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Colorado Council Board Member Shares Passion and Education with Local Students

Ward Cerny, board member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE), is featured in the Denver Business Journal, and it is recognition well-deserved.

Cerny has an impressive background in international investments, mergers and acquisitions, but his current work as an economic and personal finance educator is perhaps the most important.

“The irony of economics is the people who need it the most are the least likely to receive that education,” Cerny said. “[CCEE's] mission is to make that a key part of curriculum. The main lesson we want to teach people is the more fundamental lesson that economics is the science of decision making in a scarce world.”

Since 2008, Cerny has taught two three-month, economics-oriented classes at Columbine High School through the CCEE each year, competing against students in the Stock Market Game, now called Stock Market Experience.

“It’s always fun when the kids try to beat me,” Cerny said. “One kid would put his entire portfolio in Apple and blow my balanced portfolio out of the water.” Cerny tries to teach his students about the long-term strategy, not just a three-month one.

Read the full article here.

POSTED: March 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Financial Literacy Skills in Indiana

Poor financial literacy skills lead to poor choices. Poor choices can create a downward spiral for young people and adults.

Jeff Sanson, executive director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE), spoke with Symone Skrzycki of BizVoice Magazine, on the importance of financial literacy and education for our nation’s youth in ‘Cause for Alarm – Financial Literacy Skills Must Improve.’

ICEE is one of CEE’s state affiliates working to improve the personal finance and economic skills for teachers and students. You can learn more about their work here.

Read the full BizVoice article here.

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

Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Last fall Economics Arkansas was nominated as a Finalist in the Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Economics Arkansas was announced as the winner in the Nonprofit category at the awards gala in Little Rock, AR last night. CEE is proud to have Economics Arkansas as one of the many local affiliates of the Council for Economic Education, training Arkansas K-12 teachers how to integrate principles of economics and personal finance into the classroom curriculum.

“Receiving this statewide award brings recognition to our mission, and affirms to the more than 800 who attended, how important economic literacy is to our state and to the nation,” said Sue Owens, Executive Director of Economics Arkansas.

Watch the video of Sue Owens at the Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards gala.

economics arkansas video Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Read the full press release here.

POSTED: February 27, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

State Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Measure Passes Mississippi House by a Landslide

A legislative measure that would teach your children how to budget and save is one step closer to becoming a reality in Mississippi. House Bill 637, a measure being promoted by state Treasurer Lynn Fitch, sailed through the House chamber last week with strong support by a vote of 118-1.  It now heads to the Senate for approval.

“Teaching the ins and outs of managing money is a very powerful gift to give a young person,” said Treasurer Fitch. This bill would make sure all Mississippi high school students graduate knowing how to write checks and budget, the risks and benefits of saving and investing, the difference between gross and net income and other aspects of financial literacy. Read more…

POSTED: February 20, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

Financial literacy necessary to survive personal cliff

James B. O’Neill, director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship, shared his views on the importance of financial literacy and how we can avoid the ‘personal cliff.’

In his piece for Delaware Online, O’Neill says that many adults “are faced with credit issues starting with simple goods and services and moving to the larger purchases of automobiles and homes.” Read more…

POSTED: February 4, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Economics Arkansas named finalist in 25th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Economics Arkansas, an affiliate of the CEE network, has been named a finalist for the 25th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards in the Nonprofit Organization by the Arkansas Business Publishing Group.

The nomination comes on the heels of their 50th Anniversary—a milestone organization reached thanks to the contributions of the many educators, board members, volunteers, friends, communities and representatives from business, commerce, civics, labor and agriculture who have supported their efforts since 1962.

The nomination honors Economics Arkansas‘ mission to promote economic literacy in Arkansas.

Winners will be announced at an awards banquet on Tuesday, February 26, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, AR. You can read the full news release here.

Learn more about Economics Arkansas in this video:

economicsarkansas video Economics Arkansas named finalist in 25th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

POSTED: February 1, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

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