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04/18/2014 - Federal Reserve System

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As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve is committed to supporting financial and economic education for K-12 and college students. One challenge that teachers face is how to engage students in learning fundamental personal finance skills so that they are equipped with the tools they need to make decisions in an increasingly complex and global world. The Federal Reserve—or the Fed— has a wide range of resources to help. The Fed has expertise through its economic educators to provide content programs, publications, and curriculum materials, and professional development opportunities for teachers, to help students develop economic literacy.


  • FederalReserveEducation.org

The Federal Reserve’s comprehensive website offers an easy way for teachers and students to access all of the Fed’s educational resources in one location. And, you can find your local Reserve Bank’s financial education contact to learn about local programs and tours.

  • Curriculum Materials

The Fed offers a wide range of tools about a variety of topics in personal finance education. Whether you’re looking for an article with discussion questions to supplement an existing lesson, or an entire unit of lessons on budgeting, saving, and credit, you can find it on FederalReserveEducation.org. We align our materials to the Jump$tart National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

Highlights include Financial Fundamentals, classroom-ready lesson plans that help you cover the basics of personal finance with videos, group activities, and more. Students will learn about the pros and cons of credit, how to choose a bank, and the smartest place to invest: their own future.

Fed lessons that use children’s literature emphasize active- and collaborative-learning to introduce elementary students to topics such as money, income, and opportunity costs.

  • Teacher Professional Development

Some of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks offer opportunities for teachers to improve their skills and content knowledge about personal finance education, and also develop their professional networks. Connect with your local Federal Reserve Bank to discover offerings in your area.

And in addition to in-person programs, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis offer Click, Learn, and Teach, a series of online professional development programs.

  • Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year in April to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance, from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002. Visit the Money Smart website to find out how you can get involved.

Visit FederalReserveEducation.org to find the contact information for the Federal Reserve education specialist in your area.