March 2015 - In This Issue:
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Welcome to our monthly newsletter! 

Each edition provides HSFPP program updates and news for our instructors and advocates. 

5 Steps to Build Customized Tests 
Create Pre- and Post-Knowledge Based Assessments

 

The HSFPP is designed for students to learn about and practice skills that relate to their own life situations. A performance-based assessment strategy is built into each lesson, allowing learners to show what they know and can do as a result of the learning experience. 

 

Because instructors sometimes only teach part of the HSFPP or incorporate additional educational materials, it is not possible for HSFPP to provide a one-size-fits-all knowledge-based test. Only the instructors know what they are teaching students. 

 

NEFE's Online Evaluation Toolkit
 

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) understands that it is important for instructors to measure the success of their financial education classes to ensure that their programs meet the needs of their students and to secure support from stakeholders.   

 

To meet that need, NEFE offers a free online evaluation toolkit designed to help teachers create their own pre- and post-tests based on the content they use in their classrooms. Instructors can choose to save and print the survey as a PDF or generate a URL version of the evaluation survey to collect and manipulate results online.

 

To design an evaluation instrument select a format option to fit the program type.

  • Post Evaluation Only
  • Pre- and Post-Evaluation
  • Stages to Change Evaluation
  • Train the Trainer Evaluation

Evaluation Toolkit Components
 

The toolkit consists of two main parts:

  1. A manual (available in Quick Start or full-length detailed versions) covering basic program evaluation concepts, example evaluation instruments and instructions on how to fully utilize the evaluation toolkit

  2. An easy-to-use evaluation database containing evaluation templates and forms for several different types of program formats

Want to learn more about the Evaluation Toolkit? Watch this 40-minute introductory webinar for more details.

Fun Classroom Activity
Money Madness Financial Four

Your students are probably carefully monitoring their March Madness bracket, but what about their Financial Four bracket?

Have your students visit www.FinancialFour.org to compare their financial priority picks against professional financial planners. This is Money Madness and there aren't any upsets in this tournament! 
 

You also can download a printable PDF to use as a classroom handout.  

Instructor Resources
Free and Easy to Access

Have you checked out our   Facebook   page lately? In addition to resources for the classroom, you will find images with excerpts from HSFPP modules, such as this quote regarding credit.

Are you using the most updated materials in your classroom? It's easy and free to order new materials. Just  log in and place your order. Your materials will arrive within ten business days.

Forgot your log in information? It's easy to retrieve your  username or  password.
NEW February NEFE Content 

Instructors can use content from NEFE's Smart About Money and On Your Own websites to engage students in discussion. New content relevant to teens and educators is posted frequently on our Facebook Page.

 

On Your Own 

 

Was it a Date? What Does it Mean if He Pays for Dinner 

Money and the unwritten dating language: When a guy buys a girl dinner is it automatically a date? 

 

Smart About Money

 

According to a NEFE survey, 1 in 3 Americans who have combined finances with a romantic partner admitted to financial infidelity in their relationships. Many others said they had lied to their spouses about money. 

 

The February SAM Says newsletter explores the subject of financial infidelity, and offers advice for couples on how to approach financial conversations. 

 

In February, NEFE also partnered with YourTango.com to answer the question: How much does love drive spending? The Harris Poll survey revealed that 7 in 10 adults spend more while in a relationship versus when they are single. 

Upcoming Trainings and Events

At www.hsfpp.org you can find face-to-face   training events  in your state.  

You also can register for a live 45-minute  informational webinar   that fits into your schedule. The webinar previews HSFPP's learning outcomes, format and materials, and gives you the steps to immediately start teaching.

On the registration page simply choose the date that works for you. 
 
Upcoming Webinar Dates: Introduction to HSFPP

March 24 (Tues)
April 9 (Thurs)
April 22 (Wed)
May 13 (Wed)
May 27 (Wed)
5 - 6 pm EST
3 - 4 pm EST
12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
3 - 4 pm EST
12:30 - 1:30 pm EST
More NEFE Resources for Educators

CashCourse� - online materials for college students

FinancialWorkshopKits.org - scripts and materials for adult financial education

Evaluation Toolkit� - databank of questions to measure impact

OnYourOwn.org - young adult blog about financial lessons learned

Spendster.org - confessions of bad spending habits

SmartAboutMoney.org - consumer finance tips and tools

 

Contact Us

National Endowment for Financial Education

1331 - 17 Street, Suite 1200

Denver, CO  80202

hsfpp@nefe.org

 

To register or learn more visit us online at www.hsfpp.org. 

The High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) is the flagship program of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE�). NEFE is the leading private nonprofit, noncommercial foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision-making for individuals and families through every stage of life.

HSFPP equips teens with fundamental personal finance skills to prepare them for financial independence and mindful money management decisions and behaviors. Since 1984, NEFE's award-winning HSFPP has reached more than 11.5 million students in more than 110,000 classrooms and workshops across the country.

Learn more about the complete suite of NEFE's free consumer and educator resources at www.nefe.org.