Fall 2016 Newsletter
4th Grade Economic Lesson Writing Project
NCEE partnered with the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Educational Television on a 4th grade economic curriculum writing project. Ten lessons were written to go with the virtual tour of the Nebraska State Capital, the Student Atlas of Nebraska, and the Gigantomap. The writing project began with a tour of the state capitol. Teachers were then paired in writing teams of one fourth grade teacher and one high school teacher.  The job of the 4th grade teacher was to ensure proper pedagogy, engagement, and delivery method while the high school teacher was to ensure sound economic content. After the lessons are piloted this fall they will be disseminated for use across the state.   The virtual tour of Nebraska can be seen here:  http://nebraskavirtualcapitol.org/   It is an amazing resource, especially for teachers in greater Nebraska that cannot necessarily bring their students to a live tour of the capitol.  As part of the 150th anniversary of Nebraska, each 4th grade classroom will receive a classroom set of the Student Atlas of Nebraska. The Council was extremely honored to be asked to lead the economics lesson writing portion of this enormous project. We are thrilled with the quality and creativity of the lessons produced.

Pictured above from left to right: Melissa Schram, Millard West High School, Omaha; Heather Ropes, Florence Elementary, Omaha; Marti Harris, J. Sterling Morton Elementary, Millard; Carie Miller, Kahoa Elementary, Lincoln; Trent Goldsmith, Waverly High School; Waverly; Jennifer Davidson, NCEE President and project coordinator; Jeff Brooks, Northeast High School; Lincoln; Amy Long, Spring Lake Elementary, Omaha; and Josh Hinrichs, Southwest High School, Lincoln.
Jennifer Davidson, NCEE President, had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with the Georgia Council on Econ Ed. The study tour included discussions on the changing economic climate, US Cuban relations, and emerging private business in Cuba. 
Union Pacific Summer Seminar for Teachers
  This year on June 14 & 15,  twenty-nine teachers gathered for the 8th Annual UP Summer Seminar Series “Economics of the Election: Issues & Resources”.  Mark Winkler, chair of the NCEE executive committee, graciously hosted us at Union Pacific Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska where teachers gathered to hear about issues that will be relevant during the 2016 election season including international trade, immigration, equal pay, and minimum wage. 

Teachers heard from experts including Dr. Eric Thompson from the UNL Bureau of Business Research and Dr. Olivier Maisondieru-Laforge from the UNO Department of Finance, Banking, and Real Estate among others.  Teachers also left the two day seminar with several lessons to implement into their classrooms demonstrated by Jennifer Davidson and Jamie Wagner.  Special thanks to Dr. James Dick for organizing another successful workshop.
Exciting NEW Student Competition!
  Click the link below to see previous college and high school winners: http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL65CE362462330419
Rockonomix will motivate student learning by using popular media to reinforce basic economic principals. Write new lyrics to a popular hit song and submit to the Nebraska Council on Economic Education (post on You Tube) by February 28, 2017.  

The overall winning teams will receive(per team):

1st place - $250 and the winning song will be submitted to the National Rock-o-nomix Contest to compete against the top songs from high schools across the country!

2nd place - $150  

3rd place - $100  

The national program was created and is run by the UWG Center for Economic Education.  
UNL Center Reaches Out to Students and Holds First Annual Outstanding Teller Celebration  
The UNL Center took some interesting twists to existing student programs while adding new ones this past year. The signature Econ Day for High School Students, held each fall, brings over 100 local juniors and seniors to the UNL campus for a day of faculty led seminars and activities, including two interactive sessions with a market simulation using various types of candy; as well as the economics of the Hunger Games. Students also have the opportunity to visit with UNL and College of Admissions, have lunch in the student dining hall, and tour campus.
  As a culminating activity to the Elementary Savings Programs in Lincoln, the Center hosted the first annual Outstanding Teller Celebration in the spring. Over 90 fourth and fifth grade tellers from 6 of the 7 elementary branches across Lincoln spent the day on the UNL campus, while having the opportunity to meet and have lunch in the student dining hall with tellers from other schools. Since many have the goal of saving for college, they were able to experience being a student on a college campus. One teller from each school was honored with the Stellar Teller Award. Plans are already underway to incorporate a marshmallow production activity into this year’s Econ Day. The second annual Outstanding Teller Celebration is planned for the spring of 2017.

pictured above:Nicole Connelly, Public Affairs Specialist Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Omaha Branch helps some of the Stellar Tellers with a lesson on identifying counterfeit bills.
Summer 2016, NCEE president, Jennifer Davidson, was selected to take part in a two week study tour to Germany with the Goethe Institute's Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP). TOP selects 100 teachers each year and each trip has a different focus. The focus of Davidson's student tour was twofold: Germany's education system and the current refugee crisis and how it's effecting modern Germany. It was an incredible learning experience. Some of the locations visited included: Berlin Wall, Stasi Museum, Point Alpha, three schools, Friedland Transit Refugee Camp, Sachenhausen concentration camp, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Reistag building, and so much more.

Nebraska social studies and STEM educators are highly encouraged to apply for the funded student tour. Additional information can be found at

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Davidson at [email protected]

Welcome AshLea Allberry to the NCEE Executive Committee
  AshLea Allberry is an information technology leader, currently serving as the Vice President of Operations for Nanonation, Inc. Nanonation is a software product company, focusing on digital experiences within public spaces. Within her role, AshLea manages software development, design and quality assurance teams. In addition, she focuses on utilization and other organizational initiatives.  

Prior to joining Nanonation, AshLea was part of the executive team with a software services company, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and Pune, India. There, she focused on development of rural outsourcing centers, marketing, human resources and public relations. As a result of rapid growth of the business model, AshLea was able to co-found a small subsidiary company, which is fully operational today as part of the larger organization.  

Outside of her career, AshLea is involved throughout the Lincoln, Nebraska community in a variety of capacities. She’s the co-founder of two organizations focused on women in business and community. She and her husband Tate have a young daughter, Kate, and enjoy spending time with her.    

AshLea received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. AshLea is a Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) through the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).
Upcoming events:

November 1 - 11 ~
Finance Challenge Online

November 3 - 4 ~
Gooding Financial Literacy
Concert Series

November 6 - 11 ~
Nebraska Money Smart Week

November 16 - December 1 ~
Economics Challenge Online