The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school. For the past 60 years, our mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance. It is only by acquiring economic and financial literacy that children can learn that there are better options for a life well lived, will be able to see opportunity on their horizon line and, ultimately, can grow into successful and productive adults capable of making informed and responsible decisions.
We carry out our mission by providing professional development to teachers, teaching resources across the curriculum and nationally-normed assessment tools. We deliver our programs through in-person local workshops, partner organizations and online.
Drawing on the expertise of university professors, we develop and update K-12 learning materials with a strong interactive component. To bring these lessons into the classroom, teachers receive instruction in both content and pedagogy, earning professional development credit and, in some cases, credits towards a master’s degree. Our curriculum is aligned to national standards in English and math, and with the voluntary national standards in economics (which we developed) and personal finance. Economics and finance are threaded into courses in math, history and even children’s literature, and offered at every level, from AP economics in high school to hands-on economics for the youngest learners. More than 5,500 high school students annually enter our National Economics Challenge, competing in creative problem solving and tests of their awareness of economic principles, world events and business news.
In 2011 we trained more than 55,000 teachers, including 5,000 in some of the nation’s lowest-performing high schools; those teachers, in turn, reached 5 million students.
Nan J. Morrison
President and CEO
Council for Economic Education
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 2600
New York, NY 10168
Phone: (212) 827-3612
Fax: (212) 730-1793
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