Since its inception in 1948 the Council for Economic Education has made it its mission to deliver economic education and financial literacy to K-12 students nationwide. In this overview, you’ll see how for the past 65 years the Council has used ever-changing techniques to educate the educators. By equipping teachers with innovative resources, the Council has made great strides in improving the education of economics and personal finance in our schools.
Nancy Hanlon Harrison has recently been appointed the new Executive Director/President of Econ Illinois. Econ Illinois, formerly the Illinois Council for Economic Education, was founded in 1951 and has been helping integrate economic materials into curricula ever since. Nancy has served as the senior Vice President and Assistant Director of Econ Illinois since 2001 and has been actively involved in economic and entrepreneurship education throughout her career.
We are all excited to see Nancy Harrison help bring economic education to Illinois’ schools!
The 53rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Dallas earned media mentions from publications across the country. Here are some highlights:
- Professor Alan Krueger, Princeton University, was our plenary keynote speaker; he was joined by CNBC.com’s Kelli Grant for a lively Q&A.
- CEE got some great media coverage in the Dallas Morning News and on ABC News Dallas; to check out an in-studio interview click here.
Selena Swartzfager, leader of the Mississippi Council for Economic Education, writes an insightful article about second chances and the importance of raising your children to know sound economic principles. Swartzfager believes that no one is ever too young to become financially literate. It doesn’t matter if you’re only twelve, you can still learn about opportunity costs, the importance of savings and W-9s.
Educators, Experts, Economic Leaders Convene in Dallas for 53rd Annual Financial and Economic Literacy Conference
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…
- Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is considering recommendations made by a team reviewing the state’s current financial literacy courses.
- One suggestion was updating the state’s current standards so that the financial literacy benchmarks would be clearer and more appropriate for measuring mastery. Until these revisions are made, educators will continue having flexibility in how financial literacy is taught.
- Iowa is one of only a handful of states that require financial literacy courses.
According to the Council for Economic Education, while all 50 states and the District of Columbia include economics in their K–12 standards, less than half make economics a required course for graduation. More specifically, only 17 require students to take personal finance courses. While educators spend a lot of energy on STEM courses and other technologies of the future, it would seem equally important to discuss money with students. Not only is money management a necessary adult skill, but poverty can contribute greatly to achievement levels. Schools have an opportunity to teach skills that students may not be receiving at home, but could make a massive difference in curbing generational monetary mismanagement.
As Branstad explained, “Financial skills are essential. Which is why they are included in Iowa’s academic standards. We know our children need to be financially literate in order to have a bright and successful future.”