Financial Literacy Software Featured at Jump$tart Conference Meets Revised State Curriculum Standards

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With students' financial literacy reaching the lowest level ever - just 43.8 percent - 20 states have revised graduation requirements to include personal finance lessons in the high school curriculum. To help districts address these new requirements, Realityworks, Inc., developer of real-life, interactive educational products, recently introduced TimeMAPS™ Money Management and Life Skills Program to educators at the first-ever Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C., held Nov. 6-8, 2009. Attendees were able to gain hands-on experience using the TimeMAPS software, which aligns with revised state curriculum standards and Jump$tart Coalition National Standards.

TimeMAPS Money Management and Life Skills Program

Given that nearly half of all states now require personal finance instruction in high school curricula, it's essential that districts know more about TimeMAPS in order to implement a financial literacy curriculum correlated to their state's standards.

A survey of high school seniors conducted by the national Jump$tart Coalition® for Personal Financial Literacy in 2008 revealed that the number of high school students judged to be financially literate had fallen to its lowest level ever - just 48.3 percent. To better prepare high school students for success as adults, 20 states have already updated graduation requirements to include a one-semester personal finance course, or to incorporate personal finance concepts in the curricula for existing courses such as economics, business, or social studies.

To help districts address these new requirements, Realityworks, Inc., developer of real-life, interactive educational products, recently introduced TimeMAPS Money Management and Life Skills Program to educators at the first-ever Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C., held Nov. 6-8, 2009. Educators were able to gain hands-on experience using the TimeMAPS software, with new features and updates to engage students in real-life personal finance concepts. In fact, more than half of the conference attendees interacted with the Realityworks staff to learn more about the TimeMAPS offering.

"As a result of the Jump$tart conference, Realityworks has been invited to speak with many state Jump$tart coalitions on the revised financial literacy requirements," said Timm Boettcher, president of Realityworks. "Given that nearly half of all states now require personal finance instruction in high school curricula, it's essential that districts know more about TimeMAPS in order to implement a financial literacy curriculum correlated to their state's standards."

Not only does the TimeMAPS software align with curriculum standards in 20 states, but the program also meets the Jump$tart Coalition's National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance.

With TimeMAPS, educators have access to 13 themes with 54 lessons and more than 140 interactive examples of personal finance concepts. The program uses the most recent financial data provided by the federal government and is updated annually for all regions in the United States.

TimeMAPS also includes a curriculum CD and online assessment tool that minimizes paperwork for educators, allowing more time for instruction. In addition to the TimeMAPS package, a student resource CD is available to extend learning beyond the classroom.

The CD contains worksheets, reviews, quizzes and projects that students can use to reinforce personal finance lessons being taught from the curriculum.

For more information on the Jump$tart Coalition, visit http://www.jumpstart.org. For more information on TimeMAPS, visit http://www.teachingpersonalfinance.com.

About Realityworks, Inc.
Realityworks, Inc., developer of life-changing, interactive educational products, was founded in 1994. Its award-winning products provide students with realistic learning experiences, and are used by educators in Career and Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science and Health courses, as well as in other instructional settings worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.realityworks.com, or call toll free at 1-800-830-1416.

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