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Mark Cuban, Randi Zuckerberg, Andrew Ross Sorkin and others to kick-off Financial Literacy Month with “My Savings Tip” campaign

By April Somboun

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On April 1, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) will kick off a month-long financial literacy campaign, enlisting Mark Cuban, Beth Kobliner, Ron Lieber, Jeffrey M. Lacker, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Alexa von Tobel, Randi Zuckerberg and others to raise awareness for personal finance and economic education in our nation’s schools. Participants will share personal savings tips on social media to inform and inspire kids to understand and take control of their financial lives.

With early and continued exposure to personal finance and economics, kids grow up to be better savers, investors, borrowers, voters and participants in the global economy. They can make better financial decisions for themselves and their families. CEE, in partnership with entrepreneur Natalie Zfat and economists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and journalists (see full list below) will be sharing their savings tips, in hopes to inspire kids to understand how critically important financial literacy is to set foundations for their lives and careers.

“We’re excited to launch the My Savings Tip campaign with Natalie Zfat and this group of inspiring participants to showcase the importance of financial literacy,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, CEE. “Hearing directly from experienced leaders and entrepreneurs about their personal savings tips is a powerful message—we can’t thank them enough for helping to inspire young people through their messages.

“I can’t think of anything more important than a child’s education,” said Natalie Zfat. “It’s an honor to work with CEE again to help teach kids how saving is such an integral part of success.”

The #MySavingsTip campaign will run across multiple social media platforms throughout April to get kids talking about how to create lives of possibility. You can follow along via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

List of Participants:

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POSTED: March 28, 2017 | BY: brendan

CEE Launches Student Poster Contest for Financial Literacy Month!

By Daniel Thompson

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The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to announce the launch of our Financial Literacy Student Poster Contest open to all NYC Metro area teachers and their students*.

Teachers are invited to submit their students’ creative posters that illustrate a personal finance or economics concept. Four winners will be selected by CEE – one from each grade band (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12).

The student winner and their teacher each will receive a $250 AmEx gift card plus an invitation to a recognition ceremony where we will feature their work of art. We can’t wait to see what the students will design!

For more information on eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our contest submission page.

* Contest is open only to residents of the following counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester. To view the official contest rules click here.

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POSTED: March 13, 2017 | BY: brendan

Council for Economic Education Produces Content for Minecraft: Education Edition

By April Somboun

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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/.

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POSTED: March 8, 2017 | BY: brendan

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

By April Somboun

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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.”

Larry Kantor

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.

Chet Ragavan

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

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POSTED: February 23, 2017 | BY: brendan

Upcoming Webinars 2017

Calling all K-12 classroom teachers!

We are excited to announce Council for Economics’ free webinar schedule for all K-12 teachers this spring! The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in your classroom and, in turn, creating a fun learning experience for your students. The following six main topics include a series of webinars:

  1. Financial Fitness for Life (gr. K-5)
  2. The Classroom Mini-Economy (gr. 3-5)
  3. Entrepreneurship Economics (gr. 9-12)
  4. Economics, U.S. History and the C3 Framework (gr. 9-12)
  5. Sports Economics (gr. 9-12)
  6. Behavioral Economics (gr. 9-12)

When you attend the webinar(s), you will leave with relevant lessons, resources and tools that can be used in your classroom the next day. Also, you’ll earn one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for each webinar. 

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please still register and CEE will send you an email with a link to the recorded webinar.

Go ahead and register today!

POSTED: January 16, 2017 | BY: Margaret Brooks

New Resource! Personal Finance Printables for Grades K-5

By April Somboun

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We are excited to announce a new product in our store: Personal Finance Printables for Grades K-5. This is a great spiral bound resource for elementary teachers that contains one-page printable handouts reinforcing concepts such as saving, spending, needs, wants, budgets and more to complement in-class lessons or for students to bring the learning home.

The resource is organized by concept and grade level. You can easily select the activities to help even the youngest students acquire the tools to live a life of opportunity.

Purchase your copy today: www.councilforeconed.org/printables

Prices:

  • Hard copy: $12.99
  • eBook: $8.00
  • Hard copy + eBook: $15.00

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POSTED: December 1, 2016 | BY: brendan

11th Annual Visionary Awards

By April Somboun

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Last night, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 11thth Annual Visionary Awards dinner hosting over 300 guests at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The evening showcased CEE’s mission, our impact to date, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy. Emceed by CNBC’s senior economics reporter, Steve Liesman, the evening was a night of meaningful discussion and amiable conversation.

Four leaders who continue to advance our mission were honored with the Visionary Awards. The honorees were : Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman; 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.

During the evening, attendees enjoyed a thought-provoking and entertaining fireside chat with the honorees moderated by Steve Liesman. The fireside chat addressed current topics such as the upcoming presidential election and income inequality. Most importantly, each individual provided their thoughts on how we as a country can provide our children with the resources and knowledge to realize their full potential and live lives of opportunity.

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CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers with the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. These teachers continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. This year’s winning teachers are: Theresa Fisher, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT; Jonathan Joseph, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY; and Gloria Schneider, SAR High School, Bronx, NY.

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During the program, Steve also got everyone on their feet to test their economic smarts with questions for high school students from CEE’s National Economics Challenge. Answers were on the honor system, but at the end each guest understood how important these economic questions are to understanding and thriving in this complex and competitive world.

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The evening raised a record $800,000 to support CEE’s programs and help us reach our goal 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 thank our sponsors who helped make this amazing event happen!

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POSTED: October 27, 2016 | BY: brendan

Natalie Zfat + CEE’s 11th Annual Visionary Awards

By April Somboun

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We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Natalie Zfat, writer and entrepreneur. Natalie will be providing live coverage via our social media channels at the 11th Annual Visionary Awards dinner. She will be taking over our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages tomorrow, October 26th at 6 p.m.

Follow along as Natalie shares her experience at the Visionary Awards–where we will honor four leaders who promote economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. 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.

Also, we will award the winners of the 4th annual Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Awards, honoring three outstanding NYC metropolitan area teachers for excellence in economic education: Theresa Fisher, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT; Jonathan Joseph, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY; and Gloria Schneider, SAR High School, Bronx, NY.

Thank you, Natalie for your continued support of our mission and spreading word about the importance of personal finance and economic education.

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POSTED: October 25, 2016 | BY: brendan