LA Jump$tart’s Financial Education Boot Camp
Helps Teachers Prepare Students for Real Life
On September 12th, the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition delivered exceptional financial education curriculum and resources to over 100 middle and high school teachers throughout the state at the 2012 Financial Education Boot Camp.
Teachers explored ways to bring financial education to their classrooms through interactive sessions which included instructor-led as well as integrated media formatted lesson plans. Information and resources were provided by the speakers as well as by exhibitors which included the IRS, LOSFA,
Susie Irvine, President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation from Washington, D.C., demonstrated the ease of the versatile computer-based personal finance course called MoneySKILL.
Teachers and students from the Acadiana High School Academy of Business in Lafayette shared successful strategies for teaching financial management in conjunction with existing core curriculum. Also, Layne McDaniel, CEO of Noesis Data (Equifax affiliate) from Baton Rouge, explained credit reporting and credit scores to the attendees.
In addition, real-life financial simulations were conducted with the group on a variety of topics. "Money Habitudes” led by Claire Loup, Federal Reserve Bank of New Orleans, explored how a person’s attitudes and habits affect spending choices; "Get Real Budgeting” directed by Ann Marie Erie, Neighbors Federal Credit Union, and Jessica Oliver, Pelican State Credit Union led the interactive workshop on creating a realistic budget based on academic achievement; and then Jeanette Tucker with the LSU AgCenter led the "Living Your Financial Experience (LYFE)” simulation which demonstrated the daily financial decisions young adults will need to make when starting their financial life.
All presentations and activities are linked to common core standards or grade level equivalents as developed by the Department of Education and they are available online here.
Established in 2000 as a non-profit organization, Louisiana Jump$tart is a coalition of 40 organizations committed to the financial education of youth and adults. Jump$tart partners provide resources, training and curricula to ensure the financial education of students and adults across the state. Check out their website at www.LAJumpstart.org!