National Endowment for Financial Education� (NEFE�)

High School Financial Planning Program� (HSFPP) 


November 2014 - In This Issue:
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Each edition provides HSFPP program updates and news for our instructors and advocates. 

Jump$tart Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Educators
Conference Theme: Teachers are the True Stars!

The Hollywood paparazzi was waiting to greet the 235 K-12 educators from 48 states attending the 2014 Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference last weekend. Red carpet was rolled out to greet teachers, kicking off the conference with the theme reinforced throughout the weekend: Teachers are the true stars. 

Educators received access to financial education resources, personal and professional development, and were encouraged to network with a national network of colleagues and resource providers. 

Conference Highlights

For educators who were not able to attend this year, here are just some of the many conference highlights:

Educators at the conference were the first to receive a hard copy of the new 2015 National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education

ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum warned educators about scams and identity theft challenges our students face in the complex digital era they are growing up in. He cautioned teachers downloading free apps to be mindful. "If you're not paying for something," Weisbaum said, "you are the product." (HSFPP materials excluded, of course.)

Dr. Joyce Serido provided insight into the behavior of young adults learned from the Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS) research. Her top tips to teachers: 
  • "The most important thing is to engage students. Don't be the wizard, be the coach."
  • "Teaching them content is good. Teaching them why the content is relevant is essential."
  • "Do not tell students what they should be doing from your perspective. Tell them how to accomplish their goals."
Did you know that Bruce Wayne commits financial fraud in the movie "Batman Begins"? Teachers learned how in the Money In The Movies™ session presented by Peter Bielagus.

Bielagus reviews popular films for their financial accuracy and serves up a financial lesson from each movie. His videos are a free resource for teachers, selecting movie clips that highlight financial lessons, while taking out any scenes that are not PG friendly. 

Want more conference highlights? Check out #NEC14 on Twitter.

NEFE Welcomes HSFPP Winners in LA!

HSFPP covered conference and travel expenses for three of our INspiring INnovative INstructors to join us at the Jump$tart Conference. 

Our three INstructors joined HSFPP staff in Los Angeles, and also had an opportunity to meet Ted Beck, NEFE's CEO and President, and two members of NEFE's Board of Directors. Here are their stories of how they use HSFPP in their classroom.
Ann Endicott, CTE Student Services Coordinator
Marshall County Shools, Holly Springs, MS

Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Resource Management classes I quickly learned what many of my teenage students deal with. I had a guest speaker from the Mississippi Extension Services who was speaking to my students about personal finances and the first question he asked as an opener to his presentation was "How many of you have a bad credit rating?" Many hands were raised in response! I was shocked. Most of these teens were not even old enough to have a personal checking account. Their parents had used their social security number and had gotten them into financial problems.

I have been on a mission to make information and materials available to each student I have to help them in planning their financial future without a bad credit rating from the start.

The materials from the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program make my job easier. We are a "critical needs" school district so receiving free materials for each student is major. Students take information home to share!
Rhonda Malcolm,Teacher, Business Education
USD497, Lawrence, KS

The materials are used to educate students about money management skills. High school students may or may not go to college but they all will need to manage their money the rest of their lives. I am pleased to be able to add knowledge and skills to their ability to be financially successful adults. 

MaryBeth Bailey,Teacher
Bryant Public Schools, Bryant, AR

I have used the Money Management modules in my class to teach my seventh graders about SMART goals and being smart with their finances. I really like the HSFPP module curriculum because I do not have to go looking for different materials to teach my lessons. I can go to one place and have the modules mailed to my school.
NEW NEFE Articles 


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


On Your Own (HSFPP Modules Related to the On Your Own content)


Lessons from My Younger Self: Why You Need to Start Saving Now (Modules 1 and 4)

William Bernstein shares his story of how he lucked into his retirement plan, and why today's young people should start saving now.

 5 Ways to Jumpstart Your So-Called Career (Module 3)

Finding a job is hard enough - launching a meaningful career is even harder, as we learn through the story of 28-year-old Chris who spent a year-and-a-half living with his parents after graduation without getting so much as an interview. Here are 5 tips to accelerate the process.


How I Did It: Started a Movement (Modules 1 and 3)

Social activist and musician Mike de la Rocha, founder of Living Rooms Across America, shares how he is using financial education to reform the criminal justice system. 


Smart About Money: Protect Yourself 


6 Common Frauds and How to Avoid Them

Is Debt Consolidation Right for You?

A True Story of Predatory Lending


SAM Says Newsletter: "Zombie Debt" is not the name of the next Hollywood smash Halloween movie. The October issue of SAM Says shares Chelsea Norton's spooky story of a phone bill paid in full when she was a teenager that rose up to haunt her years later.

Gear Up for Next Semester!
Order Today; Schedule to Ship Later...and it's still FREE!


With the 2014-2015 school year zipping by orders are already coming in for next semester. Whether you need Student Guides in a few weeks, for your spring semester class, or next summer, log in to place your order online and schedule your delivery. 


As part of our mission to empower teens to make educated financial decisions, NEFE covers all costs to print, ship, and deliver your materials.


Forgot your username or password?  No problem!  It's easy to retrieve your username or password.


We can customize your order to meet your needs:


Are you concerned that a shipment might arrive when your school or office is closed during winter break? As you place your order just let us know when NOT to deliver.


Do you want the Instructor Kit now and the Student Guides in January? You can place separate orders to request different shipping dates.


Do shipments sometimes get misplaced after arriving at your work place? You can request the order to be shipped to an alternate address. (Please keep in mind we only ship to physical street addresses and not to P.O. Boxes). 


A special note for our community volunteers and sponsors: 


Be sure to tell us the school or organization where you will co-teach or volunteer to prevent delays in shipping. If you can't find the name on the dropdown list as you are placing an order, follow the prompt on the screen to request that the name be added to the list.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

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

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

November 18 (Tues)   5 - 6 pm EST

December 3 (Wed)     11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

December 16 (Tues)   5 - 6 pm EST

More NEFE Resources for Educators

CashCourse� - online materials for college students - scripts and materials for adult financial education

Evaluation Toolkit� - databank of questions to measure impact - young adult blog about financial lessons learned - confessions of bad spending habits - consumer finance tips and tools


Contact Us

National Endowment for Financial Education

1331 - 17 Street, Suite 1200

Denver, CO  80202

To register, or to learn more, visit us online at
NEFE's High School Financial Planning Program equips teens with fundamental personal finance skills to prepare them for financial independence and mindful money management decisions and behaviors.


The National Endowment for Financial Education� (NEFE�) is the leading private nonprofit, noncommercial foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision-making for individuals and families through every stage of life. Since 1984, NEFE's award-winning High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP�) has reached more than 11.5 million students in more than 110,000 classrooms and workshops across the country. Learn more the complete suite of NEFE's free consumer and educator resources at

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