NGPF Podcast: Teresa Pelletier describes Fidelity's investments in financial education

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Feb 28, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies

Many know Fidelity as the investing behemoth with 8.3 trillion in assets (source). Yet, if you are an educator in a market where Fidelity has a significant presence, you probably also know them for the excellent PD workshops that they organize. In this podcast, Teresa Pelletier, the senior director of community relations at Fidelity, describes the many programs that Fidelity has to improve financial education in the U.S.. You will learn about the thousands of Fidelity team members who volunteer in classrooms every year as well as the impact of their teacher workshops. We know it will truly "takes a village" to improve financial capability in this country and it's clear that Fidelity is doing their part! 

Details:

  • 0:00~2:40 Introduction
  • 2:40~5:09 Early money lessons
  • 5:09~8:22 Source of passion for financial education 
  • 8:22~10:43 The importance of starting early
  • 10:43~14:13 How to get experts into the classroom
  • 14:13~15:15 Fidelity’s teacher training
  • 15:15~15:40 A word from NGPF
  • 15:40~17:39 Stressing the importance of time
  • 17:39~21:33 Plans for 2020
  • 21:33~22:27 Fidelity’s resources 
  • 22:27~23:21 Conclusion

Resources:

 Notable quote: 

  • “We are addressing the teacher’s needs as both a learner themselves and as a teacher as we are trying to increase their knowledge and confidence on tricky topics such as investing.”

 

About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.