Making Cents of Financial Literacy and Economic Education
information for Pennsylvania teachers in grades K - 12
 August 2013 
Making Cents Project Launches Website 

A website has been for for the Making Cents project.  At, educators can find an archive of our previous e-blasts and webinars along with information on upcoming programs. Bookmark the site and feel free to provide any recommendations or feedback that you might have from visiting it. 


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REGISTRATION OPEN - Free Personal Finance and Economic Education Webinars to Be Held
Registration is now open for the 2013-2014 Making Cents webinars. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State University are continuing their partnership in the 2013-2014 school year to offer six new Making Cents webinars at no charge to teachers.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Two sessions will be held each day to accommodate various schedules: 3:00pm - 4:30pm and 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  

September 25, 2013
October 24, 2013
November 20, 2013
January 23, 2014
February 19, 2014
March 20, 2014


The September 25th webinars will feature presentations on the following topics:

  • Supporting the English Language Arts Common Core in Personal Finance and Economics Classes (Dr. Andrew Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
  • Financial Record Keeping (Dr. Cathy Bowen, Penn State University)
  • Using Videos to Enhance Personal Finance and Economics Lessons (Hilary Hunt, Making Cents Project Coordinator)
To register for the webinars and view topics for future sessions as they are announced visit

National Report Card Gives Pennsylvania a 'D' on Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy
The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College used national data to grade all 50 states on their efforts to produce financially literate high school graduates.  What the grading shows is the we have a long way to go before we a are a financially literate nation. Just 40 percent of states were given grades of A or B (green and blue on the map below). Pennsylvania was given a D.  You can download the complete report on their website.

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Team Members:

Sally Flaherty, PDE

Cathy F. Bowen, PSU

Hilary Hunt, Consultant

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