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Economists on the Economy with Loretta Mester, Cleveland Federal Reserve – June 17 @ 4PM

By Alan

Please join the Council for Economic Education for a special live stream event:

ECONOMISTS ON THE ECONOMY


FEATURING

LORETTA J. MESTER
President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

President Mester will be presenting her economic outlook and the Federal Reserve’s response to the crisis.

The presentation will be followed by Q and A.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

4:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

ABOUT THE COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

To learn more about CEE, please visit www.councilforeconed.org.

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POSTED: June 5, 2020 | BY: brendan

A message of solidarity from CEE

By Alan

Our team at CEE joins you in grief and shock at the brutal homicide of George Floyd. Yet another black man felled. I feel the same hollowness in my soul as I did when I first walked into Dachau or when I visited the genocide museum in Rwanda. And, no, we cannot just stand silent.
The Black community has felt the pain of COVID 19 so acutely in loss of life and jobs. And, now, another blow: one that tells them that their suffering continues unabated, unseen and unheard. One that tells them mercy never comes.

Our educators are feeling the pain of not being there for their students to comfort and create a safe place for them, to guide them in building meaningful pathways to move ahead. Over the next few weeks we will help teachers address these challenges. While this may seem outside our core subjects of economics and personal finance, we always seek to address the broader issues of equity, prejudice and reform and have done so through lessons such as The Economics of Jim Crow andThe Economics of Racial Discrimination. We are educators first and must support our colleagues in the profession now, especially the many we work with from communities feeling even more vulnerable.

We cannot stand by silently. We must and do stand in solidarity with the Black community. We do what we can and what we must. If just one teacher finds a way to comfort and inspire even one of her students as a result of something we do, then we have done our job as CEE. And we will continue to speak out for justice, fairness and equality for all of our citizens – that is our job as human beings.

Stay safe and strong,

Nan J Morrison
President and CEO
the Council for Economic Education (CEE)

“It is not your job to complete the task,
but neither can you desist from working at it.” (Ethics of the Fathers 2:16)

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POSTED: June 5, 2020 | BY: brendan

Announcing the 2020 RI Economics Challenge Results!

The 2020 RI Economics Challenge results are in! We are pleased to announce the following RI schools to be recognized with awards:

 

Adam Smith division

1st Place East Greenwich High. Team EG7 won 1st place Adam Smith state title for their school with high score 860. Congratulations to Suraj Sait, Morgan Prior, Brant Wei, and Andy Babb. Teacher Tim McPartlin

2nd Place West Warwick High. Team VHBC won 2nd place Adam Smith state title for their school. Congratulations to Virsavia Goretoy, Hannah Cyr, Baley Waterman, and Cayla LaCroix. Teacher Marc LeBlanc.

3rd Place La Salle Academy. Team One More Month won 3rd place Adam Smith state title for their school. Congratulations to Dominic Martin, Elijah Kennedy, and Henry Johnson. Teacher Michael McParlin.

4th Place, Scituate High. Team US Steel won 4th place Adam Smith state title for their school. Congratulations to  Brenden Machowski, Sophia D’Antuono, Ethan Carlson, and Steven Venditelli. Teacher Dennis Ballou.

David Ricardo division

1st Place Johnston High School. Team Level 2 won 1st place David Ricardo state title for their school with high score 410. Congratulations to Sophie Cardullo, Abigail Clesas, Julia Costa, and Stephanie Lindo. Teacher Debra Smyth.

2nd Place Woonsocket High School. Team 63A won 2nd place David Ricardo state title for their school. Congratulations to Mason R., Mina R. and Christopher G.  Teacher Robert Gruetzke.

Milton Friedman division (Middle School)

1st Place Cole Middle School. Team Cole 1 won 1st place Milton Friedman state title for their school with high score 490. Congratulations to Brianna Hartman, Beckett Nutting, and Andrew Connelly. Teacher Ellise Wolff.

The 1st place RI Econ Challenge teams from East Greenwich High (Adam Smith division winner) and Johnston High (David Ricardo division winner) went on to represent our state at the semi-Finals of the National Economics Challenge online competition. East Greenwich High then advanced to becoming one of the top 12 teams in the country to compete in the Nationals on May 14, 2020. https://www.councilforeconed.org/2020/05/05/recap-2020-national-personal-finance-challenge/

We appreciate their efforts to showcase their economic education expertise on behalf of the state of Rhode Island.

Finally, we would like to thank CFA Society Providence for their generous sponsorship of the 2020 RI Econ Challenge, which allows us to offer the Challenge online every year free of charge to all RI high schools and middle schools. CFA Society Providence’s ongoing, annual support has empowered RI teachers and students to achieve higher levels of economic and financial literacy in all aspects of their lives.

POSTED: May 22, 2020 | BY: Margaret Brooks

RECAP: 2020 National Economics Challenge Finals

By Alan

More than 6,600 students from 35 states across the country competed in local competitions that led into the 20th anniversary of the National Economics Challenge (NEC). Finals weekend (May 17-May 18) saw the top teams compete online for the chance to become national champions.

For the Critical Thinking Round, finalist teams had an hour each to prepare a presentation addressed the economic issues surround free college. Based on their performance in that round, the top two teams in each division battled for the championship in the Quiz Bowl Finals. This year’s emcee was Karen Finerman, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money. The finals results:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION:
Third place: Hunter College High School (NY)
Second place: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies (VA)
First place/ National Champions: Mount Hebron High School (MD)

ADAM SMITH DIVISION
Third place: Pioneer High School (MI)
Second place: Conestoga High School (PA)
First place/ National Champions: Mount Hebron High School (MD)

Photos from the event:

Special thanks to our generous NEC supporters:

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2020 JUDGES

  • Steve Buckles, Principal Senior Lecturer in Economics, Vanderbilt University
  • William C. Dudley, Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University
  • Benjamin Friedman, William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University
  • Julie Heath, Executive Director, Alpaugh Professor of Economics, University of Cincinnati
  • Tonia Kaminsky, Partner and Senior Managing Director at Shufro, Rose & Co., LLC
  • Loretta Mester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Jane S. Lopus, PhD, Director, Center for Economic Education, California State University
  • Rebecca Patterson, Co-Head of Investment Research, Bridgewater Associates
  • Colonel Dick Rankin, Former High School Economics Teacher, NEC Coach, and President, Wounded Warrior Ohana

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POSTED: May 21, 2020 | BY: brendan

The 2020 RI Personal Finance Challenge Results are Now In!

The 2020 RI Personal Finance Challenge results are in! We are pleased to announce the following RI schools to be recognized with awards:

RI High School Division Personal Finance Challenge
1st Place: East Greenwich High School. Team PF1 won the 1st place High School state title for their school, with highest team score in state (820). Congratulations to Morgan Prior, Jason Page, Brant Wei, Andy Babb. Teacher Timothy McPartlin

2nd Place: West Warwick High School. Team Black Ice won the 2nd place High School state title for their school. Congratulations to Caleb Cyr, Andrew Batchelder, Nolan Wilkicki, and Ryan Hernandez. Teacher Marc LeBlanc

3rd Place: Woonsocket High School. Team 74 won the 3rd place High School state title for their school. Congratulations to Ariana J., Matthew K., and Latrell L. Teacher Robert Gruetzke

4th Place: Scituate High School. Team US Steel won the 4th place High School state title for their school. Congratulations to Steven Venditelli, Brenden Machowski, Ethan Carlson, and Sophia D’ Antuono. Teacher Dennis Ballou

5th Place: Central Falls High School. Team Warriors Make Cent$ won the 5th place High School state title for their school. Congratulations to Amber Aguilar, Dakota Aguilar, Leslie Henriques, and Janelie Ordonez. Teacher Samantha Desmarais.

6th Place: Johnston High School. Team Level B won the 6th place High School state title for their school. Congratulations to Danny Veliz-Morales, Sean Reth, Rafael Rivera, and Joel Renezes. Teacher Debra Smyth.

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RI Middle School Personal Finance Challenge

1st Place: Archie R. Cole Middle School, Team CLS2 won the 1st place Middle School state title for their school, with highest team score in state (670). Congratulations to Ryan Sheehan, Andrew Connelly, Gregory Flanders and Owen Zimmer. Teacher Ellise Wolff

2nd Place: Davisville Middle School, Team 1 won the 2nd place Middle School state title for their school. Congratulations to Trent Sterner. Teacher Eileen Murray
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RI Opportunity Zone Personal Finance Challenge

1st Place RI Opportunity Zone Challenge: Woonsocket High School. Team 74 won the 1st place Opportunity Zone title for their school. Congratulations to Ariana J., Matthew K., and Latrell L. Teacher Robert Gruetzke

2nd Place RI Opportunity Zone Challenge: Central Falls High School. Team Warrior$ Make Cent$ won the 2nd place Opportunity Zone title for their school. Congratulations to Amber Aguilar, Dakota Aguilar, Leslie Henriques, and Janelie Ordonez. Teacher Samantha Desmarais. Teacher Samantha Desmarais

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The 1st place Personal Finance Challenge teams from East Greenwich High School (overall RI state Challenge winner) and Woonsocket High School (RI Opportunity Zone winner) went on to represent our state at the next level of the National Personal Finance online competition on Friday May 1, 2020: https://www.councilforeconed.org/npfc-2/

We wish to express our sincere thanks and congratulations to all of the participating RI teachers for all they have done to facilitate their students’ participation in this annual statewide competition, especially in these challenging times. We also appreciate the leadership provided by RI Jump$tart Board member Kerri McLaughlin, Pawtucket Credit Union Financial Literacy Director, in supporting this important RI Personal Finance Challenge program to advance and recognize RI students’ financial literacy accomplishments.

Finally, we would like to thank Fidelity Investments for their generous sponsorship of the 2020 RI Personal Finance Challenge, which allows us to offer the Challenge online every year free of charge to all RI high schools and middle schools. Fidelity Investments’ ongoing, annual support has empowered RI teachers and students to achieve higher levels of financial literacy in all aspects of their lives.

 

POSTED: May 14, 2020 | BY: Margaret Brooks

RECAP: 2020 National Personal Finance Challenge

By Alan

The 2020 National Personal Finance Challenge, the first online installment of the competition, began on May 1. Winning student teams from state-level competitions participated in an online multiple-choice round to determine which would advance to the case study rounds and vie for the championship. The twelve qualifying teams were:

Adrian Wilcox High School, California
Brockton High School, Massachusetts
Mount St. Joseph High School, Maryland
East Greenwich High School, Rhode Island
Hamilton Southeastern High School, Indiana
Hunter College High School, New York
Methacton High School, Pennsylvania
Palm Harbor University High School, Florida
Provine High School, Mississippi
Saint Thomas Academy, Minnesota
Texas Academy of Math & Science, Texas
Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, Illinois

On May 4, CEE held the case study rounds of the 2020 National Personal Finance Challenge. Student teams had two hours to put together a financial plan for a fictional family portfolio. Each of the twelve participating teams gave amazing presentations, and judges determined three winners:

First place/National Champions: Adrian C. Wilcox High School, Clifornia
Second place: Hamilton Southeastern High School, Indiana
Third place: Saint Thomas Academy, Minnesota

Thanks to everyone who participated – students, coaches, judges, volunteers, and especially to our signature sponsor Voya and event partner Nebraska Council on Economic Education!

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POSTED: May 5, 2020 | BY: brendan

CEE’S #ThisTeacherRocks campaign featured on CBS New York

By Alan

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) #ThisTeacherRocks campaign, celebrating K-12 teachers for their tireless efforts to serve their students, has been covered in an article and video by CBS New York. The report features K-12 students and parents that have participated in the campaign as well as CEE President and CEO Nan J. Morrison.

This Teacher Rocks: Social Campaign Gives Parents And Kids Opportunity To Support Their Teachers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Teacher Appreciation Week runs from May 4-8 and parents around the tri-state are learning just how amazing their kids’ teachers are. Because students won’t be in school with their teachers because of the coronavirus, they are posting videos, messages and pictures on social media to tell their teachers how much they mean to them, especially during these trying times.

Anyone with a K-12 educator in their life can participate in #ThisTeacherRocks for a chance to win them a $100 gift card. Tell us why a teacher rocks on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, tag @CouncilEconEd and use the hashtag #ThisTeacherRocks. Find more details, plus a write-in option, here.

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POSTED: April 29, 2020 | BY: brendan

CEE and Edelman present State of the Economy featuring Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics

By Alan

The following recording was taken from a live-streamed installment of our State of the Economy series on April 15, 2020.

Download the slides from this presentation
Download Mark Zandi’s written follow-up to additional questions

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POSTED: April 16, 2020 | BY: brendan

The 2020 RI Econ Challenge is Now Available Online through May 6, 2020 for RI High School and Middle School Students

The RI Econ Challenge is available online from April 6 – May 6, 2020. Teachers from any subject area can set up the RI Econ Challenge for their students with just 3 easy steps:

1. Teachers register themselves at (if they haven’t already) https://econchallenge.unl.edu/

2. Teachers register as many students and teams (3-4 students each) as they want at https://econchallenge.unl.edu/

3. Teachers email access codes to their students with instructions for a parent or guardian to supervise.

Once they receive their access codes, students can individually take the 35-minute exam in their homes online under the supervision of a parent/guardian any time during the period April 6 – May 6.

Teachers will be notified of their students’ results soon after May 6.

The top 3 teams in each division will receive statewide recognition at a date later this year.

The 1st place RI High School Challenge team will advance to the online National Semi-Finals. See details here https://www.councilforeconed.org/national-economics-challenge/

We greatly appreciate the sponsorship of CFA Society Providence, which has allowed us to bring the RI Econ Challenge to hundreds of RI middle and high school students free of charge for many years.

2020 RI Econ Challenge Flyer

POSTED: April 13, 2020 | BY: Margaret Brooks

The 2020 RI Finance Challenge is Now Available Online through April 23, 2020 for RI High School and Middle School Students

The RI Finance Challenge is available online from April 6-23, 2020. Teachers can set up the Personal Finance Challenge for their students with just 3 easy steps:

1. Teachers register themselves at (if they haven’t already) https://financechallenge.unl.edu/

2. Teachers register as many students and teams (3-4 students each) as they want at https://financechallenge.unl.edu/

3. Teachers email access codes to their students with instructions for a parent or guardian to supervise.

Once they receive their access codes, students can individually take the 35-minute exam in their homes online under the supervision of a parent/guardian any time during the period April 6 – April 23, 2020.

Teachers will be notified of their students’ results soon after April 23.

The top 3 teams in each division will receive statewide recognition at a date later this year.

The 1st place RI High School Personal Finance Challenge team will advance to the online National Semi-Finals. See details here https://www.councilforeconed.org/npfc-2/

We greatly appreciate the sponsorship of Fidelity Investments, which has allowed us to bring the RI Finance Challenge to hundreds of RI middle and high school students free of charge for six years.

2020 RI Finance Challenge Flyer

POSTED: April 13, 2020 | BY: Margaret Brooks