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.

October 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

Iowa Bankers Association to Offer Chance to Earn Scholarships to Schools Participating in Project Financial Literacy

project_fl-logoThe 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.

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September 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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

Jump$tart Member Spotlight: Mike Johnson

Mike JohnsonIowa 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.

September 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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

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