Monday, October 25, 2021

New Teacher Features: Customizable Curriculum and Quiz Tools
On February 8, 2021 in Distance Learning Tool, What's New by Tara Kirby
Teachers now have the ability to customize their classes' default curriculum and quiz schedule. By default, each simulation has units and their accompanying quizzes opening in a staggered fashion each week starting on Thursdays. To support as much flexibility as possible, all quizzes are open to take until the last day of the simulation.

Teacher Spotlight — Hilary Ruttenberg
Hilary Ruttenberg is an economics teacher at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hilary took the time to share her recent experience implementing Budget Challenge in a blended classroom setting which includes online instruction and in person.

Teacher Spotlight — Mariellen Rechtin
Mariellen Rechtin who teaches in two Cincinnati homeschool high school co-ops, Divine Mercy Homeschool Coop and All Saints Studies Group, shared her expertise in implementing Budget Challenge in a unique setting.

Teacher Spotlight — Holly Toft
Holly Toft, an Economics teacher at Mount Michael Benedictine School in Elkhorn, NE a seasoned user of Budget Challenge recently shared her experience with us.

Budget Challenge E-Textbook
On September 16, 2020 in Distance Learning Tool, E-Textbook by Tara Kirby
At Budget Challenge, we are well aware of the many challenges our teachers are facing due to Covid-19. We know how busy our teachers are with the many additional demands placed on them. Because of that we are pre-releasing sections of our new companion financial literacy textbook which will be included with all Budget Challenge licenses. Our new e-textbook is one of the most up-to-date and comprehensive resources available. It includes significantly expanded content compared to our existing curriculum along with new assessment tools to promote student learning.

Teacher Spotlight with Celeste Smith (Implementing Budget Challenge as a Distance Learning Tool)
Many teachers across the country are having to adjust to a Distance Learning platform. We spoke with Celeste Smith in Chicago, IL with CP Online Academy, who utilized Budget Challenge as a successful resource.

Funding Information — CARES Act (“ESSER”)
On June 11, 2020 in Distance Learning Tool, Funding by Tara Kirby
Did you know that Budget Challenge is eligible for full funding under the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (“ESSER”) funds? Find out more here:

Playing remotely during your sim? Here's 3 things to check daily
Budget Challenge is doing its best to help assist our teachers during this new and unknown teaching environment. While it may seem overwhelming transitioning to distance learning, you really only need to spend a few minutes a day keeping up with the simulation.

Teacher Strategies to Enhance Distance Learning
In light of school closures caused by COVID-19, we've compiled a list of strategies to use with your students to help ease the transition to distance learning.