Vermont Business Magazine The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, in partnership with the Vermont State Board of Education, is offering a free online and on-demand conference on teaching personal finance beginning March 28, but will be accessible asynchronously until to April 30.
The conference was originally offered last spring, when over 500 people registered for the event. Many educators have indicated that due to pandemic-related reasons they were unable to attend this free training and requested that it be offered longer. The economic sponsor of this 2021 event, Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, has provided funding to our center so that we can offer this event once again.
The event was designed primarily for Vermont K-12 educators. Again this year, the on-demand online conference is also open to adult educators across the state, prison educators, social workers, and representatives from Vermont’s community action agencies and restorative justice programs.
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 school students by giving Vermont’s 8,000 educators access to tools , the resources and training they need to successfully integrate the new personal finances. educational standards in their classrooms.
Pelletier says Jump$tart’s national K-12 personal finance standards 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 during the 90-day conference period.
During the conference, which features nationally recognized experts, attendees will learn how to implement the standards, which enable personal finance education in an interdisciplinary or stand-alone fashion.
There will be learning paths for primary, middle and high school teachers.
Pelletier says Vermont and other states have adopted the JumpStart standards because they are more rigorous and comprehensive than most state standards. Experts agree that interdisciplinary and free personal finance standards are the most effective.
“Participants will also find that these standards are flexible, so educators can develop appropriate and relevant content that aligns with standards in areas such as math, language arts, social studies, science family and consumption and business. This type of programming is also used by many special educators across the state with their students,” says Pelletier.
This event is funded through a $200,000 grant from the Northfield Savings Bank Foundation, $45,000 from the National Life Group Foundation and $16,000 from Next Gen Personal Finance.
The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, the Vermont Agency of Education and 16 educators from across the state created the conference materials and recruited the speakers.
About Northfield Savings Bank Foundation
The Northfield Savings Bank Foundation (NSBF) was established in 2000 through Northfield Savings Bank (NSB) as part of NSB’s longstanding commitment to donate 10% of its annual income to the local community. The Foundation supports Vermont’s efforts focused on improving residents’ well-being and independence in areas such as financial literacy, education, and at-risk youth. When examining an area of need or partnership, NSBF is deliberate, focused and thorough in its assessment to ensure that meaningful results can be achieved given the time and money involved. www.nsbvt.com
About next-gen personal finance
Founded in 2014, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is the leader in K-12 personal finance with over 60,000 middle and high school teachers relying on the personal finance curriculum and workshops NGPF’s engaging and practical professional development programs. The mission of the NGPF is to ensure that, by 2030, all students graduate from high school after completing a personal finance course. The NGPF creates free programs for middle and high schools, offers free professional development workshops for teachers, and leads advocacy efforts to increase student access to personal finance education. Next Gen Personal Finance is based in Palo Alto, CA.
About the Center for Financial Education
Established in 2010, the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy is committed to improving the personal finance knowledge of K-12 students, teachers, and adults in colleges across our country. The Center supports this mission through advocacy, published research reports that are used by national and local decision makers, K-12 educator training programs, and providing training and tools to educators and to students. Champlain College is one of the few colleges that requires undergraduate students to take personal finance training. The Center is nationally recognized for its work: by the White House in a 2012 Every American Financially Empowered report for its unique graduate-level training program for high school educators (subject to National Endowment review for Financial Education and Center) and its college undergraduate training programs; by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in reports for national and local policy makers (see 2015 report and 2017 report); and by the press for its adult and high school report cards on financial literacy. The Centre’s founding director, John Pelletier, was previously chief operating officer and chief legal officer of some of the largest asset management firms in the United States. John was appointed by the Governor to co-chair the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission alongside the Vermont State Treasurer. For more information, visit the Center’s website: www.champlain.edu/cfl.
About Champlain College
Champlain College has been providing a radically pragmatic education since 1878. It’s a small institution with big ideas that supports innovation, social equity and interdisciplinary collaboration. Champlain’s multifaceted approach combines in-depth professional learning with a renowned core curriculum and an integrated financial literacy and career positioning program, providing a comprehensive educational experience unmatched in higher education. Graduates experience uncommon early-career success: Over the past six years, 93% of graduates have found employment or continued their education within six months of graduation. All of this is achieved through Champlain’s flipped curriculum, faculty with industry experience, and students who learn by doing.
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Contact person: John Pelletier at [email protected]