Educators

Preparing students for life after K-12 school is essential for their success.  Educators have a key role on the front line of this challenging and rewarding journey.  Helping students explore and establish a plan early gives them a strong foundation from which to launch.

Elementary School

There are numerous lesson plans and activities to engage students with the importance of education, their own abilities and understanding of fundamental principles, as they ponder life and community.

Resources for educators to engage students and parents to save for college.

Wisconsin classroom-tested lessons to teach personal finance in K-12, Financial Literacy Teach It!

National online searchable library of financial education resources  of over 800 vetted financial education items at JumpStart

Financial literacy games

Career Games

Middle School

Middle school is a significant transitional time for students.  It’s a time to help students understand who they are and how to visualize and explore their potential.  Educators can guide students through this process with classroom-tested methodology.

Academic and Career Planning (new Wisconsin requirement for 2017-18)

Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.

Career Cruising in Wisconsin is a prolific comprehensive tool designed to help students make sense of all the intriguing options they have that match their interests.

Additional educator resources

National online searchable library of financial education resources  of over 800 vetted financial education items at JumpStart

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Teach students to calculate their student loan payments before taking out a loan to help guide decisions about their future.

54 % of student loan holders did not try to figure out what their monthly payments would be before taking out loans.

53 % said that if they could go back and redo the process of taking out loans, they would do things differently. GFLEC

HIgh School

This is a busy time for students with classes, co-curricular activities, part-time jobs, and preparing for what is just ahead after graduation.  As such it’s a busy time for educators.  Investing some time to help student navigate and evaluate the big decisions they face can be challenging and rewarding.

Take some time for yourself to recharge and tap into the latest financial education resources. Enroll in Wisconsin’s very own teacher training program this summer, National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy.

Other important resources:

Career Cruising in Wisconsin is a prolific comprehensive tool designed to help students make sense of all the intriguing options they have that match their interests.

High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) is a free turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens in Grades 8-12.

National online searchable library of financial education resources of over 800 vetted financial education items at JumpStart

College Goal Wisconsin is a statewide program designed to assist students and families in timely completion of the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).

Educational Tools

Post-secondary

The interaction of students, faculty and staff in higher education makes for a variety of enriching and dynamic opportunities.  An investment in education is a very good bet as long as students complete their program to achieve the credential they set out to earn.  Assistance is available to help educators help students as well as direct student services.

Here are a couple of examples of on-campus resources for educators and students.

UW-La Crosse’s It Makes$ Cents is a program to motivate, inspire a call to action, and to instill the knowledge to sow the success that each student strives to reap after graduation.

UW-Madison’s Financial Life Skills program is two one-credit classes offered to undergraduate students to provide the knowledge and tools needed to successfully manage personal finances during and after college.

CashCourse® is a free, noncommercial online financial education resource to use with your students. The program helps students build the financial skills they need to get through school and to prepare for the future. Visit the “About CashCourse” page for more information.

National online searchable library of financial education resources of over 800 vetted financial education items at JumpStart

Your students might want to hear real-world stories to gain insight and learn from other people’s experiences at OnYourOwn http://www.onyourown.org/ by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Thank You!

Being an educator is a high calling. Your expertise, commitment and passion

 go a long way in making Wisconsin a better place to live and work.

Latin descent, female college student holds 'thank you' sign in appreciation for her education. She stands inside a classroom with other students in background.