This week, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) and my financial education initiative, TEAM, or Treasurer’s Education About Money, launched a new financial education teacher-training program. The Master Teacher of Personal Finance program will help high school teachers prepare as Mississippi becomes the 18
state in the nation to require personal finance education for high school graduation.
The program is aimed at educators who teach business, personal finance, college and career readiness, and economic classes. The training curriculum was developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Memphis Branch and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – New Orleans Branch, and their staff are participating in the inaugural training session all this week at Millsaps College.
Thirty teachers are here this week, for what will be the first of many such professional development programs. This training will particularly help those instructors who will be part of teaching the new financial education component of the College and Career Readiness course all Mississippi students will be taking before graduation. My office and MCEE have both been working with the Mississippi Department of Education on this curriculum, which will be rolled out in pilot schools in the coming school year before statewide implementation.