Personal Finance shines the spotlight on our mission and impact

While standardized tests in our nation’s schools address the topics that we would most expect – math concepts, reading comprehension – what they fail to cover are the real-world skills that students need to be successful after graduation.

This is where the Council for Economic Education (CEE) comes in.

Since its creation just after World War II, CEE’s mission has been to equip K-12 teachers with the tools they need to create a strong financial education foundation for their students. “We provide professional development and resources for teachers,” said Nan Morrison, President and CEO of CEE. “The resources range from lesson plans for the classroom, interactive activities, games, an assessment center, and videos.”  Most of these resources you can find on CEE’s online teacher portal, EconEdLink, which accrues over 1.2 million sessions each year, or you’ll find them in one of CEE’s in-person professional development workshops.

Whether its through EconEdLink, or in-person professional development workshops, webinars or student competitions, CEE has the resources to meet teachers where they are with what they need.

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POSTED: March 5, 2018 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A Call to Business Leaders

By: DAN SCHULMAN, President & CEO, PayPal 

PayPal is committed to democratizing financial services to enable all people to join and thrive in the digital economy. Whether here in the US or around the world, we believe everyone should have access to the affordable, convenient and secure financial products and services they need to improve their financial health, support their families, contribute to their communities, and invest in their futures.

But access is only part of the equation – another critical part is education. Economic and financial literacy is a foundational element to achieving financial health and needs to be included in early education programs. We have seen firsthand that improving the financial health of individuals has powerful ripple effects across families, communities, companies, and economies. And that process starts in the classroom.

Financial inclusion and financial health are problems that we can solve in our lifetimes if we truly understand the causes and challenges, and commit to partnering across the ecosystem to fix the gaps that exist in the traditional financial system. We can make a difference by forming deeper bonds between the public, private, and social sectors to develop new curriculum and educational models that foster and encourage financial literacy and understanding from an early age.

This op-ed was published in the Council for Economic Education’s 2018 Survey of the States.

POSTED: February 13, 2018 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2018 Survey of the States Reveals Slow to No Growth in K-12 Personal Finance and Economic Education

Now in Its 20th Year, Council for Economic Education Study Highlights Wide Gaps in Financial and Economic Education Throughout U.S. States


A 2017 study from the American Psychological Association reveals that money is the second leading source of stress in the United States, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, which financial woes can easily trigger. Yet, according to Council for Economic Education’s (CEE) 2018 Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools, financial independence may be out of reach for many because K-12 students are not receiving adequate tools and training to make informed financial decisions; only one-third of the U.S. states require high school students to take a course in personal finance, while less than half require them to take a course in economics before graduating.

Now in its 20th year, Survey of the States findings indicate that progress has been achieved, yet gains have slowed in recent years. CEE will unveil the full results at an event today at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Research shows that students in states that require financial education have higher credit scores as well as more responsible spending habits and are less prone to compulsive shopping, reducing their financial risk greatly. However, 2018 Survey of the States findings reveal:

  • The number of states that require high school students to take a course in personal finance (17) has not changed over the past four years.
  • Since 2016, there been no change in the number of states which include personal finance in their K-12 standards and require those standards to be taught.
  • 22 states require high school students to take a course in economics—less than half the country but two more states than in 2016.
  • There has been no change in the number of states that require standardized testing of economic concepts since 2014.

“When we initiated this survey in 1998, only one state required enrollment in a personal finance course while 13 required enrollment in an economics class, so clearly we’ve made some gains. Michigan, Georgia, Utah and Texas are leading the way by requiring personal finance and economics courses to be offered and taken, as well as by implementing state standards and standardized testing,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of the Council for Economic Education. “However, the majority of U.S. states are failing our students by declining to offer these fundamental courses which are critical to their financial stability and security later in life.”

CEE conducts The Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools every two years. The report collects data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and includes commentary from experts and educators in the field to provide a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States.

The 2018 Survey of the States is available for download at: 

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school—and we have been doing so for nearly 70 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. EconEdLink – our free, online educator gateway for economic and personal finance lessons and resources – attracts more than 1 million unique visitors annually.

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POSTED: February 8, 2018 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“Your support is making a difference” — Teacher Gabriel Tanglao

Gabriel Tanglao headshotHi, my name is Gabriel Tanglao, and I am the proud recipient of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award presented by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) for excellence in promoting economic education.

I believe economics education is a vital stepping stone in the climb toward the American Dream. Our role as economics educators is to help these students move to higher ground.

By supporting CEE, you are helping to provide teachers, like me, with the tools and resources that we need to teach our kids about economics and personal finance, so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their family, their communities, and the country.

Please join me in supporting CEE by making a gift today.


Gabriel Tanglao
10-11th Grade Teacher
Bergen County Technical Schools, Teterboro

POSTED: December 14, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Wells Fargo’s Longstanding Partnership Helps to Advance the Cause

Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of the Council for Economic Education’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference. 

Teacher-Students-Young-1CEE greatly appreciates Wells Fargo’s continuing partnership and support of our annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference as well as many other programs over the past three decades.

This year, educators will have access to over 100 workshops that will prepare them to integrate personal finance and economics into their classes. One featured curriculum and program is Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking®.  Hands on Banking provides specialized resources for both individual and classroom learning, all of which are available for free in English and Spanish.

Count on Hands on Banking as a free, financial education program you can use to help students address real-life financial situations!

POSTED: September 29, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Wells Fargo Prioritizes Financial Education

studyWe’re proud to announce that Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of CEE’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, which is taking place in Brooklyn, NY, from October 6th-7th.  Thanks to Wells Fargo’s support, CEE will be able to provide K-12 educators from throughout the country with outstanding conference sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, and an impressive roster of guest speakers.

Wells Fargo strives to create a world in which all individuals are financially capable and have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed financial decisions. This commitment to promoting financial capability and helping people succeed financially is clear and demonstrated through the free, financial education program: Hands on Banking®. Hands on Banking provides relevant and engaging resources for both individual and classroom learning, all of which are available for free in English and Spanish.

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for making our educator conference possible and for continuing to support our mission to improve financial education!

POSTED: September 25, 2017 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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