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Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy Grades the Nation

How much emphasis do you think is placed upon financial literacy in your state?  The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College has assigned a grade to each of the 50 states representative of their attempt to provide high school students with basic knowledge of personal finance.
The study was based upon CEE’s Survey of the States, a biennial reports that examines the status of economic education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to the scale used by CFL Champlain College, nearly 60 percent of states earned a ‘C’ or lower with many states only offering finance courses as electives.

POSTED: July 30, 2013 | BY: Morgan Hoey | TAGS: , , ,

CEE Affiliate in the News: UNO Center’s China Seminar

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education hosted a China Seminar for teachers this June. Nebraska’s top export destinations are Canada, followed by Mexico, then Japan and China. But the growth is with the world’s most populous nation: Exports of Nebraska farm products, machinery, chemicals and other goods to China more than doubled between 2005 and 2010 to $229 million, according to state records.

“The event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education, an effort now in its fifth year to encourage teachers to emphasize economic and financial proficiency among their students. About 40 Nebraska teachers attended Tuesday, with expert speakers from business, government and academia scheduled to continue today.”

“The goal is to teach more economics to teachers so they can teach the students,” said James Dick, director of the UNO Center for Economic Education.”

Sid Conrad, an economics teacher at the middle school and high school in Norris, said his students always get a big helping of international trade in his classes. A better working knowledge of Nebraska’s external ties, he said, will allow him to devise talking points that he said will better resonate with Nebraska students.

“International trade is a huge issue,” he said. “Basically, the more you trade, the wealthier you get.”

You can find full coverage of the event and the work done by the UNO Center here.

POSTED: June 17, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economics

JohnCook 199x300 GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economicsThe Council for Economic Education proudly congratulates John Cook, Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

John Cook had two teachers growing up in Cordele, Ga., – Janet Robinson and Sharon Stewart – who had such an impact on his learning, they inspired his teaching style.

“They made their subjects come alive in a way that continues to stay with me,” says Cook, who now teaches economics at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia.  “Mrs. Stewart taught my enrichment class in middle school, and we were always putting on radio plays or doing activities like building bridges out of toothpicks. Mrs. Robinson was my ninth grade English teacher, and she was great at getting me excited about reading and writing. I remember both teachers’ classrooms always being welcoming, exciting places. They both gave me a love for school.” Read more…

POSTED: June 7, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

New Jersey Econ Challenge Winners Visit CNBC Studios

Bergen County Academies of Hackensack, NJ placed first in their state and 25th overall in the National Semi-Finals of the 2013 National Economics Challenge.

The winning team recently visited the CNBC Worldwide Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ with Joe DiFiglia, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for Economic Education.

Congratulations to the team for their first place win in New Jersey, and here’s a photo of the team, their teacher and Joe enjoying the tour of CNBC.

Bergen County Academies CNBC visit New Jersey Econ Challenge Winners Visit CNBC Studios

POSTED: June 5, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

Preparing for Global Competition

Patricia Wright 213x300 Preparing for Global CompetitionBy Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

It is always satisfying to watch a student’s face light up when he or she grasps a previously baffling concept or idea.

Even more satisfying is the moment when a student not only “gets it,” but also understands why something is worth knowing and how it might make a difference in his or her own life.

Empowering students was the goal of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance in April.  I had the privilege of addressing high school students from across the Commonwealth who had triumphed in the online portion of the competition and were battling it out in the championship rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their energy was contagious, and I was impressed by their command of this critical subject matter.

The Governor’s Challenge, sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), highlights real-world financial skills and economic concepts that the state Board of Education incorporated into a now-required high school course in economics and personal finance.

By passing the course, students will come to understand their role and opportunities in the global marketplace. They will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to make smart decisions as adults about spending, saving, investing, risk taking and, even, starting a business.

Meet the 2013 Governor’s Challenge state champions – Western Albemarle High School:

Partnerships allow us to draw upon existing strengths between school divisions, government, the private sector, and groups with specific expertise such as the Council for Economic Education and VCEE.  Together, we can maximize our investments and equip more students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to prosper and secure financial independence.

POSTED: May 2, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Wear Green for a Chance to Win in our Affiliate’s Photo Contest for Financial Literacy Month!

WearGreen 300x282 Wear Green for a Chance to Win in our Affiliates Photo Contest for Financial Literacy Month!The Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati is celebrating Financial Literacy Month with a photo contest!

Please WEAR GREEN and encourage your colleagues, teachers, students and friends to join you. Post a picture on their Facebook Page and the photo with the most “LIKES” will win $50 Visa Gift Card. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 30.

Contest Details:
•    Submit Photos through Friday, April 26.
•    A gallery of photos will posted on the Center’s Facebook Page on Friday.
•    Vote for your favorite photo Friday, April 26 – Monday, April 29.
•    Winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 30!

Good luck, and thanks for supporting Financial Literacy Month!

POSTED: April 24, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

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