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Ep 22 Mortgages:Elizabeth Zelasko

January 29, 2009 By: admin Category: bank accounts, bankruptcy, budgets, business, calculators, cost of living, credit scores, curriculum, Elizabeth Zelasko, entrepreneurship, globalization, interviews, investments, loans, mortgages, resources, retirement, taxes 1 Comment →


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 [display_podcast]This episode features a lively and informative interview with loan manager, Elizabeth Zelasko of  cwidebank Countrywide Bank by Talking Fin Lit co-host Dr. Kathy King. Elizabeth provides behind the scenes information that every loan applicant should know about mortgages in general and for the changing landscape of this financial vehicle today. From application fees to points, locking in rates, ARMs, fixed rates, taxes, stated income, credit scores, to “junk fees,” we are here to de-mystify the terms and the process!

You will find many money-saving and powerful suggestions for how to prepare for mortgages as adults and pose it for young people to understand the need to prepare now, for instance: building a credit history, savings and banking literacy!

Mark and Kathy also discuss the details of how to use mortgages and this life need as a vibrant classroom learning focus. Resources, lesson ideas and discussion abound.

Join us as we bring an expert on board to provide complete information in a form for all to understand.

 Elizabeth (Lisa) Zelasko contact information:

Lisa-Zelasko

Countrywide Bank, FSB
Home Loan Consultant
Office: 201-556-4724
Fax: 866-433-2940
Email: Elizabeth_Zelasko@Countrywide.com

 WEB: http://countrywidelocal.com/elizabethzelasko

 Resources for this Episode

Mortgage Calculators

 

  • Calculator: “Calculate Your Debt-to-Income Ratio”
    Comparing your earnings against your spending , also known as a debt-to-income ratio, is one of the most popular approaches for evaluating if you have too much debt. Lenders, for years, have looked at debt-to-income ratios to get a better grasp on a person’s current financial picture to determine credit-worthiness.

Other Resources

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Ep 21 Banks Rule

January 17, 2009 By: admin Category: bank accounts, bankruptcy, budgets, calculators, charity, cost of living, games, investments, loans, mortgages, resources, student outcomes, teacher perspectives No Comments →


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Join Kathy and Mark as the explore the need for teaching and learning which include banking content. While topics related to banking functions are rich for math, economics, critical thinking, social studies and literacy, they are not being used in in most curriculum. In this episode, the Talking Fin Lit hosts discuss the great need, the gaps in understanding and some of the few valuable tools and resources available at this time.

Join us as we explore how to fill this gap in personal financial literacy learning across grades and settings. Examples include p-12 through GED and higher education, a not-to-be-missed episode! Entirely relevant, needed and 21st century literacy focused, from the only podcast series with professional development and resources for educators, students and lifelong learners.

Talking Fin Lit Podcast: Continuing the global conversation about personal financial literacy for educators

Resources discussed in this episode:

Articles:

  • Student-Run Bank Branch Opens in New Jersey High School
  • Regulators Shutter Silver State Bank
    • Published: September 6, 2008 9:26 p.m.
  • Agency’s Head Expects Banking’s Crisis to Worsen
    • Published: August 26, 2008
  • SEC Resource
    • Tips for Teaching Students About Investments
    • Website: http://www.sec.gov/investor/students/tips.htm
  • Kidsbank.com
  • TOY ATM Machines
    • Children’s Touchscreen ATM Bank, Hammacher Schlemmer 
  • Preschool level Toy register ( ages 3-7 yrs)
  •  Toy Cash Register

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Ep 20 The Tax Person Cometh

January 10, 2009 By: admin Category: bank accounts, budgets, business, calculators, charity, cost of living, giving, globalization, investments, loans, mortgages, resources, taxes, teacher perspectives 1 Comment →


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Mark and Kathy discover an undeveloped territory of urgent need in financial literacy- taxes. Of course we all know we have to come with taxes, but there are few resources available to integrate this real life need into financial literacy settings cross curriculum. Currently, the field is wide open for innovation and new developments here!

— Relevant  — Real-Life  –  Interdisciplinary —

tax1040   Lifelong Learning  — 21st Century Living

  — Motivation  Intergenerational

 

From planning for college, to tax savings via charitable giving,  and  medical flex accounts, it is amazing how much people of all ages might be missing opportunities for valuable and vital learning and savings. Join your Talking Financial Literacy co-hosts, Kathy and Mark, for another  exciting discussion as they explore the few resources which ARE available and spin the connections that need to be created.

Resources discussed in this episode:

The Money Instructor

Canadian Example of curriculum

Calculators and Widgets from HR Block   

Teaching Your Child About Income Taxes

Federal Bank of New York

Turbotax Digits

Digits- Tips and Podcast  

About.com

Additional Resources for this Episode

 If you go into the teachers part there is an excellent series of lessons on taxes that include why pay taxes, the history of taxes and the nuts and bolts of how to pay taxes.  Check out the stuff on the bottom of the following url  http://www.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/teacher/whys.jsp

 Submitted by listener and teacher

John Kalnberg,  teacher, Sage Day School, Rochelle Park, NJ.

 


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Ep 19 A Nation At Financial Risk

January 07, 2009 By: admin Category: bank accounts, budgets, calculators, cost of living, credit scores, globalization, loans, resources No Comments →


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A cutting edge episode from Kathy and Mark about how the patterns of Nation at Risk report of 25 years ago relate to our need for financial literacy in our curriculum today. How do we measure up? What is the score? Great resources to help with new perspectives and possibilities. The Talking Financial Literacy Podcast.Join hosts Mark Gura and Dr. Kathleen P. King (Kathy) for another episode of this series which provides professional development and resources for educators, students and lifelong learners. Financial Literacy is Mission Critical Lifelong Learning.

Talking Fin Lit Podcast: Continuing the global conversation about personal financial literacy for educators

Resources discussed in this episode:
Theme: A Nation @ Financial Risk -

The State of Fin Lit in Our Nation’s Schools… Parallel to A Nation at Risk 

Education Week’s special coverage marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark report A Nation at Risk, which urged schools to add more learning time to children’s lives. Read about initiatives under way to lengthen the school day or year, and about the latest research on the effects of exEd Week Special Coveragetra time on learning.

Education Week Special Report_ Several Related Articles

A Related Commentary 

by former U.S. Secretary of Education, Riley

 Financial literacy should be a standard requirement in public education
Why isn’t the teaching of personal finance basics considered more important than trigonometry, which few of us will ever use again, asks financial-literacy expert Braun Mincher. A solid grounding in financial basics would help young people make better fiscal decisions, Mincher writes. The Christian Science Monitor (9/23)

Financial-education course aims to better prepare teens for future
A financial-literacy course developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education offers high-schoolers unversed in tending to their own finances an introduction to the fundamentals of money management. Education Week (premium article access compliments of Edweek.org)/Associated Press (8/4)

Report: Many Indiana students poorly prepared to manage money
Six of ten Indiana high-school students failed a national money-management survey, and about the same number say they learned everything they know about the topic at home, according to a new Indiana Youth Institute report. Schools would do well to instruct students on money management, helping them to distinguish between wants and needs and the proper use of debit cards, said Lena Yarian, president of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (6/2)

FLEN Framework

Financial Literacy Education (FLE) in Indiana’s Schools
http://www.doe.in.gov/octe/facs/IndianaFinLitEd-FrontPage.html

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