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Lesson Plan of the Year


Lesson Plan of the Year Contest

A contest challenging sixth- through twelfth-grade educators and preservice educators in the Sixth Federal Reserve District to submit the best lesson plans featuring Federal Reserve publications, Web sites, and/or multimedia materials.

Who can participate?
The contest is open to sixth- through twelfth-grade educators in the Sixth Federal Reserve District. In addition to teachers, school district staff (i.e., social studies supervisors) and individual school staff (i.e., principals, assistant principals, etc.) are also eligible to develop and submit a lesson plan. However, keep in mind that, prior to submission, lesson plans must be classroom-tested in a school within the Sixth Federal Reserve District. Accordingly, participants who are not currently in the classroom must have the lesson administered in a class by a teaching colleague.

The contest is also open to sixth- through twelfth-grade preservice educators attending a university in the Sixth Federal Reserve District. Check the contest guidelines to see if your school or university is in the Sixth Federal Reserve District.

About the contest
The objective is to develop a lesson plan that features Federal Reserve materials. Possible topics include Federal Reserve purposes and functions, the history and structure of the Federal Reserve, economics, and personal finance. You can also develop lesson plans for interdisciplinary areas such as mathematics, language arts, social studies, and business. The entry deadline is January 29, 2010. Winners will be notified in March 2010.

Local awards
The finalists from each Sixth District office (Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans) will receive the following:

First place: $1,000 savings bond
Second place: $800 savings bond
Third place: $600 savings bond

Each finalist will also be invited to an awards ceremony at his or her local Reserve Bank office or recognized at an event at his or her school. Winners will be reimbursed for their travel expenditures, if applicable.

District awards
The first-place winner from each of the six offices will then compete for the top prize. They will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta headquarters and will be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Savings bonds will be awarded to the district finalists as follows:

First place: $1,500 savings bond
Second place: $1,000 savings bond
Third place: $750 savings bond
Honorable mention (3): $250 savings bond