To Register, go to: https://ccoacademics.champlain.edu/k-12financialliteracypdondemand/
Contact: John Pelletier at [email protected]
The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, in partnership with the Vermont State Board of Education, is offering a free online, on-demand conference on teaching personal finance that will begin on March 28, but will be accessible asynchronously through April 30.
The conference was originally offered last spring, when more than 500 registered for the event. Many educators indicated that due to pandemic related reasons they were unable to take this free training and asked that if be offered on more time. The economic sponsor of that 2021 event, Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, has provided funding to our Center so that we can offer this event one more time.
The event was designed primarily for Vermont K-12 educators. Again this year, the online, on-demand conference is also open to state adult educators, prison educators, social workers, and representatives from community action agencies and restorative justice programs in Vermont.
John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy, says the conference is designed to improve the financial literacy of 80,000 K-12 public education students by giving Vermont’s 8,000 educators access to the tools, resources and training they need to successfully integrate new personal finance education standards into their classrooms.
Pelletier says Jump$tart’s National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance were approved in 2018 by the Vermont State Board of Education. He says Vermont educators can earn up to 7 hours of professional development training over the 90-day period of the conference.
During the conference, which features nationally known experts, participants will learn how to implement the standards, which enable the teaching of personal finance in an interdisciplinary or standalone manner.
There will be educational tracks for elementary, middle and high school teachers.
Pelletier says Vermont and other states have embraced the JumpStart standards because they are more rigorous and comprehensive than most state standards. Experts agree that free, interdisciplinary personal finance standards are the most effective.
“Participants will also see that these standards are flexible, so that educators can develop appropriate and relevant content that aligns with the standards in content areas like mathematics, language arts, social studies, family and consumer sciences and business. This type of programming is also used by many special educator in the state with their students,” says Pelletier.
This event is being funded as part of a $200,000 grant from Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, $45,000 from the National Life Group Foundation and $16,000 from Next Gen Personal Finance.
Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, the Vermont Agency of Education and 16 state educators created the materials for the conference and enlisted the speakers.
About Northfield Savings Bank Foundation
The Northfield Savings Bank Foundation (NSBF) was established in 2000 through Northfield Savings …….