2016 Personal Financial Literacy Conference

 16th Annual Conference for Personal Financial Literacy:
Financial Literacy Starts with You!
Sponsored by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Breakfast and lunch provided!

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Registration is closed!

Please contact Julie Ntem (Julie.Ntem@iowa.gov) if you would like to check if there are still open spots for registration.

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Conference Description

Financial literacy is something that we are passionate about!  We have taught and supported Iowans throughout our 16 year history to embrace financial literacy.  Every year we offer a conference targeted to all educators to get an update on the programs and materials available to help them teach financial literacy to Iowans everywhere.  We welcome you to come to the conference to get these materials and to collaborate with us and other educators so that we can learn from each other.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speakers

MitchMatthewsMitch Matthews
Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Best-Selling Author
Is Your Hair On Fire?

Worry and stress block our ability to be creative, effective and focused at work and at home. Plus, there seems to be more opportunities to worry than ever before!

In “Is Your Hair on Fire?”, Mitch introduces a simple but powerful three-step process for breaking out of the cycle of stress… and bringing your best work… daily. He uses specific examples… some funny… some moving… some inspiring… so you will leave with powerful strategies you can apply immediately. Plus, Mitch tells the heart-stopping and laughter-inspiring story of a life-changing experience that happened on a Montana mountain top and how it impacted his personal journey of breaking free from worry.

Billy Hensley with NEFEBilly J. Hensley, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Education for the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®)

Hensley directs the grant-making, innovative thinking, research, college, web, and consumer education programs for the foundation. Hensley joined NEFE in 2010 and has since managed a national teacher professional development enterprise, the foundation’s research agenda, and several financial literacy initiatives that seek to increase the financial well-being of all Americans.

The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is the leading private nonprofit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. Through increased understanding of personal financial issues, everyone can enjoy better, more secure and more satisfying lives. For more information about NEFE, go to www.nefe.org

Next Gen Founder Tim RanzattaTim Ranzetta
Founder, Next Gen Personal Finance
Beyond the Google Search Bar: Finding Free, High Quality Personal Finance Resources on the Web

How many times have you found yourself sifting through innumerable personal finance resources resulting from a Sunday night Google search? Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a nonprofit, makes it much easier for teachers. They work full-time to curate the best free resources on the web into a vast online collection of cohesive personal finance lessons and activities for all educators… completely free. Attend this workshop and walk away with a few ideas that you can implement in your classroom!

Please bring a laptop or tablet for hands-on exploring during this session.

Breakout Sessions

Conference breakout sessions will be organized along three tracks:

  • Curriculum/Resources
  • Best Practices
  • Knowledge/Understanding

Three Things Your Kids Must Know To Be A Financial Success “Three Things Your Kids Must Know” reveals three basic principles that, if practiced, will produce financial success. If ignored, financial failure. This session is a no-nonsense, “where the rubber meets the road” discussion.

Iowa Council for Economic Education TS Institute has joined the National Council for Economic Education and is now jointly operating as the Iowa Council for Economic Education. The purpose of this presentation is to provide visibility into the programs and resources available to Iowa educators through our Council and offer hands on lesson options in Personal Finance and Economics for attendees.

How to Become the Wise and Efficient Investor Learn how to invest in a wise way using an evidence-based approach. This requires a basic understanding of asset allocation, modern portfolio theory, the efficient market hypothesis, and a clear understanding of costs. Financial freedom to follow!

Keeping It Real: Borrowing Responsibly for College Iowa Student Loan has four free online tools for Iowa educators that provide important information in a user-friendly format. Two of the tools provide useful information when deciding how much to borrow for college and about job prospects related to college majors. Middle school materials include a complete curriculum and educator’s guide that features twelve 45-minute sessions introducing important financial concepts. The fourth tool helps families understand their financial aid award letter.

NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) HSFPP offers a full suite of FREE instructional resources to use in existing courses or workshop settings where teens interact with an instructor. The components for the program include: Six student guide booklets; Teacher lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations; Activities, handouts and performance-based assessments; Online student practice quizzes, polls and more.

Panel: Financial Literacy for Underrepresented, First-Generation Students Non-profit organizations will share how their programs provide financial literacy education to underrepresented, high financial-need, and first-generation students. Learn the reasons financial literacy is important for these populations and how to be inclusive in programming.

Attendees do not need to stick to one track during the conference – feel free to mix and match to customize your learning experience!

In addition, hear from Iowa Educators on best practices used in the classroom, including budget simulation and gamification strategies!

One-on-One with a Financial Planner

oneononeThis year we are excited to offer participants the opportunity to meet with a financial planner one-on-one during the day of the conference.  It will be a 45 minute span of time where you can get your financial questions answered or review your financial situation with a qualified professional.  There will be no cost for this opportunity, nor will there be any attempt to sell you anything.  This opportunity is sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Iowa.  Registered conference attendees should sign up at the below link to participate.  Spots are limited so sign up now!



Iowa Attorney General’s Office
Iowa State Extension and Outreach
TS Institute
Next Gen Personal Finance
Wells Fargo
State of Iowa Department of Human Rights
Consumer Credit of Des Moines
College Savings Iowa
Iowa Insurance Division
Council Bluffs Community School District
Iowa College Access Network
Iowa Able Foundation

Teacher Credit

We are proud to offer you professional development credit to attend the Jump$tart conference plus one day of the Social Studies Best Practices Institute!  When signing up for credit please register for this conference using the registration link above.  Also, you will have had to register for the Social Studies conference (June 20-21) (Registration is currently closed).  Use the link below for more details and to purchase the renewal credit.


National Jump$tart Educator Conference

It has been a tradition for Iowa Jump$tart to sponsor teachers to attend the National Jump$tart Teacher Conference.  If you are a K-12 Educator, please consider attending our conference to win a sponsorship to the national conference in November.  You must register for the Iowa Jump$tart conference, apply for the scholarship, and attend the Iowa Jump$tart Financial Literacy Conference in order to be eligible to win.

National Jump$tart Educator Conference Sponsorship Application

Conference Handouts

Budget, Save, Credit, Insurance Notes

Three Things Your Kids Need

Budget Sheet Debt Doctor

Become a Wise Investor

Responsible Borrowing Tools

Y.E.P. Youth Empowerment Program Flier

Beyond the Google Search Bar


Take a look back

See what we did at our 2015 Financial Literacy Conference!