2014 Accomplishments

In 2014 we made significant progress in carrying out our strategic goals and fulfilling our larger mission. We’ve included below a few of our key accomplishments from the past year.

  • Successfully leveraged technology to meet the evolving needs of teachers

    • Continued to build out our lesson plans and other resource offerings on EconEdLink, welcoming more than 1.2 million unique visitors to the site in 2014
    • Increased total student registrations for Gen i Revolution (our free, online personal finance game) by 40% over the prior year; more than 225,000 students have played the game
    • Deployed Math in the Real World, our first multi-lesson resource available only in a digital format, and with online student interactives in nearly half the lessons
    • Created a free, Online Assessment Center to allow teachers to leverage nationally-normed exams in economics and financial literacy
  • Drove advocacy efforts to promote legislation and education policies that support school-based instruction in economics and financial literacy

    • CEE’s National Standards for Financial Literacy were adopted by Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island, providing a solid, assessable foundation for financial education in these states
    • Released our biennial Survey of the States documenting the state of economic and financial education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, which generated over 300 press mentions and supported advocacy efforts in several key states and at the federal level
      • A CEE policy event in Delaware generated renewed interest in financial literacy standards among state lawmakers, with the Delaware House passing a bill to establish a Financial Literacy Task Force
      • At our spring policy event in Washington, DC, Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Senator Mike Enzi (WY) launched the Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, a bipartisan effort to ensure that all Americans are equipped with the essential skills and education that they need. Later in the year Senator Reed applauded the adoption of financial literacy standards in his home state of Rhode Island

    • Led the way in raising community awareness of the need for better and greater financial literacy education during Financial Literacy Month, with 31 states proclaiming April Financial Literacy Month, and CEE and our affiliates highlighted in over 40 news stories, including an Op-Ed in The Hill, and a Your Money, Your Future segment by Sharon Epperson on CNBC
    • Served as an advisor (along with the Education Commission of the States (ECS)) to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on a state engagement roundtable which brought together state leaders to share best practices in promoting financial literacy education with the goal of helping CFPB identify opportunities for supporting state-level financial literacy initiatives
  • Extended our reach in New York City and nationally by investing in our distribution network of affiliates and partners

    • Reached 55,000 teachers nationwide through in-person professional development by our affiliates and at our 53rd Annual Conference
    • Grew the National Center for Economic and Financial Education by more than 30%, reaching over 2,500 educators in the NYC area through workshops and over 750 via webinars
    • CEE’s award-winning Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL) series served as the foundation of financial literacy programs and activities nationwide; state treasurers’ offices in Tennessee and Nevada made FFFL the centerpiece of their statewide initiatives; in fact, CEO Nan Morrison keynoted a dinner at the Tennessee State House hosted by Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard to support local initiatives
    • Continued to grow the Program for Hispanic Students and Their Families with a successful program in Los Angeles partnering with Families in Schools
  • Invested in and renewed our core
    • Drove the National Economics Challenge to another record year, with over 10,500 students participating from 40 states; the winning teams rang the bell at the NYSE and were featured on CNBC’s nightly business report with Steve Liesman, who also emceed the event; Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen participated by video, asking students questions in the quiz bowl portion of the competition; the National Association of Secondary School Principals placed the competition on its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities
    • Significantly updated our popular High School Economics resources and included new online student interactives in over one-third of the lessons
  • Met organizational and operational goals
    • CEO Nan Morrison participated in a panel on “State and Local Innovation in Financial Capability and Opportunities for Partnerships” at the Financial Literacy and Education Commission meeting in Washington, DC, in February. She was also asked to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Center for Finance and Policy at MIT
    • CEO Nan Morrison worked with our local affiliates and partners with visits to promote their local as well as the national agenda in Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas
    • CEE programs continued to achieve desired results with assessments showing marked gains in student knowledge after using CEE curricula and educators highly valuing CEE professional development opportunities
      • For example, California began using CEE’s Financial Fitness for Life curriculum at the beginning of the school year to teach 9,000 high school students financial literacy, and early returns are already showing post-test scores with 21% gains in proficiency
      • According to teachers who attended CEE’s annual conference, 100% would recommend the conference to a friend and 96% are still using information and resources gained at the conference in their classrooms
    • Achieved a clean audit and balanced the budget

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