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Carroll teachers extend win streak Awards honor creative methods


Carroll County social studies teachers won awards from the Maryland Council on Economic Education for the sixth year in a row, including one first place.

Teachers and administrators received awards in various categories at the Maryland Board of Education meeting Wednesday in Baltimore.

Since 1988, Carroll County social studies teachers or administrators have won at least one award a year in the competition sponsored by the council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that promotes economic education.

The first-place award went to teachers Donna Beeman of Mount Airy Elementary School and Linda Selby of New Windsor Middle School, and the county schools' Office of Social Studies, supervised by Donald Vetter.

They received the $375 award for a unit the teachers wrote last summer, "Grade 4 Economics Application: Industries in Maryland." Mr. Vetter said the cash award probably will go toward curriculum or staff development.

The unit addresses the development of industry in Maryland from Colonial days to the present, interweaving such themes as the contributions of racial and ethnic groups, and the effect geography has on the economy.

Mr. Vetter is a member of the council's board of directors.

In addition to the fourth-grade unit, three other Carroll teachers won awards for units they wrote on their own.

Peter Litchka, social studies chairman at North Carroll High School, won second place in the high school category for a unit called, "In the Eyes of the Beholder."

Mr. Litchka has students analyze a series of actual court cases that deal with the relationship between business and government, such as in the breakup of American Telephone and Telegraph Co.

In the middle school category, math teacher Frances Diseroad and social studies teacher Craig Giles won an honorable mention for their collaborative effort on a unit at North Carroll Middle School.

Their unit, "Stocking Up on Stocks," allowed more than 60 students to research corporations and follow their stock prices in the newspaper.

The students had to use the information they gathered to give reports, as if they were providing information to prospective investors.

Twin Ridge Elementary School in Mount Airy, in the Frederick County school system, won third place in the spring Stock Market Game, also sponsored by the council.

In that game, schools pretend to invest a fictional $100,000 in the stock market.

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