Dr. Bessie B. Moore, Founder - 1962
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The Arkansas Council on Economic Education (ACEE)
is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational
organization founded in 1962 to promote economic
literacy in Arkansas.
The mission of the
ACEE is to promote economic literacy and the economic-way
of thinking to students in Arkansas by
empowering educators to teach the fourth “r,” real
Real-life economics involves:
- Teaching youth to invest in their human
- Teaching youth the skills to make wise
choices, because all choices involve costs.
- Teaching youth the consequences of today’s
choice lies in the future.
- Teaching youth financial literacy.
- Teaching youth our free enterprise and
Economic education is real-life, because all
young people will grow up and become part of
the marketplace. The ACEE provides resources
and training to K-12 teachers in both public
and independent schools in Arkansas. Our belief
is that through training teachers, the multiplier
effect is achieved. Each school year, the training
a teacher receives through the ACEE can impact
Our vision is to
create a state of people with the real-life
skills they need to succeed: to think and choose
responsibly as individuals, consumers, savers,
investors, citizens, members of the workforce,
and to be effective participants in both their
local communities and the global economy. Economic
literacy is essential to improve the standard
of living for all Arkansans.
The ACEE is affiliated with National Council
on Economic Education (NCEE) and participates
in the Economics America and Economics International
The ACEE collaborates with six university-based
centers for economic education, which are also
affiliates of the National Council, and the
Polly M. Jackson Master Economics Teachers
in Arkansas. The partnership strives to meet
the needs of teachers by providing training,
materials and curriculum reform in economics
for Arkansas' schools.
Arkansas School Districts partnering with the
ACEE's Economics America
program receive in-depth economic education
training and consulting assistance for their
teachers and administrators.
Arkansas educators have a history of winning
numerous national awards for excellence in
teaching economic education.