The Cloud L. Cray Foundation of Atchison and Kansas City, Mo., has committed $126,000 in support of the Center for Economic Education at Kansas University.
The commitment to KU's Center for Economic Education is one of the largest grants ever awarded by the Cloud L. Cray Foundation. The foundation supports education projects with a strong emphasis in advancing economic education and community self-help programs in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.
Edward Meyen, dean of the School of Education, said, "This gift will allow the center to build on its history in expanding services to area districts and in helping young people understand the principles of economics."
The grant will support two doctoral fellowships and research activities and will establish a resource development fund. The resource fund will be used to develop materials for teachers in courses and workshops on economic education.
According to Barbara Phipps, director of KU's Center for Economic Education, the grant will strengthen the center's ability to serve the economic education needs of school districts. The center helps school districts integrate economic education into their curricula and offers graduate courses for teachers. In addition, the center provides economic education activities for undergraduate students who are preparing to become social studies teachers.
Phipps said the doctoral fellowships will expand the center's educational function to include training of professional economic educators who can fill university positions.
Phipps said the grant will enable the center to increase services to school districts by implementing Developmental Economic Education Projects. DEEP school districts benefit from teaching materials, curriculum consultation, custom in-service programs and courses for teachers.
The Center for Economic Education also offers teacher training and curriculum materials for Choices and Changes, an economic education program that teaches students the skills and attitudes necessary to become productive members of the economy. These training materials are made available to school districts with large numbers of students who are likely to fail.
The Cloud L. Cray Foundation grant is being counted toward Campaign Kansas, KU's fund drive.