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Iowa teachers attend Jump$tart National Educator Conference

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Liz Skillern, Connie Burns, Andrea Accola-Sabin, and Renee Davison.

Pictured left to right are scholarship winners Liz Skillern, Connie Burns, Andrea Accola-Sabin, and Renee Davison.

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference Nov. 8-14, 2014, in Los Angeles brought together more than 200 educators from 48 states with organizations who work to give students a successful financial future. Also attending were four Iowa teachers, who were winners of this year’s Iowa Jump$tart scholarships to attend the national conference. Attending from Iowa were Andrea Accola-Sabin, Connie Burns, Renee Davison, and Liz Skillern.

“I appreciate the opportunity Iowa Jump$tart provided so that I could attend this conference. It was very informative and helpful. I am extremely excited about the number of programs I will be starting next year after having the chance to attend the conference,” said Connie.

“I was honored to be selected to attend the National Conference and thank Iowa Jump$tart for the opportunity. This conference was one the best conferences I have ever attended and offered an extensive networking opportunity as well as free resources to take back and implement right away. I plan to attend this conference again and encourage other Personal Finance teachers to attend as well,” added Renee.

“It was an awesome experience,” said Liz. “There was so much information and resources available, and I felt as if my job really mattered. I’ve never been thanked so many times an as educator! The conference was definitely topnotch.”

December 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

Iowa Jump$tart Members Participate in Panel Discussion on Financial Literacy

FinancialLiteracyPanel2A 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.

September 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Governor and Department of Education Director Announce New Financial Literacy Recommendations

IMG_2058This 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

September 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

20 Iowa Teachers Attend National Jump$tart Conference

Dozens of Iowa students will get new lessons on personal finance in class, thanks to Iowa JumpStart Coalition and its parent organization. The Coalition sent 20 Iowa teachers to the 5th annual JumpStart National Educator Conference in Chicago several weeks ago.

“The national conference offered hundreds of classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try new personal financial resources to bring their lesson plans to life,” said JumpStart regional director and organizer Dan Hebert. Teachers also had opportunities to meet with finance and education leaders and network with colleagues from across the country.

Through a generous contribution from the Iowa Division of Banking, Iowa JumpStart paid all costs for any Iowa teacher who wanted to attend. Here’s what they had to say:

“First, please convey my appreciation to the Iowa Jumpstart Coalition for sponsoring so many of us so we could attend the National Conference. It was a great conference loaded with lots of wonderful information and resources. The accommodations were outstanding. As teachers we are not used to being wined and dined. I spent a number of years as a home economist in business and this conference reminded me of many of those meetings I attended. Again, thanks for this wonderful opportunity.”
Mary Burgher, Clear Creek Amana High School

“I loved the conference and it was very beneficial. I appreciate the support.”
Ken Burrow, Business Education Teacher, Waverly-Shell Rock High School

“The conference was wonderful!”
Charlet Daft, Basics and Beyond, Newton Community Schools

“Thank you for sending us to the Jump$tart conference. Tim and I had a wonderful time and took away a lot of valuable information. I’m looking forward to the Iowa conference next summer and possibly attending another national conference in the future.“
Bethany Hadley, HS Math Instructor, Sigourney Community Schools

“Thank you for all your help in funding and communication about the conference in Chicago last weekend. I came back with wonderful lessons, reference materials, and contacts. I had a great time. Thank you for the wonderful experience and opportunity to network with financial experts. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
Rhonda Hawkins, Business Teacher/MO Coordinator

“Thanks again for everything you (and the others) did for us at the conference.”
Larry Heltenberg, Central Decatur School District

“Thanks for allowing me to go. It was a fantastic experience!”
Mike Johnson, High School Economics Teacher, Southeast Polk High School

“As I have stated before, ‘Thank you’ for paying for this conference. I did enjoy it, and did learn a lot about financial literacy, and the material to teach it to my students.”
Jim Moeller, BCLUW High School

“Again, thanks to Jump$tart for paying for the conference, parking, mileage and tolls. I can’t wait to go through everything this weekend! “
Marcey Norland, North Union MS Math Teacher

“Thanks again for sponsoring me to attend National JumpStart. I had a wonderful time!”
Cindy Weeks, Roosevelt High School

“I didn’t realize that Iowa JumpStart was picking up the registration and travel costs for the conference! That’s amazing! I think this is one of the best conferences I’ve attended in all my years of teaching – and I’ve been teaching for 28 years! I was able to pick up so much good information and a lot of valuable resources that I will be using in my Personal Finance classes. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity!”
Deanna Weinschenk, Pleasant Valley High School

January 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm


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