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William Coffin, Chairman of the California Council on Economic Education, in the Los Angeles Business Journal, says schools must rewrite curriculum to include financial literacy to provide students with crucial skills.

Financial literacy is a critical life skill. Ask any one of the tens of millions of Angelenos impacted by the $7 trillion decline in the value of household wealth starting in 2008, which was at least in part caused and sustained by basic misunderstandings of personal finance and a lack of economic thinking, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes, financial literacy is important.”

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POSTED: April 15, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

EconomicsWisconsin Center Director Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Scottniederjohn EconomicsWisconsin Center Director Awarded Fulbright Scholarship Niederjohn, Director of the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education in Sheboygan, WI, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a Fulbright award to Luxembourg.

He has received countless awards over the years for his work in economic education and has been an EconomicsWisconsin Center Director since 2005.

Our sincerest congratulations go to Dr. Niederjohn for this prestigious honor.

POSTED: April 11, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

Personal Finance as a Second Language

Mike English 264x300 Personal Finance as a Second LanguageBy Mike English, President & CEO, Missouri Council on Economic Education; President, National Association of Economic Educators.

Does the language of Personal Finance intimidate you? Although this subject can be daunting, it is really important and more and more schools now require high school students to take a personal finance class.  Because they are being introduced to the subject for the first time in high school, it can be challenging for many secondary school students.  But imagine being a student in a U.S. classroom who was in a refugee camp just a week before?  How about a student whose parents do not read, write or speak English? Read more…

POSTED: April 9, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Celebrating Financial Literacy Month

nan headshot Celebrating Financial Literacy MonthBy Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO, Council for Economic Education.

As all of you know, April is no longer “the cruelest month”; it is now financial literacy month!

All of us at CEE are enthusiastic about our plans to celebrate the progress being made in financial and economic literacy and the chance to involve all of you.

First and foremost, we are launching our new National Standards for Financial Literacy, providing a toolkit for educators in creating a solid curriculum for all of our students. By giving financial and economic education equal status with other subjects (math, science, languages), we will increase both state and national will and resources to this mission.

In addition, throughout the month of April, we will share the perspectives here of some of our nation’s most important financial, corporate, and political leaders on the need for and importance of financial and economic literacy. Look out for essays from great guest bloggers, such as:

Lori Berkes-Nelson, President, Econ Illinois
Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, TX-15
JD Hoye, President, National Academy Foundation
Max Isenberg, freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and former National Economics Challenge finalist
Dan Kadlec, journalist
Jeff Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and CEE Board Member
David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee State Treasurer
Barbara O’Neill, Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Brian Page, 2011 Ohio Department of Education Milken National Educator Recipient
Mike Periu, President, Proximo, Inc. and CEE Board Member
Amy Rosen, President & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Joan Rosenbaum, 5th grade teacher

And more!

Check out this link to see the events that we will be sponsoring for April as well.

At the end of the month, I will share my thoughts on these experiences. And I hope that you will share some of your experiences with us here.

We know that financial literacy changes the way people see the world and their roles in it. Together, we can make a difference.

Nan J. Morrison
President & CEO
Council for Economic Education

POSTED: April 1, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: CA Assemblyman Pushes Financial Literacy for High Schoolers

Findings from the Council for Economic Education have once again encouraged local leaders to promote financial literacy in their schools.

California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez’ bill to bolster financial literacy instruction at high schools statewide is making progress. The Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch has more on his efforts.

“Financial literacy is an issue of equity. Not everyone is given an opportunity at home to be financially literate,” Hernandez said. “Teaching this topic at schools prepares our students to enter an increasingly competitive workforce and gives them the tools to help protect themselves against predatory lending, credit card fraud and other deceptive practices.”

POSTED: March 28, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

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