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April 8, 2014 > Local educator to be recognized

Local educator to be recognized

Submitted By Alyssa Miller

Hayward teacher Richard Charles will be among a group of educators awarded Ò2014 Global Enterprising EducatorÓ by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), at their Gala on April 24 at the National Museum in Washington, D.C. The awards, presented by MasterCard, will honor the top 24 teachers from NFTEÕs programs around the world.

The NFTE program is classroom-based, entrepreneurship curricula, that teaches math and literacy skills in the context of building a business plan. Programs are rigorous, experiential, and vital to studentsÕ futures, and volunteers from local businesses share their expertise in the classrooms. At the end of the course, students have a chance to compete for seed capital through a series of business plan competitions.

Charles, a Career Technology teacher with the Eden Area Regional Occupation Program, works at Hayward High School. He believes that one of the great challenges of our time is teaching his students the criteria for making ethically sound decisions. By empowering his students to become critical thinkers, Charles shows them how they can examine how their decisions will affect society and to not just worry about the bottom line of making money in business.

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