CEE’s Interactive Survey of the States Nominated for Awwward

CEE recently released an interactive Survey of the States to complement the biennial report, and the interactive website has been nominated for an Awwward!

Awwards is one of the most prestigious design honors, and their site is a top destination for viewing the web’s best and most creative sites.

Help support the interactive Survey of the States, which shares information on economic and personal finance education in the 50 states, by voting for

To Vote:

Click on this link:

1.    Look for the word User Vote to the right of the map,  then click on the # 10 (which is the highest rating, assume you agree!) in the row of numbers 1-10  below it and to the right of the map.
2.    It will ask you to log-in via social media or you can create an account.
3.    You will need to log in  and then you can vote.
4.    It will let you know when your vote is accepted.
5.    You can only vote once.
6.    The site is coy about the deadline; voting can range to a week or a month plus. So it’s best to vote now to avoid missing the deadline.

POSTED: October 26, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

CEE Announces Winners of Student Video Contest

CEE asked our nation’s K-12 students for their best advice to the next President in our video contest “What should the next President do to improve the economy?”

We received hundreds of videos from across the country, and posted them on our Facebook page for our fans to vote for their favorite.

Congratulations to the Popular Vote Winner:

School: Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro, NJ
Teacher: Bruce Miller


Bergen County Technical High School entry

CEE’s panel of esteemed economists chose their favorite videos, and we have three winners.

Congratulations to our Economists’ Choice Winners:

School: East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg, GA
Teacher: Cynthia C. Bennett

East Coweta High School entry

School: Colts Neck High School, Colts Neck, NJ
Teacher: Lana Inacio

Colts Neck High School entry

School: North Caroline High School, Ridgely, MD
Teacher: Suzanne Throckmorton

North Caroline High School entry

Thanks to all of the students, teachers, parents and friends who created videos, entered the contest and supported your favorite ideas. You can view all of the video submissions here.

POSTED: October 25, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE Asks Students ‘What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?’

With elections just a few weeks away, the race for the Presidency couldn’t be any tighter—and the economy may very well be the deciding factor.  We’ve heard what the candidates have to say, but perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the next generation of voters.  CEE gave students a chance to weigh in on the economy, holding a Facebook video contest asking K-12 students, “What Should the Next President Do to Improve the Economy?”

We received submissions from classrooms all over the country presenting their best ideas in a minute or less.  At least one winner will receive the “Economists’ Choice” award, determined by a panel of prominent economists; and it’s up to our Facebook fans to choose the “Viewers’ Choice” recipient.  Prizes include $25 iTunes gift cards for student(s) with the winning video and a $500 American Express gift card for their teacher and classroom.

Here are some ideas to take advantage of these insightful videos:
•    Host “viewing parties” to watch and discuss several different submissions
•    Run a school assembly to present your videos to schoolmates

Thanks to all of the teachers and students who entered.  You used this contest as an opportunity to discuss the importance of the economy, and the role it plays this election season.

VOTE for your favorite video once each day until Tuesday, October 23, 3:00pm EST.

POSTED: October 16, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Hosts 51st Annual Conference in Kansas City

This week CEE hosts the 51st Annual National Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference. Held in Kansas City, MO October 4 – 6, with more than 500 educators, industry thought-leaders and Federal Reserve partners convening to address the most important issues and obstacles and honor excellence in financial and economic education.  Among the highlights of this year’s conference are the introduction of a new Common Core alignment initiative and new Voluntary Personal Finance Standards, furthering the CEE’s mission of strengthening the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school.

During the Opening Plenary Session Thursday October 4, with keynote speaker Troy Davig, Senior VP & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, CEE will introduce the Voluntary National Content Standards in K-12 Personal Finance, providing a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards contain the areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income, Buying Goods and Services, Using Credit, Saving, Financial Investing, and Protecting and Insuring, each of which include benchmarks outlining what a student should be able to understand and examples at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels.

Friday, October 5, Doug Sovde, Director, PARCC Instructional Supports & Educator Engagement discusses Common Core: What It Means for Financial Literacy and Economics, announcing a new initiative to align resources in economics and personal finance to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts. The CCSS were established to bring some uniformity to the varied state curricula, and is one of the most significant forces driving K-12 education today.  But while adoption has been widespread, teachers are struggling with implementation.  As a solution, CEE has proposed developing an easy-to-use tool that easily connects teachers to high-quality lessons in economics and personal finance that will help them to meet the standards laid out in the CCSS.

CEE will also recognize the winners of the 2012 John Morton Excellence in the Teaching of Economics Awards:
Kathy Heyse
Sun Valley Elementary School
Monroe, NC

Middle School Level
Timothy Hopfensperger
Tullar Elementary School
Neenah, WI

High School Level
Michael Melvin
Starr’s Mill High School
Fayetteville, GA

For the full list of award winners, visit the website.



POSTED: October 4, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE Report – Summer 2012

Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

“We know that education is everything to our children’s future. We know that they will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the world.”
–  President Barack Obama

Read more…

POSTED: July 9, 2012 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Belmont High School and Little Falls Community High School Win 2012 National Economics Challenge Championships

Students competed against nearly 6,000 others to be honored as the Nation’s brightest

NEW YORK – May 21, 2012 – Belmont High School of Belmont, MA, and Little Falls Community High School of Little Falls, MN placed first in their divisions of an exciting quiz bowl to become the national champions of the 2012 National Economics Challenge, presented by the Council for Economic Education (CEE).

Belmont, competing in the Adam Smith division of students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or honors courses, beat The Harker School of San Jose, CA, 15-6; while Little Falls, competing in the David Ricardo division for students enrolled in introductory-level economics courses, beat Carmel High School from Carmel, IN, with a score of 15-4.

Teams who competed to win the national title placed as follows:

Adam Smith division

  • Belmont High School, Belmont, MA – 1st Place
  • The Harker School, San Jose, CA – 2nd Place
  • Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX – 3rd Place
  • Homewood-Flossmoor, Flossmoor, IL – 4th Place

David Ricardo division

  • Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN – 1st Place
  • Carmel High School, Carmel, IN – 2nd Place
  • Iolani School, Honolulu, HI – 3rd Place
  • Michael E. DeBakey High School, Houston, TX – 4th Place

Belmont was led by coach Bryan Corrigan, and his team members were Ben Goodman, Robbie Gibson, John Lazenby and Even Green.  Little Falls was led by coach Tom Stockard, and his team members were Derek Toso, Adam Grams, Caleb Hardekopf and Michael Borders.

More than 1,500 high school teams in 33 states contended for a spot in the championship in New York City. Finalist teams competed in the oral quiz bowl about complex economic concepts and theories of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics and current events.

“CEE wants to ensure that economics and personal finance concepts are taught to our students – and that these concepts stick with them through adulthood,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of the Council for Economic Education. “As these remarkable young people have shown us this weekend, teaching these subjects at a young age provides students with the strong foundation to grow into tomorrow’s leaders.”

The 2012 National Economics Challenge was made possible by generous support from State Farm®.

Watch the National Economics Challenge here.

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. CEE trains educators to teach young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance—so that they will be able to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in the global economy. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 teachers and approximately 5 million students.

About the National Economics Challenge

The CEE created the National Economics Challenge in 2000 to promote student interest in economics, reinforce classroom instruction, advance academics and school spirit and reward scholarship. In 2011, more than 1,200 teams of high school students participated in 32 states nationwide. The National Economics Challenge is one of several key initiatives in the CEE’s “Campaign for Economic Literacy” which seeks to focus public attention on the importance of economic literacy and the need for a high-quality, standards-based economics curriculum in every state.

POSTED: May 21, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

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