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Curriculum Development

The Council for Economic Education, and its nationwide network of Councils and Centers, works closely with schools and districts to design and implement curriculum that includes personal finance and economics. CEE can help develop a stand-alone course in economics or personal finance, or can integrate core economic or personal finance concepts into other subjects throughout a K-12 curriculum. Our network of economic educators understands state content standard requirements and can tailor content to meet particular needs.

CEE is currently working to align all materials with the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts. This will assist educators who continue to integrate lessons in economics and personal finance as they work to implement the Common Core in the classroom.

For more information on curriculum development in your school, please contact us.

Current curriculum development:

Chicago Public Schools & Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation

CEE, in conjunction with Econ Illinois and the Center for Economic Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is working with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a personal finance education course for high school seniors. The course, which will use  CEE’s Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation (LEI) teacher resource as its centerpiece, will be implemented at all CPS high schools over the next three years.

CEE will provide support for LEI professional development for more than 2,000 teachers. Training began in Fall 2012, focusing on how teachers can engage students to improve their financial decision-making skills in real life scenarios, using Gen i Revolution, the free online game aligned to LEI.

This program is made possible by the generous contributions of Discover Financial Services.


CEE and Indianapolis Schools Integrate Personal Finance Across the Curriculum

CEE has partnered with the Indiana Council for Economic Education and two school districts in Indianapolis to infuse personal finance across the districts’ grades 6-12 curriculum in response to a recent legislative mandate. This project has identified lesson content in personal finance that can be integrated into math, business, family and consumer sciences and other classes to ensure that all students receive this critical information while in secondary school.

This project is supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Never Too Young: Personal Finance for K-5 Learners

CEE has partnered with ING DIRECT Kids Foundation to pilot a personal finance after-school program for elementary school students focusing on effective decision-making and the development of crucial life skills.

This financial literacy program, a complete curriculum designed specifically for after school/out of school, is structured as 12 units to be taught over the course of two-to-four months. The program will help young students understand concepts such as the basics of banking and credit, the cost to run a family and the importance of cost-benefit analysis in making purchases.

Piloted in Wilmington, DE and St. Cloud, MN, in conjunction with the Delaware Council on Economic Education, the St. Cloud State University Center for Economic Education and the Boy Scouts of America, this financial literacy program can be brought directly to other communities throughout the United States.

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