In addition to the core economics and financial literacy resources we provide for K-12 educators and their students, CEE delivers specialized programs that draw from this content in order to create a coherent package that addresses the specific needs of targeted audiences.
Our current programs include:
Never Too Young: Personal Finance for K-5 Learners
This financial literacy program, a complete curriculum designed specifically for after-school/out-of-school, is structured as 12 units to be taught over the course of two-to-four months. The program helps young students understand concepts such as the basics of banking and credit, the cost to run a family and the importance of cost-benefit analysis in making purchases.
The program can be brought directly to other communities throughout the United States. This program is delivered through the Boy Scouts of America’s Scoutreach, and the YMCA of Greater New York, bringing financial literacy to their Y After School Academy (YAS), reaching 15,000 kids through 140 sites.
Program for Hispanic Students and their Families
CEE’s program for Hispanic students and their families draws from Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL), a comprehensive financial literacy resource that includes classroom resources for educators and their students, assessments, and guides for both parents and teachers. The parent guide is available in Spanish.
This program builds on field-tested, active learning lessons from CEE resources. We enhance the professional development aspect of our work by providing advice and information to teachers about what they need to do to be most effective when serving the Hispanic community. A key component of this program is community outreach, bringing the parents actively in to the fold in ways which make sense for them. While our goal is to train teachers and educate the students, by providing information in Spanish to parents, so that they can work with their children, we achieve the additional benefit of educating many of the families as well.
Benefits of the program:
- Flexible. Allows for local adaptations for delivery in different types of Hispanic communities across the country.
- Engaging. Not just teachers, but parents and local community leaders come together to strengthen the financial literacy of their community.
- Influential. The program reaches an under-served population, both in terms of education and access to financial services.
Delivering this financial capability education platform to children provides an opportunity to connect with Hispanic community at all levels – educators, parents, community organizations and employees.
CEE, and its nationwide network of Councils and Centers, works closely with schools and districts to design and implement curriculum that includes personal finance and economics. CEE can help develop a stand-alone course in economics or personal finance, or can integrate core economic or personal finance concepts into other subjects throughout a K-12 curriculum. Our network of economic educators understands state content standard requirements and can tailor content to meet particular needs.
CEE also has aligned our materials with the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts. Our new correlation tool will assist educators who continue to integrate lessons in economics and personal finance as they work to implement the Common Core in the classroom.
Recent curriculum development:
CEE, in conjunction with Econ Illinois and the Center for Economic Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, worked with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a personal finance education course for high school seniors. The course, which has CEE’s Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation (LEI) teacher resource as its centerpiece, will be implemented at all CPS high schools over the next three years.
CEE will provide support for LEI professional development for more than 2,000 teachers. Training began in Fall 2012, focusing on how teachers can engage students to improve their financial decision-making skills in real life scenarios, using Gen i Revolution, the free online game aligned to LEI. This program is made possible by the generous contributions of Discover Financial Services.
CEE and Indianapolis Schools Integrate Personal Finance Across the Curriculum
CEE partnered with the Indiana Council for Economic Education and two school districts in Indianapolis to infuse personal finance across the districts’ grades 6-12 curriculum. This project identified lesson content in personal finance that was integrated into math, business, family and consumer sciences and other classes to ensure that all students receive this critical information while in secondary school. This project is supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Financial Fitness For Life
Financial Fitness For Life (FFFL) is a comprehensive financial literacy resource that includes classroom resources for educators and their students, assessments, and guides for both parents and teachers. FFFL is grade banded: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The parent guides are available in English and Spanish. Teachers using FFFL in their classes have had great success – seeing 30 point increases from pre- to post-test scores.
FFFL provides the scope and sequence for teachers to integrate personal finance into their existing curriculum, enhancing financial literacy for all K-12 students.
National Economics Challenge
CEE applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Competitions are held at the state, national semi-final, and national final levels. In each competition, teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and current events.
State-level Economics Challenge winners advance to the national semi-finals, from which the top 4 scoring teams and their coach, in each division, win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the national finals. At the national final, students complete rounds of testing, work in teams to solve case problems, and participate in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl in order to compete for the title of National Champions.
Learn more about the Challenge, including how to start a team, here.