A partnership of educational organizations is providing an incentive for Iowa high schools to assess their students’ financial understanding. Schools have a chance at a cash prize by participating in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge between now and Jan. 31, 2015. Iowa Student Loan® — in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network — is sponsoring the challenge and providing a chance for schools to win $1,000 for their participation. Teachers who take part in the challenge can also cater activities to satisfy financial literacy requirements for the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills.
College Savings Iowa® is a great way to help your students plan for their future college education. And with Iowa Student Loan’s Save Now, Save Later giveaway, you could give that savings a $1,500 boost. Registration for the contest is open until Dec. 19, 2014.
Introducing Financial Literacy Professional Development Opportunity for Middle and High School Teachers
Join TS Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Oct. 28 in Carroll, Iowa, for a FREE day-long professional development program titled “Financial Literacy for Middle and High School Classrooms.” Topics for the program designed especially for teachers will include earning income, spending and saving, credit and investing. Each session will include classroom content and will offer tools that you can use the next day in the classroom. Resources provided will include lesson plans, whiteboard applications, videos and more. Plus, all resources meet the Iowa Core Curriculum 21st Century Skills standards. Click here for more information, including details on how to register. Also, click here check out other financial literacy programs for Iowa students, arranged by grade level.
Iowa Bankers Association to Offer Chance to Earn Scholarships to Schools Participating in Project Financial Literacy
The Iowa Bankers Association is sponsoring ten $1,000 scholarships that will be provided to Iowa high schools participating in Project Financial Literacy this school year. Starting Oct. 1, Iowa schools can sign up to participate in this program at www.projectfl.org.
Project Financial Literacy is designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with resources to measure and improve their financial literacy curriculum. The program offers schools an assessment tool, created by Ednalysis, an Iowa-based company, to measure their curriculum against the 21st Century Skills framework of the Iowa Core Curriculum. The tool helps measure students’ knowledge in the areas of achieving financial goals, managing money effectively, debt decision-making, risk management, investment and asset building, and legal and ethical financial behavior.
A panel of Iowa financial literacy and education experts, including members from Iowa Jump$tart, recently participated in a panel discussion on financial literacy during the Iowa Bankers Association’s Annual Convention in Des Moines. The panelists included Lincoln Hughes from EverFi, Kevin Klemesrud from American State Bank, Steve McCullough from Iowa Student Loan, Joanne Kuster from Kuster LTD, and Bob Mantell from TS Institute. The panelists discussed with Iowa bankers trends they are seeing in the areas of financial literacy and shared tips for implementing effective financial literacy programs. They also shared a number of tools and resources available to assist schools with financial literacy programs, including the EverFi technology platform, which is sponsored by more than 50 Iowa banks in more than 150 schools, Project Financial Literacy assessment tool, student debt calculators from Iowa Student Loan, opportunities available through Money Smart Week programs, and resources available from the TS Institute, an organization created by TS Bank to offer K-12 financial literacy programs.
This week, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Department of Education Director Brad Buck held a press conference to unveil recommendations for improving financial literacy across the state. The recommendations were developed by a collaborative working group of state officials from the Department of Education and representatives from the business community, including members of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. Read more about the recommendations here: http://bit.ly/1mbV3m3
Iowa Jump$tart is a coalition of members who seek to improve the personal financial literacy of all Iowans. To help you get to know our board members better, we will periodically spotlight members here.
For this spotlight, we are featuring Mike Johnson. Mike brings a wealth of financial education knowledge to the board – with his experience in helping both students and adults. Mike started teaching economics in high school 14 years ago, and is currently a teacher at SE Polk High School — where he helps teach students about financial literacy. Mike just started working as a financial planner, and in addition to teaching, also is an advisor with AO Wealth Advisory in Urbandale.