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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:

Ava Fauvell
Ava Fauvell

Paige Leonard
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

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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

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