Schools in the News: State policies, teacher PD and Wise Students

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Aug 08, 2018
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Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy
  • TN Treasurer visits Elizabethton to launch financial literacy program (Elizabethton Star): 

Through the program, each classroom sets up their own mini-economy where the children take on different roles such as merchants, bankers, and other professions to learn about earning and spending money. Students will also learn about evaluating expenses from a needs versus wants perspective, as well as financial topics such as loans, interest, and inflation. In the classrooms where the program has already been tested, Lillard said teachers reported not only an increased financial literacy for students but improved behavior as well.

  • Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Treasurer Magaziner spent time learning about financial education efforts in his state [Editor's note: Kudos to NGPF Fellow Pat Page who recently presented NGPF Access to Financial Education data to the Treasurer's office]  (WPRI)

Rhode Island's treasurer is studying how financial literacy is taught in schools. Treasurer Seth Magaziner, state Sen. Sandra Cano and Rep. Joseph McNamara announced the statewide study.

  • Colorado is stepping up efforts to increase teacher professional development [Editor's note: NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson presented a workshop on how to use NGPF's website to find the resources you need faster] [Daily Sentinel]

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is joining other statewide agencies in an effort to increase personal financial literacy in K-12 students on the Western Slope and across Colorado. More than 100 teachers attended the first "Personal Finance and How to Teach It" workshop at Colorado Mesa University this week to learn how to teach money management to students of all ages and in different subject areas.

  • West Orange High School students honored for financial literacy (TAPinto): 

Brandon Dominguez, Salam Makhdoom, Celia Murphy-Braunstein, Ari Rogers and Jarvis Tam attended the Scholar’s Reception for scoring more than 95 percent on the exam. W!SE is an award-winning national educational non-profit dedicated to improving lives through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and careers. (West Orange High School was also recognized as an NGPF Gold Standard School a few months ago as well.)

As participants in Delta Community’s award-winning High School Apprentice Program, these 11th and 12th graders will receive job training, career opportunities and a paycheck. Since Delta Community launched its apprentice program in 2006, more than 140 high school juniors and seniors have participated. Many remain employed by Delta Community after graduation on a full-time basis or part-time while attending college. They have also moved beyond their original teller jobs to work in departments such as retirement and investment services, lending, and regulatory compliance.

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Danielle is a native of Southern California and a recent graduate from the University of Maine, where she braved the frigid winters—a feat in and of itself—and earned her Bachelor's degree in International Affairs. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations and serving populations in underprivileged communities. When Danielle isn't writing NGPF blog posts, spearheading various outreach projects, or managing contests and flash surveys, you can find her doing some sort of outdoor activity, learning a new hobby, or cracking what she thinks are witty puns!