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12th Annual Visionary Awards a Success!

By Daniel Thompson

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Last Wednesday, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 12th Annual Visionary Awards dinner at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. During the course of the evening, we showcased our mission, demonstrated our impact, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. Emceed by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, Steve Liesman, the dinner was filled with meaningful discussion about the state of economic and financial literacy education in our country.

The three Visionary Awards recipients are: Gregory Mankiw, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University; Michael A. Peterson, President and CEO of Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and Daniel H. Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. The honorees engaged in a thought-provoking “fire-side chat”, where they discussed several economic and financial literacy issues including the future of electronic commerce, our national debt, and the debt that many families currently find themselves in.

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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: Doug Kramer, 12th Grade Economics, AP Economics, World History, and Government at Herricks High School; Theodore Opderbeck, 10-12th Grade AP Economics, Honors Economics, Principles of Economics and Personal Finance, US History, Criminal Procedure, and Introduction to Law at Waldwick High School; and Gabriel Tanglao, 10-11th Grade AP US History, and US History I Honors at Bergen County Technical Schools, Teterboro Campus.

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The evening was a great success raising close to $600,000. Funding supports our mission, helping us to continue on the path of our digital transformation with EconEdLink; expand our reach through our National Center for Financial and Economic Education and Master Teacher Program; and support our National Economics Challenge, Personal Finance Challenge, K-5 Afterschool Program, and so many other things.

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POSTED: October 30, 2017 | BY: brendan

Hands on Banking: Tools You Can Use

By Daniel Thompson

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Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of the Council for Economic Education’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.

As the presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo is committed to financial education. Since 2003, thousands of Wells Fargo team members have reached nearly 4 million people through financial education outreach efforts.

One way that Wells Fargo demonstrates its commitment to financial education is through its Hands on Banking® program. Hands on Banking provides specialized resources for both individual and classroom learning. This program offers relevant and engaging content on banking, budgeting, managing credit, investing, and more. There are several resources available to explore these financial topics, including Zing, a friendly and curious green alien that helps students in grades 4 through 5 or self-paced modules for high school students.

Please visit the Hands on Banking exhibit during the conference to learn more.

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POSTED: October 3, 2017 | BY: brendan

Wells Fargo’s Longstanding Partnership Helps to Advance the Cause

By Daniel Thompson

Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of the Council for Economic Education’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.

CEE greatly appreciates Wells Fargo’s continuing partnership and support of our annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference as well as many other programs over the past three decades.

This year, educators will have access to over 100 workshops that will prepare them to integrate personal finance and economics into their classes. One featured curriculum and program is Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking®. Hands on Banking provides specialized resources for both individual and classroom learning, all of which are available for free in English and Spanish.

Count on Hands on Banking as a free, financial education program you can use to help students address real-life financial situations!

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POSTED: September 29, 2017 | BY: brendan

Wells Fargo Prioritizes Financial Education

By Daniel Thompson

We’re proud to announce that Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of CEE’s 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, which is taking place in Brooklyn, NY, from October 6th-7th. Thanks to Wells Fargo’s support, CEE will be able to provide K-12 educators from throughout the country with outstanding conference sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, and an impressive roster of guest speakers.

Wells Fargo strives to create a world in which all individuals are financially capable and have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed financial decisions. This commitment to promoting financial capability and helping people succeed financially is clear and demonstrated through the free, financial education program: Hands on Banking®. Hands on Banking provides relevant and engaging resources for both individual and classroom learning, all of which are available for free in English and Spanish.

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for making our educator conference possible and for continuing to support our mission to improve financial education!

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POSTED: September 25, 2017 | BY: brendan

Congratulations to the Winners of our NYC Student Poster Contest!

By Daniel Thompson

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We are proud to announce the winners of the NYC-Metro Area Poster Contest. The Contest asked K-12 students to illustrate a personal finance or economics concept. We received hundreds of entries from across the five boroughs.

Four winners were selected by the CEE Poster Contest Committee – one from each grade band (K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12) plus honorable mentions. The student winners and their teachers were recognized at a “viewing party” in SoHo where their artwork was on display. The winners each received a $250 AmEx gift card, a certificate, and most importantly recognized for their hard work and creatively. Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO presented the awards in front of a studio filled with the students’ families and friends.

Grades K-2 Winner: Charlotte Wachter

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island

Grades 3-5 Winner: Ethan Esparrago

  • Teacher: Lois Wang
  • Saint Stephen of Hungary School, New York, NY

Ethan Esparrago1 Congratulations to the Winners of our NYC Student Poster Contest!


Grades 6-8 Winner: Erica Rotondi

  • Teacher: Theresa Valenti
  • St. Clare School, Staten Island, NY

Erica Rotundi Congratulations to the Winners of our NYC Student Poster Contest!


Grades 9-12 Winner: Paige Leonard

  • Teacher: Elizabeth Price
  • Northport Highshool, Northport, Long Island

Honorable Mentions:

Grades K-2: Ava Fauvell

  • Teacher: Ricki Sokol
  • Ann MacArthur Primary School, Locust Valley, Long Island

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Grades 6-8: Salma Farrea

  • Teacher: Caroline Feeney
  • Waterside School for Leadership, Rockaway Park, NY

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Grades 9-12: Britney Delgado

  • Teacher:Lynn Tiede
  • Columbia Secondary School, New York, NY

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Awards Ceremony:

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Paige Leonard

Ethan Esparrago
Ethan Esparrago

Charlotte Wachter
Charlotte Wachter

Britney Delgado
Britney Delgado

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POSTED: May 16, 2017 | BY: brendan

Successful Leaders Share Their #MySavingsTip Throughout Financial Literacy Month

By April Somboun

For Financial Literacy Month, in partnership with Natalie Zfat, Entrepreneur and Forbes Contributor, we enlisted successful leaders in all different fields such as Mark Cuban, Randi Zuckerberg, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Alexa von Tobel and others to inspire kids to start saving and raise awareness for personal finance and economic education in our nation’s schools. Throughout the entire month, the participants shared their best money-savings tip.

The #MySavingsTip campaign and a handful of participants were featured throughout the month on CNBC, CNBC Make It, Mashable and HuffPost. Here’s a great round-up along with an inspiring video of the campaign from CNBC Make It, Mark Cuban and 24 other leaders and execs offer their No. 1 best money-saving tip.”

It’s true: “you don’t have to be young to benefit from the advice.”

List of Participants:

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POSTED: May 4, 2017 | BY: brendan

National Economics Challenge Finalists Win Trip To Germany!

By Daniel Thompson

Screen Shot 2017 05 04 at 3.55.51 PM 485x1024 National Economics Challenge Finalists Win Trip To Germany!

This year, two lucky National Economics Challenge finalists have been randomly selected to attend an all-expense paid trip to The Joachim Herz Stiftung’s Economy Camp!

The winners are David V. Zheng (Moundsview High School, Minnesota) and Stephanie Zhang, (North Penn High School, Pennsylvania). David and Stephanie will join high school students from across Germany and the United States to debate and discuss current economic topics.

But, before they fly off to Germany, both will be coming to New York City with their teammates to compete for a chance at winning the National Economics Challenge’s Championship title.

To learn more about the National Economics Challenge and find out what teams have made it to the finals, please visit: www.nationaleconomicschallenge.org.

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POSTED: May 4, 2017 | BY: brendan

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