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2018 National Economics Challenge Finalists!

You’ve been waiting for this moment!

The results are in and we are pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2018 National Economics Challenge!

ADAM SMITH DIVISION:

  • Carmel High School, IN
  • The Harker School, CA
  • Hunter College High School, NY
  • Iolani School, HI
  • Iowa City West High School, IA
  • Lexington High School, MA
  • Mt. Hebron High School, MD
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, VA

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION:

  • Hunter College High School, NY
  • Iolani School, HI
  • Lexington High School, MA
  • Monta Vista High School, CA
  • Montgomery High School, NJ
  • Mt. Hebron High School, MD
  • Olympia High School, WA
  • Troy High School, MI

These sixteen teams had the highest scores in the semi-final rounds of the Adam Smith and David Ricardo Divisions and will be participating in the Finals in New York City on May 19 – 21. The top two teams from each division will go head-to-head for the title of National Champion. Check out our Facebook page for photos of each team.


You will want to watch this on Monday! Below is the line-up with our media partner, CNBC:

  • CNBC’s Squawk Box will be interviewing the students at 6:30 a.m. ET.
  • CNBC’s Power Lunch will be airing live snippets of the Challenge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
  • The Challenge will also be streamed live in its entirety on CNBC.com starting at 12:50 p.m. ET. Watch here.
Make sure to visit the National Economics Challenge website for more information about the competition.

Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all the teams who participated this year! Make sure to “follow” us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook to see what the teams are up to in New York City!

POSTED: May 18, 2018 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

12th Annual Visionary Awards a Success!

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Last Wednesday, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 12th Annual Visionary Awards dinner at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. During the course of the evening, we showcased our mission, demonstrated our impact, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. Emceed by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, Steve Liesman, the dinner was filled with meaningful discussion about the state of economic and financial literacy education in our country.

The three Visionary Awards recipients are: Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University; Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and Daniel H. Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. The honorees engaged in a thought-provoking “fire-side chat”, where they discussed several economic and financial literacy issues including the future of electronic commerce, our national debt, and the debt that many families currently find themselves in.

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CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers with the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. These teachers continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. This year’s winning teachers are: Doug Kramer, 12th Grade Economics, AP Economics, World History, and Government at Herricks High School; Theodore Opderbeck, 10-12th Grade AP Economics, Honors Economics, Principles of Economics and Personal Finance, US History, Criminal Procedure, and Introduction to Law at Waldwick High School; and Gabriel Tanglao, 10-11th Grade AP US History, and US History I Honors at Bergen County Technical Schools, Teterboro Campus.

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The evening was a great success raising close to $600,000. Funding supports our mission, helping us to continue on the path of our digital transformation with EconEdLink; expand our reach through our National Center for Financial and Economic Education and Master Teacher Program; and support our National Economics Challenge, Personal Finance Challenge, K-5 Afterschool Program, and so many other things.

POSTED: October 30, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Hands on Banking: Tools You Can Use

Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of the Council for Economic Education’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.

hands on bankingAs the presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo is committed to financial education. Since 2003, thousands of Wells Fargo team members have reached nearly 4 million people through financial education outreach efforts.

One way that Wells Fargo demonstrates its commitment to financial education is through its Hands on Banking® program. Hands on Banking provides specialized resources for both individual and classroom learning. This program offers relevant and engaging content on banking, budgeting, managing credit, investing, and more. There are several resources available to explore these financial topics, including Zing, a friendly and curious green alien that helps students in grades 4 through 5 or self-paced modules for high school students.

Please visit the Hands on Banking exhibit during the conference to learn more.

POSTED: October 3, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

Congratulations to the Winners of our NYC Student Poster Contest!

We are proud to announce the winners of the NYC-Metro Area Poster Contest. The Contest asked K-12 students to illustrate a personal finance or economics concept. We received hundreds of entries from across the five boroughs.

Four winners were selected by the CEE Poster Contest Committee – one from each grade band (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12) plus honorable mentions. The student winners and their teachers were recognized at a “viewing party” in SoHo where their artwork was on display. The winners each received a $250 AmEx gift card, a certificate, and most importantly recognized for their hard work and creatively. Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO presented the awards in front of a studio filled with the students’ families and friends.

Grades K-2 Winner: Charlotte Wachter

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island

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Grades 3-5 Winner: Ethan Esparrago

  • Teacher: Lois Wang
  • Saint Stephen of Hungary School, New York, NY

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Grades 6-8 Winner: Erica Rotondi

  • Teacher: Theresa Valenti
  • St. Clare School, Staten Island, NY

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Grades 9-12 Winner: Paige Leonard

  • Teacher: Elizabeth Price
  • Northport Highschool, Northport, Long Island

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Honorable Mentions:

Grades K-2: Ava Fauvell

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island

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Grades 6-8: Salma Farrea

  • Teacher: Caroline Feeney
  • Waterside School for Leadership, Rockaway Park, NY

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Grades 9-12: Britney Delgado

  • Teacher:Lynn Tiede
  • Columbia Secondary School, New York, NY

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POSTED: May 16, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Congratulations to the winners of CEE’s student video contest, “What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?”

Coming in with almost fifteen hundred votes, the winner of the Viewers’ Choice award is [drum roll]…

Improving the Economy One School Supply at a Time, submitted by  Ms. Keishauna Banks from Deer Park Elementary School.

 

For the Economists’ Choice award we have a tie! The two winners are:

Dear Mr. President, submitted by Ms. Amy Dawes from Scullen Middle School.

 

and Innovation, Integration, Immigration, submitted by Ms. Amy Tam from Los Altos High School.

 

All winning teams will receive a $500 AMEX gift card for classroom use and $25 AMEX gift cards for each participating students.

Thank you so much for your participation, teachers! The videos made by your students were creative, fun and insightful, and we enjoyed watching them all.

Thank you for all you do to incorporate economics and personal finance in your classroom,

 

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

2016 Student Video Contest

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IT’S ELECTION SEASON

And we want to get K-12 students thinking about the next president and the economic future of the country. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our election video contest!

WHAT SHOULD THE VIDEO BE ABOUT?

We’re asking you to record one or a group of students answering the following question in 60 seconds or less:

“WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT PRESIDENT DO TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY?”

BE CREATIVE! Video entries must be less than 60 seconds. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm, September 30th, 2016.

WINNERS & PRIZES

There are two winners for the CEE Video contest:

Viewers’ Choice will be selected by popular vote (voting begins October 3rd, 2016). The Economists’ Choice will be selected by CEE’s panel of judges. Winning teams (2) will receive a $500 AMEX gift card for the teacher and $25 AMEX gift cards for each participating student. Winners will be announced on October 12, 2016.

READY TO ENTER?

Please review the rules and FAQs before entering the contest. Teachers must enter the videos on behalf of their students. Teachers may enter more than one video per class.

CEE is a bipartisan non-profit organization; no candidates can be mentioned by name or imitated.

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COMPLIMENTARY LESSON PLANS

While your students are busy putting their videos together, bolster their learning experience with lessons on the election cycle and the U.S government.

  • Economic Misery and Presidential Elections (gr. 9-12): Teach about how two economic measures, the Misery Index and the growth rate in real GDP per capita, can be used to make predictions about presidential elections.
  • Money and Elections (gr. 9-12): Students will be introduced to the sources of campaign war chests, learning about the recent court decisions that have allowed for the creation of “Super PACS” and 501 (c) (4) organizations.
  • Immigration (gr. 6-12): This lesson helps students better understand immigration, a major issue in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Voters and Elections (gr. 6-8): Students identify costs associated with voting. Then they make predictions about who might be more likely to vote based on their understanding of opportunity costs.
  • President Obama’s Allowance (gr. 3-5): In this lesson, students will identify different expenses in the US budget and will decide on the order of importance for different expenses.

PROMOTE THE CONTEST

Get other teachers and students involved in the video contest. We’ve put together some images to help you spread the word.

To use an image, follow these easy steps:

  1. Choose which image you want to include on your web site from the options below.
  2. Copy and paste the corresponding HTML code into your web page

 

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POSTED: August 15, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

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