Economics

Nancy Harrison Appointed President for Econ Illinois

nancy Nancy Harrison Appointed President for Econ Illinois Nancy Hanlon Harrison has recently been appointed the new Executive Director/President of Econ Illinois. Econ Illinois, formerly the Illinois Council for Economic Education, was founded in 1951 and has been helping integrate economic materials into curricula ever since. Nancy has served as the senior Vice President and Assistant Director of Econ Illinois since 2001 and has been actively involved in economic and entrepreneurship education throughout her career.

We are all excited to see Nancy Harrison help bring economic education to Illinois’ schools!

POSTED: October 29, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

CEE Conference in the News

The 53rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education 2014 conference small CEE Conference in the NewsConference in Dallas earned media mentions from publications across the country. Here are some highlights:

  • Professor Alan Krueger, Princeton University, was our plenary keynote speaker; he was joined by CNBC.com’s Kelli Grant for a lively Q&A.

POSTED: October 23, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Teach Your Child Sound Economic Principles

Selena Swartzfager hs rgb1 Teach Your Child Sound Economic PrinciplesSelena Swartzfager, leader of the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, writes an insightful article about second chances and the importance of raising your children to know sound economic principles. Swartzfager believes that no one is ever too young to become financially literate. It doesn’t matter if you’re only twelve, you can still learn about opportunity costs, the importance of savings and W-9s.

POSTED: October 21, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference

dallas annual conference image Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for  53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference

Council for Economic Education to Host 500+ Attendees at Annual Conference 

DALLAS, TX (September 23, 2014) - The U.S. ranks square in the middle of the pack and far below expectations in financial literacy, according to recently released data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). But fortunately, there are a growing number of educators, organizations and experts who are working to raise the bar for financial literacy education—and many of them will convene in Dallas next month for the 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference. Read more…

POSTED: September 23, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

Financial education a priority in Iowa

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Dive Brief:

  • Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is considering recommendations made by a team reviewing the state’s current financial literacy courses.
  • One suggestion was updating the state’s current standards so that the financial literacy benchmarks would be clearer and more appropriate for measuring mastery. Until these revisions are made, educators will continue having flexibility in how financial literacy is taught.
  • Iowa is one of only a handful of states that require financial literacy courses.

Dive Insight:

According to the Council for Economic Education, while all 50 states and the District of Columbia include economics in their K–12 standards, less than half make economics a required course for graduation. More specifically, only 17 require students to take personal finance courses. While educators spend a lot of energy on STEM courses and other technologies of the future, it would seem equally important to discuss money with students. Not only is money management a necessary adult skill, but poverty can contribute greatly to achievement levels. Schools have an opportunity to teach skills that students may not be receiving at home, but could make a massive difference in curbing generational monetary mismanagement.

As Branstad explained, “Financial skills are essential. Which is why they are included in Iowa’s academic standards. We know our children need to be financially literate in order to have a bright and successful future.”

Recommended Reading

The Miami Herald : Iowa officials seek to improve financial teaching

POSTED: September 18, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , ,

Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School on Having a Digital Classroom

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 8 of 8.

Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School in Oakland, Maryland, has spent her career teaching economics fusing it with her other passion, immersive technology for the classroom. For her, economics lessons come alive when they are paired with the ground breaking information found on web portals and discovered with easy to use platforms such as tablets. With these tools, Ms. Bender is able to teach complementary lessons on economics and digital citizenship by showing students what tools to use and how to use them responsibly.

This completes CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education. Keep checking back for more weekly updates on our blog!

POSTED: August 27, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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