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Experian offers teacher scholarships for Jump$tart National Edcuator Conference

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.

September 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

Stock Market Game is a fun, interactive and FREE way to teach students about investing

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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

September 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds recognize Iowa Student Loan scholarship winners for proven financial literacy skills

govGov. 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.

Read the full press release here.

May 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Money Habits formed by the age of SEVEN

Government-backed Money Advice Service (MAS) pointed to a Cambridge University study that suggested that most young children had grasped all the main aspects of how money works and formed “core behaviors which they will take into adulthood and which will affect financial decisions they make during the rest of their lives”.

Caroline Rookes, chief executive of the Money Advice Service, said: “This study really demonstrates the power of parental influences, and illustrates how much of what you learn and absorb when you are young, both consciously and subconsciously, affects the choices you make throughout the rest of your life.”

View the rest of the article here:  Money habits are formed by the age of seven – News Article

August 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

Conference Recap

What a great conference we had in July! We learned so much and got to meet so many neat individuals! If you missed the conference or if you would like to revisit it, please go to our conference page and check out all the cool downloads you can get. Thank you to all the speakers and attendants that came to our conference!

July 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Treynor High School Students Win Video Contest

2013TreynorVideoCongratulations to 4 Treynor High School students who won the 2013 Iowa Financial Literacy Program Video Clip Challenge!  Students involved were Logan Huff (Sr.), Wesley Masterson (Sr.), John Beckman (Sr.), and Taylor Anderson (Fr.).

Their video compares the financial behavior of two high school students.  One student is making good financial decisions while the other makes poor decisions.  Watch this fun video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/oJA60WcGI9s.

April 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

New Free Online Program Targets Iowa Middle School Students

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On April 15, 2013 Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the launch of a new online financial literacy program, offered through the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid).  The interactive program, Vault™, will help Iowa 4th through 6th graders establish smart habits and attitudes about handling money.  The program is available free to Iowa elementary and middle schools.

Read the entire Press Release: Statewide Program will Help Students Develop Smart Money Habits on Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds web site.

Get a sneak peak at what Vault offers.  View the Vault Demo on YouTube.

April 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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