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Council for Economic Education Produces Content for Minecraft: Education Edition

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The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to announce new educational content released for Mojang and Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition. CEE released two free Minecraft lesson plans providing teachers, grades 3-5 nationwide the opportunity to further engage their students on the subject of economics via one of the most popular games in the world.

The lesson plans are designed for students to explore how to make smart economic choices in a team setting. When playing Minecraft, students will evaluate costs and benefits to help determine the types of resources needed to build a structure. In turn, when they’ve created a structure in Minecraft they will reflect on how their economic decisions made a positive or negative impact on their built environment.

“We are excited about our activities with the Minecraft Education team,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “The fact is that only 20 states require students to take a course in high school economics and it’s our mission to ensure kids at every age are given the opportunity to learn key economic concepts. Using Minecraft is a fun and easy way to teach kids about fundamental life skills – choices, costs, and benefits – all core principles of economics.”

CEE will continue to develop free Minecraft lesson plans tied to economic concepts for teachers to use in the classroom. To view the two free lesson plans, please visit:

Teachers can sign-up for a trial of Minecraft: Education Edition by visiting: http://education.minecraft.net/get-started/.

POSTED: March 8, 2017 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

Larry Kantor, Chet Ragavan and Phil Wharton Named New Board Members at Council for Economic Education

We are delighted to announce that the Council for Economic Education has just added three new board members: Larry Kantor, Chet Ragavan and Phil Wharton.

“We are excited to have Larry, Chet and Phil join CEE’s board,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO. “These individuals bring a depth and range of experience in the financial arena that will serve our board and CEE’s mission well. They are dedicated to our vision to see that all our children have the knowledge to make better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and active participants in the global economy.”

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Larry Kantor, a 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, retired from Barclays in 2015 as Managing Director and Head of Global Research. Kantor was also a member of the Executive Committee that set the strategy for the Investment Bank. Prior to Barclays, he held positions at JP Morgan Chase, Normandy Asset Management, the Federal Reserve Board and Lehigh University. Kantor has made many appearances in the media, including on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and radio, The Nightly Business Report and CBS Evening News. 

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Chet Ragavan serves as executive vice president and chief risk officer for Voya Financial. He is responsible for overseeing the enterprise-wide and business-level risk monitoring and management program for the organization. His responsibilities include managing the framework for measuring, controlling, hedging and pricing risk, as well as compliance with all global financial reporting standards for the company.

Ragavan joined ING U.S. Investment Management (ING U.S. IM) in April 2008 as chief risk officer. Prior to joining the company, he served as managing director, co-head of the Portfolio Analytics Group for BlackRock Solutions following its merger with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1980 and has held a number of senior investment and risk management positions within its various subsidiaries.

Ragavan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management science from Madurai University, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Madras, both in India. He also earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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Phil Wharton serves as Executive Vice President for Residential Development at RXR Realty. Wharton joined RXR in December 2014 and oversees the residential development activities at RXR. Prior to joining RXR, he had worked at Brookfield Property Group as Senior Vice President for Development. In this role, Wharton oversaw all strategic initiatives pertaining to Brookfield’s 10-million-square-foot U.S. development pipeline, including the Manhattan West project on Manhattan’s West Side.

Prior to that, Wharton worked at AvalonBay Communities, a $10 billion equity cap real estate investment trust specializing in luxury multifamily development projects across the US. Wharton was on the Board of Trustees of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School for ten years.

Wharton holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

For media inquiries:

April Somboun, Director of Marketing
Council for Economic Education
asomboun@councilforeconed.org
212-730-6727

POSTED: February 23, 2017 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , ,

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: , , , , , , ,

CEE Launches #MySavingsStory Campaign to Celebrate Financial Literacy Month

 

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Happy Financial Literacy Month!

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is thrilled to announce the launch of the #MySavingsStory Video Campaign to inform and inspire kids to understand and take control of their financial lives. We’ve enlisted fashion designer Elie Tahari, best-selling author of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, entrepreneur Rosie Pope, and others to share, via videos, what they’ve learned about the importance of financial literacy and saving.

Below you will find the names of those involved and dates when their videos will be released throughout Financial Literacy Month. Make sure to check our Facebook page to watch their #MySavingsStory videos and hear their personal finance stories and savings advice firsthand!

We are so grateful to all who have joined the cause:

  •  April 1: Rosie Pope, Entrepreneur
  • April 3: Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, Entrepreneur and Blogger
  • April 6: Melissa Giannini, Editor-in-Chief, Nylon Magazine
  • April 8: Noelle Scaggs, Fitz and The Tantrums Vocalist
  • April 10: Natalie Zfat, Social Media Entrepreneur
  • April 13: Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO, Council for Economic Education
  • April 16: John Dioso, Executive Director of Editorial Operations, Glamour Magazine
  • April 18: Jeff Kinney, Author, Diary of A Wimpy Kid
  • April 20: Elie Tahari, Fashion Designer
  • April 22: Mona Patel, CEO & Founder, Motivate Design
  • April 23: Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Economics and Accountancy, George Washington School of Business
  • April 24: Dan Kadlec, Journalist, Time Magazine
  • April 26: Veeral Rathod, CEO & Founder, J. Hilburn
  • April 28: Kelli Grant, Consumer Reporter, CNBC.com
  • April 30: Jeff Lacker, American Economist and President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Through these personal stories, we hope to demonstrate how critically important financial literacy is for our nation’s students.

Also, we encourage you to share your own #MySavingsStory with us! You can do so by creating your own video (60 seconds or less) or by posting a personal finance story/lesson to your Facebook page and/or blog. Make sure to use the #MySavingsStory hashtag when sharing and tweet us at @council4econed so, we can further spread your story.

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POSTED: April 1, 2016 | BY: April Somboun

Council for Economic Education Honors Dr. Annamaria Lusardi with 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award

Financial Literacy Pioneer Recognized for Extraordinary Work to Advance Awareness of Economic and Financial Education

WASHINGTON, DC (January 15, 2014) The Council for Economic Education is delighted to announce that Prof. Annamaria Lusardi of George Washington University (GW) will be honored with the 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Award, recognizing her extraordinary work to advance public awareness of the importance of economic and financial education.

A pioneer in the study of financial literacy, Prof. Lusardi is widely renowned for her Annamaria Lusardi Forbes Award 300x198 Council for Economic Education Honors Dr. Annamaria Lusardi with 2014 William A. Forbes Public Awareness Awardextraordinary contributions to the field. Among her numerous achievements, she designeda measurement of financial literacy that has been used in national surveys around the world, while her theoretical and empirical work has helped to make a compelling case for the cost and consequences of financial illiteracy. She has published many papers and two books on the topic of financial literacy and also edited special issues on financial literacy for the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance andNumeracy.           Read more…

POSTED: January 26, 2015 | BY: John Jones | TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference

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Council for Economic Education to Host 500+ Attendees at Annual Conference 

DALLAS, TX (September 23, 2014) - The U.S. ranks square in the middle of the pack and far below expectations in financial literacy, according to recently released data from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). But fortunately, there are a growing number of educators, organizations and experts who are working to raise the bar for financial literacy education—and many of them will convene in Dallas next month for the 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference. Read more…

POSTED: September 23, 2014 | BY: Daniel Thompson | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

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