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Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Calling all K-12 classroom teachers! Enter our video contest for a chance to win $1,000 and one complimentary registration to our annual conference. CEE will conduct an online video contest during the 2013 Financial Literacy Month (April 1- 30).

Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

During Financial Literacy Month (FLM), when CEE raises awareness for the importance of financial literacy education, we’re looking for creative ideas from K-12 teachers on how you incorporate these concepts in the classroom. You should record yourself explaining or demonstrating (in 30 seconds or less) a specific lesson, activity or project. Think of this as an ‘elevator pitch’ for your best lesson, original idea or creative spin on an existing concept.

Need inspiration? Watch CEE’s Doug Young as he uses the board game ‘Look Out Wall Street!‘ to teach the bulls and bears of personal finance.

dougs tip video Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Submit your video(s) beginning April 1 at 9:00am EST through Sunday, April 14 at 11:59pm EST.

Public voting for entries begins Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am EST and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59pm EST.

Two ‘Grand Prizes’ will be awarded on April 30, and all videos will be featured on CEE’s websites and Facebook pages.

Grand Prize: Viewers’ Choice:
The winner of the Viewers’ Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Grand Prize: CEE’s Choice:
The winner of the CEE’s Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Start prepping your videos today, and you’ll be ready to enter when the contest opens April 1. Read the complete rules and guidelines on our Facebook page.

Good luck. We look forward to watching your tips and tricks for teaching financial literacy!

POSTED: March 26, 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: , , , ,

Chicago Public Schools Kick Off New Semester with New Personal Finance Curriculum Developed by the Council for Economic Education

Capstone Course of Financial Literacy Framework Equips Students With Necessary Real-World Skills

For many years, Illinois has placed a high priority on the financial literacy of its students, as one of the first states to implement rigorous economic and personal finance standards. This semester, its largest city continues to raise the bar for school systems nationwide: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) introduces a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders with resources developed by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). Read more…

POSTED: January 14, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

High school teachers can win a free Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation from H&R Block Dollars & Sense

As teachers, you know personal finance skills are critical to your students’ future success, but educating them in a way that is as intriguing as texting and gaming can be a challenge.

H&R Block Dollars & Sense, which provides personal finance curriculum and scholarships to high schools nationwide, has partnered with CEE to bring additional financial education resources to teachers across America, powered by Gen i Revolution, an online game that provides a fun and motivating learning environment for students. Read more…

POSTED: November 2, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Hosts 51st Annual Conference in Kansas City

This week CEE hosts the 51st Annual National Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference. Held in Kansas City, MO October 4 – 6, with more than 500 educators, industry thought-leaders and Federal Reserve partners convening to address the most important issues and obstacles and honor excellence in financial and economic education.  Among the highlights of this year’s conference are the introduction of a new Common Core alignment initiative and new Voluntary Personal Finance Standards, furthering the CEE’s mission of strengthening the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school.

During the Opening Plenary Session Thursday October 4, with keynote speaker Troy Davig, Senior VP & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, CEE will introduce the Voluntary National Content Standards in K-12 Personal Finance, providing a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards contain the 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 of which include benchmarks outlining what a student should be able to understand and examples at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels.

Friday, October 5, Doug Sovde, Director, PARCC Instructional Supports & Educator Engagement discusses Common Core: What It Means for Financial Literacy and Economics, announcing a new initiative to align resources in economics and personal finance to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts. The CCSS were established to bring some uniformity to the varied state curricula, and is one of the most significant forces driving K-12 education today.  But while adoption has been widespread, teachers are struggling with implementation.  As a solution, CEE has proposed developing an easy-to-use tool that easily connects teachers to high-quality lessons in economics and personal finance that will help them to meet the standards laid out in the CCSS.

CEE will also recognize the winners of the 2012 John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards:
Elementary
Kathy Heyse
Sun Valley Elementary School
Monroe, NC

Middle School Level
Timothy Hopfensperger
Tullar Elementary School
Neenah, WI

High School Level
Michael Melvin
Starr’s Mill High School
Fayetteville, GA

For the full list of award winners, visit the website.

 

 

POSTED: October 4, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Promotes Bipartisan Financial Literacy Initiative at Democratic National Convention

This year, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) made its debut appearance at one of the nation’s largest political forums, the Democratic National Convention (DNC).  CEE invited two distinguished groups of panelists to both the DNC and Republican National Convention (RNC) to discuss a single topic: “Financial Literacy: Is Your State Part of the Problem—or the Solution?” but the untimely arrival of Hurricane Isaac led to a cancellation of the RNC event.   Sponsored by Wells Fargo in conjunction with Fidelity and State Farm, and hosted alongside local affiliate North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE), the DNC event went on as scheduled, advancing a bipartisan initiative to improve financial literacy education. Read more…

POSTED: September 6, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

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