The Iowa Insurance Division has been a strong advocate for financial literacy since being a founder of the Iowa JumpStart Coalition in 2000. Representing the Iowa Insurance Division is Craig Goettsch, Education and Budget Director. Craig has served as Iowa JumpStart secretary for more than 10 years, and continues to lead JumpStart’s membership committee.
Craig has been actively involved in nearly every JumpStart initiative, including funding programs, speaking, serving on committees, being an officer, drafting policies and by-laws, and providing counsel. He has been a leader and advocate for all of JumpStart’s annual conferences for teachers and for the annual Money Smart Week Iowa. In addition, Craig is a founder and trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, served as President of the North American Securities Administrators Association, served on numerous NASAA committees and on the Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Iowa law school, Craig has also served as an adjunct professor and taught securities law at Drake Law School and the University of Iowa Law School. Under Craig’s direction, the Iowa Insurance Division has raised awareness for financial literacy across the state, with major initiatives for numerous programs in schools, educational organizations and nonprofits, and collaborations with other government agencies.
Find more information about the Iowa Insurance Division at: http://www.iid.state.ia.us/
Five Iowa teachers have received scholarships from Iowa Jump$tart to attend the National Jump$tart Educators Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, in November. Scholarship winners are winners Carla Madson of the Urbandale Community School District, April Moffitt of the Emmetsburg Community School District, Jen Snyder of the Colfax-Mingo School District, LaRae Arment of the Alburnett Community School District, and David Becker of the Ottumwa School District. This conference will bring together hundreds of educators from across the country whose work gives students a successful financial future.
“Financial education is critical to the future success of Iowa students. It is also important to equip Iowa teachers with the resources they need for teaching financial literacy,” said Mary Sandvig, president of Iowa Jump$tart. “The National Jump$tart Conference provides a wealth of tools and information to help teachers help their students build a strong foundation when it comes to financial education. At Iowa Jump$tart, we are happy to help Iowa teachers with this scholarship to attend.”
Five scholarships in total were provided by Iowa Jump$tart to Iowa teachers to attend the national conference, which will take place Nov. 6-8. The conference provides preK-12 teachers with financial education resources, personal and professional development and a nationwide network of colleagues supporting financial education.
More than 104 educators and business professionals registered to attend Iowa Jump$tart’s 2015 Personal Financial Literacy Conference at DMACC in Ankeny on July 16. The conference included a full-day of speakers and exhibitors sharing financial literacy information and resources to help promote financial education in schools. Five Iowa teachers also were awarded scholarships from Iowa Jump$tart to attend the National Jump$tart Educators Conference Nov. 6-8 in Maryland.
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Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Iowa Jump$tart’s Annual Conference for Personal Financial Literacy July 16 at the FFA Enrichment Center in the Ankeny DMACC campus. This conference is designed especially for educators, and provides a wealth of programs and materials to help teach financial literacy. Keynote sessions will include Mike Finley (aka the Crazy Man in the Pink Wig), Lincoln Hughes of EverFi and Robert Kinzer of the FDIC. There will also be a number of breakout sessions featuring a variety of free tools and resources you can use. In addition, K-12 educators have a chance to win a sponsorship to the national Jump$tart Conference in November.
Click here to learn more and to register.
The spring edition of Money Smart News, a financial literacy resource provided by the FDIC, features two youth-focused initiatives and resources. The first, Money Smart for Young People, is a new set of educational materials for teachers, parents, and caregivers that can be used to educate children on how to manage their money. The second, Youth Savings Pilot Program, promotes access to financial services for young people by connecting financial education in schools with the opportunity to open bank accounts and begin saving money. “By engaging young people and their parents in discussions about key financial concepts and choices, we hope to enhance their financial capability and improve the likelihood that children and families will participate in the mainstream financial system,” said Mark Pearce, director at the FDIC. “In addition to the benefits of safety and security, the FDIC believes that an account with an insured depository institution can be a stepping stone to economic opportunity.”
Click here to access the financial literacy resources available in the spring edition of Money Smart News.
The Iowa Jump$tart coalition would like to thank Veridian Credit Union for its generous $1,000 award to help support Iowa Jump$tart financial literacy initiatives. The award was recently presented by Veridian to Iowa Jump$tart Coalition President Mary Sandvig (pictured left).
The state-wide financial literacy competition was a free online financial literacy program that tested students’ knowledge about income and money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing.
Participating schools included Treynor, Madrid Junior and Senior High School, Tri-Center High School, Essex Junior and Senior High, MOC-FV High School, River Valley, Sioux Center High School, and Creston Middle School.
MOC-FV High School took the overall winning title, qualifying them for nationals. However, the winning teams from MOC-FV were unable to attend nationals due to graduation and state track. The next highest scoring team was from River Valley. Teacher Teena Dreckman attended the national competition in Kansas City with her students: Katie Reinking, Paige Korver, and Emily Hoy.
The challenge was sponsored by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition and Wells Fargo.
Region one high school division:
- First place: Maria Cuevas, Aricson Knoblock, and Monica Nicholson of MOC-FV High School
- Second place: Sarah Schwarz, Kyle Van Der Stoep, and Cara Venema of MOC-FV High School
Region three high school division:
- First place: Sammy Anderson, Erin Bolte, and Brian Tessmer of Tri-Center High School
- Second place: Grace Lisle, Hannah Pettit, Jesse Pursell, and Shelbie Weihs of Tri-Center High School
Region one middle school division:
- First place: Skylar Mesner, Adrian Meza, and Ariaqna Meza of River Valley
- Second place: Jacob Henderson, Kera Johnson, Hailey Joy, and Ashton Lichtenburg of River Valley
Region three middle school division:
- First place: Brendan Mass, Amanda Kern, Alora Nowlin, and Brett Phelps of Treynor
- Second place: Megan Carley, Maria Carolus, Kyle Christensen, and Dane Dunbar of Treynor