Jump$tart Announces First National Educators Conference

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Jump$tart Coalition Announces First-Ever National Conference for Personal Finance Educators

FDIC’s Sheila Bair to Give Keynote Address

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2009. . .The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy® announced today its first national conference for classroom teachers of personal finance will take place November 6-8, 2009, at the Washington Capital Hilton. The event is funded in part by a grant from Experian and offered in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA). Online registration for teachers is available at www.jumpstart.org.

Conference highlights include a reception at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; a keynote address by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman, Sheila Bair; a packed program across three different strands; and an exhibition featuring national Jump$tart partners from across the country. In addition, the Saturday luncheon speaker will be Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and a nationally recognized expert in the field of children’s and family finances.  

As the nation’s leading advocate for youth financial literacy, the Jump$tart Coalition will offer classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources that can be integrated immediately into current lesson plans; attend informative workshops under three different strands—policy, curriculum/content, and personal development; and network with leaders from both finance and education.

“The conference is designed to train, motivate, and support those who teach personal finance in the classroom, at all grade levels and within a variety of subjects,” Laura Levine, executive director of the Jump$tart Coalition, noted.  “It’s also an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for what they do, and a generous grant from Experian has allowed us to subsidize significantly the cost for teachers to attend.”

“Experian is delighted to be able to work on this conference with Jump$tart and the NEA,” Maxine Sweet, Experian vice president of Public Education, said. “The current economic crisis the country faces demonstrates even more clearly the need for personal finance education at all levels—from students to adults. This conference gives us the opportunity to reach out to the educators of our nation’s youth. Experian is proud to be able to help.”


About Jump$tart

The Jump$tart Coalition® has grown to include more than 180 national partners and 48 affiliated state coalitions. The Jump$tart Clearinghouse, which lists more than 700 titles of financial literacy materials available for all, can be found at www.jumpstartclearinghouse.org.  A map of state-by-state financial education requirements can be found at www.jumpstart.org under “State Requirements.” More information about Jump$tart and the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education can be found at www.jumpstart.org.

About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to manage their credit relationships and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2009 was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil. 

For more information, visit http://www.experianplc.com.

About the NEA
With nearly 3.2 million members, the NEA is the nation’s largest employee organization and leading advocate for school quality. NEA works to improve teaching and learning in public education from kindergarten through higher education with the goal of providing great public schools for all students. Association members work in all 50 states and in more than 14,000 communities around the country. NEA represents teachers and other education employees on a wide variety of issues and topics, ranging from school reform and innovations to research and human and civil rights.