Two upcoming informational sessions can help you learn how Money Smart for Young People is an easy way to teach about money!
On Wednesday,August 3 and Thursday,August 4, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Jump$tart Coalition for two webinars that introduce free tools for teaching key lessons about money to children from Pre-K to Grade 12. The webinars will discuss the Money Smart for Young People curriculum series and offer ideas on how to use it. Each session also will feature insights from those who have used Money Smart and an opportunity to interact with speakers.
The same information will be presented on both days so you can pick the time that works best for you.
Approximately 90 Iowa teachers and business professionals attended Iowa Jump$tart’s annual Conference for Financial Literacy June 22 at DMACC’s FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The conference, titled “Financial Literacy Starts with You,” provided teachers with a wealth of resources and tools to take back to the classroom for their financial literacy educational programs.
Iowa Jump$tart President Mary Sandvig (Iowa Division of Banking) welcomed conference attendees, noting that this year marked the 16th anniversary of the conference. She reflected on what financial responsibility was like at the age of 16, and how everyone has a responsibility to take care of their financial literacy. “Thank you for coming to day to take information bank to your classrooms to make a difference,” said Sandvig.
Money Smart Week Essay Contest Winner
Sandvig also provided an updated on Money Smart Week, a financial literacy effort sponsored by Iowa Jump$tart that takes place each April. This year, Sandvig reported, Money Smart Week events across the state reached over 20,000 people. One of those events is the annual Money Smart Week essay contest, sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association. She also introduced the 2016 Money Smart Kid Essay contest winner, Morgan Fannon of Edgewood-Colesburg Senior High School, and her teacher Jodi Ehlers.
Ehlers encouraged attendees to work with local bankers to identify free financial literacy resources. “If you don’t have a relationship with your local banker, make one. You won’t believe how much easier your life becomes when you have them on your team,” said Ehlers. Then Fannon read her winning essay with the group.
2015 National Conference Report
Teachers receiving last year’s Iowa Jump$tart scholarships to the National Educators Conference provided a report on the conference. Those teachers reporting included Carla Madson (Urbandale), Jen Snyder (Colfax Mingo), and April Moffitt (Emmetsburg)
Opening Keynote: Is Your Hair on Fire?
Mitch Matthews provided an engaging opening keynote about tacking stress and worry. “Money dominates the top 10 list of what people worry about. To help people manage their money better, we have to address worry,” said Matthews. He then provided tips for training your brain and redirecting your thinking to those things you can control and influence – and letting go of those things you cannot.
Nine different breakouts sessions were offered throughout the day on a variety of topics, including: NEFE’s High School Financial Program Planning (Billy Hensley), Life Skills: Finances – Making it Fresh and Fun (Sarah O’Rourke), Three Things Your Kids Must Know to Be a Financial Success (Jim Garnett), Iowa Council for Economic Education (Kyle Osborne), How to Become a Wise and Efficient Investor (Mike Finley), Gamification of Personal Finance (Jenna Nation), Financial Literacy for Underrepresented, First Generation Students (Allison Severson, Kay Thomas, and Kristen Corey), Family Budget Simulation (Todd Hospodarsky) and Keeping It Real: Borrowing Responsibly for College (Marc Hendel).
Lunch Keynote: Applicable Research on Financial Education
Billy Hensley of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provided an update on using research to help understand and address personal finance issues. He shared research had conducted on Millennials, including trends in their financial habits and issues of concern.
Educators also had the opportunity to visit with more than a dozen exhibitors to learn about additional financial literacy resources available.
Closing Keynote: Finding Free, High Quality Personal Finance Resources
Tim Ranzetta from Next Gen Personal Financial provided an informative closing address on the numerous financial literacy resources available through his organization. Attendees were given a virtual tour of those resources, including lesson plans, activities, projects, case studies, assessments and more, available on their website at nextgenpersonalfinance.org.
2016 National Conference Scholarship Winners
Sandvig announced the winners of Iowa Jump$tart scholarships to the 2016 National Educators Conference Nov. 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. Winners were: Debbie Claussen (Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf), Jennifer Anderson (Treynor High School, Treynor), Kristy Nickolisen (Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs), Tia Shaffer (Independence Community School District, Arlington), and JoEtt Cogdill (Woodbine High School, Woodbine).
Iowa Jump$tart Member Award
Craig Goettsch of the Iowa Insurance Division was presented with Iowa Jump$tart’s second annual member award for his service with the coalition. or. 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.
We would like to recognize the Iowa Student Loan as our current Member Spotlight. Iowa Student Loan was established in 1979 as a private, nonprofit corporation, to help Iowa students and families obtain the resources necessary to succeed in post-secondary education. To date, Iowa Student Loan has helped nearly 400,000 students pay for college.
Iowa Student Loan’s nonprofit community reinvestment efforts provide more than $100,000 in scholarships and 529 savings plan deposits annually. Iowa Student Loan also offers private student loans for students who have exhausted other sources of aid, and reinvests funds in programs to benefit students and borrowers.
Based in West Des Moines, Iowa Student Loan and its subsidiary employ more than 200 people and manages $2.6 billion in student loans. The organization is self-funded and self-capitalized. It is governed by a board of directors, appointed by the governor of Iowa.
This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Megan Garrett. Megan has been with Iowa Student Loan as a Corporate Communications and Media Relations Administrator for almost two years. Part of her efforts have resulted in a much greater social media presence for Iowa Student Loan including launching their first blog that now includes submissions from other Iowa nonprofits, some of which are fellow Jump$tart members. Iowa Student Loan also now utilizes video and recently finished production of a second set of Student Loan Pro Tip videos promoting responsible student borrowing and financial literacy. Previously, Megan was a PR Specialist for Lake Regional Health System at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. In addition to Jump$tart, Megan helps represent Iowa Student Loan through its partnership with the I Have a Dream Foundation
Megan, who is a native Iowan, from Stuart, found happiness, a degree, and a husband at Northwest Missouri State University. Her husband Derek played on the Bearcat football team that started the incredible run of championship appearances NWMSU has enjoyed. They have a very cute darling 8 month old daughter named Emmie.
In her (seriously?!?) spare time, she teaches preschool- 2nd grade dance classes, works on restoring their 1890 home in Adel, and attends Bearcat and Chiefs football; and Royals baseball games. She’s big fan of music and attending concerts like Garth Brooks and Dave Matthews and you can follow her on Pinterest!
The Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference is the only national conference for classroom teachers dedicated to personal finance education in the classroom. Each year, the conference provides PreK-12 educators with financial education resources, personal and professional development, access to a nation-wide network of colleagues, and general support for financial education.
This Year’s Conference Highlights:
Tools, resources, information and support for teaching personal finance in the classroom.
A variety of workshops under three strands: Curricula/Content, Personal Development “101” and Personal Development “AP.”
Networking with your peers from across the country!
Exhibit Hall devoted to Financial Education Resources
Welcome to Dallas Gala
15 Professional Development Hours for Teachers
Optional Activities include: free financial planning clinics, two financial educator certification programs, and various teacher networking opportunities.
The Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB) is a state agency whose mission is to protect the interests of those doing business with Iowa chartered banks, licensed financial service providers, and licensed professionals through regulation that ensures safety, soundness, and adherence to laws and regulations. The IDOB consists of three functional areas: Bank Bureau, Finance Bureau, and Professional Licensing Bureau. Each functional area has three primary functions: Licensing/Chartering, Examining/Auditing, and consumer complaint investigation. The IDOB has provided funding for teacher scholarships to the Jump$tart national conference and is a proud member of the Iowa Jump$tart.
This member of the Iowa Jump$tart coalition is represented by Rod Reed and Mary Sandvig. Rod Reed is currently the treasurer of Iowa Jump$tart. He has served on many committees and positions, including president. Rod was president when the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition received the State Coalition of the Year Award from the National Jump$tart Coalition in 2011. At the IDOB he is the bureau chief of the Finance and Professional Licensing Bureaus. Rod and his wife have two sons (one a recent ISU graduate employed as an engineer in Des Moines and the other still a student at ISU). Rod is a graduate of ISU. He and his family are proud supporters of ISU.
Mary is currently the president of Iowa Jump$tart and has participated in several committees for over 10 years, especially with web content. She has been with the IDOB as a systems analyst and developer for a little over 13 years. Her interests are quite varied. Two children, ages five and seven, keep her on the move. She loves music and is the drummer and marketing manager of the Iowa Falls-based variety band, the “Mudpuppies.”
The Golden Circle College Fair is traditionally the largest in Iowa, and is sponsored by Iowa College Access Network and supported by Iowa Student Loan, both members of the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition. Last year, 140 colleges and universities exhibited to more than 2,000 students and family members. Take advantage of this chance to speak one-on-one with school representatives from across the country, and attend breakout sessions on planning for college.
The 25th Annual Golden Circle College Fair
Golden Circle College Fair
Iowa Events Center – Hy-Vee Hall
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Five Iowa teachers have received scholarships from Iowa Jump$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.