Celebrating Financial Literacy Month

nan headshot Celebrating Financial Literacy MonthBy Nan J. Morrison, President & CEO, Council for Economic Education.

As all of you know, April is no longer “the cruelest month”; it is now financial literacy month!

All of us at CEE are enthusiastic about our plans to celebrate the progress being made in financial and economic literacy and the chance to involve all of you.

First and foremost, we are launching our new National Standards for Financial Literacy, providing a toolkit for educators in creating a solid curriculum for all of our students. By giving financial and economic education equal status with other subjects (math, science, languages), we will increase both state and national will and resources to this mission.

In addition, throughout the month of April, we will share the perspectives here of some of our nation’s most important financial, corporate, and political leaders on the need for and importance of financial and economic literacy. Look out for essays from great guest bloggers, such as:

Lori Berkes-Nelson, President, Econ Illinois
Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, TX-15
JD Hoye, President, National Academy Foundation
Max Isenberg, freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and former National Economics Challenge finalist
Dan Kadlec, journalist
Jeff Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and CEE Board Member
David H. Lillard, Jr., Tennessee State Treasurer
Barbara O’Neill, Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Brian Page, 2011 Ohio Department of Education Milken National Educator Recipient
Mike Periu, President, Proximo, Inc. and CEE Board Member
Amy Rosen, President & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Joan Rosenbaum, 5th grade teacher

And more!

Check out this link to see the events that we will be sponsoring for April as well.

At the end of the month, I will share my thoughts on these experiences. And I hope that you will share some of your experiences with us here.

We know that financial literacy changes the way people see the world and their roles in it. Together, we can make a difference.

Nan J. Morrison
President & CEO
Council for Economic Education

POSTED: April 1, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , ,

This America Saves Week: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager.
The theme for America Saves Week 2013 is more than just a theme; it’s is the essence of a sound approach to savings, designed to help individuals take financial action. Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Knowing what you want to save for, how to achieve it, and then making the savings process automatic will allow you to reach your savings goal.

Set a Goal

You can save more by having a goal in mind. Visualizing what you want to save for gives your savings a purpose. You may be tempted to withdraw from your savings if it has no purpose. But once you have a goal in place, you know that taking money out of your savings is taking away from that ultimate goal. So what are you saving for? An emergency fund, a home, retirement, a car? Read more…

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State Treasurer’s Financial Literacy Measure Passes Mississippi House by a Landslide

A legislative measure that would teach your children how to budget and save is one step closer to becoming a reality in Mississippi. House Bill 637, a measure being promoted by state Treasurer Lynn Fitch, sailed through the House chamber last week with strong support by a vote of 118-1.  It now heads to the Senate for approval.

“Teaching the ins and outs of managing money is a very powerful gift to give a young person,” said Treasurer Fitch. This bill would make sure all Mississippi high school students graduate knowing how to write checks and budget, the risks and benefits of saving and investing, the difference between gross and net income and other aspects of financial literacy. Read more…

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5 Easy Ways to Get Involved in America Saves Week and Save Successfully

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager.

America Saves Week February 25 – March 2, 2013 is chance for individuals to assess their own saving status and take financial action. Studies reveal that having a savings plan with specific goals can have beneficial financial effects, even for lower-income families.

Here are 5 easy ways to get involved in America Saves Week:

Take the America Saves Pledge Read more…

POSTED: February 18, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

NAF Finance Academies Receive Curriculum Boost from CEE

National Academy Foundation (NAF) is collaborating with the Council for Economic Education to strengthen NAF’s Academies of Finance and ensure all students receive a financial literacy education that they deserve.

The Academy of Finance (AOF) connects high school students with the world of financial services, offering a curriculum that covers banking and credit, financial planning, international finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics.

Through this collaboration:

  • NAF academies will gain access to CEE lessons that align with AOF curriculum.
  • CEE subject matter experts will conduct an industry validation review of the AOF student certification and assessment process that, once completed and approved, will lead to CEE validation.
  • CEE will provide professional development on using their lessons at NAF Next.

CEE is pleased to collaborate with NAF to ensure America’s young people receive a solid financial literacy education contextualized in a broad knowledge of economics.

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POSTED: February 15, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

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