From a June 19, 2019, Everett Public Schools News Release.
Creating student-centered lessons focused on economics and financial literacy
Currently at Cascade High School, national board-certified teacher Bree Youngberg teaches AP Economics & Intensified Algebra, is the Link Crew Coordinator, and is also the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor. Now she is adding member of the 2019-20 Education Advisory Group (EAG) to her duties.
Only 20 high school or community college teachers from across the 12th District (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington) are chosen each year to be a part of the EAG. Team members will be working throughout the remainder of the year with the Federal Reserve to develop lessons and ideas for strengthening economic understanding within the classroom.
“Over the last five years as I have been growing the AP Economics program at Cascade High School and through the creation of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in the district, I have been looking for additional professional development opportunities and ways of students authenticating their learning,” shared Youngberg.
She went on to say, “One of my students won a financial literacy award two years ago and the two of us traveled down to the Federal Reserve Bank in Renton for a ceremony. After that trip I knew working with the Federal Reserve would enrich learning for both myself and my students.”
Youngberg created a new course for the 2019-2020 school year called "Business and Finance," where she will be implementing many of the lessons she helped create with the Federal Reserve.
She commented, “Students in this class will have an opportunity to be a part of my journey and help create student-centered lessons focused around economics and financial literacy.”
Youngberg will be working online and in person throughout the year with the Federal Reserve and the other 19 teachers to deepen their understanding of the economic and financial system, designing lessons that meet both student and teacher needs, and providing feedback on possible modifications.
They will also provide ideas for online economic education resources and ways of incorporating technology in the classroom.
“Being on the Education Advisory Group will strengthen my teaching within the classroom and provide opportunities for reflection on best practices for myself and my students. I am so excited to be a part of this professional development opportunity as well as represent Cascade High School!” said Youngberg.