National Council
on Economic Education

In 2001, The National Council on Economic Education in partnership with the Bank of America Foundation published a series of personal finance text books, teachers' guides, and parents' guides for use in grades K-12.  The 10 book project needed to be finished in a very short amount of time, so R/S Partners implemented a method of collaboration that expedited production and increased communication among the many individuals involved. 


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  These are the final Grades K-2 and 3-5 Student workbooks.  The K-2 cover features a hand embroidered logo on a denim pocket which was then photographed for the cover.  The 3-5 Student cover features a 3D composite of a girl walking up floating 3D money steps. 

  Shown here are the Grades 6-8 and 9-12 Student workbooks.  The 6-8 cover was created by photographing two teenagers doing sit-ups separately.  It was then composited with dollar bill style mats that were created digitally. 

  Parent involvement is an important element in the success of this curriculum.  Parent Guides were designed to coordinate with the student lessons. 

  Teacher Guides were designed to accompany each Student workbook.  Layouts were created such that lessons are easy to coordinate with student books. 

  A Sharepoint based extranet site was used to increase efficiency while developing these books.  Over a dozen remote users were given access to this site which offered frequently updated PDF versions of the books in their various stages, which could then be downloaded and annotated by others.  Users could also easily upload files to our network, add comments to certain files, and read the latest announcements regarding the project. 

  The K-2 Storybook has many full color illustrations that accompany the text, which is intended to be read aloud by the teacher. 

  Active page layouts and engaging illustrations entice the student to get more involved with the text.