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the state with similar programs in partnership with the FCEE,” Ríos said. “We’re going to be able to do a lot of exciting things for the local educational community and students through this new, dynamic enterprise.”

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón said he is thrilled to see such an important community resource housed at the College and thanked Juan del Busto, regional executive of the Miami branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, who worked very hard to see this Center established at MDC.


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