Economics

Left to right, Magnolia Superintendent John Ward; Jessica Talley; Marsha Masters, Economics Arkansas; and Jill Rader, East Side principal.

East Side Elementary School teacher Jessica Talley was recently surprised at an assembly given in her honor.

Surrounded by first-grade students, Southern Arkansas University baseball players, East Side teachers, and district personnel, Talley was recognized as one of six Economics Arkansas' Bessie B. Moore award winners for the 2021-2022 school year.

Marsha Masters, associate director of Economics Arkansas, presented Talley with the "Bessie" award and a check for $1,000. Talley also won this award last year.

Economics Arkansas launched the Bessie B. Moore Awards program in 1995 to honor exemplary teachers for successfully developing outstanding economic and personal finance classroom projects. Arkansas educators in grades PreK-12 may enter the program by submitting written descriptions of their creative projects. These projects are reviewed and judged by an independent panel of economic education specialists. The winners receive $1,000 cash awards, statewide recognition and "The Bessie."

During the Magnolia READS financial literacy campaign in the spring of 2022, Talley used her project, “Economics is All the Buzz!” to integrate economic concepts into her classroom lessons. Her K-2 students participated in various activities to learn about how pollinators are important to the economy.

Economics Arkansas, through the Arkansas Council on Economic Education, is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. It was founded in 1962 by Dr. Arch Ford, with Dr. Bessie B. Moore as its first executive director, to promote economic literacy in Arkansas. Its mission is to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance, and the free enterprise system. It uses practical, innovative, and inspiring methods so that Arkansas students can master an understanding of economics and personal finance and apply that knowledge for success in the free enterprise system.

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