Just released! The 2022 Survey of the States. View the survey here!


Recap: 2020 Visionary Awards Virtual Benefit

Many thanks for those who attended and supported our 2020 Visionary Awards Benefit online featuring our wonderful emcee Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter; and honoring Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve System; Kathleen A. Murphy, President, Personal Investing Fidelity Investments; and James R. Schenck, President & CEO, PenFed Credit Union.

We also celebrated high school teachers Joel Kirkhart, Queens High School for Language Studies; Rachel Kessous, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice; and Alhassan Susso, International Community High School who received Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Awards.

Kathleen A. Murphy, an amazing woman in finance created a special video on why it is important for young people to understand money and economics. Watch Kathleen’s video below:

The online benefit raised $400,000. The money raised will help students gain the knowledge and skills to make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities, providing them with a path to economic stability and upward mobility.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their support and for everyone who attended. We are grateful.

POSTED: October 28, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

Visionary Awards Benefit Goes Virtual + Thank You Sponsors

Though we can’t meet in person this year, we’re pleased to host our annual fundraiser online and celebrate exceptional leaders this week on October 21 at 5:45 pm EST.

Join colleagues and friends to applaud the 2020 Visionary Award recipients and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champions, and enjoy networking opportunities with industry peers.

Raise a glass to inspiring allies in the drive for economic and financial education, all in support of CEE’s mission to foster knowledge in students so they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Also, we’d like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support. Plus, a special shout out to Fidelity and Pen Fed for being a Champion Sponsor. Check out Pen Fed’s video below:

We hope you will join us.

Register here: https://www.councilforeconed.org/registration-form-visionary-awards-virtual-benefit-dinner/.

POSTED: October 19, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

See you at CEE’s 2020 Visionary Awards and Virtual Benefit! 🎉

During the cocktail hour that starts at 5:45 p.m. on October 21, you’ll learn how to prepare a brandy-based Fall in Central Park—a modern twist on the Classic Manhattan developed for CEE by celebrated NYC mixologist Schalk Pienaar.

The Fall in Central Park is a special time, and this fragrant drink beautifully captures the spirit of the season, and the warmth of an October sunset.


Fall in Central Park

Whether it was created for a banquet hosted by Churchill’s mother or a Broadway bartender, most historians agree the Manhattan was developed around 1860–1880 on its namesake isle. Initially having 6 or more components, this cocktail was streamlined and refined out of necessity during prohibition to its recognizable three ingredients: whiskey, vermouth, bitters.

Taking inspiration from fall flavors that pervade every October (If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em) we’ve put together a balanced and lightly spiced cocktail that will develop in complexity, evolving sip to sip.  Swapping in apple brandy makes our cocktail slightly warming while the apple ice balances the booziness and delivers over time the fruity foundation laid by the brandy. The cinnamon’s spicy tones a subtle and almost forgotten reminder of the season, rounded off by the black walnut bitters to ensure each sip, first to last, is one to remember.

Enough background, let’s drink…


·       A tumbler, any low glass that can contain a large ice-cube

·       Something to stir in, any container that will hold a handful of ice and allows easy pouring

·       A stirrer, no need for a dedicated bar stirrer – any left-over takeout chopstick will do just fine in a pinch

·       A tot measure, anything that will allow you to measure an ounce

Ingredients (makes 1, if you want 2 – double it)

·       2 oz apple brandy (my choice, Laird’s 12-year-old apple brandy or Corenlius Apple Jack, distilled in Hudson)

·       1 oz red vermouth (my choice, Carpano Antica Formula—though any will do)

·       2 dashes of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters, though Angostura is just as good

·       1 apple cider ice cube, 1×1 inch or similar + regular ice for mixing

·       1 cinnamon stick


·       The night before, mix 2 parts apple cider and 1 part water, fill up an ice tray and freeze

·       Place a single apple ice cube in your tumbler

·       Combine in the stirring vessel of your choice: a handful of ice, the brandy, vermouth and bitters

·       Stir for 30 seconds before decanting into your glass, careful not to let ice fall into the glass

·       Drop in a cinnamon stick, with the appropriate level of flourish and vigor

·       Sip and reminisce the first time you remember walking through Central Park in the Fall

For lower alcohol, swap out apple brandy for apply cider or pear juice.

For zero alcohol, swap in apple juice, skip the vermouth & add a dash of lemon juice.

Cheers and “see” you at the virtual benefit!

POSTED: October 19, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

Semi-finalists announced for the 2019 National Economic Challenge

UPDATE: The 2019 National Finalists have been announced!


The following teams, numbering over 260 students from across the US, will be contending locally in the National Semi-Finals of the National Economics Challenge, the only competition of its kind that tests knowledge of economic principles and the ability to apply them to real-world events.

These semi-finalist teams, each consisting of 3-4 students representing their home state, are this year’s top competitors among over 11,000 contestants. They are split into two divisions, named for Adam Smith David Ricardo respectively.

On May 18-20, eight winning teams of the semi-final rounds will converge on New York City’s Downtown Marriott for the National Finals. Eighty students representing 10 provinces from China will be having their own semi-finals that weekend. Championship rounds both the Chinese and American teams take place on Monday, May 20. A final quiz bowl featuring the top American teams in each division competing with their Chinese counterparts will take place that afternoon.

Have a look at all the semi-finalists:

Adam Smith Division
The Adam Smith Division is for AP, international baccalaureate, and honors students (as well as any returning competitors).

Arapahoe High Shool, Centennial, CO
Badger High School, Lake Geneva, WI
Belleveue East High School, Bellevue, NE
Capital High School, Helena, MT
Carmel High School, Carmel, IN
Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, DE
Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek, GA
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, OR
Davies High School, Fargo, ND
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, IA
duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY
Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT
Germantown High School, Canton, MS
Great Valley High School, Malvern, PA
The Harker School, San Jose, CA
Indian Hill High School, Cincinnati, OH
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Iowa City West High School, Iowa City, IA
Lexington High School, Lexington, MA
Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, MO
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach , CA
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Richmond, VA
Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA
Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ
Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, MN
Mt. Hebron High School, Ellicott City, MD
Obra Tompkins High School, Katy, TX
Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Saint Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, IL
Scituate High School, Scituate, RI
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, KS
Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY
University High School, Tucson, AZ
Virgil Grissom High School, Huntsville, AL
Wando High School, Mount Pleasant, SC
William G. Enloe Magnet High School, Raleigh, NC

David Ricardo Division
The David Ricardo Division is for first-time Challenge competitors who have taken one economics course.

BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
Belleveue East High School, Bellevue, NE
Bob Jones High School, Madison, AL
Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
Clark High School, Plano, TX
Cloquet High School, Cloquet, MN
Davies High School, Fargo, ND
Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines, IA
The Early College at Guilford, Greensboro, NC
Dublin High School, Dublin, CA
Enterprise High School, Enterprise, OR
Germantown High School, Canton, MS
Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, MI
Heritage Christian School, Bozeman, MT
Hunter College High School, New York, NY
Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Kirksville Area Technical Center, Kirksville, MO
Lafayette High School, Williamsburg-James, VA
Lexington High School, Lexington, MA
Melrose-Mindoro High School, Melrose, WI
Methacton High School, Eagleville , PA
Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest, FL
Mt. Hebron High School, Ellicott City, MD
North Kingstown Senior High School, North Kingstown, RI
Olympia High School, Olympia , WA
Richland Northeast High School, Columbia, SC
Sandy Creek High School, Tyrone, GA
St. Xavier School, Louisville, KY
Valley / Valley Econ, Las Vegas, NV
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ

SKT, the organizer of the Chinese competition, put together this fantastic recap of their local rounds.


POSTED: April 19, 2019 | BY: Alan

#dollarandadream: Share smart spending decisions for Financial Literacy Month 2019

Financial Literacy Month, April 2019: #dollarandadream with @CouncilEconEd

Join the Council for Economic Education in highlighting smart financial decision-making throughout Financial Literacy Month in April by sharing an important financial decision you’ve made.

How have you used your money to benefit yourself or others? Did you give it to a friend, family member or an organization in need? Did you save it for an emergency fund… use it for a vacation with a friend… to treat a child in your life to an especially fun day… to be able to change careers or start a new business…to pursue a new interest… to join a gym to get back in shape.

Share your story on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn with the hashtag #dollarandadream and tag @CouncilEconEd. We’ll feature a number of stories throughout the April, from the 1st to the 30th. If you’re a teacher, we’d love to hear from your students!

We encourage you to include an image or a video that best illustrates your decision, whether it’s simply you smiling as you think of the joy it brought you or others, the currency of the country for a special trip you took, or that coffee maker you bought that saved you money and endless trips to the coffee shop.

Here are some helpful prompts to get you thinking about your post:

  • The best thing I did with a dollar was ________.
  • The best ($5, $10, $20, or money) I ever spent ________.
  • I changed someone’s life by ________.
  • A purchase of a few dollars saved me hundreds down the line: ________.
  • …or, come up with your own!

Happy posting! We very much look forward to hearing your stories!



POSTED: March 27, 2019 | BY: Alan

Teaching Teachers the Ins and Outs of Financial Literacy

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  – Nelson Mandela

To fully appreciate this blog, we must first get real about the state of financial literacy in our country. 

The case for teaching teachers:

Research suggests that children begin developing attitudes and behaviors about money as young as six or seven, the same age most enter their first formal educational setting.  Surprisingly though, only 17 states require high school students to complete a course in personal finance.  According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 89% of teachers believe more should be done, but only 20% feel “very confident” to deliver any of the six curriculum topics surveyed.

Opportunity knocking…

In 2015, The North Carolina Council on Economic Education (Winner of the 2018 CEE Council of the Year Award) and Fidelity Investments® set out to change the narrative.  The original vision: Develop a stand-alone financial literacy professional development workshop designed to fully equip teachers with the resources needed to help students appreciate the importance of personal finance.  As the program quickly grew in popularity, so did a desire from educators to further improve their own understanding too.  Insert Jump$tatrt and their acclaimed “Financial Foundations for Educators” curriculum.  This combination of knowledge AND tools was the secret sauce for a lasting solution that continues to inspire financial futures today.  “Teacher Trainings” are now hosted in all 11 Fidelity Investments locations across the United States.

“When we can share our expertise, especially with the community, it’s an authentic way to give back and make a difference.”  – Pamela Everhart, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments












Student impact multiplier effect: 

Since inception, the program has reached more than 1,400 teachers and, in turn, 150,000+ students.

I look back at my younger self and I think about what I wish I’d known.  To be able to introduce these concepts to my students means they’re getting a jump start in life.” 

Krista Scarlett, Teacher, Goffstown High School, NH.

With more and more young people acquiring student loan debt, the need for personal finance is more dire than ever.  CEE will continue to play our part and – together with you – help combat those earlier, opportunistic statistics…one deserving student and teacher at a time.

Learn more about our mission and visit our free K-12 teacher website, EconEdLink where you can find personal finance and economic lesson plans, digital activities, videos, webinars, and more.

POSTED: October 11, 2018 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , ,