2015 Accomplishments

Fulfilling the Mission: 2015 Highlights

In 2015 we made significant progress in carrying out our strategic goals and fulfilling our larger mission. We’ve included below a few of our key accomplishments from the past year.

Served as a crucial voice and influencer

  • Selected by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans to convene an event in New York City highlighting the need for financial literacy education, which featured former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Demonstrated thought leadership in the field; CEO Nan J. Morrison:
    • Represented K-12 education at TIAA-CREF’s invite-only symposium “Engaging Hispanics in their Financial Wellbeing”
    • Discussed how financial education can help break the cycle of poverty at the National Association of Business Economics Annual Meeting
    • Penned the foreword to the book Financial Literacy Education: Addressing Student, Business, and Government Needs
  • Informed the development of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Advancing K-12 Financial Education: A Guide for Policymakers, which showcased CEE’s programs and resources
  • Advised NBC Universal and Telemundo on their financial literacy initiative, Tu Dinero Es Tu Futuro, and participated in the kickoff
  • Hosted prominent economists through our Vantage Point series, including Charles Calomiris, Esther George, Greg Mankiw, Richard Sylla, and Mark Zandi, and honored Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller at our Visionary Awards gala

Leveled the playing-field by reaching low- and moderate-income students

Leveraged technology to meet the evolving needs of teachers

  • Welcomed more than 1.1 million unique visitors to EconEdLink and increased engagement with educators as measured by pages visited (up 63%) and time on site (up 18%)

  • Launched curriculum-agnostic personal finance exams, which are available for free on our Online Assessment Center

  • Acquired more than 3,000 new teacher and 57,000 student registrations for the Online Assessment Center

  • Expanded our first digital-only, multi-lesson resource – Math in the Real World – to 22 lessons, already widely used by math teachers

  • Implemented a certification program for Gen i Revolution – our free, online personal finance game – in partnership with Working in Support of Education (w!se) and rolled out the 16th mission to the game; increased student registrations over 20%

Extended our reach by expanding successful models and partnerships

  • Trained 55,000 teachers in person nationwide, including nearly 3,000 educators through our New York-based National Center for Economic and Financial Education

  • Continued to receive high marks from educators on the quality of our programs, with 97% saying they would recommend them to a colleague

  • Welcomed more than 500 attendees from 38 states to our 54th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference; six months after the last Conference, 100% of survey respondents said they would recommend it to a colleague and 94% are still using information and resources gained at the Conference

  • Held another successful National Economics Challenge with more than 10,500 students competing nationwide (up 55% from 3 years ago); CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman emceed the finals, which were covered live by CNBC and featured on PBS’s Nightly Business Report

  • Continued to show measureable impact: in a recent study that used CEE’s award-winning Financial Fitness for Life curriculum, 4th and 5th graders’ scores improved 34% and knowledge gains were sustained up to a year later

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