Council For Economic Education

New Topic on EconEdLink: Election Economics

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The Council for Economic Education is pleased to announce the release of a series of lesson plans to help educators (grades 9-12) teach the election and economics in their economics, civics, government, and other social studies courses. The lessons are all available for free on our teacher website EconEdLink.

Topics covered include:

  • Can Election Futures Markets Be More Accurate Than Polls?
  • Voters and Elections (Who Votes and Why?)
  • Money and Elections, Economic Misery and Presidential Elections, and more

Throughout the summer, additional lessons will be added on important campaign topics as the campaign continues to unfold, and CEE will also be hosting a free webinar for teachers on how to incorporate these lessons into their classrooms.

To ensure that you receive information about upcoming webinars and new materials available on EconEdLink, you can register for free at the following URL: www.econedlink.org/register.

If you have any questions, please contact April Somboun.

POSTED: May 4, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , ,

2016 Semi-Finalists: National Economics Challenge

 

Thousands of high school students nationwide competed in the National Economics Challenge! We are delighted to share with you the 34 teams from the Adam Smith Division and 33 teams from the David Ricardo Division who have made it to the semi-finals.

State Adam Smith Division David Ricardo Division
Alabama Vestavia Hills High School Eufaula High School
Arizona Basis Chandler Basis Scottsdale
Arkansas Little Rock Christian Academy Har-Ber High School
California Northern California – The Harker School Northern California Homestead High School
California Southern California – Dos Pueblos High School Southern California – El Segundo High School
Connecticut Choate Rosemary Hall Greenwich High School
Delaware The Charter School of Wilmington Smyrna High School
Florida Pine Crest School Mandarin High School
Georgia Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Jackson County Comprehensive High School
Hawaii Iolani School Iolani School
Illinois York Community High School
Indiana Carmel High School Carmel High School
Kansas Shawnee Mission South High Southeast High School
Maryland Mt. Hebron High Mt. Hebron High
Massachusetts Phillips Academy Andover Lexington High School
Michigan Chelsea High School Novi High School
Mississippi Ocean Springs High School Petal High School
Missouri Lindbergh High School St. Joseph Central
Minnesota TBA TBA
Montana Bozeman High School Park High School
Nebraska Bellevue East High School Waverly High School
New Jersey Monroe Township High School High School North
New York Stuyvesant High School Farmingdale Senior High School
North Carolina William G. Enloe High School North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
North Dakota Fargo Davies High School Jamestown High School
Oklahoma Edmond North High School Wilburton High School
Pennsylvania Conestoga High School Team 6 Upper Dublin High School
South Carolina Wando High School Ridgeview High School
Tennessee Collierville High School Memphis University School
Texas Bellaire High School James E. Taylor High School
Vermont Essex High School Mount Mansfield Union High School
Virginia Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Freedom High School
WILDCARD Upper Arlington High School Olympia High School
Wisconsin Germantown High School Melrose-Minforo

 

The teams will now compete in the semi-finals for a chance to advance to final round which will be held in New York City! Four teams from each Division with the highest scores will advance to compete for the grand prize and be crowned the National Economics Challenge Champions.

Thank you to all the students and their coaches who participated in the first round of competitions. We hope this was a valuable experience to all of you. And, good luck to the semi-finalists!

To learn more about the National Economics Challenge and keep tab on the finalists, please visit our site: www.nationaleconomicschallenge.org.

POSTED: April 20, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , ,

Graduating From Test Scores to Credit Scores

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Written by: Brian Page, Chair, Council for Economic Education Teacher Advisory Council

Later this spring, high schools across the country will be graduating students from a world of test scores to a world of credit scores. Many teens will unknowingly be making decisions that will impact them in the decade to come. Yet most lawmakers have fallen short of respecting personal finance as a dedicated subject worthy of stand alone classes required for graduation, taught by teachers trained to teach it well. It’s time we work together to advocate on behalf of high school students to prepare them for the real world.

High school science, math and language arts teachers receive content specific instruction in college, and are required to pass content specific tests to earn teacher certification. Personal finance… not so much. Often times when mandates are passed, they require the integration of personal finance into other coursework. The mandate is often dumped into the laps of teachers who have never been trained to teach personal finance.

A FINRA Investor Education Foundation-funded study, State Financial Education Mandates: It’s All in the Implementation, examined the effectiveness of state mandates on financial education for high-school students. The study noted that if a rigorous financial education program is carefully implemented, it can improve the credit scores and lower the probability of credit delinquency for young adults. In other words, we need to train our teachers, require semester courses devoted to personal finance, and use hands on teaching methods that focus on relevant content.

NCLB aside, our country has historically been a locally controlled education system. This changed following the financial collapse in 2008. Somehow a banking collapse led to education “reform”, and schools were faced with a multitude of new evaluation systems and testing requirements. Subsequently, schools and lawmakers now seem to lack the appetite to pass further education mandates. This should not preclude us from trying, using a common sense approach that does not further burden our schools. I’m confident that if asked, parents and teens would be much happier about recent reform efforts if standardized test scores were a little less important, and helping them build their own credit scores were a little more important.

POSTED: April 7, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

The 10th Annual Visionary Awards

 

Last night, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 10th Annual Visionary Awards dinner hosting 300 guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The evening showcased CEE’s mission, our impact to date, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy. The evening was a night of thought-provoking discussion, amiable conversation, and intellectual discourse.

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The Visionary Awards were given to four leaders who continue to advance our mission. The honorees were Ann Kaplan, Partner, Circle Wealth Management; Robert E. Moritz, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner PwC; Prof. Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University; and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Founder of DealBook, Financial Columnist for The New York Times, and CNBC Co-Anchor of “Squawk Box.”

During the evening, attendees enjoyed an entertaining fireside chat with the honorees moderated by the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and CNBC’s chief economist reporter, Steve Liesman. The fireside chat addressed hot topics such as women in the workplace, the housing “bubble,” interest rates, and most importantly, how individuals can make an impact to ensure our youth are given the opportunity to learn about economics and personal finance.

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CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers who advance economic education in and out of the classroom. The teachers received the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. They continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. 

The evening raised over $700,000 to support CEE’s programs and help us reach our goals to reach and teach every child in the United States to create a more informed citizenry capable of making better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and participants in the global economy.

We would also like to thank those who attended and to our sponsors who helped make this amazing event happen!

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POSTED: October 30, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

CEE Report – Fall 2015

Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

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Voya Foundation Awards $150,000 Grand for Partnership with Cristo Rey Schools
Note from Nan
CEE’s Annual Conference
CEE Thanks its Funders
2015 Visionary Awards

POSTED: October 21, 2015 | BY: John Jones | TAGS: , , , , , ,

CEE Report – Summer 2015

Three times a year the Council for Economic Education releases the CEE Report, highlighting our new and noteworthy events, programs and partnerships, including pilot programs and joint ventures with key supporters.

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Advancing Financial Education in New York City
Upcoming Events
Note from Nan
A Look At GCEE
Financial Literacy Month
Advocating for Economic & Financial Literacy
2015 National Economics Challenge
EconEdLink Relaunch
Gen i: New Mission & Partnership
Teacher Training from the National Center
Vantage Point: Real World Perspectives on the Economy
CEE and 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Vantage Point: Growing Companies, Growing Women
2015 Visionary Awards

POSTED: July 23, 2015 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

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