Extra Credit (Fall 2007)

Special Topic

Announcing the second annual Fed Lesson Plan of the Year contest

teacher holding an appleThe Atlanta Fed and its branches are pleased to launch the second annual contest challenging middle and high school educators to develop lesson plans featuring Federal Reserve publications, Web sites, or multimedia materials.

The contest is designed to introduce you to the abundant array of Federal Reserve materials and resources—available free of charge—while also helping the Fed learn your creative ways to use them. And we're offering incentives—develop a winning lesson plan and receive a savings bond!

Entry requirements
The 2007–2008 contest, which opened in June 2007, calls for lesson plans to be developed and submitted by February 1, 2008. Award luncheons will be held in March and April 2008.

Related Links
2007–2008 Lesson Plan of the Year Contest
Contest guidelines

Sixth- through twelfth-grade educators and pre-service educators attending a university in the Sixth Federal Reserve District may enter. Eligible teachers include those who teach not only economics, personal finance, and related subjects such as social studies, government, math, history, or business education but also any subject for which a lesson plan using Fed materials can be developed. Each entrant may submit one lesson plan, which should focus on the Fed's role in monetary policy, the history of the Fed, or banking, economics, personal finance, or other topics covered in Fed resources.

The payoff? The finalists representing the geographic areas served by each of the district's six offices will be invited to an awards ceremony and luncheon at their respective Atlanta Fed office—Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, or New Orleans; travel expenses will be paid by the Fed. Savings bond awards at this level will be

  • first place—$1,000
  • second place—$800
  • third place—$600
  • fourth place—$400
  • fifth place—$200

The first place winner from each of the six offices will be invited to a district awards luncheon at the Atlanta Fed (travel expenses paid by the Fed) to receive top awards of

  • first place—$1,500
  • second place—$1,000
  • third place—$750
  • honorable mention (3)—$250

So start checking out the Fed's many resources and show us your plan! For complete details, see the contest guidelines.

By Lon Lazzeri, economic and financial education specialist, Miami Branch