October 24, 2012

My Entrepreneurship Spirit

I will be a panelist at the upcoming Jump$tart Coalition National Educator’s Annual Conference on Sunday, November 4th at 9:00 a.m. The panel discussion, “Teacher’s As Entrepreneurs” will investigate how successful teachers have incorporated personal experience into teaching personal finance.  I will be sharing my personal story about students, blogging and entrepreneurship.  This panel discussion will be moderated by Susan Beacham, founder and CEO of Money Savvy Generation.  Wish me luck!

The Jump$tart Coalition is devoted specifically to Pre-K-12 classroom teachers to assist them in advancing curriculum that focuses on personal finance.  Throughout the conference, educators will have an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources that can be integrated immediately into current lesson plans.  Educators will also attend informative workshops under three different strands—advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal development; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.

Now you are probably wondering how did I get involved with Financial Literacy.  About five years ago, I met Susan Beacham through a ten minute phone call to my office.   During this conversation, she spoke with passion about the importance of financial literacy for kids, and her SAVE-SPEND-DONATE-INVEST Money Savvy Pig. You can say the rest is history.  Since then, Chicago Public School Librarians have been at the forefront implementing and driving this program that have educated thousands of students about finance.  This program provides a ton of materials that can be used with students K-12th grade on their website, Money Savvy Generation.  So educators start planning now for Financial Literacy Month in April and order your materials today.

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