The Iowa Finance Challenge is a new online financial literacy program available for middle and high school students. This online competition includes 30 questions for students to test their knowledge on income and money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. Students compete in teams of three or four in the challenge, and test individually to measure the knowledge they have gained.
In addition to providing students with a fun and engaging way to build their financial literacy knowledge, the challenge offers students the chance to win cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in April during Money Smart Week to the first, second and third place winning teams. The first place team will receive $25 per team member, the second place team will receive $15 per team member, and the third place team will receive $10 per team member. Every team that participates also is registered for a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Teachers interested in having students participate in the challenge can contact Erica Vonk of the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College at 712-722-6341 or Erica.Vonk@Dordt.edu. The challenge is being facilitated and managed by the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College, and made possible through a joint sponsorship by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition and Wells Fargo.
Visit their website at http://financechallenge.unl.edu and click on Iowa.
Saving for college? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Sign up today for one of many financial education programs during Money Smart Week® April 18-25, coordinated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of local partner organizations in your community.
Money Smart Week events are open to the public at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, nonprofits and government agencies on topics including kids and money, credit building, managing student debt and retirement. Event information is available here.
As many of you know, registration for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge for Iowa high schools ended Jan. 31, 2015. This challenge was presented by Iowa Student Loan. More info about the contest can be found here.
There were 32 schools that completed all three steps of the registration process to be entered into the drawing. The auditor has completed the drawing and I have a list of the 30 winning schools.
Please check out the winners here.
In the next couple of weeks, a plaque and award check will also be sent to winning schools. A certificate of participation will be sent to those schools that were not selected. A press release will be sent early March announcing the winners.
Congratulating to winners and participating schools!
Help your students kick off the second half of the year by entering for a chance to become Iowa Financial Literacy Program’s Student of the Month! One student will be selected each month and win a $50 prize!
Iowa College Student Aid Commission and EverFi are encouraging students across Iowa to speak up and share their stories about how financial education has and will impact their lives by launching the Iowa Financial Literacy Program Blog Contest. Encourage your students to tap into their creativity and get involved for a chance to win. The contest is open to all students who have completed the Iowa Financial Literacy Program this school year, with one winner chosen monthly from February through May. To view additional contest details, including submission information, rules and guidelines, click here.
Haven’t started the Iowa Financial Literacy Program yet?
No worries, this is a great time to dive in! The lessons are engaging and fun, while using technology to teach today’s digital generation. After a short 15 minute training, you are ready to start the course with your classes. It only takes a few hours to complete, is a great supplement to existing curriculum, and can be implemented in a variety of ways. To learn more about the Iowa Financial Literacy Program (powered by EverFi), watch this 3-minute video and let me know when you’re ready for registration information. The program is available at no cost to you thanks to the investment of Iowa College Aid and local community sponsors.
The Iowa Department of Revenue is pleased to work with Jump$tart Iowa to promote financial literacy education. That education should include basic knowledge about how to complete a tax return. To assist with the development of that knowledge, the Department has created a student packet with examples, exercises, and instructions for teachers to expose students to the basics of completing an Iowa 1040 Individual Income tax return. The Department encourages the usage of this packet and welcomes any questions you may have about the information presented. Please contact email@example.com.
Please take time to fill in the Tax Packet Evaluation to help us know where we can improve on this tool.
Teachers can now register their students in the National Economics Challenge, a national competition to help high school students build and test their knowledge of economics. The challenge is open to all high schools, and teachers can create as many student teams as they like. The Council for Economic Education will pay all registration and participation fees.
Register now to have your students participate in the online competition, which will take place March 1-April 3, 2015. The national semifinal competition will take place April 14. The top four teams from the semifinals will compete in the national competition taking place May 16-18 in New York.
Click here for more information.
We would like to recognize the Professional Educators of Iowa as our current Member Spotlight. Professional Educators of Iowa is a membership organization that consists of teachers, coaches, administrators, and many other professional educators. Their objectives are for professionalism and doing what is best for students. They represent their members with legal protection if such grievances should occur. They may also lobby for issues related to labor laws as well as education laws. They have an annual conference in summer that gives educators valuable information about advancing their careers.
This long time member of the Iowa JumpStart coalition is represented by Jim Hawkins and Mark Felderman. They have been huge supporters of Financial Literacy and are wonderful volunteers to accomplishing our mission.
You may find more their organization at: http://www.peiowa.org