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CSUF Center Director Honored By California Council on Economic Education
Chiara Gratton-Lavoie honored for successfully promoted economic education among K-12 students in California.

November 8, 2005 :: No. 71

Chiara Gratton-Lavoie, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Economic Education, was honored Oct. 28 as one of six inaugural recipients of the 2005 Adam Smith Award from the California Council on Economic Education.

The award, presented to educators who have successfully promoted economic education among K-12 students in California, was presented in conjunction with the 10th annual California Association of School Economics Teachers Conference in San Francisco.

Gratton-Lavoie, a resident of Fullerton, has been a member of Cal State Fullerton’s faculty since 1999 and has directed the Center for Economic Education for four years. This summer, she began a study with Andrew Gill, professor of economics, in which they are exploring the knowledge base of 12th-graders in three Orange County school districts on such concepts as supply and demand, inflation and recession. The study is underwritten by a $19,587 grant from the National Council on Economic Education.

Part of Cal State Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics, the Center for Economic Education was established to provide technical economic education services to improve the level of economic understanding in grades K-12, institutions of higher learning and the surrounding community. In December, the center will host a two-day workshop that will introduce high school economics teachers to 45 activity-based lessons tailored to the central themes of supply, demand, market economics, global economy and macroeconomics.
Additional information about the center is available at 657-278-2248.

Media Contacts: Chiara Gratton-Lavoie at 657-278-2292 or
Pamela McLaren of Public Affairs at 657-278-4852 or

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