Impact and Programs
MCEE, Minnesota's lead provider of professional development to K-12 teachers in personal finance and economics, provides a range of top-quality courses and curricula for teachers, and engaging student and community-based programs that improve personal financial and economic knowledge and skills.
Research has shown that teachers equipped with deeper content knowledge deliver a more impactful learning experience for their students. Through MCEE, teachers learn to make economics relevant, meaningful, and exciting to students. In 2016-17, MCEE held 25 professional development programs training to 473 teachers. These teachers in turn taught 47,000+ students that year alone!
Over 2,400 students participated directly in MCEE programs and competitions.
MCEE also works with community agencies in St. Paul and Minneapolis through our Community Mentorship for Financial Capability program. This program builds community agency capacity to provide personal finance education to low-income clients and recent immigrants. Since 2005, MCEE has successfully implemented this program with over 115 agencies throughout Minnesota.
2016-2017 impact at-a-glance:
49,511 students reached
473 teachers trained
25 programs offered
2,400+ students participated in MCEE programs and competitions
42% of students at schools reached qualify for free and reduced price lunch
40% of students at schools reached are students of color
57% of students that participated in MCEE programming identify as students of color
115 Community Financial Education partners since 2005
3,000+ individuals served through community financial education since 2005
Goal 1: Expand Reach and Impact with K-12 teachers and increasing student participation in MCEE programs, improving learning outcomes, and striving for participation that reflects the diversity of our state and promoting women in economics and personal finance education.
Goal 2: Expand Brand Awareness, increasing public awareness of the importance of economic and personal finance education and the impact of MCEE.
Goal 3: Expand Capacity to facilitate growth in reach/impact and brand awareness by building inner strength, measuring outcomes, upholding integrity, and fostering volunteer opportunities.
Some programmatic goals
College Dollars & Sense for high school students: 100% of students attending this program identify as students of color, low-income, or first generation to attend college. Students demonstrate at least a 35% increase in pre- and post-test knowledge on personal finance and financial aid basics. At least 90% of students show confidence in personal finance choices, as it pertains to paying for and accessing college.
Mathematics and Economics curriculum for grades 2-4: Students in SPPS and MPS will achieve, on average, a 35% increase in mathematics skills from pre- to post-test across the targeted grade levels.
Fostering Future Entrepreneurs: 80% of participating teachers will show proficiency in entrepreneurship, design thinking, and social entrepreneurship. 80% of instructed students will demonstrate improved knowledge of divergent thinking techniques, design thinking principles, and the iterative feedback-oriented process.
Personal Finance for Young Mothers, for parenting high school students: 100% of students demonstrate increased confidence, knowledge, and positive change in attitudes and behaviors.
Community or Constituency Served
MCEE fulfills its mission of building economic and personal financial understanding in K-12 students and low-income families by teaching teachers, engaging students, and reaching communities.
Since 1961, MCEE has trained over 32,000 teachers, affecting the lives of over 2.8 million young people in MN. Since 2005, MCEE has also worked with over 115 community organizations, providing personal finance education to over 2,800 low-income Minnesotans.
MCEE is unique in its focus on K-12 teacher professional development in economics and personal finance, and helps Minnesotans understand and make sound economic choices, improve individual personal financial situations, and participate effectively in their community and state (and national/world) economies.
Geographic Area Served
State of Minnesota