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  • January 11, 2024 12:24 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    Partners are a core reason why MCEE is able to reach more than 2,000 educators and 200,000 students across Maryland each year with personal finance-focused learning experiences. M&T Bank is a perfect example of the perfect partner for MCEE.

    M&T Bank is the lead sponsor of MCEE’s Personal Finance Challenge, the engaging academic competition that challenges teams of high school students to learn, demonstrate and apply knowledge of personal finance concepts.

    The fit between M&T and MCEE couldn’t be better. M&T works every day to help its customers manage their money. In choosing who to support, they look for organizations doing meaningful work that helps those customers (or future customers!) build the financial skills they need to succeed. In MCEE, they found a true partner - one that, through the Personal Finance Challenge and other programs, is helping build that financial knowledge in topics like income, spending, saving, managing credit, investing, and managing risk. Their significant contributions to the Personal Finance Challenge make this program, and this transformational learning, possible.

    Sherrice Davis, M&T Bank’s Vice President/Regional Community Reinvestment Officer said: “The Personal Finance Challenge is valuable as students learn about and prepare for the major milestones that come with adulthood. At M&T Bank, we are committed to providing tools and resources to our communities so they understand the value of money and smart financial choices in their daily lives. We’re proud to partner with MCEE to support Maryland students.”

    That support is going a long way to ensuring young people are building the financial skills they need. Through student pre-and-post-test program evaluations, MCEE saw that over the last year, students who participated in the Personal Finance Challenge showed knowledge gains averaging 10-15%.

  • January 02, 2024 7:06 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Some may have the mindset of "we don't talk about money," but that can lead to more damage than good for future generations.

    Julie Weaver, Executive Director of Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE), joined the FOX45 Morning News team to talk about how to approach the subject of money with your kids for 2024. Click here to view the taped segment.

  • December 26, 2023 7:10 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    Dozens of educators, school leaders, elected officials and partners gathered Oct. 25 at Towson University’s Auburn House to celebrate the Maryland Council on Economic Education’s 70th anniversary.

    The organization works with educators to ensure Maryland’s K-12 students are able to access engaging personal finance and economics education. Attendees enjoyed delicious food and drink, engaging conversation and the inspiring perspectives from leaders and community members on why this kind of learning is so important for young people, their futures and the economy as a whole.

    Click here to see photos

  • December 06, 2023 7:12 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    The support of MCEE’s partners makes our support of Maryland’s educators and students possible.This month, we’re highlighting Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.

    The fit between Educational Systems Federal Credit Union and MCEE couldn’t be better. Educational Systems Federal Credit Union was formed by educators in 1955 and proudly serves teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and students. In fact, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union’s first loan was made to a teacher who needed to buy a car to get to work. This shared commitment to supporting educators aligns our work and enhances our meaningful partnership.

    Said Dominic Powell, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships, “in working with the Maryland Council on Economic Education, we can provide financial literacy that meets Maryland’s standards across the state.”

    Educational Systems Federal Credit Union’s sponsorship helps more schools and students access MCEE programs such as the Stock Market Game and the Personal Finance Challenge. “Our top priority is the financial well-being of the education community,” explained Powell. “By leveraging these programs in the classroom, students learn real life skills that will support them as they prepare for their life after high school.”

    This partnership expands all the way into the classroom. Through MCEE, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union participates in panel discussions, class presentations, and speaker series that reinforce the personal finance and economics concepts students are learning. They also partner with MCEE in providing helpful books and resources for classrooms.

    Said Powell, “we are proud to be a long-standing partner of the Maryland Council on Economic Education. We look forward to a continued partnership!”

    A huge thanks to Educational Systems Federal Credit Union for the ongoing support.

  • November 08, 2023 12:50 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    Every month, MCEE highlights partners and sponsors who help make our work possible. This month, we’re highlighting a steadfast partner Towson University. 

    Here is how Dr. Judy Harris, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Towson explains the value of our partnership, how our work aligns with their mission, and how together, we’re benefiting Maryland’s students. 

    For more than 50 years, Towson University has proudly partnered with the Maryland Council on Economic Education, supporting its work in delivering high quality education focused on personal finance and economics to thousands of Maryland K-12 students and educators. It’s a part of TU’s collaborative work to leverage partnerships that increase learning opportunities, spur development, and identify creative solutions for students and communities.  

    MCEE’s mission aligns perfectly with TU’s philosophy of leadership for the public good and the College of Business and Economics’ goal to partner with the community to create opportunities in and beyond the region. Every year, MCEE brings students, teachers, families, members of the business community and state leaders to the TU campus for workshops, competition events and their annual student awards program. Towson University faculty often teach MCEE workshops, courses, and serve as judges for student competitions. CBE students participate in paid internships in which they gain experience, academic credit, and connections with the business community. Over the years, thousands of school children have visited the College of Business and Economics’ finance lab to experience learning in a wall street trading floor environment, enjoy the dining hall, and envision themselves as future Towson Tigers. 

    The partnership between MCEE and TU’s College of Business and Economics exemplifies how public universities and the business community can partner together to empower the next generation of citizens to improve their own well-being and the overall success of the state. 

    We couldn’t have said it better! Our deepest thanks to Towson University for its ongoing support.
  • September 01, 2023 3:39 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    In 1954, MCEE offered its first-ever workshop, guiding 60 Maryland educators to incorporate personal finance into their lessons with students. Like today, that work was only possible because of the support from generous community partners who cared about our mission and our communities. And like today, McCormick & Company was there in 1954 - supporting MCEE and changing education for Maryland’s children.

    McCormick helped us get started; and today, in our 70th year, they generously help us continue.

    The global leader in flavor operates in 27 countries with 14,000 employees, but is headquartered in Maryland, which they’ve called home for more than 130 years. As Laura Fisher, Director, Global Strategy for McCormick puts it, “McCormick has been a proud supporter of MCEE for 70 years. We believe that by working together, we can have a positive impact on people's lives in the Maryland community. McCormick is committed to doing what’s right for the communities where we live, work, and operate, and this commitment is very aligned to MCEE’s mission.”

    McCormick has supported MCEE’s Stock Market Game and Personal Finance Challenge, which Ms. Fisher calls “highly engaging, hands-on experiences that are making notable impact in the lives of students across the state.” The Company’s commitment to MCEE is part of its Purpose-led Performance strategy, which features wide-ranging community efforts.

    McCormick’s relationship with MCEE is empowering students to grow into thoughtful, empowered decision makers, and is empowering MCEE to offer the support they need to get there.

    Learn more about McCormick’s robust community support initiatives here

  • July 13, 2023 4:05 PM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    The Maryland Council on Economic Education is pleased to announce the following changes and additions to its Board of Directors:

    • Michelle Coates, a longtime MCEE Board Member, has been elected Chair of the Board. Michelle serves as the Finance Administrator & Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Anne Arundel Register Of Wills and brings thoughtful expertise to MCEE’s work. 

    • Mark Ring, a longtime Board Member, has been elected Vice Chair of the Board. Mark is a Founding Partner and Wealth Advisory for Jacob William Advisory and, for more than five years, has leveraged his financial expertise in MCEE’s work.

    • Wade Barnes, Financial Services Practice Lead at Hartman Executive Advisors, has been elected to the Board of Directors. Wade has vast experience in the financial industry, including many years at financial institutions like First Mariner Bank and Howard Bank. 

    “MCEE’s work impacts thousands of Maryland students and educators a year thanks to the passion and expertise of our team members, partners, and board members,” said Julie Weaver, MCEE Executive Director. “Michelle, Wade, and Mark provide powerful perspectives and ideas to our work, and we’re so thankful to have them on our board. Through their thoughtful leadership, we look forward to making more progress in expanding access to personal finance and economics education for Maryland students.” 

  • June 13, 2023 8:24 AM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)

    More than 100 elementary, middle and high school students from 17 Maryland counties have won the statewide financial literacy and economics competitions coordinated by the Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE). The winners were honored on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at a luncheon and awards ceremony attended by more than 350 students, family members, sponsors and leaders at Towson University. Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller honored the students with a keynote presentation. 

    More than 20,000 students from 20 Maryland counties and Baltimore City participated in MCEE-organized competitions this school year - the highest student participation in MCEE’s annual programs in more than 12 years. 

    Award winners are listed by county beginning on the next page

    Awards were presented to winners in these competitions:

    • Stock Market Game™ (SMG): an educational simulation that teaches about the stock                      markets, the American economic system and the global economy. Teams of students create and manage an imaginary $100,000 portfolio - striving to achieve the highest return on investment - while developing skills in math, language arts, research and critical thinking. 
    • InvestWrite Essay Competition: a national writing competition that reinforces the economic concepts students learned by participating in the Stock Market Game™.   
    • Maryland Personal Finance Challenge: an academic competition that provides high school teams from across the state with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate knowledge and application of personal finance concepts during a one-day academic competition. The Challenge is sponsored by M&T, WesBanco, State Farm, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, First Financial Federal Credit Union, and Towson University
    • The Maryland Economics Challenge: the only program of its kind that tests micro and                     macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy in one-day competitions. 
    • Personal Finance Poster Competition: a creative competition where students demonstrate their understanding of economic concepts. 

    These competitions are coordinated by the Maryland Council on Economic Education, the nonprofit that helps make sure Maryland's children graduate high school with the economic and financial literacy knowledge and decision-making skills they need to make informed decisions as adults. In addition to student programs, MCEE offers free professional development and financial literacy education training and lesson plans for educators. Based on the campus of Towson University, MCEE supports more than 2,000 teachers each year who reach over 11,000 Maryland students.

    Said Julie Weaver, MCEE Executive Director, “The winning students from these statewide competitions should be proud of this wonderful accomplishment. They have creatively illustrated their understanding of personal finance and economics concepts and are a testament to how important this kind of learning is for all children.”

    Click here for the list of county winners.

  • June 06, 2023 11:32 AM | Dawn Baker (Administrator)
    47ABC-WMDT– It’s Monday and it’s time to introduce you to another emerging leader in the Delmarva community – Kurt Marx

    Kurt is a Stephen Decatur High School teacher who was honored among 5 others as a Financial Education and Capability Awards 2023 winner.

    It was his dedication to educating his young students about the importance of financial education and management that truly set him apart.

    Kurt Marx stopped by Good Morning Delmarva to share more on what it was like to be recognized for his efforts as an educator and give some financial advice.

    For more information on Kurt Marx watch the full interview!


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