JIM CHARKINS, Ph.D. - is the Executive Director of the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and Professor of Economics at California State University, San Bernardino. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1970. He has taught at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, the Florida State University, Purdue University, and CSUSB. During the summer, he serves on the faculty of the Foundation for Teaching Economics. He was the Economics editor of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition Teacher's Guide for nine years. He serves on many boards including CCEE, the California Association of School Economics Teachers, the California Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Business Economists. Dr. Charkins served on the ten member writing team for Kindergarten through 12th Grade national economics standards, as economics consultant to the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, and on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Content Review Panel for History/Social Science. He also served on the Review Committee for the National Standards for Business Education. He recently served on the committee that recommended revisions to the History/Social Sciences Framework to the California Board of Education. Dr. Charkins has developed economics teaching materials and conducted workshops nationally and internationally for teachers and students from the Kindergarten through doctoral level. He is the author of the MoneyWiseTeen (winner of two international awards for creative marketing), Living the American Dream, the Teacher Guide to the California Economics Standards, and It’s Your Choice. He is a leader in the area of computerized economics instruction, having been awarded two separate grants by the National Science Foundation to equip computer labs for the CSUSB economics department. He has received numerous other grants and awards including the CSU San Bernardino, Social and Behavioral Sciences 2003 Teacher of the Year and 2009 Outstanding Originator of Distributed Learning.