Across the country, middle and high schools have begun incorporating personal financial education into their curricula to prepare young people to make good financial decisions as adults. TCAI is helping to give teachers the tools they need to deliver these important life lessons.
The UA's Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education, or NEFE, to launch a website that provides a centralized location where middle and high school teachers can access educational resources to to help them teach personal finance.
MoneyTeach.org is a resource hub where educators can access lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, classroom activities and other tools to help them teach teens how to manage money and plan for their financial future.
The website was among projects highlighted in a recent report to President Barack Obama and the Secretary of the Treasury by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. The report included recommendations for improving the financial knowledge and skills of American youth and outlined some of the work being done in the area by private sector and nonprofit organizations, including the UA.
Middle and high school teachers across the nation can sign up now for a free account on MoneyTeach.org. All materials currently accessible via the site are offered either through the National Endowment for Financial Education or by the UA's Take Charge America Institute, which was created in 2003 with a gift from the credit counseling agency Take Charge America. The institute, as part of its mission, creates research-based educational outreach programs to improve financial literacy and educates young people on how to manage finances. MoneyTeach will be able to add vetted content providers, best practices and input from master teachers.
There has been a gradual trend since the late 1990s toward offering financial education in middle and high schools, said Mike Staten, director of the Take Charge America Institute, which is housed in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The movement picked up steam after the recession.