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2018 Accomplishments

In 2018, CEE made significant strides in carrying out our strategic goals and fulfilling our larger mission. Here are some highlights:


  • Upgraded CEE’s educator website EconEdLink (EEL) to best serve the resource needs of 21st century teachers – sessions per user increased by 10% and the average session duration increased by 12% since relaunch
  • Added 100 new or revised teacher resources to EconEdLink, including math, personal finance, history and economics lessons, interactive simulations, and professional development webinars and videos
  • Held a highly successful 57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference with nearly 500 attendees, featuring speakers Raphael Bostic, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics
  • Recognized three outstanding teachers from across the country with the “John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics” awards


  • Grew our new Family Financial Literacy Nights program to five states, reaching 355 children and their families
  • Drove the National Economics Challenge (NEC) to a record year, with over 11,000 participants from the S. and 1,000 from China; 64 students from China participated in the NEC International Round in NYC. The event was featured live on CNBC’s Power Lunch and on CNBC’s Nightly Business Report with Steve Liesman, who also emceed the event
  • Grew the National Personal Finance Challenge by 10% to over 16,000 participants
  • Launched our partnership with Invest in Girls (IIG) to scale their highly successful program


  • Expanded our reach to over 3,600 educators (3,200 via webinar and 400 via in-person workshops)
  • Doubled the number of Master Teachers
  • Launched an Economics Boot Camp, a three-day immersion program for teachers new to high school economics
  • Partnered with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the NYC Department of Education to support Career and Technical Education teachers across New York State
  • Collaborated with the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and SCO Family of Services to work with individuals transitioning out of foster care


  • Received close to 4,000 submissions from students all over the United States for CEE’s national student contest asking: “What economic advice would you give to POTUS?” The students addressed topics such as healthcare, immigration, food, education and infrastructure
  • Garnered over 400 press mentions from the launch of CEE’s 2018 Survey of the States 
  • Generated 250 national media mentions during Financial Literacy Month


  • CEO and President Nan Morrison spoke at South by Southwest® SXSW EDU® on the panel Higher Education as the Key to Local Economic Growth
  • Hosted esteemed economists as speakers in our Vantage Point Series, including Leonard Burman, Co-Founder, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution and Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; and Loretta J. Mester, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • CEE’s work was featured in The Caring Economy: How to Win With Corporate Social Responsibility by Toby Usnik
  • Launched the 2018 Survey of the States in Washington, C. featuring keynote speaker Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association and with panelists Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States; Jason Botel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Endowed Chair of Economics and Accountancy, The George Washington University School of Business; Louisa Quittman, Director, Financial Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Alayna Van Tassel, Massachusetts Deputy Treasurer
  • Hosted and moderated a congressional briefing on the state of financial literacy with more than 80 in attendance and featuring speakers: Maddy Halbach, Academy of Finance Instructor, Howard County Public Schools (MD); Melissa Lopez, Director, Region One GEAR UP (TX); Rick Metters, Vice President, RI Regional Public Affairs & Corporate Community Relations, Fidelity Investments; and Phil Schuman, Senior Director of Financial Literacy, Indiana University