WHAT WE DO:
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, education organization, was founded in 1947 to promote the study and teaching of risk management and insurance (RMI). Today the Foundation supports college and university RMI programs nationwide, provides risk management and insurance education programs for K through 12 students and teachers, and offers basic principles seminars and workshops for public policymakers.
Given the complexity of today’s financial issues, educating America’s youth on the basic principles of risk management and insurance is no longer just a noble undertaking; it’s an absolute necessity.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The Insurance Education Institutes are designed for teachers, junior high through high school, who will integrate insurance into their financial literacy curriculum or another subject such as business, consumer education, economics, social science, family and consumer science, mathematics, or driver’s education. The “Institutes” provide K-12 teachers with the information and tools they need to teach these concepts to their students and make them aware of the career opportunities in these disciplines.
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation also offers a complete online course on risk management and insurance that is loaded with great information, supplemental materials and even video clips. “Curriculum Online” promotes the teaching of insurance and risk management in a manner that is fun, engaging and relevant to student’s everyday lives. “Curriculum Online” is available at http://www.griffithfoundation.org/k-12/curriculum-online, and provides teachers with a classroom-ready product that provides more information to share with students and less time to have to spend preparing the lesson plans and gathering the material.
An educational DVD, “Risk, Responsibility, Reality,” is a series of light hearted video vignettes on various risk management and insurance situations. The DVD includes video clips and supplementary materials for high school teachers to use in their classrooms. Over 2000 copies were provided to teachers this past year.
A careers DVD, “A Future Full of Possibilities,” is a seven minute video with interviews with a number of young professionals that highlights the number of interesting careers in risk management and insurance industry.
One of the goals of the Griffith Foundation is to help teachers educate their students about risk management and insurance so they can make knowledgeable decisions on these issues as they arise in their everyday life. That’s why we provide education resources to K-12 teachers, free of charge. To order materials go to http://www.griffithfoundation.org/k-12/teacher-resources.
WHAT WE NEED:
In the spirit of the Jump$tart mission, we believe that collectively working together to support educators on financial literacy education works. Based on this, we are putting together a one-stop resource for teachers on insurance and risk management. If you have developed curriculum on these topics, we would like to help promote them.
The Foundation believes an Insurance Education Institute should go beyond traditional classroom teaching methodologies. The fact that teachers take the time to learn about risk management and insurance, indicates that they are truly committed to this concept as well. As many educators have learned, experiential learning works in schools. Not only is it more engaging for students, but it also helps them to better understand and retain what they learned.
With these ideas in mind, the Foundation teamed up with the National Youth Leadership Council to create service-learning projects for students that not only offer an experiential learning encounter, but also provide meaningful services to their community. Service Learning is intended to promote meaningful service activities, curriculum relevance, reflection, and diversity. It is also intended to deliver youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating.
The Service-Learning Guide is available for download at www.griffithfoundation.org/service-learning.
Jason Terrell, Director of Programs
Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy