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Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference

dallas annual conference image Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for  53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference

Council for Economic Education to Host 500+ Attendees at Annual Conference 

DALLAS, TX (September 23, 2014) - The U.S. ranks square in the middle of the pack and far below expectations in financial literacy, according to recently released data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). But fortunately, there are a growing number of educators, organizations and experts who are working to raise the bar for financial literacy education—and many of them will convene in Dallas next month for the 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference. Read more…

POSTED: September 23, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

CEE Honors New York Metro Area’s Top Economics Educators with 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards

NEW YORK, NY September 3, 2014 – This month, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2nd annual Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards, honoring three outstanding economics educators in the New York metropolitan area. Demonstrating innovative teaching methods, lesson plans and learning strategies, these teachers are raising the bar for economic education in the New York metropolitan area, and will receive the Sloan Award at CEE’s annual Visionary Awards gala on October 30. Read more…

POSTED: September 3, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Florida First in Nation to Adopt Council for Economic Education’s K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

Florida to Implement New Framework for Teaching Personal Finance in Schools

NEW YORK, June 30th, 2014 – This week, the Florida State Board of Education announced the adoption of the Council for Economic Education’s (CEE) K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy, leading the nationand raising the bar for financial literacy education in the state. Designed to help students learn to make thoughtful, deliberate choices as consumers, savers, investors and informed citizens, the National Standards teach more than just the facts; students understand how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make. Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt CEE’s National Standards.

Upon careful review, the Florida Board of Education determined that these Standards were appropriate to be adopted as part of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies. From the Florida State Board of Education’s official agenda notes:

The [National Standards] are specific and measurable. They are organized in the same format as the existing strands of the NGSSS for Social Studies. In addition to the appropriate concepts specific to the content, the standards also address literacy, mathematics, problem solving, creativity, cross-cultural understanding and 21st century skills. We acknowledge the work of the Council for Economic Education that allows for Florida to adopt existing standards that require students to reach for excellence.

The National Standards were developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, to create a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. The standards contain the six areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income; Buying Goods and Services; Using Credit; Saving; Financial Investing; and Protecting and Insuring. Each standard emphasizes decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision-making, and assessing outcomes to each standard. In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made.

Written in accessible, easily understandable terminology, the standards are not tethered to any specific curriculum, do not assume any prior financial knowledge, and are designed to be applicable to all socio-economic groups. These standards provide the basis of student assessment, for curriculum development, and for the development and correlation of personal finance to existing and new lessons and other teaching materials. Funding for the standards was made possible by First Financial Bank USA.

Adoption of these standards further lays the groundwork for a standalone high school course in financial literacy in Florida.  For the past three years the Florida Council for Economic Education has been working with state legislators and other government, business, and education leaders to “Require the Money Course.”

“If all Florida students leave school equipped with a solid standards-based personal finance course, supported by teacher training and course assessment, the next generation of Floridians will have the tools they need to manage their money, the knowledge necessary to achieve their financial goals from college to retirement, and the ability to be productive employees and contributors to the state’s economy,” said Michael L. Bell, Executive Director, Florida Council on Economic Education.

“We are thrilled that Florida has adopted our National Standards for Financial Literacy, leading the nation in their commitment to K-12 personal finance education,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, Council for Economic Education. “By implementing these Standards, Florida schools ensure that their students learn the critical skills they need, not only to make sound financial decisions but to make smart choices in all aspects of their lives.”

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school – and we have been doing so for 65 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. For further information about the Council for Economic Education go to: http://www.councilforeconed.org.

About the Florida Council on Economic Education

The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. An affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, The FCEE supports five Centers for Economic Education that train k-12 teachers in economics, entrepreneurship, personal finance and the free enterprise system. For further information about the FCEE go to: http://www.fcee.org.

POSTED: July 1, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Calling All Teachers: Join the Council for Economic Education For 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference in Dallas

Hands-On Sessions and Valuable Networking Opportunities for K-12 Educators

DALLAS, TX (June 25, 2014) This October, the Council for Economic Education will convene over 500 K-12 educators, industry thought leaders, and local affiliate, Federal Reserve and other partners from across the country for the 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference in Dallas, Texas. With networking events and over 100 hands-on training sessions, teachers can attest to the conference’s invaluable benefits: 96% of 2013 attendees reported that they are still using information or resources they gained at the conference; and 100% of attendees would recommend CEE’s Annual Conference to a colleague. And what’s more, by attending, teachers will earn certificates of completion that may be applied toward CEU requirements.

Annual Conference sessions are designed to help teachers incorporate economic and financial literacy in the classroom, offering an incredible opportunity to share and exchange ideas. A few highlights:

Additionally, special roundtable sessions led by master teachers offer an opportunity to share best practices at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

This year’s distinguished guest speakers include  Richard2014 conference tall sponsor 180x300 Calling All Teachers: Join the Council for Economic Education For  53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference in Dallas  W. Fisher (invited), President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Energy and Personal Finance Correspondent and frequent contributor to Today and NBC Nightly News; and Professor Alan B. Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Professor Krueger served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a Member of his Cabinet from November 2011 to August 2013.

The 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference will be held October 8 – 11 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

For more information about the Annual Conference and to register please visit: http://www.councilforeconed.org/events/cee-national-conference/

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school – and we have been doing so for 65 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. For further information about the Council for Economic Education go to: http://www.councilforeconed.org.

POSTED: June 30, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Houston and New York City High Schools Take Home Top Honors in Annual National Economics Challenge

Council for Economic Education names Champions of Nationwide High School Competition

NEW YORK, NY May 20, 2014 – The Council for Economic Education is excited to announce the winners of the 14th Annual National Economics Challenge, a rigorous academic competition putting students’ economic skills and knowledge to the ultimate test. Besting over 10,500 students from 40 states, Bellaire High School from Houston, Texas took home the top prize for the Adam Smith Division, (for advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors students) and Hunter College High School from New York City was named the winner of the David Ricardo Division (for students who have only taken a single-semester economics course) in the two-day competition, hosted by the Council for Economic Education and sponsored by State Farm.

Here are just a couple of the tough questions they answered correctly to take home the win—see below for answers.

1.  Quantitative easing places what type of pressure on the international value of the dollar?

2.  Of the components of GDP, which is the most important for long-run economic growth?*

NECstock Houston and New York City High Schools Take Home Top Honors in Annual National Economics Challenge

The National Economics Challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence, providing students with the opportunity to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. The finals were held May 18-19 in New York City, and included written exams and a critical thinking round, culminating in a “quiz-bowl” round held at WNET Studios at Lincoln Center and co-hosted by CNBC’s Steve Liesman. This year’s challenge also included special guest video questions from Janet Yellen, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

The winning teams departed immediately after for the honor of ringing the The Closing Bell at The New York Stock Exchange, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and tradition dating back to the early 1900’s.

“We’re so thrilled to play host to this fantastic event for the 14th year in a row,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President of CEE. “This has been an incredible way to engage students in the study of economics, and make it fun and rewarding for them. Congratulations Bellaire High School and Hunter College High School on your achievements, and for setting the bar high for next year’s competition!”

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Adam Smith Division (AP, IB and honors students)

First Place- Bellaire High School/Bellaire, Texas

Second Place- Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana

Third Place- Iolani School/Honolulu, Hawaii

Fourth Place- Grissom High School/Huntsville, Alabama

David Ricardo Division (Single semester general economics students)

First Place- Hunter College High School/New York, New York

Second Place- Little Falls Community High School/Little Falls, Minnesota

Third Place- Carmel High School/Carmel, Indiana

Fourth Place- Souderton Area High School/Souderton, Pennsylvania

For more information visit www.councilforeconed.org/econchallenge.

To view the National Economics Challenge on-demand, visit www.facebook.com/councilforeconed.

*Answers: 1. To Depreciate; 2. Investment

POSTED: May 22, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

New Survey Findings Show Financial Literacy Lagging in K-12 Public Schools

Council for Economic Education Offers Teacher and Student Resources for Financial Literacy Month

NEW YORK, NY April 1, 2014 – Since 2003, the US has recognized April as Financial Literacy Month, shining a spotlight on the importance of personal finance and economic education. And yet, a new survey from the Council for Economic Education (CEE) reveals slow to no growth in K–12 personal finance and economic education in public schools. According to the Council for Economic Education’s 2014 Survey of the States, a majority of the public school students in the United States still are not exposed to economics or personal finance education despite the lessons of the recent recession. Read more…

POSTED: April 1, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , ,

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