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Teaching economics and personal finance in the K-12 classroom? Here's the latest news and developments in the field of economic education.
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Cocktail Party Advice: Never an Economist and Always an Advocate for K-12 Personal Financial Education by CEE

Cocktail Party Advice: Never an Economist and Always an Advocate for K-12 Personal Financial Education by CEE | Economic Education | Scoop.it

For most people I meet, I’m sure I’m the first economist they have ever met. For many of them, I’m sure they are largely unaware of what economists do. As one of the few economists in the United States who specialize in K-12 economic and personal financial education, I’m lucky. I get to tell people that I train teachers to teach kids about money. In nearly 11 years in the field, not once has anyone ever told me that he or she doesn’t think that personal finance should be taught to the nation’s young people. It’s quite the contrary. I often hear, “I wish I had been taught personal finance in school.” Or, “Our kids need more of that.” Or, “That’s a very important job.” So whenever I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m never an economist, but rather I’m an advocate for K-12 economic and personal financial education.

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CEE in the News: Leading the Way in Teaching Children About Personal Finance by CEE

CEE in the News: Leading the Way in Teaching Children About Personal Finance by CEE | Economic Education | Scoop.it
The Philadelphia Inquirer recently highlighted top organizations that are leading the way when it comes to teaching our nation's children about personal fi
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MICHELLE SINGLETARY: The price of financial literacy - Tuscaloosa News

MICHELLE SINGLETARY: The price of financial literacy - Tuscaloosa News | Economic Education | Scoop.it
MICHELLE SINGLETARY: The price of financial literacy Tuscaloosa News A new report by the Investor Education Foundation of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority found that a majority of American adults (61 percent) couldn't answer correctly...
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Missouri Council on Economic Education to Host “The Economics of Major League Baseball”

 The Missouri Council on Economic Education (MCEE) announced today that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will participate in “The Economics of Major League Baseball”, an open discussion on the pact of the league’s salary structure and free agent system on the competitive balance of the sport. The event, sponsored by The ETF Store, Inc., will be held at Kansas City’s Union Station on July 10th prior to the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and feature a Q&A session with Commissioner Selig.

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Nashville summit Thursday on financial literacy

Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials will speak at a daylong summit Thursday in Nashville for elementary school teachers wanting to teach financial literacy skills.

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States Miss Opportunity On Teaching Financial Literacy

States Miss Opportunity On Teaching Financial Literacy | Economic Education | Scoop.it

While The Great Recession has left millions of Americans unemployed and wiped out countless retirement accounts, it hasn't inspired educators to get serious about teaching financial literacy. Today, less than half of states require high school students to take an economics class and fewer states require high schools to offer financial literacy classes than in 2009, according to the 2011 Survey of the States report from the Council on Economic Education.

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26th Annual Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship (ME*) Competition

26th Annual Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship (ME*) Competition | Economic Education | Scoop.it

"For those whose kids have a hard time waking up in the morning and who could you use some help getting them out the door and off to school, there is the “Snoozer Woozer,” an alarm clock that wakes you up with a pleasant smell, makes your breakfast and brushes your teeth. This breakthrough in the alarm clock industry was the invention of a team of fifth grade students participating in Delaware’s annual Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneurship (ME*) Competition. The ME* Competition is sponsored through a partnership of the CEEE, the Delaware Council on Economic Education and the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute with funding by Bank of America and Discover."

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Second Annual AEA Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education

The American Economic Association's second annual Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education is underway at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. Sessions continue now through Friday.

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Henderson High School Teacher Named Financial Literacy Hero for 2012

Henderson High School Teacher Named Financial Literacy Hero for 2012 | Economic Education | Scoop.it

In April, B. Reed Henderson High School teacher Deb Tobin was honored as the 2012 Financial Education Hero at an event sponsored by the West Chester Public Library and Verizon. Tobin, a graduate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's "Keys to Financial Success" program, teaches Financial Fitness: A Guide to Personal Finance.

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Call for financial teaching within schools in the UK

Call for financial teaching within schools in the UK | Economic Education | Scoop.it
The U.S. is not alone... YouGov has called for the implementation of subjects that cover financial literacy in schools in the United Kingdom. Their research has found that many Britons, just like their American counterparts, struggle to understand financial documents, which could be sending them towards trouble.
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NFEC to Launch Nationwide PSA Campaign Advocating Youth Financial Literacy

"In an effort to motivate parents across the country to improve their children’s financial capabilities, the National Financial Educators Council [NFEC] is preparing to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign. The first financial literacy PSA targeting parents will be released next week. The primary campaign goal is to raise awareness about the importance of youth financial literacy."

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Teaching 4th Graders Personal Finance

Teaching 4th Graders Personal Finance | Economic Education | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Haberberger, a teacher at Henderson Elementary School in St. Charles, Missouri, talks with Bloomberg's Matt Miller about her classroom initiative to teach children about personal finance and economics. They spoke May 8th on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Rewind."

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When Cupcakes Are the Enemy of Schoolkids

When Cupcakes Are the Enemy of Schoolkids | Economic Education | Scoop.it

Schools across the country are banning anything with sugar, even from extra curricular activities. To me, this flies in the face of what we are trying to teach as economic educators. Banning anything deemed "unhealthy" is not the way to get kids to learn to make informed choices about what to eat just as it is not a good way to get undergraduates to make informed choices about alcohol. We should be teaching good decision-making with respect to everything and that includes what we eat.

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Raising the Bar for Financial Literacy Education through New Standards by CEE

Raising the Bar for Financial Literacy Education through New Standards by CEE | Economic Education | Scoop.it
The new National Standards for Financial Literacy, developed by CEE in conjunction with a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialist
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GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economics by CEE

GCEE’s 2013 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year finds interactive ways to help his students learn economics by CEE | Economic Education | Scoop.it
The Council for Economic Education proudly congratulates John Cook, Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year, awarded by the Georgia Council on Economic Educa
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Why Teens Need to Learn About Personal Finance - Wall Street Journal

Why Teens Need to Learn About Personal Finance - Wall Street Journal | Economic Education | Scoop.it
Why Teens Need to Learn About Personal Finance
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Financial education needs to take place all the way from grade school through high school. Grade schools are doing it right already.
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Study: Students benefit from personal financial education

Is financial literacy education worthwhile? There was always the assumption that it could be helpful and now, USA Funds, a non-profit financial education organization, says there's research that suggests just how powerful it can be.The organization commissioned a survey of 1,522 college students who had received personal finance education through their college or university. Nine of 10 respondents said what they learned changed how they manage their personal finances and college life in some way.

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Council for Economic Education Provides New Personal Finance Curriculum For Chicago Public Schools | Council for Economic Education

Council for Economic Education Provides New Personal Finance Curriculum For Chicago Public Schools | Council for Economic Education | Economic Education | Scoop.it

"Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has announced plans to implement a new Financial Literacy Framework to build financial skills at the K-11 level, along with a dedicated personal finance course for 12th-graders created by the Council for Economic Education (CEE). This initiative is the result of a 4-year partnership with CEE and other leaders in finance and financial education, and will provide students with the necessary real-world skills to navigate today’s financial landscape.  This announcement was formally made at May’s White House Summit on Financial Literacy, where CEE and the school system were recognized for their ongoing efforts to prioritize financial education in our nation’s schools."

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The dangers of not teaching personal finance to kids

The dangers of  not teaching personal finance to kids | Economic Education | Scoop.it

Brian Page, a 2011 Milken National Educator Award winner, has written an opinion piece on the importance of teaching personal finance to kids. Check it out in the Washington Post.

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For Better or Worse, Children Learn Financial Skills from Parents

According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) 2012 Financial Literacy Survey, 44 percent of Americans indicated they learned the most about personal finance from their parents or at home.
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Navy budget cuts mean slices to sailors’ personal finance training

Navy budget cuts mean slices to sailors’ personal finance training | Economic Education | Scoop.it

Very sad news about the cutting of personal finance education programs for military personnel at three naval installations... As with other young people in other walks of life, young people in the military are often in dire need of personal finance education. It's a shame that these programs are being cut to save $1.6 million annually from the defense budget, while at the same time, other parts of our federal government are trying to ramp up personal financial education efforts.

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High School Students Develop Life Skills and Financial Literacy in "Harsh Reality" Program

High School Students Develop Life Skills and Financial Literacy in "Harsh Reality" Program | Economic Education | Scoop.it

Lily Boyar, a high school junior in Marin County, CA, is an intern and guest blogger at edutopia. She shares her experience learning financial literacy and life skills in an innovative program called Team.

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Watch the Economics Challenge LIVE on Sunday, May 20 at 3pm!

Watch the Economics Challenge LIVE on Sunday, May 20 at 3pm! | Economic Education | Scoop.it
Follow the Council for Economic Education's live twitter feed from the national Economics Challenge, live from Kansas City on Sunday, May 20 at 3pm. You can also watch a live streaming feed of the finals of the competition by going to the CEE's website at www.councilforeconed.org
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Purses to Portfolios - Homepage

Purses to Portfolios - Homepage | Economic Education | Scoop.it

One of the most successful adult personal finance programs in the country is the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute's "From Purses to Portfolios" program. The program helps women in Delaware take charge of their money. Check it out.

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Unconference - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Unconference - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Economic Education | Scoop.it

I came across this decription on Wikipedia of an "Unconference." I wonder if this could work with economic educators. It would be difficult to pull off with teachers since they are generally not as well versed in the field and are more likely to be generalists, but economic educators at state councils and centers for economic education and the Federal Reserve Banks could likely pull it off. Something to consider for a future meeting?

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