WHAT WE DO:
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.
WHAT WE OFFER:
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.
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$tart National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.
Highlights include Financial Fundamentals, classroom-ready lesson plans that help you cover the basics of personal finance with videos, group activities, and more. Students will learn about the pros and cons of credit, how to choose a bank, and the smartest place to invest: their own future.
Fed lessons that use children’s literature emphasize active- and collaborative-learning to introduce elementary students to topics such as money, income, and opportunity costs.
Some of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks offer opportunities for teachers to improve their skills and content knowledge about personal finance education, and also develop their professional networks. Connect with your local Federal Reserve Bank to discover offerings in your area.
And in addition to in-person programs, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and St. Louis offer Click, Learn, and Teach, a series of online professional development programs.
Visit FederalReserveEducation.org to find the contact information for the Federal Reserve education specialist in your area.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy