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Iowa Jump$tart is a coalition of members who seek to improve the personal financial literacy of all Iowans. To help you get to know our board members better, we will periodically spotlight members here.
For this spotlight, we are featuring Mike Johnson. Mike brings a wealth of financial education knowledge to the board – with his experience in helping both students and adults. Mike started teaching economics in high school 14 years ago, and is currently a teacher at SE Polk High School — where he helps teach students about financial literacy. Mike just started working as a financial planner, and in addition to teaching, also is an advisor with AO Wealth Advisory in Urbandale.
On July 17, a group of Iowa teachers attended the Iowa Jump$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.
We want everyone in Iowa to know how important financial literacy is to the individual and the community. We will continue to promote skills in financial literacy. Hopefully this proclamation will help Iowan’s see how serious the governor and community is in achieving this goal. Here is the wording in the Proclamation.
WHEREAS, The State of Iowa believes knowledge of personal finance is essential for the success of our citizens and state; and
WHEREAS, Iowa is taking decisive action to promote financial stability, and the State’s prosperity will ultimately depend on our willingness as individuals to empower ourselves and our families with financial knowledge; and
WHEREAS, To lay the foundation for continued prosperity, Iowa must strive to ensure all Iowans have the skills to manage fiscal resources effectively and avoid deceptive or predatory practices; and
WHEREAS, The Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Iowa Department of Education, the Treasurer of the State, the Department of Commerce Banking and Insurance Divisions, and their partners wish to instill core concepts of personal finance in all Iowans including: savings, banking, credit scores, financing higher education, taxes and insurance, consumer fraud and investing; and
WHEREAS, Working with partners across the state, Iowa’s goal is to ensure all Iowans are prepared to successfully manage their finances; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2013 as FINANCIAL LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH.
The Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB), a member of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, is pleased to announce it has awarded financial literacy grants to TS Bank Institute and the Iowa Bankers Association. The legislature appropriated $100,000 to the IDOB to fund programs leveraging banks’ expertise to provide financial literacy education programs to Iowans.
Read the full Press Release here:
Iowa high schools have a chance at $1,000 when they assess their students’ financial knowledge in the 2013 – 2014 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge. Registration is free and simple, and participation can be completed in a single 45-minute class period.
Schools that register for the Challenge and have students complete the Ednalysis Financial Literacy Assessment by Jan. 31 will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of 30 cash prizes. The drawing will award each winning school $1,000 to benefit its financial literacy programs and scholarship fund.
Iowa Student Loan®, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network are the proud sponsors of this program.
Test Students’ Financial Knowledge
The assessment allows teachers to see how well their students understand essential financial literacy skills in five key areas:
- Achieving Financial Goals
- Managing Money Effectively
- Debt Decision-Making
- Investment and Asset Building
- Legal and Ethical Financial Behavior
Registered schools whose students complete the assessment will be entered in the drawing. Individual student scores are confidential and will be shared only with the high school.
Iowa high schools can now register at http://challenge.ednalysis.com for the 2013 – 2014 Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge and students can then begin taking the assessment. Use the “Get Started” link on the left to enter your school information and create your username and password. You will also be able to request login information for each 9 – 12 grade student who will participate in the Challenge.
Special Scholarship for Seniors
The Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship expands the Challenge by awarding 20 scholarships worth $1,500 each to college-bound seniors who complete the Ednalysis assessment test and two financial literacy modules in February 2014. Interested seniors will receive emails highlighting financial literacy tips and reminding them to complete Student Loan Game Plansm and the ROCI Reality Check, two resources offered by Iowa Student Loan to help students realize their financial goals. Watch for more information about the scholarship.
For more information about the Challenge, contact Matt Brown at Iowa Student Loan at (800) 243-7552, ex. 7656, or by email at email@example.com.
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
Governor Branstad today announced the launch of the Iowa Financial Literacy Program, an online program to teach Iowa students the core concepts of personal finance. The program is free to students, thanks to a federal grant and a public-private partnership between the College Student Aid Commission and many other organizations, banks, credit unions and companies.
“Financial education is becoming increasingly important, especially in today’s economy,” said Branstad. “By educating Iowa’s youth, they will be better prepared ot make important choices about finances in the future.”
Developed by EverFi, Inc., the online tool uses the latest in new media technology to teach, assess and certify students in grades 11 to 12 in more than 600 core concepts. It will be accessed at http://www.IHaveAPlanIowa.gov.