K-12 Education

Teaching Teachers the Ins and Outs of Financial Literacy


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  – Nelson Mandela


To fully appreciate this blog, we must first get real about the state of financial literacy in our country. 

The case for teaching teachers:

Research suggests that children begin developing attitudes and behaviors about money as young as six or seven, the same age most enter their first formal educational setting.  Surprisingly though, only 17 states require high school students to complete a course in personal finance.  According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 89% of teachers believe more should be done, but only 20% feel “very confident” to deliver any of the six curriculum topics surveyed.

Opportunity knocking…

In 2015, The North Carolina Council on Economic Education (Winner of the 2018 CEE Council of the Year Award) and Fidelity Investments® set out to change the narrative.  The original vision: Develop a stand-alone financial literacy professional development workshop designed to fully equip teachers with the resources needed to help students appreciate the importance of personal finance.  As the program quickly grew in popularity, so did a desire from educators to further improve their own understanding too.  Insert Jump$tatrt and their acclaimed “Financial Foundations for Educators” curriculum.  This combination of knowledge AND tools was the secret sauce for a lasting solution that continues to inspire financial futures today.  “Teacher Trainings” are now hosted in all 11 Fidelity Investments locations across the United States.

“When we can share our expertise, especially with the community, it’s an authentic way to give back and make a difference.”  – Pamela Everhart, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student impact multiplier effect: 

Since inception, the program has reached more than 1,400 teachers and, in turn, 150,000+ students.

I look back at my younger self and I think about what I wish I’d known.  To be able to introduce these concepts to my students means they’re getting a jump start in life.” 

Krista Scarlett, Teacher, Goffstown High School, NH.

With more and more young people acquiring student loan debt, the need for personal finance is more dire than ever.  CEE will continue to play our part and – together with you – help combat those earlier, opportunistic statistics…one deserving student and teacher at a time.

Learn more about our mission and visit our free K-12 teacher website, EconEdLink where you can find personal finance and economic lesson plans, digital activities, videos, webinars, and more.

POSTED: October 11, 2018 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , ,

Successful Leaders Share Their #MySavingsTip Throughout Financial Literacy Month

For Financial Literacy Month, in partnership with Natalie Zfat, Entrepreneur and Forbes Contributor, we enlisted successful leaders in all different fields such as Mark Cuban, Randi Zuckerberg, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Alexa von Tobel and others to inspire kids to start saving and raise awareness for personal finance and economic education in our nation’s schools. Throughout the entire month, the participants shared their best money-savings tip.

The #MySavingsTip campaign and a handful of participants were featured throughout the month on CNBC, CNBC Make It, Mashable and HuffPost. Here’s a great round-up along with an inspiring video of the campaign from CNBC Make It, Mark Cuban and 24 other leaders and execs offer their No. 1 best money-saving tip.”

It’s true: “you don’t have to be young to benefit from the advice.”

List of Participants:

  • Lo Bosworth, Entrepreneur, Author and Creator of TheLoDown
  • Mark Cuban, Investor, Entrepreneur, Television Personality and Owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks
  • Melissa Giannini, Editor in Chief, Nylon Magazine
  • Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, Chair of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council
  • Kelli B. Grant, Consumer Reporter, CNBC
  • Megan Hess, Mobile Editor, Bloomberg
  • Dan Kadlec, Journalist and Author
  • Brian Kelly, Founder and Editor in Chief at ThePointsGuy.com
  • Beth Kobliner, Journalist and The New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Ron LieberThe New York Times “Your Money” columnist and Author
  • Erin Lowry, Founder at Broke Millennial
  • Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Endowed Chair of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington School of Business
  • Kathryn Minshew, Founder & CEO at The Muse, contributor to HBR, WSJ & Bloomberg
  • Nan J. Morrison, CEO & President, Council for Economic Education
  • Brian Page, Teacher, Reading High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Mona Patel, Founder and CEO of Motivate Design
  • Carrie Schwab-PomerantzPresident, Charles Schwab Foundation and SVP Charles Schwab
  • Rosie Pope, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Rosie Pope Maternity
  • Chondra Sanchez, Creative Co-Director and Writer at Evil Ink Comics
  • Chris Siegfried, Mortgage Consultant- HomeStreet Bank
  • Ann Shoket, Author of The Big Life, former editor in chief Seventeen Magazine 
  • Andrew Ross SorkinThe New York Times Columnist/Editor, CNBC Squawk Box Co-Anchor, Author and Creator/Executive Producer of BILLONS on Showtime
  • Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest
  • Tara Lynn WagnerNY1 reporter
  • Natalie ZfatEntrepreneur and Forbes Contributor
  • Sam Zises, Founder and CEO, Learned Media
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED: May 4, 2017 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE in the News: PISA Results Spark Media Dialogue

PISA 2012 Results

This summer, the OECD released the results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam in financial literacy, administered to 15-year-olds in 18 countries including the US.  As we previously reported in CEE In The News: US Teens Fall Behind in International Financial Literacy Exam, the results were somewhat underwhelming, with American students placing in the middle of the pack.  But encouragingly, the data has sparked an ongoing dialogue in the media, and continues to promote a national conversation.

Many of these articles have cited the Council for Economic Education’s Survey of the States in support of financial literacy; here are a few of the highlights:

POSTED: September 16, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , ,

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