September 2015

Financial Literacy and Economic Education Information for Pennsylvania Educators
Kickstart the School Year with Financial Education Opportunities


The start of a new school year means new and exciting opportunities to teach students about personal finance. This newsletter includes a variety of tools and information that will help you make the most of this school year. 


Read on, mark your calendars, and register today for upcoming webinars for administrator, a full series of webinars for teachers, and the chance to attend a three-day program at no charge at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

If you are a current or retired classroom teacher or administrator, please take just five minutes and complete a survey on financial
education in Pennsylvania. Do you think personal finance should be taught in PA Schools? Answer this and other questions here.  

Calling all Superintendents and Principals: 
A Webinar for Administrators
Are you interested in how your school can do more in the area of financial education either through a standalone course or integrating more personal finance into existing courses? Do you wonder how and why some schools are making an extra effort to make sure every student graduates with a firm understanding of personal finance concepts? Or, do you want to see how your teachers can learn more about teaching personal finance using free resources available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, register to attend one of two upcoming webinars just for administrators. You are also welcome to have a teacher or team of teachers participate with you! 

Presenters will include:
  • Hilary Hunt, Making Cents Project 
  • Dr. Andrew Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • David Christopher, Juniata Valley School District  
These free, one-hour webinars will be offered September 15th and 23rd at 9:00 a.m.  Register now at .

For teachers reading this, encourage your administrator(s) to register and participate!
2015-2016 Making Cents Webinar Series Announced


The 2015-2016 Making Cents Webinar Series dates and topics are now available. Register now for one or many of the available sessions. 

Each webinar will provide valuable content information as well as free curriculum resources to help teach core personal finance concepts.  


All Making Cents webinars are available at no charge and provide Act 48 for participants with a valid PPID. Two sessions are held each day to accommodate various schedules: 3:00pm - 4:30pm and 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Registration is available here


Date Focus Topic
September 30th  Money Management
November 13th  Earning Money
January 29th  Borrowing Money 
February 18th  Financial Services
March 12th  Risk Management
April 22nd Saving and Investing


Sessions from the previous series are available in the archive of the Making Cents Project website.

PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility
High school teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply for the upcoming Seminar for high School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility conducted by Knowledge @ Wharton High School with sponsorship by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). 

This three-day seminar will take place November 13-15 at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and features instruction by Wharton faculty and PwC executives. 
Applications are due by September 13th and are open to all U.S. high school educators including teachers, principals and superintendents. Applicants must have a permanent teaching position and teach personal finance, accounting, business or a business-related subject or be in a supervisory role to teachers who teach these subjects.
They are looking for educators who want to be challenged. This is a sophisticated program that will push attendees to elevate their understanding of finance and business concepts. Apply online at  

Scholarships Available for the Jump$tart Coalition's National Educator Conference in Los Angeles 

The National Jump$tart Coalition is hosting a National Educator Conference November 6-8 in National Harbor, Maryland. It is the only national conference for classroom teachers dedicated to personal finance education in the classroom. Each year the conference provides PreK-12 educators with financial education resources, personal and professional development, access to a nation-wide network of colleagues, and general support for financial education. 


This year Visa is offering scholarships for innovative educators. Act quickly and apply today. The conference brochure and registration be available September 4th on the Jump$tart website here

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Find even more resources from The Making Cents Project at!
Quick Links
Webinar for Administrators
2015-2016 Webinar Series
PwC-KWHS Seminar
Conference Scholarships
New Financial Education Resources Available on iTunes U


The Making Cents project is excited to announce the newest addition to the Pennsylvania Learns line up of iTunes U courses: Personal Finance for High School


This "course" is a collection of online resources that can be used by teachers or students that want to augment personal finance lessons with digital resources. It includes links to videos, apps, games, articles, and podcasts and is organized to align to the Model High School Personal Finance Course. 


To locate the course, use the iTunes U app or access iTunes U through iTunes on a computer and then search for Pennsylvania Learns. The Personal Finance for High School will be the first resource listed. 


To learn more about the iTunes U course, participate in one of the Making Cents webinars this year. If you plan to use the course in your classes and are willing to provide feedback or if you need help accessing the course, please email Making Cents project coordinator, Hilary Hunt.

About this Message 

Making Cents is a cooperative effort by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State University. If you find the content useful, please consider forwarding it to your colleagues. 


Team Members:

Sally Flaherty, PDE

Cathy F. Bowen, PSU

Hilary Hunt, Consultant

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