Gina Boyd Awarded the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching Award

Gina Head shot pic croppedGina Boyd, a teacher at Mayflower Mill Elementary School, has been awarded the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award recognizes Boyd for her outstanding work in teaching economics and financial literacy to her students. It also recognizes her efforts in organizing after-school workshops for other teachers so they could learn how to incorporate economics into their own course work. With her work in and out of the classroom, Gina Boyd has demonstrated her commitment to raising the bar for economics and financial literacy education. She will receive her well-deserved reward at the Financial Literacy and Economic Education conference on Oct. 7 in Phoenix.

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POSTED: September 29, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Watch the National Economics Challenge Live on CNBC on May 23rd at 1 p.m

2016 National Economics Challenge Team Finalists
Join us for the 16th Annual National Economics Challenge Finals! The eight team finalists beat out more than 10,000 students to compete for the Championship title! 

  • Watch and root for your favorite team via the live stream on CNBC.com starting at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, May 23rd.
  • CNBC’s Power Lunch will also be airing live snippets from the Challenge from 1-2 pm ET.


Adam Smith Division
  • Bellaire High School, Bellaire, TX; Team Coach: Michael Clark
  • Carmel High School, Carmel, IN; Team Coach: Michelle Foutz
  • Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT; Team Coach: Ted Hartsoe
  • Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, MN; Team Coach: Martha Rush
David Ricardo Division
  • Carmel High School, Carmel, IN; Team Coach: Michelle Foutz
  • Lexington High School, Lexington, MA; Team Coach: Bill Cole
  • Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington, PA; Team Coach: Steve Roberts
  • West Windsor Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ; Team Coach: Morton Levine
We hope you’ll tune in to see who will be crowned the Champions for the Adam Smith and David Ricardo Divisions!
PS: To see what the teams are up to in New York City prior to the Championship event “follow” us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook!


POSTED: May 18, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , ,

Post Campaign Round Up: #MySavingsStory


Natalie Zfat Headshot (1)Last month was Financial Literacy Month and we teamed up with social media entrepreneur, Natalie Zfat on the #MySavingsStory video campaign.

Throughout the entire month of April, we shared personal video stories from writers, artists and economists to inform and inspire kids to understand and take control of their financial lives.

We received savings advice from fashion designer Elie Tahari, best-selling author of Diary of A Wimpy KidJeff Kinney, entrepreneur Rosie Pope, President of the Richmond Fed, Jeffrey Lacker and others who shared what they’ve learned about the importance of financial literacy and saving.

Read Natalie’s post about the campaign and make sure to check out the compilation video with all the great advice!

POSTED: May 13, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

The 10th Annual Visionary Awards


Last night, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 10th Annual Visionary Awards dinner hosting 300 guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The evening showcased CEE’s mission, our impact to date, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy. The evening was a night of thought-provoking discussion, amiable conversation, and intellectual discourse.

2015 Visionary Award Honorees

The Visionary Awards were given to four leaders who continue to advance our mission. The honorees were Ann Kaplan, Partner, Circle Wealth Management; Robert E. Moritz, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner PwC; Prof. Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University; and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Founder of DealBook, Financial Columnist for The New York Times, and CNBC Co-Anchor of “Squawk Box.”

During the evening, attendees enjoyed an entertaining fireside chat with the honorees moderated by the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and CNBC’s chief economist reporter, Steve Liesman. The fireside chat addressed hot topics such as women in the workplace, the housing “bubble,” interest rates, and most importantly, how individuals can make an impact to ensure our youth are given the opportunity to learn about economics and personal finance.

CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers who advance economic education in and out of the classroom. The teachers received the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. They continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. 

The evening raised over $700,000 to support CEE’s programs and help us reach our goals to reach and teach every child in the United States to create a more informed citizenry capable of making better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and participants in the global economy.

We would also like to thank those who attended and to our sponsors who helped make this amazing event happen!

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POSTED: October 30, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Teachers and Students: Tell us ‘What Should the President do to Improve the Economy?’

CEE is excited to announce the launch of its video contest asking students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the best economic advice they can give the President of the United States. To enter the contest, record one student, or a group of students, answering the following question in 60 seconds or less:

“What Should the President do to Improve the Economy?”

Enter by Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59 p.m. Please note that teachers must enter the videos on behalf of their students. Teachers may enter more than one video per class.

Download a pdf of the rules and FAQ here. Use the hashtag #CEEVidContest to follow the contest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Watch a video from a past CEE Video Contest Entry


The contest is hosted on Facebook. Not all schools allow access to Facebook, so please plan accordingly by uploading your video to Facebook via a computer not associated with your school.

One winner will be chosen by CEE Facebook fans (“Viewers’ Choice”) and one winner will be chosen by economists selected as judges by CEE (“Economists’ Choice”). Prizes include a $500 American Express gift card for each teacher winner, and $25 iTunes gift cards for the student(s) featured in the winning videos.

Video Submission Period
Opens: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. ET
Closes: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET

Public Voting Period
Starts: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m ET
Ends: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET

POSTED: September 10, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , ,

CNBC’s Steve Liesman Covers CEE’s 15th National Economics Challenge

The Council for Economic Education’s 15th National Economics Challenge finals were held in NYC on Monday. Over 10,500 students participated nationwide, with only 32 making it to the finals and only 16 to the final quiz bowl round, hosted by Steve Liesman, CNBC’s senior economics reporter. The final round was covered live on CNBC’s Power Lunch and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report on PBS featured it as well.

CNBC Power Lunch

CNBC Nightly News Report

Please join us in congratulating the winning teams. To learn more about each team check out our Facebook page.

Adam Smith Division:

First Place: Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota
Team Members: Abraham Chen, Emily Ruan, Samuel Rush and Jacob Weightman
Coach: Martha Rush


Second Place: Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana

Third Place: Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts

Fourth Place: The Harker School, San Jose, California

David Ricardo Division:


First Place: Homestead High School, Cupertino, California
Team Members: Richard Chen, Kazu Kogachi, Steven McDonald and Erik Yang
Coach: Christy Heaton


Second Place: Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana

Third Place: Iolani High School, Honolulu, Hawaii

Fourth Place: Charter School of Delaware, Wilmington Delaware

If you would like students in your local high school to participate, you, a teacher or a principal can contact Rosanna Castillo. They can learn more about the Challenge on our website.


POSTED: May 20, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , ,

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