03/30/2012 Council for Economic Education




The Council for Economic Education



The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is a 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 its mission has been to instill in young people the fourth “R”—a real-world understanding of economics and personal finance.

CEE educates children about the real world through lessons so that they can make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, citizens, and participants in the global economy. We close the knowledge gap by supporting better and greater school-based K-12 economic and personal finance education through well-prepared teachers.  Each year the CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and more than five million students in the United States.


K-12 Economics and Personal Finance Lessons and Materials: CEE publications and lessons use activities, simulations, multimedia content and background readings to give students an applied, hands-on experience with economics and personal finance principles.  Visit our store for our full product portfolio. EconEdLink is CEE’s free source of online economic and personal finance lessons and resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.

Professional Development Workshops: CEE, and our national network of state councils and local centers for economic education, provides free training programs, instructional materials, and state-of-the-art approaches to K-12 economic and personal finance education.

Gen i Revolution: Free Online Personal Finance Game: Gen i Revolution is a free online game that teaches middle and high school students investment and personal finance skills.  Working with mission leader Monique, students undertake 15 missions to fight the "Murktide," an insidious lack of personal finance knowledge that is creeping across the country. Students join the Gen i Revolution, strategically select their operatives, and begin to explore and earn points as they work to complete each mission.


The work of CEE is supported by business leaders and educators who are committed to improving economic and financial education in our nation’s classroom.  We seek partners who can assist us in reaching an increased number of teachers and students with critical economic and personal finance education.

A gift of $150 supports one teacher to participate in CEE training in personal finance or economics. That teacher, in turn, will reach 50-150 students a year. See what else your dollars can do here.


Survey of the States 2011: The State of Economic and Personal Finance in our Nation’s Schools: The Survey of the States is a biennial report that brings attention to the critical importance of economics and personal finance education by documenting its status in the fifty states and the District of Columbia.  The latest Survey shows that while there has clearly been progress since the first Survey in 1998, that over the last two years, the trend is slowing, and in some cases, moving backwards.

The Survey can facilitate an important dialogue that must take place between those who recognize that this knowledge is critical for young people and the decision makers that can effect change.  See where your state stands: Download the Survey of the States here.

New CEE website: CEE has just launched our redesigned website.  Check out these highlights:  

a. CEE blog – news, commentary, links and lessons on all things economics and personal finance.

b. About CEE video – a three-minute intro on CEE.

c. State standards tool – use this tool to view lessons that are correlated to your state’s standards in economics and personal finance.


Chris Caltabiano
Vice President, Program Administration
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