Money Teach Gives Running Start to New Financial Educators

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“It happens all the time — teachers find out they have to teach financial education and may feel ill-equipped or have little time to prepare their curriculum,” says Susan Sharkey, director of NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program. “As newcomers, where do they start? How can they sort through hundreds of available programs with confidence? They need a trusted source to help them cut through the clutter.”

MoneyTeach.org launched recently with support from NEFE to help instructors with little or no financial education background access to vetted resources and insight from experienced financial educators. Jointly developed by the Take Charge America Institute and housed at the University of Arizona, Money Teach is an online portal to noncommercial resources from a variety of providers and a forum to dis¬cuss what works and what doesn’t.

Teachers can choose curricula by length of instruction time, grade level, content topic, type of class and type of teaching material. Whether teachers need one 45-minute lesson or a 4,000-minute semester course, Money Teach guides them to resources meeting their criteria.

Numerous leaders in the financial capability community have worked to improve teacher effectiveness in recent years, based on insights from NEFE-funded research that found fewer than 20 percent of K-12 teachers feel “very competent” to teach personal finance. Money Teach supports several of the factors necessary for effective financial education by identifying vetted resources, age-appropriate materials to provide timely instruction and relevant subject matter.

“Money Teach also creates a national community of educators talking to each other online and recommending successful strategies for using the course plans and lesson plans,” says Sharkey. “Experienced instructors can share best practices and learn from a wide variety of innovative financial educators.”

“Collaboration works well in our community,” says Billy Hensley, Ph.D., NEFE’s director of education. “Working together as the Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance, we are improving teachers’ confidence and ability to teach personal finance with research-backed methods. Now Money Teach provides proven curricula along with the ability to be nimble and responsive to the needs of learners, real-time feedback from instructors, and encouragement and guidance for novice personal finance teachers. The more our community supports it, the more valuable it will be.”

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  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
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  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    [email protected]

Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    [email protected]

  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    [email protected]