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Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance

The Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance (J$TTA) is a collaborative endeavor designed to standardize teacher training in personal finance through a shared Model called Jump$tart Financial Foundations, which will ensure consistency and rigor in teacher training programs across the country. The J$TTA is administered by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners and affiliates.

The Jump$tart Financial Foundations Model:

 
 

Supported by Research

  • A 2009 study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison illuminated the need for more and better teacher training in personal finance concepts.
  • Research conducted on J$TTA pilot programs shows evidence of the Model’s effectiveness. Teachers who participated in pilot programs in five locations increased their knowledge, retained their knowledge after six months, made positive changes in their personal financial behaviors, and integrated what they had learned into their teaching.
  • Ongoing research, administered by National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) on behalf of the J$TTA, will compile effectiveness statistics from all users of the Model.

About The Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance

The Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance (J$TTA) is a collaborative endeavor initially proposed by Jump$tart board member Ted Beck, president and CEO, of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and undertaken by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners, in response to independent and widely quoted research, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that relatively few personal finance teachers felt adequately prepared to teach the subject or use their state’s standards.

The five founding members of the J$TTA (Council for Economic Education, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, National Endowment for Financial Education, and the Take Charge America Institute at the University of Arizona) developed the model with valuable insight from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Education. The five non-profit organizations now serve as the J$TTA national advisory committee and support the Model, jointly, as the standard in personal finance teacher training.