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Budget Challenge® is an award winning and patented personal finance simulation where young people can actually experience how to manage money in a real life setting. We use a Learn-By-Doing approach to put students in the driver’s seat in our Road Test for Personal Finance®. Students receive paychecks and bills in real time and are challenged to manage their payments and save money for retirement in a 401(k).


This competition-style, web based simulation integrates traditional standards-aligned material with modern technology. Our program aligns with CEE national standards and puts these topics into action with real consequences. 


Even more exciting, we’ve teamed up with H&R Block to make this program free to schools with a chance for students to win up to $3 million in scholarships. The H&R Block Budget Challenge® awards over 130 separate $20,000 college scholarships for students makes this an opportunity that can really change their lives. 


Our wish is to work in conjunction with CEE affiliates to help bring Budget Challenge® and the H&R Block Budget Challenge® to the CEE network of teachers. Please forward this email with details of this amazing opportunity to the teachers in your network and help students in your state learn critical life skills and hopefully earn a few scholarships too. The attached flyer contains instructions for teachers on how to register for a free 10 week H&R Budget Challenge® simulation at www.hrbds.org


Want to see some of our program results from last year? We were featured in an article in Time.com publishing some of our data proving that “kids really do benefit from learning about money in school…”time.com/money/3718868/financial-education-study-wisconsin/. We are also excited to present at the upcoming CEE national conference in October. If you plan on attending, I’d love to connect in person.

Please reach out to me if you’re interested in learning more about how Budget Challenge® and H&R Block Budget Challenge® integrate with existing curriculum or serve as a stand-alone class.

 

Brian Page 
Outreach and Education Manager, Budget Challenge 
Teacher Advisory Chair, Council for Economic Education 
Website: www.budgetchallenge.com 
Email: brian@bcsim.com 
Phone: 513-312-1813

 

Registration is open for the 54th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, October 7-10. The preliminary conference program, registration, travel and hotel information are now available online. This year's conference will be hosted by our Florida Council/Center affiliates. Registration deadline is Monday, September 21. 

 

Invaluable networking opportunities - Attend, connect and share success stories and best practices with colleagues from across the nation.

 

Be Sure to Stay at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.We encourage attendees to reserve rooms at the official conference hotel to avoid costly hotel penalties and keep conference costs down. Room reservations must be received by Wednesday, September 16.

 

 

Who Should Attend: K-12 teachers in Social Studies, Economics, Personal Finance, Mathematics, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship.Teachers incorporating economic or financial literacy education in the classroom *Curriculum Developers, Superintendents, Principals and Assistant Principals. Educators working in the fields of financial literacy and/or economic education.

 

‚ÄčKeynote Conference Speaker: Alberto M. Carvalho 

 Alberto Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation's fourth largest school  system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation and finance who has  successfully elevated his district's academic profile and streamlined its business operations and financial systems. Now widely  considered one of the nation's highest-performing urban school systems, M-DCPS was named as the 2014 College Board  Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban  Education.

 

 A versatile leader, Carvalho is also the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools-the Primary Learning Center and the  iPrep Academy, and has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He has been selected as Florida's 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and was recently named by Scholastic Administrator as one of "The Fantastic Five" educators making a difference in America.

 

Mr. Carvalho has been awarded of a number of honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University; Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University and Florida Memorial University; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the "Ordem de Mérito Civil" and by Mexico with the "Othli Award," the highest award for a civilian living outside of Mexico. Mr. Carvalho has been featured on CNN, NBC, and ABC and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, District Administration Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.

 

The Annual Conference is brought to you by:

 

Thank you to the Federal Reserve System for their ongoing partnership with the Council for Economic Education

CONGRATULATIONS TO MADEIRA HIGH SCHOOL’S PERSONAL FINANCE CHALLENGE TEAM!

Thanks to Fidelity Investments and to everyone that participated in the Ohio Personal Finance Challenge State Finals. You will be thrilled to know that Madeira High School placed 2nd at Nationals today! The final challenge was Ohio vs. Texas and after 30 questions it came down to one tie-breaker question and Texas buzzed in first to win. Both teams knew the answer, Texas was just a little quicker on the buzzer! We were told as soon as Texas won, the Madeira students went over immediately to congratulate the Texas team and they were complimented on their sportsmanship by the National Council of Economic Education. This was the closest challenge at Nationals and the first time they needed a tie-breaker question to win.  

Each student as well as the teacher, received $500 cash.  “I’ve never touched a $100 bill before”, said two of the students. The boys are very excited and had a great experience in Kansas City. 

Thanks again for your support, we value Fidelity’s partnership!

 

NATIONALS - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

State Finals-Columbus, Ohio 

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