2016 Accomplishments

In 2016, CEE made significant strides 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 in each of our core focus areas:

Meet the teachers where they are with what they need

  • Over 1 million unique visitors used EconEdLink – our online educator gateway with hundreds of free lesson plans and interactive classroom resources
  • Launched a variety of new topic modules on EconEdLink: Election Economics, Investing in a College Education, Behavioral Economics, AP Macroeconomics, and Understanding Fiscal Responsibility
  • Our investment in EconEdLink paid dividends with registrations up almost 50% and pages per visit up over 40%
  • Expanded our reach to math teachers – page views for our Math in the Real World resources have tripled over prior year
  • Provided in-person professional development to thousands of teachers nationwide – 63% were from Title I schools
  • More than 450 educators from 33 states attended our 55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Achieve scale and sustainability for our National Center for Economic and Financial Education

  • Reached nearly 3,000 teachers through our New York-based National Center for Economic and Financial Education – 73% of teachers were from Title I schools
  • Continued to receive high marks from educators on the quality of our programs, with 96% saying they would recommend them to a colleague
  • Hosted our first Family Financial Literacy Nights in New York City, which were lauded by parents, teachers, and students, and were covered by NY1

Grow and sustain our signature program, CEE’s National Economics Challenge (NEC)

  • More than 10,000 students competed from 44 states
  • Held the NEC finals in NYC – emceed by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman, covered live on CNBC’s Power Lunch and Squawk Box with additional coverage on the Nightly Business Report
  • Engaged prominent economists as judges for the final quiz bowl, including Charlie Calomiris (Columbia Business School), Bruce Kasman (JP Morgan), Michelle Meyer (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), and Mark Zandi (Moody’s Analytics)

Move the ball forward in the drive to support more personal finance and economics requirements and teaching in states

  • CEE’s biennial 2016 Survey of the States report documenting the state of economic and financial education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia generated over 1,000 press mentions, including coverage from CNBC, Education Week, the Wall Street Journal, and Knowledge@Wharton
  • Convened policy luncheons highlighting the need for financial literacy education at each of the presidential conventions

Thought Leadership and Visibility

  • CEO Nan J. Morrison was a featured speaker at the Alabama Economics Club, the National Summit on Solutions for Student Debt, New York University’s E-School for Girls event, and the Guardian Community College Conference
  • CEO quoted in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and NBC News Online
  • CEO selected as a judge for the American Bankers Association’s Community Commitment Awards
  • Over 500 K-12 students participated in our national video contest which asked students to provide economic advice to the next president
  • Hosted renowned economists as speakers through our Vantage Point series, including Richard Clarida (Columbia University), Alan Krueger (Princeton University), and Larry Summers (Harvard University)

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