The Council for Economic Education (CEE) recognizes excellence in economic education by honoring three (3) outstanding high school educators from the New York Metropolitan area with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award. You need not be a teacher of economics to apply and win. This award honors and recognizes a high school level teacher who effectively delivers economic education in and out of their classrooms and achieves results. We seek applicants who instill in students an understanding of economics and the tools to make informed and responsible decisions that they will carry with them as they grow into successful and productive adults. 

Applications are due Sunday, February 25th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.


A cash award of $5,000.

A cash award of $2,500 for their school to support economic education.

Admission to the CEE's Virtual 63rd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in fall 2024.

Recognition at our DIamong Gala on the evening of Tuesday, April 30th, 2024.


Applicants must teach in one of five New York City boroughs (Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten Island). 

This award is open to high school teachers of all subjects, not just teachers of economics. Applicants must demonstrate how they integrate economics into their teaching.

Teachers will not have to participate in previous CEE training to be eligible.

All certified teachers in grades 9-12 from public, private, or parochial schools may enter, and you must have taught full-time in the classroom during the 2022-2023 school year. Substitute and part-time teachers are not eligible.

Applicants must plan to teach full-time during the 2024-2025 school year.


The review committee will look for applicants who:

  Exhibit innovative approaches to economic and financial education using multiple teaching approaches.

  Inspire their students to make an economic way of thinking a mainstay in their personal and academic lives.

  Demonstrate student achievement (examples could include performance assessments, pre-and post-test results, student portfolios, videos, or any other assessment instrument or technique).

  Challenge and encourage students to use economics as a mechanism for acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in their education and with their future careers.

  Validate projects, lessons, and opportunities designed to push kids to go beyond the textbook, creating student participation with assessments of their learning.

  Reflect a commitment to economic education that extends beyond the classroom. What do you do to promote economics outside your classroom? (e.g. clubs, contests, debates, challenges).

  Encourage a collaborative environment where students are encouraged to take charge of their learning, create an atmosphere of inquiry, use different lenses to understand a problem, and inspire an economic curiosity to see how their knowledge ties to the real world.

  Honorees must agree to support CEE's efforts on behalf of training teachers and representing CEE at selected events. Honorees will agree to lead one professional development workshop within six months of receiving the Sloan award before receiving the additional funding for their school. 


All entries must be submitted electronically by Sunday, February 25th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. E.T. Awardees will be notified by March 15th, 2024. Following awardee notification, their schools will be notified, and the winners' names and pictures will appear on the CEE website and in press releases that will be sent out to the media.

What materials are due:

- Answers to all online questions

- Two lessons 

- Two letters of recommendation can be submitted at a later time if your application is chosen as a finalist.*

- Resume

*One from a teaching colleague or professional in the field of education; another from an administrator at your school. Recommendations from current students and parents will not be accepted. Recommendation letters should reflect on your teaching practice. Letters of recommendation need to be submitted by March 8th, 2024, if chosen as a finalist. 

By submitting this online application, you affirm that you have supplied truthful and accurate information in all parts of your entry. Further, you hereby affirm, represent, and warrant that the activities, exercises, projects, tools, materials, and/or lessons (the "Entry Materials") submitted are your own original work (except where expressly identified and credited otherwise) and that you have exclusive ownership to all copyrights and other rights in such Entry Materials throughout the world (except where expressly identified and credited otherwise). 

By submitting this entry, you acknowledge that, among other things, CEE may elect to place portions of your Entry Materials on the CEE website as a Best Practice in Teaching Economics or otherwise to utilize all or any portion of your entry in the fulfillment of the mission of CEE. CEE may (but shall not be obligated to) identify you as the creator of the entry materials in such an event. In furtherance of the foregoing, you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally grant to CEE a non-exclusive and royalty-free license, in perpetuity, to utilize all Entry Materials in which you hold any right, title, or interest for such purposes as CEE shall elect. 

PLEASE NOTE: This application must be completed in one sitting. (In other words, you cannot save and return to the application at a later date.) If you would like to save your work, you can create a draft by copying and pasting the form's content into a Word document.

If you have any questions about the application process, please e-mail:

Dr.Ruben A Rivera 

Senior Director, Academic Programs

Council for Economic Education

[email protected]

Short Answers


Provide two examples of lessons that you use that reinforce your responses to the short answer questions. These need NOT be original lessons, but you should include evidence of how you adapt the lessons to meet your specific student needs. Your lesson submission may be either print or video.

NOTE: You DO NOT need to submit letters of recommendation for the initial stage of this application. Letters of recommendation are required for candidates reaching the final stage of the application process. You will be required to submit two recommendations from professionals familiar with the nominee's work in economic and financial education. One must be from a teaching colleague or professional in the field of education; another must be from an administrator at the school. Recommendation letters from current students or their parents will not be accepted. If you make it to the final round, you will be informed on March 1st, 2024. The final review committee needs letters of recommendation by March 8th, 2024.

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