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State group gives GCPS social studies award

Georgia Council on Economic Education Annual meeting at the Federal Reserve. UPS CEO Speaker

Georgia Council on Economic Education Annual meeting at the Federal Reserve. UPS CEO Speaker

SUWANEE -- The Georgia Council on Economic Education recently awarded Gwinnett County Public Schools the Program of Excellence distinction for the district's efforts in promoting economic education through an American history grant.

The council presents the award periodically to school systems in Georgia to recognize outstanding and effective economic education programs.

In recognizing the district's efforts, David Martin, GCEE executive director, said "it is the council's privilege to partner with Gwinnett County Public Schools in supporting this outstanding program. We are proud to honor their commitment to teaching economics."

The Teaching American History grant, presented to GCPS in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education, allowed for the district to create and launch a staff development program for its 150 U.S. history high school teachers.

"The purpose of the program is to improve the economic and historical content knowledge of the teachers as well as give them best practices for implementing that knowledge in the classroom," said Debbie Daniell, director of social studies.

"It helps frame American history through economics," Daniell added.

The Georgia Council on Economic Education helps teachers teach economics with workshops, classroom materials and programs like the Stock Market Game and the award-winning Georgia Economic History Project.

For more information, visit www.gcee.org.