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CEE launches Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

Last week on May 21, the Council for Economic Education hosted Senator Jack Reed (RI) and Senator Mike Enzi (WY) in Washington, DC for a very exciting announcement: the official launch of the Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, a bipartisan effort to ensure that all Americans are equipped with the essential skills and education they need.

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Senator Jack Reed (RI) talking with CEE CEO & President Nan Morrison (right) and RI CEE President Margaret Brooks (left).

Senator Reed stressed the importance of bringing people from all sides together to address the issue of financial literacy, “a critical problem for future generations.” Financial education is a lifelong endeavor, he continued, and “has to start in elementary and secondary schools, and lead into the college arena.”  The Caucus, he hopes, will be a “catalyst for positive change.”

Senator Enzi addressed the need for access to information and tools to help Americans make the right choices, like saving for retirement, buying insurance, or investing.

Following their remarks, the room turned its attention to an important and timely question: what role should the federal government play in supporting financial literacy? Read more…

POSTED: May 28, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

CEE announces the winner of the 2014 National Economic Challenge Video Contest

The winning entry of the 2014 National Economic Challenge Video Contest was created by a team of four students from Iolani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dick Rankin, an Iolani Teacher, served as the team’s Coach.

CEE asked the eight finalist teams for the 2014 National Economic Challenge to prepare video profiles that show who they are as people, students and scholars. These videos were placed on our Facebook page and open to voting by the general public. The team from Iolani High School received the most votes with over 220 votes.

Each student on the team will receive a $25 iTunes gift card and the coach will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for use in the classroom. Congratulations to Iolani and to all the finalists for their great submissions!

POSTED: May 27, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Double Your Impact Through CEE’S $175,000 Challenge Grant

springappeal 300x115 Double Your Impact Through CEE’S $175,000 Challenge GrantCEE is excited to announce a $175,000 challenge grant. Thanks to the generosity of our Board Members, Scott Booth and Barry Haimes, all gifts received by June 30 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $175,000.

We depend on donors to continue to utilize the best educational technology, build new programs to meet evolving needs, and develop the most up-to-date resources.

Here are some ways that you can invest in a brighter future for our kids:

  • $150 donation trains one teacher in interactive classroom learning activities. That teacher will reach 50-150 students each year.
  • $500 donation outfits a classroom with books and materials about earning, saving, investing and managing money.
  • $1,250 provides a full scholarship for a teacher to attend CEE’s highly regarded 53rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, where educators share best practices and receive training on new resources.

Join in the effort to make economic and financial literacy a priority in our schools, and help educate young people about the economy they will ultimately inherit by donating today.

If you would like to support CEE and its programs, please call Tarnisha Smart, Director of Development Services, at 212-730-6704 or click here to make your gift.

POSTED: May 27, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , ,

Meet the 2014 National Economics Challenge Winners!

The 14th Annual National Economics Challenge culminated with an exciting quiz bowl Monday, May 19. This year’s Challenge saw a record number of participants, over 10,500 students from 40 states, with four elite teams per division competing in the final round. The quiz bowl ended with a nail biting finish- each team won by just one point.  After such a thrilling competition CEE gives special recognition to the first place winners for each division.

Hunter College High School of New York, New York earned first place in the David Ricardo Division and Bellaire High School of Bellaire, Texas took first place in the Adam Smith Division. The two winning teams were invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange immediately following the competition.

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CEE would like to thank all teams for their hard work and participation. Final challenge rankings are as follows:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION (Single semester general economics students)

  1. Hunter College High School/New York, New York
  2. Little Falls Community High School/Little Falls, Minnesota
  3. Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
  4. Souderton Area High School/Souderton, Pennsylvania

ADAM SMITH DIVISION(AP, IB and honors students)

  1. Bellaire High School/Bellaire, Texas
  2. Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
  3. Iolani School/Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. Grissom High School/Huntsville, Alabama

The 2014 National Economics Challenge was sponsored by State Farm.

Video of the quiz bowl is available on-demand on our Facebook page.

Voting for finalist videos remains open through Friday, May 23 until 5:00pm ET.  Visit our Facebook page to vote.

POSTED: May 20, 2014 | BY: Morgan Hoey | TAGS: , ,

Take a digital look at the State of Financial and Economic Literacy

CEE launches a fact-filled video resource based on its biennial Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools.

survey of the states interactive video Take a digital look at the State of Financial and Economic Literacy

Released in February, 2014’s Survey of the States documented the state of economic and personal financial education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, showing that while progress has been made since the first survey in 1998, the trend has recently begun to slow—and in some cases even move backward. For the second time, CEE has created a digital resource from the Survey’s findings, offering useful information and access to essential teaching tools.

The digital Survey of the States takes users on a visual, interactive journey, walking them through the cost of financial illiteracy, the current state of financial and economic education, along with its benefits and the challenge of implementing it, and finally, how to take action. With links to CEE’s teacher tools like lesson plans, online games and state resources, the interactive Survey of the States does more than point out the problems: it also offers solutions.

Visit www.surveyofthestates.com to explore the interactive Survey of the States.

POSTED: May 14, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: ,

Meet the 2014 National Economics Challenge Finalists and VOTE for your favorite video!

2014 vote finalists videos Meet the 2014 National Economics Challenge Finalists and VOTE for your favorite video!

The 14th Annual National Economics Challenge culminates with an exciting quiz bowl Monday, May 19 at 1:00pm ET. More than 10,000 students from 40 states participated in this year’s competition, and only eight teams will vie for the title of National Champions in New York City next week.

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:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION

(single semester general economics students)

  • Little Falls Community High School/Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
  • Hunter College High School/New York, New York
  • Souderton Area High School/Souderton, Pennsylvania

ADAM SMITH DIVISION

(AP, IB and honors students)

  • Bellaire High School/Bellaire, Texas
  • Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana
  • Iolani School/Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Grissom High School/Huntsville, Alabama

You can VOTE once each day starting today until Friday, May 23, 5:00pm ET. We’ll announce the winning team on Tuesday, May 27.

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

POSTED: May 12, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: ,

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