Fariña is keynote speaker at economic education confab

September 29, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has been on the job for nearly four years. In 2014, she visited McKinley Intermediate School in Bay Ridge and was greeted by the school band. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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A non-profit organization that works to help students understand the worlds of money and finance will welcome Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña as its keynote speaker when it holds a two-day conference at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge this week.

The Council for Economic Education will hold its 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference on Oct. 6 and 7.

More than 500 teachers, industry thought leaders and representatives of the Federal Reserve are expected to attend the conference to exchange ideas for bringing financial and economic education into the classroom.

Fariña will be the main speaker at the conference’s opening day and will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Economic Education.

In addition to Fariña, the speakers at the conference will include journalist and New York Times best-selling author Beth Kobliner and William C. Dudley, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Kobliner is the author of “Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties” and other books offering financial advice.

Fariña, Kobliner and Dudley are all taking significant leadership roles in the effort to improve education and help students reach their full potential, according to council leaders.

The council will also give John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards to three teachers at a luncheon for teachers on Oct. 6. The awards are named in honor of John Morton, a well known economist and personal finance expert.

“We are proud to host this year’s conference in our home town, New York City. The outstanding speakers and variety of sessions reflect our deep commitment to teachers in our field,” Council President and CEO Nan J. Morrison said in a statement.

Fariña was appointed chancellor by Bill de Blasio, who was then the mayor-elect, in December of 2013. She has deep roots in Brooklyn.

She started her education career at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, where she taught social sciences for 22 years. She went on to become the core curriculum coordinator for School District 15 (Park Slope-Sunset Park-Windsor Terrace).

In 1991, Fariña was appointed principal of P.S. 6 in Park Slope, a post she held for 10 years. While serving at the helm of P.S. 6, she was also an adjunct professor at Bank Street College.

Fariña was appointed superintendent of District 15 on 2001 and later served as superintendent of Brooklyn’s Region 8, which included District 15. 

From 2004 to 2006, Fariña served as deputy chancellor for teaching and learning in the New York City Department of Education.

The Council for Economic Education is a nonprofit organization that operates nationwide focusing on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. The organization, which has been working for nearly 70 years, provides curriculum tools, pedagogical support and other resources to teachers. The resources and educational programs are developed by educators associated with the council and are delivered by a national network of affiliates.

The council estimates that its programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and more than 5 million students across the country.

The Oct. 6-7 conference will feature networking opportunities, hands-on training for educators, as well as a special roundtable led by accomplished teachers sharing their ideas on the best practices at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. 

“We want all teachers to be equipped to give their students these essential tools to create financial stability and economic opportunity,” Morrison stated.

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