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Today we would like to recognize Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who is represented by Mary Beth Kaufman and Margaret Van Ginkel.
ISU Extention and Outreach contains a division of human sciences that offers many resources including those for family finances. They offer classes and information to the public about a wide range of financial issues.
Mary Beth who is Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension in September received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award which recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State Extension staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. They describe her as being on the cutting edge of emerging issues such as flood recovery, mental health and poverty reduction. As well as JumpStart she is part of the leadership in Money Smart Week in Council Bluffs and Shelby County, and is Iowa’s liaison for the High School Financial Planning Program.
Margaret VanGinkel is also a Field Educator of Family Finance at the Extension and currently serves as Secretary for the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. She received the R.K. Bliss Extension Award a few years ago. She manages the program in 4 counties which provides basic financial literacy to children and adults. She also helps with the hotline where people can call in to receive help for various financial issues. She is a very important resource as speaker and advisor for MoneySmart week. She also helps provide information to the public about retirement financial literacy.
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A partnership of educational organizations is providing an incentive for Iowa high schools to assess their students’ financial understanding. Schools have a chance at a cash prize by participating in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge between now and Jan. 31, 2015. Iowa Student Loan® — in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$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.
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 $1,000 scholarships that will be provided to Iowa high schools participating in Project Financial Literacy this school year. Starting Oct. 1, Iowa schools can sign up to participate in this program at www.projectfl.org.
Project Financial Literacy is designed to promote financial literacy education by providing high schools with resources to measure and improve their financial literacy curriculum. The program offers schools an assessment tool, created by Ednalysis, an Iowa-based company, to measure their curriculum against the 21st Century Skills framework of the Iowa Core Curriculum. The tool helps measure students’ knowledge in the areas of achieving financial goals, managing money effectively, debt decision-making, risk management, investment and asset building, and legal and ethical financial behavior.
Experian is offering 20 scholarships for PreK-12th grade classroom teachers to attend the Jump$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
Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds recognize Iowa Student Loan scholarship winners for proven financial literacy skills
Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Student Loan leaders recognized today 20 Iowa high school seniors who each won a $1,500 college scholarship through participation in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, administered by Iowa Student Loan. The high school seniors from across the state were recognized in a special award ceremony at the Iowa Capitol.
This was the first year Iowa Student Loan offered the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship, which provided Iowa high school seniors the chance to win $1,500 for college while learning important financial literacy skills.
Between December 2013 and February 2014, registered high school seniors were asked to complete two online financial literacy tutorials — Student Loan Game Plan and the ROCI Reality Check — which Iowa Student Loan developed to help students understand the consequences of college borrowing and discover how to maximize their return on college investment, or ROCI. In addition, scholarship contenders were required to take an online financial literacy assessment test created by Ednalysis, an Iowa educational research company. Scholarship winners were determined from those who earned top scores on the assessment test.