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2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

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The Council for Economic Education is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award, honoring three outstanding teachers for excellence in economic education. Demonstrating teaching concepts that improve and stimulate economic understanding in and out of their classroom, these teachers are raising the bar for K-12 economic education, and will receive the John Morton Award at CEE’s 55th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference on October 7 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Selected by an expert panel of judges, this year’s winners stood out for their innovative approaches and classroom results on an important subject. They also encouraged their students to use economics and financial literacy as a means to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in their education and their future careers. This year’s winning teachers are: Gina Boyd, Mayflower Mill Elementary School, Lafayette, Indiana; Patricia Dennis, Sonara Middle School, Springdale, Arkansas; and Jacob Clifford, San Pasqual High School, Escondido, California.

“These three teachers exemplify outstanding and innovative economic teaching approaches for all ages. They bring economics to life for their students and have clearly shown their commitment to economic education that extends beyond the classroom,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE President and CEO. “We hope that by highlighting their achievements and passion for the subject, these educators will continue to help move the needle forward to bring economics into all classrooms.

POSTED: October 5, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Gina Boyd Awarded the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching Award

Gina Head shot pic cropped1 Gina Boyd Awarded the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching AwardGina Boyd, a teacher at Mayflower Mill Elementary School, has been awarded the 2016 John Morton Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award recognizes Boyd for her outstanding work in teaching economics and financial literacy to her students. It also recognizes her efforts in organizing after-school workshops for other teachers so they could learn how to incorporate economics into their own course work. With her work in and out of the classroom, Gina Boyd has demonstrated her commitment to raising the bar for economics and financial literacy education. She will receive her well-deserved reward at the Financial Literacy and Economic Education conference on Oct. 7 in Phoenix.

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POSTED: September 29, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

2016 Visionary Awards Honorees: Arianna Huffington, Richard Edelman, Frank Bisignano, and Glenn Hubbard



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We are excited to announce this year’s distinguished honorees at the 11th Annual Visionary Awards, four individuals who are making a powerful impact on financial and economic literacy. The Visionary Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of leaders, experts and educators whose efforts are moving the needle in the right direction, helping create a society better able to make informed decisions as consumers, savers, investors, voters, and participants in our global economy.

This year’s honorees include Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, the leading communications marketing firm, with 65 offices and 5,500 employees worldwide; Frank Bisignano, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First Data Corporation; and Glenn Hubbard Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.

“One of the greatest gifts we can give the next generation is an early understanding of healthy money habits and basic financial literacy,” said Ms. Huffington. “When we do this, we’re not only helping them to succeed financially, we’re helping them build a foundation that allows them to live a less stressful and more resilient life and reach their full potential.”

The event will be held in New York City’s landmark Plaza Hotel on October 26, the 2016 Visionary Awards will be emceed by Steve Liesman, CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter.

The 2016 Visionary Awards are made possible by the generous support of our Platinum Sponsors Edelman and First Data; Gold Sponsors Mellody Hobson/Ariel Investments, HSBC, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Mastercard, The Moody’s Foundation, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, PwC, State Farm, Verizon, and Wells Fargo; and Silver Sponsors Ally, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., FINRA, Ford Motor Credit Company, The Julis Family, Kirkland & Ellis, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, and UPS; and Fireside Chat Sponsor Bank of America.

For more information on CEE’s Visionary Awards, please visit www.councilforeconed.org/visionaryawards.

POSTED: September 13, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , ,

CEE Teams Up with BloomBoard

“There are so many resources out there on how to teach and what materials to use. How do I narrow it down to get the best of what I need?”


If these thoughts resonate with you, then you definitely have to bookmark BloomBoard.  The educators at BloomBoard know that curation of relevant content is one of the most valuable services one can offer on the Internet.

Starting this month, BloomBoard has invited the Council for Economic Education (CEE) along with other experienced educators to create Collections of resources targeted to specific teaching objectives. As the leader of a national movement to bring economics education and financial literacy to every child, we know how to tackle the challenges involved in teaching these subjects to children in grades K-12.

For our debut Collection on BloomBoard, we decided to focus on teaching financial literacy to young learners in kindergarten through fifth grade. There’s good reason to start teaching finance early. Researchers have found that when elementary students study financial literacy, they develop more positive financial attitudes and behaviors such as saving that will continue throughout their lives.

Our Collection recommends teaching financial literacy with a wide range of resources including lesson plans, activities, songs, videos, professional development, and research.

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Here are some of the resources that we recommend in this Collection:

Getting Started: EconEdLinkJoin thousands of K-5 teachers successfully using these lessons to teach concepts such as the cost of choosing between “this and that” and how scarcity influences their world to young learners.

Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners Federal Reserve Bank of St LouisKiddynomics introduces young children to economic thinking with five lessons based on popular storybooks.

Playful Economics: Scarcity, EconEdLinkAward-winning 5th-grade teacher, Shanan Reigle, shows how she teaches scarcity in this instructional video. Students move from creating products with play dough to tweeting about their new understanding.

Creating a Classroom Economy Unit Plan by Beth Newingham, ScholasticStudents build a class economy replete with specific jobs, salaries, and currency. As class citizens, they must manage their money, using credits, debits, and checks.

Visitors to Bloomboard can save, share, and follow Collections. They will also be able to earn micro-credentials for their skills.

We would also like to introduce Buck Institute for Education (BIE) who posted the Collection, Gold Standard Project Based Learning: An Overview, on BloomBoard following ours. BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts.showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas. Their comprehensive overview will help teachers get started with PBL.

We hope you will take a look at BIE’s Collection as well as others on BloomBoard. And, join us on BloomBoard in using and providing content that is relevant for our teachers today.

POSTED: February 17, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , ,

Note from Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO | Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools

SOS Cover7 300x262 Note from Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO | Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s SchoolsEvery two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) comprehensively reviews the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. There has been notable progress since the first survey was published in 1998; yet the pace of change has slowed. The 2016 Survey of the States shows that there has been no improvement in economic education in recent years and slow growth in personal finance education.The biennial Survey of the States serves as an important benchmark for our progress, revealing both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Research shows that requirements are the main driver of economics and personal finance being taught in schools. CEE works with our nationwide network of affiliates to both advocate for requirements and assist in their implementation. To support local and state advocacy initiatives, we have developed voluntary standards in economics and personal finance; nationally-normed, curriculum-agnostic assessments in economics and personal finance; and an online advocacy toolkit.

Visit our website for an interactive experience and download the study. And, find out where you state stands in economics and personal finance education and how you can take action today.

POSTED: January 29, 2016 | BY: Daniel Thompson

CNBC’s Sharon Epperson Explains Savings to Kids

Sharon Epperson, a former CEE Board Member and Senior Personal Finance Correspondent for CNBC, recently made a guest appearance on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show in a special segment entitled “Sharon Epperson Chats Finance.” In the segment, Ms. Epperson explains how a child can start a savings account with money earned from a lemonade stand.

Watch the clip here:

POSTED: June 23, 2015 | BY: Daniel Thompson

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