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Preparing for Global Competition

Patricia Wright 213x300 Preparing for Global CompetitionBy Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

It is always satisfying to watch a student’s face light up when he or she grasps a previously baffling concept or idea.

Even more satisfying is the moment when a student not only “gets it,” but also understands why something is worth knowing and how it might make a difference in his or her own life.

Empowering students was the goal of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance in April.  I had the privilege of addressing high school students from across the Commonwealth who had triumphed in the online portion of the competition and were battling it out in the championship rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their energy was contagious, and I was impressed by their command of this critical subject matter.

The Governor’s Challenge, sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), highlights real-world financial skills and economic concepts that the state Board of Education incorporated into a now-required high school course in economics and personal finance.

By passing the course, students will come to understand their role and opportunities in the global marketplace. They will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to make smart decisions as adults about spending, saving, investing, risk taking and, even, starting a business.

Meet the 2013 Governor’s Challenge state champions – Western Albemarle High School:

Partnerships allow us to draw upon existing strengths between school divisions, government, the private sector, and groups with specific expertise such as the Council for Economic Education and VCEE.  Together, we can maximize our investments and equip more students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to prosper and secure financial independence.

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

CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, CEE asked our nation’s K-12 classroom teachers to share their lesson plans in our contest “What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?”

We received videos from across the country, and posted them on our Facebook page for our fans to vote for their favorite.

Congratulations to the Popular Vote Winner:

Teacher: Bobby Letter
School: Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

Bobby Letter video CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

Congratulations to the CEE’s Choice Winner:

Teacher: Greg Cox
School: Ellis Elementary, Logan, UT

Greg Cox video CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

Both winners will receive a $1,000 gift card from American Express and a complimentary registration to our 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.

Thanks to all of the teachers who created videos, entered the contest and supported each other by voting. You can get inspiration for your own classroom by viewing all of the video submissions here.

POSTED: April 30, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Introduces K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to introduce the National Standards for Financial Literacy, a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. Developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the National Standards for Financial Literacy raise the bar for financial literacy education.

The standards contain the six areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income; Buying Goods and Services; Using Credit; Saving; Financial Investing; and Protecting and Insuring.  Each standard emphasizes decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision-making, and assessing outcomes to each standard. Through the standards, students learn how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make.  In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made. Read more…

POSTED: April 16, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

K-12 Teachers! Enter our video contest for a chance to win $1,000.

Roll the camera…!

Calling all K-12 classroom teachers to enter our video contest for a chance to win $1,000 and one complimentary registration to our annual conference. We’ve been teasing you for weeks with details, and now we’ve officially opened the entry system.

CEE wants to know:

What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

We’re looking for creative ideas from K-12 teachers on how you incorporate these concepts in the classroom. You should record yourself explaining or demonstrating (in 30 seconds or less) a specific lesson, activity or project. Think of this as an ‘elevator pitch’ for your best lesson, original idea or creative spin on an existing concept.

Submit your video(s) beginning today through Sunday, April 14 at 11:59pm EST.

Public voting for entries begins Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am EST and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59pm EST. Anyone can vote, so we encourage you to share your video when we send you the link!

Two ‘Grand Prizes’ will be awarded on April 30, and all videos will be featured on CEE’s websites and Facebook pages.

Grand Prizes for Viewer’s Choice and CEE’s Choice:
Two winners will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Good luck!

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

Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Calling all K-12 classroom teachers! Enter our video contest for a chance to win $1,000 and one complimentary registration to our annual conference. CEE will conduct an online video contest during the 2013 Financial Literacy Month (April 1- 30).

Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

During Financial Literacy Month (FLM), when CEE raises awareness for the importance of financial literacy education, we’re looking for creative ideas from K-12 teachers on how you incorporate these concepts in the classroom. You should record yourself explaining or demonstrating (in 30 seconds or less) a specific lesson, activity or project. Think of this as an ‘elevator pitch’ for your best lesson, original idea or creative spin on an existing concept.

Need inspiration? Watch CEE’s Doug Young as he uses the board game ‘Look Out Wall Street!‘ to teach the bulls and bears of personal finance.

dougs tip video Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Submit your video(s) beginning April 1 at 9:00am EST through Sunday, April 14 at 11:59pm EST.

Public voting for entries begins Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am EST and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59pm EST.

Two ‘Grand Prizes’ will be awarded on April 30, and all videos will be featured on CEE’s websites and Facebook pages.

Grand Prize: Viewers’ Choice:
The winner of the Viewers’ Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Grand Prize: CEE’s Choice:
The winner of the CEE’s Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Start prepping your videos today, and you’ll be ready to enter when the contest opens April 1. Read the complete rules and guidelines on our Facebook page.

Good luck. We look forward to watching your tips and tricks for teaching financial literacy!

POSTED: March 26, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Last fall Economics Arkansas was nominated as a Finalist in the Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Economics Arkansas was announced as the winner in the Nonprofit category at the awards gala in Little Rock, AR last night. CEE is proud to have Economics Arkansas as one of the many local affiliates of the Council for Economic Education, training Arkansas K-12 teachers how to integrate principles of economics and personal finance into the classroom curriculum.

“Receiving this statewide award brings recognition to our mission, and affirms to the more than 800 who attended, how important economic literacy is to our state and to the nation,” said Sue Owens, Executive Director of Economics Arkansas.

Watch the video of Sue Owens at the Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards gala.

economics arkansas video Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Read the full press release here.

POSTED: February 27, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

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