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The 10th Annual Visionary Awards


Last night, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 10th Annual Visionary Awards dinner hosting 300 guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The evening showcased CEE’s mission, our impact to date, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy. The evening was a night of thought-provoking discussion, amiable conversation, and intellectual discourse.

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The Visionary Awards were given to four leaders who continue to advance our mission. The honorees were Ann Kaplan, Partner, Circle Wealth Management; Robert E. Moritz, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner PwC; Prof. Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University; and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Founder of DealBook, Financial Columnist for The New York Times, and CNBC Co-Anchor of “Squawk Box.”

During the evening, attendees enjoyed an entertaining fireside chat with the honorees moderated by the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and CNBC’s chief economist reporter, Steve Liesman. The fireside chat addressed hot topics such as women in the workplace, the housing “bubble,” interest rates, and most importantly, how individuals can make an impact to ensure our youth are given the opportunity to learn about economics and personal finance.

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CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers who advance economic education in and out of the classroom. The teachers received the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. They continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. 

The evening raised over $700,000 to support CEE’s programs and help us reach our goals to reach and teach every child in the United States to create a more informed citizenry capable of making better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and participants in the global economy.

We would also like to thank those who attended and to our sponsors who helped make this amazing event happen!

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POSTED: October 30, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson Explains Savings to Kids

Sharon Epperson, a former CEE Board Member and Senior Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC, recently made a guest appearance on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show in a special segment entitled “Sharon Epperson Chats Finance.” In the segment, Ms. Epperson explains how a child can start a savings account with money earned from a lemonade stand.

Watch the clip here:

POSTED: June 23, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson

Financial Literacy: Best way to do it, is to do it.

Sandy Wheat Financial Literacy: Best way to do it, is to do it. Ms. Sandy Wheat is the current Executive Director of the North Carolina Council on Economic Education.


Writing in a recent guest column in the Triangle Business Journal, Sandy Wheat quotes Amelia Earhart’s famous quip that “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

Likely, Ms. Earhart was referring to aviation; however, as Ms. Wheat concludes in her op-ed the same principle holds true for financial education in her state of North Carolina as well as in the rest of the nation.

Read more…

POSTED: June 2, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math Featured in New York Times

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The New York Times in a recent “Close at Hand” article from their Food section, highlighted Bedtime Math’s founder, Laura Overdeck and her practical yet playful approach to teaching children math.

Mrs. Overdeck who holds a BA in Physics from Princeton has been fascinated with figuring out how mechanical appliances work since her youth. Today, she shares her passion for math with children around the country through her non-profit Bedtime Math.

Mrs. Overdeck designed Bedtime Math to be a fun, interactive educational tool that parents can use to teach math and problem solving skills to their children.

Among Bedtime Math’s many great resources for parents is a trilogy of books which use charming illustrations alongside short problem sets that the kids can work on before they go to bed. Each problem set then has three levels of questions designed for different ages: Wee Ones, Little Kids, and Big Kids.

The Council for Economic Education is happy to work alongside Mrs. Overdeck and Bedtime Math in raising the standards of education in the U.S. CEE’s vision is for children of all ages to get the “math bug” and begin exploring the many wonderful ways in which math effects every area of their life, whether it is building castles out of LEGOs, designing engines for NASA, or simply getting the right amount of eggs and milk into the cake mix.


POSTED: May 29, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , ,

VOTE for your favorite video from the 2015 National Economics Challenge Finalists!

nec image VOTE for your favorite video from the 2015 National Economics Challenge Finalists!

CEE asked the eight Finalist teams to prepare a video profile that shows who they are as people, students and scholars. Get over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite team. The team with the most votes will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for their school and a $25 iTunes gift card for each student from the team.


The Finalist teams are:

(single semester general economics students)

  • Carmel High School /Carmel, Indiana
  • Charter School of Wilmington / Wilmington, Delaware
  • Homestead High School / Cupertino, California
  • Iolani School / Honolulu, Hawaii

(AP, IB and honors students)

  • Carmel High School /Carmel, Indiana
  • The Harker School / San Jose, California
  • Lexington High School / Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Mounds View High School / Arden Hills, Minnesota


You can VOTE once each day starting today until Friday, May 22, 5:00pm ET. We’ll announce the winning team on Monday, May 25.

This video contest has no influence on National Economics Challenge testing and judging.


POSTED: May 11, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

Lesson 18: Unemployment Survey

Lesson 18 comes from CEE’s newly revised Third Edition of High School Economics. Over the course of twenty-eight lessons the Third Edition addresses the needs of today’s students, urging them to engage with current events.

Martha Rush, a teacher from Mounds View School in Minneapolis Minnesota, demonstrates in this video how to get the most out of Lesson 18: Unemployment Survey.

Lesson 18 objectives:

  • Decide whether a worker is employed, unemployed, or not in the labor force.
  • Calculate the unemployment rate.
  • Identify shortcomings of using the unemployment rate to describe a country’s labor market situation.

Discover more about the Third Edition of High School Economics.

POSTED: March 13, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , ,

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