The Penn State Erie, the Behrend College and the National Financial Educators Council Partner to Instruct Educators on the Latest Financial Literacy Teaching Methods

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The Penn State Erie, the Behrend College’s Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach has partnered with the National Financial Educators Council to offer financial educator training workshops, helping educators and volunteers learn to teach financial literacy effectively.

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Educators and volunteers learning the latest financial literacy teaching methods

Volunteers and educators often are nervous about presenting financial education coursework, and this training will help them gain the confidence they need to teach financial literacy to their students.

Penn State Erie’s the Behrend College’s Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach has partnered with the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) to help educators and nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania teach financial literacy effectively. The inaugural training events served more than 40 participants. The partnership plans a series of future events to serve people throughout the Tri-state area who are interested in teaching personal finance.

Erica Jackson, Director of the Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach, graduated the NFEC Certified Financial Education Instructor coursework; she now leads the financial educator training program. High school teachers, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations have taken part in the program, which is designed to help graduates teach financial literacy in a way that motivates today’s youth to take positive action toward securing their financial futures.

The NFEC created the financial educator training program to help nonprofit volunteers and educators teach financial literacy effectively. “Teaching personal finance is different than providing instruction on any other subject, and we commend Erica Jackson for her dedication to help educators feel comfortable teaching financial literacy topics,” says Cecile Abad, Community Outreach Director for the National Financial Educators Council. “Volunteers and educators often are nervous about presenting financial education coursework, and this training will help them gain the confidence they need to teach financial literacy to their students.”

With the support of NFEC, Jackson is actively planning financial educator training events throughout Pennsylvania and the Tri-state Area. During these events teachers are shown a variety of ways in which they can effectively deliver and implement financial literacy resources into their classrooms, after school programs and workshops.

When asked how this partnership came into being, Ms. Jackson commented, “We are pleased to serve as an ambassador for the NFEC. We chose to provide their educational resources as part of our outreach in Pennsylvania because it balances practical application with core educational standards. The comprehensive financial educator training program will help us empower those delivering the information with the tools necessary to maximize the effectiveness of the coursework” (Erica K. Jackson, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College).

The “teaching financial literacy” coursework also shows educators how to successfully incorporate financial literacy topics to meet core subject requirements (i.e., math, English, or social studies). At the same time, the materials are practical in nature. Program graduates receive the NFEC’s financial capability curriculum and other financial literacy resources so they can provide students with hands-on training to prepare them for the financial realities of today’s age.

The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach(CFCO) is an outreach arm of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. The Center’s primary purpose is to deliver educational outreach-based programming focused on spending, saving, credit, and overall money management skills to students in middle school through college and beyond; their efforts have reached more than 25,000 individuals. Further CFCO objectives are to offer practical instruction to help individuals learn how to earn a living, achieve self-sufficiency, and improve quality of life.

The National Financial Educators Council(NFEC) is an organization committed to providing schools, individuals, and organizations the tools to teach financial literacy. The NFEC awards the Certified Financial Education Instructor designation to its program graduates, and is committed to helping graduates educate the populations they serve.

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