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Financial Literacy and Economic Education Information for Pennsylvania Educators
October 2016
In This Issue
trainingFree Financial Eduction Consultation and Training Available
Technical Assistance

The Making Cents Project is excited to offer a limited number of in-person and virtual financial education consultation and training sessions this school year. Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is free of charge to Pennsylvania schools. 

Services focus on: 

  • selecting grade-appropriate financial education curriculum and resources
  • developing standalone courses in personal finance
  • aligning curriculum to state and national financial education standards  
  • making the case for financial education to various stakeholders
To schedule a consultation, contact   Hilary Hunt,  Director of The Making Cents Project, at  hilary@makingcentspa.org.

FutureSmartMassMutual Launches New FutureSmart Program - Free Digital Financial Education Tool for Middle School Students

MassMutual Foundation recently partnered with education technology provider, EverFi, to develop FutureSmartâ„¢, a digital Financial Education course for middle school students. Through FutureSmart, the Foundation aspires to reach over 2 million students and their families by 2020.

The course takes a fresh perspective on financial education by involving students in an engaging narrative in which they play the mayor of a town, helping citizens with important financial decisions. Along they way, students learn about their financial values, budgeting, goal setting and so much more. To bring FutureSmart to your school, go to http://futuresmart.massmutual.com/.

Each of the seven modules takes approximately 25-30 minutes to completed and are a good fit for social studies, family and consumer sciences. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Professional Resource

Looking for a short video, interactive module, or online game to help spice up your personal finance lessons? The Making Cents Project's "Best of iTunes" course was updated over the summer and now includes nearly 500 digital resources to help high school teachers enhance their lessons. 

Part of Pennsylvania Learns, the course is accessible both with or without an iPad. 
  • With an iPad: Download the free iTunes U app. Search "Personal Finance for High School" and subscribe.  
  • Without an iPad: Access a spreadsheet with the course contents at  http://bit.ly/2cX4ncG.
Schools using iTunes U courses in 1-to-1 environments can even request a copy of the course to use on their own. If you need assistance in using the course or accessing the resources or wish to get a copy of the course in iTunes U, please contact Hilary Hunt with The Making Cents Project at hilary@makingcentspa.org

To help further financial literacy education among students, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in partnership with the Harrisburg School District, is conducting a Financial Literacy Contest entitled...
"What Does Financial Literacy Mean to Me?"
This contest is for Pennsylvania students in grades 7-12. S ubmissions can include a 2 minute video, short essay, or poem on what financial literacy means to you. First prize will be $500; second prize is $250; and third prize is $125. The deadline for entry is November 26, 2016. Winners will be announced in April 2017 in celebration of "Financial Education Month" in Pennsylvania. 
Submissions and questions can be sent to: 
Dr. Jay Liebowitz
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 901-5163

OctoberOctober Making Cents Webinar to Feature National Experts on Credit and Consumer Protections 
Professional Development
Have you ever joined a Making Cents Webinar for Pennsylvania Teachers? If not, you are missing out! These free, 90-minute professional development opportunities offer information on financial topics, resources for teaching personal finance topics to students, and professional information for teachers. 

The October 26th webinar will feature nationally recognized experts in their fields. Over 75 educators enjoyed our September webinar, make sure you register today to secure your spot!

Topics and speakers include:
  • Give Me Some Credit presenter by Bill Cheeks of ABBA Associates
  • Purchasing a Car: Teaching Students to Be Cautious Consumers presented by Colleen Tressler of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Financial Education and Social Media presented by Hilary Hunt of The Making Cents Project
An archive of past sessions along with details on future sessions can be found at  http://www.makingcentspa.org/webinars.html.

FRBFederal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Offers Professional Development Programs 
Professional Development
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has several upcoming professional development programs. 

October 12, November 2, and November 30, 2016
October 19, 2016
October 26 and November 9, 2016
Full descriptions for the programs are on the pages linked above. Information for all of the programs can be found on their website at www.philadelphiafed.org/training.

JumpJump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference Registration Open
Professional Development
Educators from across the country will join together November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas next month for the Jump$tart Coalition's National Educator Conference. 

Registration is available online. Teachers can attend for $425, which includes hotel, meals, and conference materials. 

Conference highlights include 
  • Tools, resources, information and support for teaching personal finance in the classroom
  • A variety of workshops under three strands: Curricula/Content, Ask the Experts and Personal Development
  • Plenary sessions featuring nationally recognized speakers - behavioral economist Sarah Newcomb, PhD from Morningstar; author Dan Kadlec whose work appears in TIME and Money magazines; and popular TEDx Speaker Adam Carroll
  • Networking with peers from across the country
  • Exhibit Hall devoted to Financial Education Resource
  • Opening Starlight Gala Saturday night 
  • Optional Activities include: free financial planning clinics, financial educator certification testing, and various teacher networking opportunities.

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