Apr 07, 2020

Schools in the News: Transitioning to Teaching Remotely and Treasurer Visits

Triway Local teacher offering financial literacy class online to anyone in grades 8-12 (Wooster Daily Record): 

Ryan Kline, a special education teacher at Triway Junior High School, is offering a financial literacy class on Monday via Zoom — and he’s opening it up to any student in eighth through 12th grades who wants to tune in.

Since the district posted about the class on its Facebook page on Tuesday, Kline has received emails from about 40 people interested in joining the class, which he plans to teach at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some of the interested students are from the Triway Local district, where Kline has been teaching for five years, while others are from places like southern Ohio, the Youngstown area and even Indiana.

Here’s a great home-school idea: Teach your kids about money (CNBC): 

With many schools shut down to protect against coronavirus exposure, many parents have found themselves in a new role: teacher.

So why not add some personal finance to your lesson plans?

“This is the most amazing opportunity for doing things with your kids that you wanted to do, that are meaningful long term,” said Thomas Henske, a certified financial planner with New York-based Lenox Advisors.

From Creating Mini-Economies to Parsing Fictional Spending Scenarios, Here's How Librarians Teach Financial Literacy to Kids (School Library Journal)

Financial literacy doesn’t have to be isolated from other learning, as Bober, also a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, illustrates: Money affects nearly every aspect of life, and most of the stories we tell and read. School or public libraries can be ideal settings for kids to get attuned to money matters, through stories, displays, or targeted curricula.

West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue visited a West Virginia high school to discuss importance of financial education (Herald-Dispatch)

High school students working part-time jobs generate about $2.8 billion in the U.S. economy each year, but only around half a million of that earned money is saved, West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue told Huntington High School students Thursday afternoon. “We need to change that, and that’s why financial education is so important,” he said.

Perdue spoke with students in personal finance class about the importance of budgeting, understanding payments and insurance, credit cards and other aspects of money management.

“I really believe that financial education needs to be taught in high school and be part of the curriculum to graduate from high school,” Perdue said. “Education is going to open up the doors of opportunity for students.”

Gail Stapleton, personal finance teacher at Huntington High, said she could see students lighting up as Perdue touched on many of the topics the class has been covering this semester.





About the Author

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.

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