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CEE’s $175,000 Matching Challenge Grant through June 30

Join in the effort to keep opportunity and optimism alive for America‘s youth. And, demonstrate your own financial literacy by taking full advantage of this matching grant opportunity! Donate today.
CEE closes the gap between what students know about economics and finance, and what they need to know. We do this by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide.

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. Thanks to the generosity of our donor, Scott Booth, and our Board Co-Chairman, Barry Haimes, all gifts received by June 30 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $175,000.

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 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, where educators share best practices and receive training on new resources.

For more information, please contact Tarnisha Smart, Director of Development.

POSTED: May 1, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

The Latino community will define America’s economic future. Will you help shape it?

Mike Periu 200x300 The Latino community will define America’s economic future. Will you help shape it?By Mike Periu, President, Proximo, Inc.; CEE Board Member.

My wife and I went out to dinner the other night with our three lovely daughters who are six, three and almost two years of age respectively.  While eating at this family restaurant, I noticed something that – unfortunately – is no longer that unusual; we were one of the few adults that had children and the only ones with more than two. I half-jokingly told my wife “I wonder how much our daughters will have to pay in taxes to support so many future retirees.”

My family is from Cuba and my wife is from Nicaragua, and like other Latinos, we have a large family.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the fertility rate for Hispanic women in the U.S. is 2.35, far above the replacement rate of 2.1 and significantly higher than the 1.6 experienced by Non-Hispanic, white women.  What this means is that our country’s population will be increasingly composed of and influenced by Latinos.  The country’s overall standard of living in a few decades will be largely defined by the financial and economic performance of Latinos. Read more…

POSTED: April 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Focusing on Major Financial Decisions – Richmond Fed President Shares his Perspective

Jeff Lacker 300x199 Focusing on Major Financial Decisions   Richmond Fed President Shares his PerspectiveBy Jeffrey M. Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; CEE Board Member.

What’s the first thing you think of when you read the words “financial literacy”? How to write a check? There’s sure to be a website to help you with that. In fact, if you Google it, you’ll get about 1.4 billion results. How to create a budget? You’ll find more than 2.8 billion results. In other words, there are plenty of resources to guide you through these and other financial decisions.

So it may surprise you to hear that the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has added to these options by creating a new financial education and resource website. One of the first things that you’ll notice, however, is that our site is not about every financial decision. It’s about big ones. And it reflects our belief that financial literacy efforts should focus on key financial decisions – ones that have major and long-term impacts for individuals and their families. Read more…

POSTED: April 2, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Colorado Council Board Member Shares Passion and Education with Local Students

Ward Cerny, board member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE), is featured in the Denver Business Journal, and it is recognition well-deserved.

Cerny has an impressive background in international investments, mergers and acquisitions, but his current work as an economic and personal finance educator is perhaps the most important.

“The irony of economics is the people who need it the most are the least likely to receive that education,” Cerny said. “[CCEE's] mission is to make that a key part of curriculum. The main lesson we want to teach people is the more fundamental lesson that economics is the science of decision making in a scarce world.”

Since 2008, Cerny has taught two three-month, economics-oriented classes at Columbine High School through the CCEE each year, competing against students in the Stock Market Game, now called Stock Market Experience.

“It’s always fun when the kids try to beat me,” Cerny said. “One kid would put his entire portfolio in Apple and blow my balanced portfolio out of the water.” Cerny tries to teach his students about the long-term strategy, not just a three-month one.

Read the full article here.

POSTED: March 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE in the News: How the DMV Could Drive Home Financial Literacy

Should we require our nation’s teenagers to pass a financial literacy quiz in order to get a license? Jean Chatzky proposed this question in her blog, and now Adam Levin has delved deeper into what this could mean for our country, and how we could begin to implement the requirement.

Weighing in on the issue are Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO of CEE, and Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy, The George Washington University School of Business, and CEE Board Member.

“It is a low-cost, low-barrier option for getting a student interested, and they have an incentive to do so,” Nan J. Morrison says about the proposal.

Lusardi proposes that potential questions should address car ownership and insurance.

Read the full story here. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

POSTED: March 7, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

Annamaria Lusardi Honored with William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award

Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business, and Director of the Financial Literacy Center, will be honored with the William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award from the Jump$tart Coalition.

Lusardi is a CEE board member who has worked with us to promote economic education and financial literacy for all. She has participated on CEE panels including Financial Illiteracy: Educated Women Too? and Women and Financial Literacy: Evidence Across Countries. Lusardi provided guidance on the biennial Survey of the States and served on the Blue Ribbon panel for CEE’s soon-to-be-released National Financial Literacy Standards.

Congratulations to Dr. Lusardi for a well-deserved recognition. The William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award, named for Bill Odom, the former chairman of Ford Motor Credit Corporation, recognizes individuals who have made substantial, groundbreaking contributions to the promotion of financial literacy among students across the United States.

POSTED: March 4, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

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