U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Winners of “Save Out Loud” Contest

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Ready.Save.Grow. campaign today named the four Grand Prize Winners of its nationwide “Save Out Loud” Contest, which captured savings stories from students and families across the country. Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios will pay a virtual video visit to the winners’ schools to recognize their achievements.

CEE’s President & CEO Nan J. Morrison was one of the official contest judges, along with Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States; Van Zeck, Commissioner emeritus, Bureau of the Public Debt, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Beth Kobliner, financial journalist and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability; and David Mancl, Director, Office of Financial Literacy, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; State of Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition Leader. Read more…

POSTED: December 12, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

2012 Visionary Awards Fireside Chat

Last October, CEE held its seventh annual Visionary Awards dinner honoring leaders who promote economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society.

The evening featured a fireside chat moderated by Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Commodities Correspondent and Personal Finance Correspondent, who discussed the importance of corporate responsibility in personal finance education with the honorees:

  • The Honorable Sheila C. Bair, Former Chairman of the FDIC and currently a Senior Advisor at The Pew Charitable Trusts;
  • Karen Finerman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and Panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money;
  • The Honorable Mel Martinez, Chairman of the Southeast & Latin America at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase Foundation;
  • Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer and Director at NYSE Euronext. (John Merrell accepted the award on behalf of Niederauer).

Watch the 2012 Visionary Awards fireside chat below.

2012 Visionary Awards Fireside Chat 2012 Visionary Awards Fireside Chat

The 2013 Visionary Awards Dinner will be Tuesday, October 22 at The Pierre, New York.

POSTED: December 11, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

CEE’s Interactive Survey of the States Nominated for Awwward

CEE recently released an interactive Survey of the States to complement the biennial report, and the interactive website has been nominated for an Awwward!

Awwards is one of the most prestigious design honors, and their site is a top destination for viewing the web’s best and most creative sites.

Help support the interactive Survey of the States, which shares information on economic and personal finance education in the 50 states, by voting for

To Vote:

Click on this link:

1.    Look for the word User Vote to the right of the map,  then click on the # 10 (which is the highest rating, assume you agree!) in the row of numbers 1-10  below it and to the right of the map.
2.    It will ask you to log-in via social media or you can create an account.
3.    You will need to log in  and then you can vote.
4.    It will let you know when your vote is accepted.
5.    You can only vote once.
6.    The site is coy about the deadline; voting can range to a week or a month plus. So it’s best to vote now to avoid missing the deadline.

digital survey of the states screen shot CEEs Interactive Survey of the States Nominated for Awwward

POSTED: October 26, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

CEE asked our nation’s K-12 students for their best advice to the next President in our video contest “What should the next President do to improve the economy?”

We received hundreds of videos from across the country, and posted them on our Facebook page for our fans to vote for their favorite.

Congratulations to the Popular Vote Winner:

School: Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro, NJ
Teacher: Bruce Miller


bergen county tech hs CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

CEE’s panel of esteemed economists chose their favorite videos, and we have three winners.

Congratulations to our Economists’ Choice Winners:

School: East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg, GA
Teacher: Cynthia C. Bennett

East Coweta High School CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

School: Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck, NJ
Teacher: Lana Inacio

Colts Neck High School CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

School: North Caroline High School, Ridgely, MD
Teacher: Suzanne Throckmorton

North Caroline High School CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

Thanks to all of the students, teachers, parents and friends who created videos, entered the contest and supported your favorite ideas. You can view all of the video submissions here.

POSTED: October 25, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE Asks Students ‘What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?’

With elections just a few weeks away, the race for the Presidency couldn’t be any tighter—and the economy may very well be the deciding factor.  We’ve heard what the candidates have to say, but perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the next generation of voters.  CEE gave students a chance to weigh in on the economy, holding a Facebook video contest asking K-12 students, “What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?”

We received submissions from classrooms all over the country presenting their best ideas in a minute or less.  At least one winner will receive the “Economists’ Choice” award, determined by a panel of prominent economists; and it’s up to our Facebook fans to choose the “Viewers’ Choice” recipient.  Prizes include $25 iTunes gift cards for student(s) with the winning video and a $500 American Express gift card for their teacher and classroom.

Here are some ideas to take advantage of these insightful videos:
•    Host “viewing parties” to watch and discuss several different submissions
•    Run a school assembly to present your videos to schoolmates

Thanks to all of the teachers and students who entered.  You used this contest as an opportunity to discuss the importance of the economy, and the role it plays this election season.

VOTE for your favorite video once each day until Tuesday, October 23, 3:00pm EST.

POSTED: October 16, 2012 | BY: admin | 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:
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: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,


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