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

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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: , , , , ,

CEE in the News: PISA Results Spark Media Dialogue

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This summer, the OECD released the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam in financial literacy, administered to 15-year-olds in 18 countries including the US.  As we previously reported in CEE In The News: US Teens Fall Behind in International Financial Literacy Exam, the results were somewhat underwhelming, with American students placing in the middle of the pack.  But encouragingly, the data has sparked an ongoing dialogue in the media, and continues to promote a national conversation.

Many of these articles have cited the Council for Economic Education’s Survey of the States in support of financial literacy; here are a few of the highlights:

POSTED: September 16, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , ,

CEE Honors New York Metro Area’s Top Economics Educators with 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards

NEW YORK, NY September 3, 2014 – This month, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2nd annual Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards, honoring three outstanding economics educators in the New York metropolitan area. Demonstrating innovative teaching methods, lesson plans and learning strategies, these teachers are raising the bar for economic education in the New York metropolitan area, and will receive the Sloan Award at CEE’s annual Visionary Awards gala on October 30. Read more…

POSTED: September 3, 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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Teachers on Financial Fitness for Life

Tried and tested, Financial Fitness for Life® (FFFL) is the ideal personal finance curriculum for all teachers.

Stacia Reeves from Rincon High School in Arizona says, “Students don’t realize they’re incorporating economics when they are doing these activities, but they’re all jazzed when they come back the next day and realize something they did in their life was applicable to something that we did in the classroom.” With user generated course content, FFFL’s comprehensive lesson plans guides teachers through the course, making it easy to follow, especially for those that may not be well-versed in teaching economics.

What makes FFFL perfect for students is how applicable each lesson is. CEE has made each lesson a preparation for life beyond the classroom, measuring the learning by four themes of personal finance: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Even with these four comprehensive themes that align to the Common Core State Standards, students and teachers have still found the lessons engaging. Lynda Motriam from Old Mill High School attests to the originality of the student and teacher guides, saying “FFFL gives you a chance to teach financial concepts in a very inventive way. That’s one of the things that is consistent with CEE materials…they put a fresh spin on it.”

The streamlined lesson content, updated information, and fresh online resources on these new lessons keeps K-12 students excited about learning personal finance skills in and out of the classroom while keeping teachers ready too. Make sure to check out what these fantastic teachers have to say after using the Financial Fitness for Life® textbook series in their own K–12 classrooms.

POSTED: August 26, 2014 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , ,

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