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2019 Accomplishments

In 2019, CEE made significant strides in carrying out our strategic goals and fulfilling our larger mission. Here are some highlights:


    • Provided professional development to 5,000 teachers nationwide through webinars and in-person workshops, a 38% increase over prior year.

    • Held a highly successful 58th Annual Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference in Los Angeles with over 400 attendees, featuring speakers Jay Clayton, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Sylvain Leduc, Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

    • Presented the John Morton Excellence in Economic Education Award—the only national award for teachers of economics—to two outstanding teachers.

    • Invested extensively in EconEdLink, adding/renewing over 200 online resources and improving the user experience, resulting in increases in key engagement metrics.

    • Released the new edition of the award-winning Financial Fitness for Life, grades 9-12, with the addition of greatly enhanced online resources and simulations.

    • Common Sense Education, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for EdTech ratings and reviews, recognized EconEdLink as a provider of high-quality teacher resources with a four-star review and 2019’s Top Pick for Learning.


    • Grew our Family Financial Literacy Nights program tenfold, reaching more than 3,500 parents and students nationally; broadened access by providing a free online tool kit.

    • Invest in Girls’ (IIG’s) merger with CEE in May resulted in IIG increasing its reach from 6 to 10 states through partnerships with CEE’s extensive network of national affiliates.

    • The National Economics Challenge reached over 10,000 students from the U.S. and 2,300 students from China. CNBC covered the national finals; Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist for The New York Times and a co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box emceed the event.

    • Grew the National Personal Finance Challenge by more than 12% to 18,000 students; 32% of participants were from low- and moderate-income school districts.


    • Generated 30 national media impressions during Financial Literacy Month, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, MarketWatch and US News and World Report.

    • CEO and President Nan J. Morrison served on CNBC’s Financial Wellness Advisory Council; spoke on a panel for the Barbara Bush Foundation; co-authored an Op-Ed piece for Edweek with CEE Board Member Annamaria Lusardi; and contributed a piece to a special edition of USA Today.

    • Hosted esteemed economists as speakers, including The Honorable Randal K. Quarles, Vice Chairman for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics; and honored Janet Yellen, Former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
      System, at our Visionary Awards Benefit Dinner. 
    • Steve Liesman, CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, hosted the Fireside Chat at CEE’s Visionary Awards Benefit Dinner.

    • Invest in Girls Executive Director Betsy Kelder moderated a panel hosted by Ivy Salon and Laurel Road; IIG was also featured in Forbes, Medium, USA Today and Investment News.