Educators, business leaders and community partners will gather in Omaha on Friday, Oct. 25, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. Read more…
Next week, the Council for Economic Education will hold its 52nd Annual National Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD, October 3-5, convening leaders, experts and teachers to exchange ideas and discuss the key issues in financial education today. Joining them are Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard G. Ketchum, chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) and Jeffrey M. Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, all of whom will be speaking at the Conference. noted financial literacy expert, George Washington University professor and CEE board member, Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, will also be presenting at this year’s Conference.
Over 500 educators, industry thought-leaders and Federal Reserve partners from around the country are expected to attend the conference. Participants will come together to address the most important issues, trends and challenges in financial and economic education. The event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Wells Fargo (Lead Sponsor), Bank of America (Teacher Champion), and the Maryland Council on Economic Education.
“This conference is a unique opportunity for educators to enhance their ability to incorporate financial literacy in the classroom, and to do so while meeting the new Common Core State Standards, and engage with the industry’s most influential leaders on the most pressing issues,” said Nan Morrison, CEO and President, Council for Economic Education. “We are thrilled to be able to welcome President Lacker, Director Cordray, Chairman & CEO Ketchum and Dr. Lusardi, offering educators the chance to learn from their insights and engage them in dialogue.“
Attendees will also be able to participate in workshops and events featuring best practices and new developments in curriculum, teaching strategies and instructional materials. There will also be networking opportunities and teacher roundtable discussions during which participants can engage with their peers to share ideas and lessons, as well as discuss challenges and innovations.
For additional details, visit https://www.councilforeconed.org/events/cee-national-conference/.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education hosted a China Seminar for teachers this June. Nebraska’s top export destinations are Canada, followed by Mexico, then Japan and China. But the growth is with the world’s most populous nation: Exports of Nebraska farm products, machinery, chemicals and other goods to China more than doubled between 2005 and 2010 to $229 million, according to state records.
“The event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Economic Education, an effort now in its fifth year to encourage teachers to emphasize economic and financial proficiency among their students. About 40 Nebraska teachers attended Tuesday, with expert speakers from business, government and academia scheduled to continue today.”
“The goal is to teach more economics to teachers so they can teach the students,” said James Dick, director of the UNO Center for Economic Education.”
Sid Conrad, an economics teacher at the middle school and high school in Norris, said his students always get a big helping of international trade in his classes. A better working knowledge of Nebraska’s external ties, he said, will allow him to devise talking points that he said will better resonate with Nebraska students.
“International trade is a huge issue,” he said. “Basically, the more you trade, the wealthier you get.”
You can find full coverage of the event and the work done by the UNO Center here.
Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe Financial Literacy Should be Taught in Schools
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) released the results of America’s State-by-State Financial Capability Survey. The survey findings are available at www.usfinancialcapability.org, which features an interactive map of the United States, and allows the public, policymakers and researchers to delve into and compare the financial capabilities of Americans across all 50 states and the nation as a whole.
The 2012 Survey asked respondents whether they thought financial education should be taught in schools. An overwhelming majority (89%) of respondents said yes, indicating strong support for increased school based financial education. As of June 2013, only 16 states require that some sort of personal finance education be offered in high schools and only 15 states require that course for graduation. The Council for Economic Education is working with state affiliates to increase these numbers so that more students have exposure to this important topic as part of the required curriculum. Read more…
GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economics
The Council for Economic Education proudly congratulates John Cook, Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Georgia Council on Economic Education.
John Cook had two teachers growing up in Cordele, Ga., – Janet Robinson and Sharon Stewart – who had such an impact on his learning, they inspired his teaching style.
“They made their subjects come alive in a way that continues to stay with me,” says Cook, who now teaches economics at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia. “Mrs. Stewart taught my enrichment class in middle school, and we were always putting on radio plays or doing activities like building bridges out of toothpicks. Mrs. Robinson was my ninth grade English teacher, and she was great at getting me excited about reading and writing. I remember both teachers’ classrooms always being welcoming, exciting places. They both gave me a love for school.” Read more…
Bergen County Academies of Hackensack, NJ placed first in their state and 25th overall in the National Semi-Finals of the 2013 National Economics Challenge.
The winning team recently visited the CNBC Worldwide Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ with Joe DiFiglia, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for Economic Education.
Congratulations to the team for their first place win in New Jersey, and here’s a photo of the team, their teacher and Joe enjoying the tour of CNBC.