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Chicago Public Schools Kick Off New Semester with New Personal Finance Curriculum Developed by the Council for Economic Education

Capstone Course of Financial Literacy Framework Equips Students With Necessary Real-World Skills

For many years, Illinois has placed a high priority on the financial literacy of its students, as one of the first states to implement rigorous economic and personal finance standards. This semester, its largest city continues to raise the bar for school systems nationwide: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) introduces a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders with resources developed by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). Read more…

POSTED: January 14, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

PRWeek Announces 2013 Finalists, Including Burson-Marsteller and Discover Financial Services

PRWeek has announced the finalists for the PRWeek Awards 2013.

A group of more than 75 esteemed judges from across the public relations industry narrowed 800-plus entries to finalists in 35 categories. Christine Cea, Unilever’s marketing communications director, is serving as chair of judges for the awards program.

Burson-Marsteller and Discover Financial Services were nominated as a finalist in the Cause-Related Campaign of the Year category for Pathway to Financial Success: Bringing Financial Education to the Classroom.

CEE and Discover are working together to get financial education into high school curriculum. Discover launched the national program, Pathway to Financial Success, to raise awareness of the need for financial education, and to encourage its implementation in the classroom. As part of the program, Discover launched the public service announcement, supported by CEE, titled “Awkward Conversations,” (below) that humorously depicts the challenges parents have in talking to their teens about personal finance. The PSA drives consumers to www.awkwardconversations.org where they can find resources to get the financial education they need, at home and in the classroom.


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POSTED: December 12, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Never Too Young: Personal Finance Program for Young Learners

CEE has partnered with ING DIRECT Kids Foundation to pilot and release a personal finance after-school program, Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners, for elementary school students focusing on effective decision-making and the development of crucial life skills.

This financial literacy program, a complete curriculum designed specifically for after school/out of school, is structured as 12 units to be taught over the course of two to four months.  The program will help young students understand concepts such as the basics of banking and credit, the cost to run a family and the importance of cost-benefit analysis in making purchases.

First piloted in Wilmington, DE and St. Cloud, MN, in conjunction with the Delaware Council on Economic Education, the St. Cloud State University Center for Economic Education and the Boy Scouts of America, this financial literacy program can be brought directly to other communities throughout the United States.

Watch the video trailer of the program:

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Watch the video of the pilot program to learn how to implement Never Too Young in your community.

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Download the lesson manual

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POSTED: October 18, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

CEE Report – Summer 2012

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Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

“We know that education is everything to our children’s future. We know that they will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the world.”
-  President Barack Obama

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POSTED: July 9, 2012 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Provides New Personal Finance Curriculum For Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has just announced plans to implement a new Financial Literacy Framework to build financial skills at the K-11 level, along with a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders created by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). This initiative is the result of a 4-year partnership with CEE and other leaders in finance and financial education, and will provide students with the necessary real-world skills to navigate today’s financial landscape.  This announcement was formally made at last week’s White House Summit on Financial Literacy, where CEE and the school system were recognized for their ongoing efforts to prioritize financial education in our nation’s schools.

CPS’ 12th grade personal finance course is designed to culminate the K-11 skills taught by the Financial Literacy Framework. The one-semester course will use curriculum provided by the CEE, offering seniors both an academic challenge and an education in the real life lessons they need beyond graduation. The capstone course will be introduced to approximately 25 schools in spring 2013, and is expected to reach all district high schools by 2016. Funding by a $1 million grant, courtesy of Discover Financial Services, will also include training for 250 teachers over the next three years.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this important endeavor by Chicago Public Schools,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of CEE.  “Our graduating seniors are entering college and the workforce woefully unprepared for the real-life financial challenges ahead of them. By providing them with the financial education they need, we hope to change that.”

Additional partners in the development of the Financial Literacy Framework include: Ariel Investments, Econ Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Economic Education, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, JP Morgan Chase, National Endowment for Financial Education, CME Group Foundation (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), Chicago Community Trust, Junior Achievement (JA), Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, EverFi and the Economic Awareness Council. Money Savvy Generation, CARE, Girl Scouts of America/ Journey World, Illinois Credit Union League and Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance—so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in the global economy. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and approximately 5 million students.

POSTED: May 23, 2012 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

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