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Financial Fitness for Life

Teachers on Financial Fitness for Life

Tried and tested, Financial Fitness for Life® (FFFL) is the ideal personal finance curriculum for all teachers.

Stacia Reeves from Rincon High School in Arizona says, “Students don’t realize they’re incorporating economics when they are doing these activities, but they’re all jazzed when they come back the next day and realize something they did in their life was applicable to something that we did in the classroom.” With user generated course content, FFFL’s comprehensive lesson plans guides teachers through the course, making it easy to follow, especially for those that may not be well-versed in teaching economics.

What makes FFFL perfect for students is how applicable each lesson is. CEE has made each lesson a preparation for life beyond the classroom, measuring the learning by four themes of personal finance: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Even with these four comprehensive themes that align to the Common Core State Standards, students and teachers have still found the lessons engaging. Lynda Motriam from Old Mill High School attests to the originality of the student and teacher guides, saying “FFFL gives you a chance to teach financial concepts in a very inventive way. That’s one of the things that is consistent with CEE materials…they put a fresh spin on it.”

The streamlined lesson content, updated information, and fresh online resources on these new lessons keeps K-12 students excited about learning personal finance skills in and out of the classroom while keeping teachers ready too. Make sure to check out what these fantastic teachers have to say after using the Financial Fitness for Life® textbook series in their own K–12 classrooms.

POSTED: August 26, 2014 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , , ,

New Survey Findings Show Financial Literacy Lagging in K-12 Public Schools

Council for Economic Education Offers Teacher and Student Resources for Financial Literacy Month

NEW YORK, NY April 1, 2014 – Since 2003, the US has recognized April as Financial Literacy Month, shining a spotlight on the importance of personal finance and economic education. And yet, a new survey from the Council for Economic Education (CEE) reveals slow to no growth in K–12 personal finance and economic education in public schools. According to the Council for Economic Education’s 2014 Survey of the States, a majority of the public school students in the United States still are not exposed to economics or personal finance education despite the lessons of the recent recession. Read more…

POSTED: April 1, 2014 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , ,

Game-Based Financial Learning

With lower cost devices and increased access to the Internet, technology is beginning to have a major affect on how educators craft their instruction. For many, technology has made it easier and more efficient to share lesson materials and present content. In addition, advances in as well as increased access to technology allows for a number of exciting opportunities to radically change the way we teach financial literacy. Two of these opportunities are using game-based learning experiences to increase student engagement in financial literacy and leveraging advanced data analysis tools to obtain increased insight into student understanding. Read more…

POSTED: October 10, 2013 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: ,

CEE Introduces Common Core Resource for Teachers Correlating New National Standards with Financial Literacy Lessons

CEE’s New Resource Helps Educators Teach Financial Literacy and Meet Common Core State Standards

This month, CEE introduces a Common Core Alignment Tool, an invaluable resource to help educators meet the Common Core State Standards while teaching financial and economic literacy. Over 400 CEE lessons, designed for K-12 students at varying grades and competency levels, have been aligned with these Standards, giving teachers access to a content-rich pool of classroom resources.  This easy-to-use online tool will be a helpful resource to teachers as they incorporate the Common Core into their lesson planning for the first time.

The mission of the Common Core State Standards is to “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”  They are “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers,” positioning them “to compete successfully in the global economy.” Currently 45 states have adopted the Common Core, which establish a clear set of expectations in math and English Language Arts (ELA) for K-12 students.  CEE’s interdisciplinary lessons offer educators a way to address these expectations and do so through the lens of personal finance and economics.   Read more…

POSTED: June 24, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

CEE and PBD partner to provide teachers with the best materials and stellar customer service

CEE is pleased to announce that we have partnered with a new fulfillment center and warehouse, PBD Worldwide, to store and ship our educator resources.

You’ll see a revamped online store, easy-to-search menus and improved online tracking with a new log in feature.

With the 2013 school year coming to an end, now is the perfect time to stock up on CEE resources such as the new 4th edition of Advanced Placement Economics, the revised Learning, Earning and Investing for a New Generation, and every educator’s favorite personal finance suite of products, Financial Fitness for Life.

Place your order today and leave a comment below letting us know how it goes!

We’re looking forward to a great relationship with PBD. Thanks for shipping out our first order!

CEE's first order with PBD

POSTED: June 4, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Launches Financial Literacy Initiative

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, government officials, parents, teachers and the general public rallied around the idea that personal finance must be taught to our children so they don’t end up in the same dismal situation where we currently find ourselves – owing more than $1 trillion in student loans and $870 billion in credit card debt.

But over the past four years, we haven’t made great improvements in teaching financial life skills to our children. CEE’s latest Survey of the States finds that only 14 states require a high school course in personal finance to be taught, and only 13 of those require the course be taken in order for students to graduate.

On today’s The Take Away radio segment, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Beth Kobliner, author of Get a Financial Life and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, discussed the Obama administration’s initiative to teach children personal finance skills, starting as young as three years old. CEE contributed curricula and advice on the initiative, including content from the Financial Fitness for Life program.

Secretary Duncan says, “It is in the country’s best interest to be a financially literate workforce.”

CEE couldn’t agree more. For the past 60 years, our mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. The core work at CEE is in the content and pedagogy of personal finance and economic education for K-12 educators.  Through programs like the personal finance integration project, we implement systematic approaches to bringing personal finance concepts and materials into a diverse range of subjects, including math, social studies, science and English – all subjects that lend to well-rounded and financially literate students.

As Secretary Duncan said this morning, we all have a role to play, but there is no place better to teach these skills than in the schools. Later this year CEE will release the Voluntary National Content Standards in Personal Finance to provide a detailed framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade.

POSTED: July 17, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,