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.
Experian is offering 20 scholarships for PreK-12th grade classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Los Angeles Nov. 8-10, 2014. The scholarships cover the registration fee of $425, which includes full participation in the conference, all conference meals and receptions, and two nights in a private room at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza.
Click here to learn more about the conference.
Click here to learn how apply for this scholarship.
Engage your students in learning about investing – with the Stock Market Game, provided through Dordt College’s Center for Economic Development. This real-life simulation gives your students the chance to learn this important life skill in a fun and interactive way – and is easy for teachers to administer.
The game is tailored for students grade three through the college level, and is free for students in Iowa. The game is also segmented into divisions by different grade level groups, in which the students can compete for the chance to win various prizes.
The fall games will run from Oct. 6 to Dec. 12, 2014. To register your class to participate, visit www.stockmarketgame.org.
Or download the flier Stock Market Game 2014-2015
On July 17, a group of Iowa teachers attended the Iowa Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference in Ankeny, Iowa. This annual conference highlights financial literacy programs and materials available for educators to use in the classroom in order to teach the subject of financial literacy to Iowa students.
Opening keynote speakers included Kenneth McDonnell of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Bill Cheeks of the National Jump$tart Coalition. McDonnell shared information on financial literacy resources available from the CFPB, including tools to help consumers with questions about paying for college and understanding mortgages. Cheeks provided an update on resources available from the National Jump$tart Coalition, including opportunities to attend their National Educators Conference Nov. 8-10 in Los Angeles.
Mary Suiter of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was the keynote speaker during the lunch hour, and discussed the variety of financial literacy resources available from her organization. The St. Louis Fed offers economics and personal finance education resources segmented by educational level, such as elementary school, middle school, high school and college, through their Econlowdown program.
Closing keynote speakers were TS Bank Institute’s Bob Mantell and Kyle Osborne. Leading an interactive session, Mantell and Osborne discussed their blueprint to improve financial literacy for students and shared a variety of free financial literacy resources available for teachers. TS Bank is currently involved with in-school banking and after school programs, as well as offering professional development resources for teachers so they feel prepared and comfortable teaching financial literacy material.
In addition to the keynote speakers, breakout sessions providing additional resources and information were held by representatives from the Iowa Attorney & General’s Office, Wells Fargo, MECCA, Dordt College, Financial Capability Network, Davenport Community School District, and AskMrG Consulting, LLC.
All of the speakers shared a multitude of financial literacy programs and classroom materials ranging from online games for improving financial skills to information for teens starting the journey to financial independence. The conference helped inspire and give new ideas to all levels of educators as they prepare for the new school year.