Ep 49: John LeFeber Takes Us Inside EconEdLink[ 35:26 ]Play Now | Download (1034)
In this episode of Talking Financial Literacy Podcast, John LeFeber sits down with Mark Gura to discuss the powerful resources and work at EconEdLink. This interview is a rare opportunity to hear one of the “movers and shakers” in the field of financial literacy education and economic education discuss the resources, trends and needs in this area.
John LeFeber is the Director of Instructional Technology for the Council for Economic Education and the Project Manager for EconEdLink. Affiliated with Thinkfinity, EconEdLink, the Council for Economic Opportunity’s premier resource, is a rich source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance instructional materials. It offers over 700 lessons and a variety of other resources targeted for K-12 teachers and their students. Each of the lessons includes a teacher’s version as well as a student’s version and is designed to be delivered in a variety of formats and classroom settings.
John has been the Project Manager and Curriculum and Instructional Developer for the Council for Economic Education since 2000. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Social Science Education for the Nebraska Department of Education. He was instrumental in developing a Strategic Plan for Social Studies, a Framework for Social Studies and the Nebraska Social Studies Standards. He came to the Department of Education from the classroom where he had taught social studies in elementary, middle school, high school and college environments. He presently teaches social studies methods at Doane College in Crete, NE.
Episode 48: Laura Ploss – By Kids for Kids and the Secret Millionaires Club[ 22:09 ]Play Now | Download (992)
By Kids for Kids and the Secret Millionaires Club
Join us for a resource packed interview with Laura Ploss!
Laura Ploss is the Chief Operating Officer of By Kids for Kids, one of the partner organizations involved with Secret Millionaires Club. These intriguing groups are really instructional resources that provides a variety of Financial Literacy content for school age students.
Be sure to explore each of the links listed below because there is a wealth of information and resource available. These are topnotch in respect to curriculum, but also in FUN!
For example students play games, but also hear other students speak about financial literacy.
Whether you are a teacher, parent or both, don’t miss out, dig in to discover the wealth of resources available here.
Who can resist Elmo, even when teaching Financial Literacy?
That was the brilliance behind the plan when the Sesame Workshop contacted Karen Holden, Professor Emerita of Public Affairs and Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Holden was one of six advisers invited to discuss with Sesame Workshop what the fundamental lessons are for very young children in Financial Literacy – lessons that could be and should be taught to preschool children, especially from diverse families and communities. These six experts produced a body of professional content and opinion to inform Sesame Workshop in Financial Literacy.
What a great way to help youngsters grasp fundamental concepts of Financial Literacy Sesame Workshop developed!
And… maybe there will be some fabulous discussion in their families as they ask questions….
Links related to this episode:
“Karen Holden advises Sesame Street financial education initiative” (Article) – University of Wisconsin – Madison News (Online Magazine)
The cognitive development part of that report is now a separate article:
Scheinholtz, Laura., Karen. Holden and Charles. Kalish (available October, 2011) “Cognitive Development and Children’s Understanding of Personal Finance.” In Douglas Lamdin (Ed). Consumer Knowledge and Financial Decisions: Lifespan Perspectives. New York, NY: Springer.
Karen explains who her coauthors are: Laura was a graduate student working with us, one of Chuck’s students. I might have mentioned another study of teachers, survey results I inferred to mean that teachers were thinking of “financial education” as too complicated, making a link to their more complex financial lives than the basic tools students need to learn. That study is:
Wendy Way and Karen Holden. (2009). Outstanding AFCPE Conference Paper – Teachers’ Background and Capacity to Teach Personal Finance: Results of a National Study. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 20(2), 65-79”
Video Content for Young Learners – Sesame Street® “For Me, for You, for Later”
Join us for an insightful interview with Deborah Hopkinson, the celebrated author of children’s fiction and nonfiction. Deborah discusses with us the inspiration for her new book, “Saving Strawberry Farm,” and the lessons it has embedded within it related to financial literacy.
What’s this book about?
What new projects is this author of more than forty books working on?
Tune in and turn it up to find out more about integrating financial literacy in literacy and other content areas
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, short fiction, and nonfiction. Her historical fiction picture books often illuminate the lives of ordinary people or forgotten figures in history. She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book text twice. A frequent speaker in schools and conferences, she works to help bring history alive and encourage young readers to practice critical thinking and historical thinking skills.
Deborah’s award-winning works include Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the 1994 International Reading association Award; A Band of Angels, an ALA Notable title which also won the Golden Kite Award and was a Jane Addams award honor book; Under the Quilt of Night, winner of the Washington State Book Award, Bluebird Summer, a Golden Kite Award Honor Book, and Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a 2004 Jane Addams Award honor book
Her 2006 book, Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, was an ALA Notable and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book, while Up Before Daybreak, Cotton and People in America, won a Carter G. Woodson Award and an ALA Notable book. Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, was an honor book for the NCTE Orbis Pictus award, a Jane Addams Award honor book, an IRA Teachers’ Choice, and a James Madison Award Honor Book. Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award and was an ALA Notable book.
Sweet Land of Liberty was named an IRA Teachers Choice and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2008 . Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, a Junior Library Guild Selection, published in Fall 2008, received three starred reviews and was an ALA Notable book and was named winner of the Comstock Award.
A three-time Oregon Book Award finalist, she won in 2009, receiving the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Also in 2009 Home on the Range, John Lomax and His Cowboy Songs, received two starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Selection, as was Stagecoach Sal, which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. Other new books in 2009 included Michelle and First Family, both illustrated by AG Ford. In 2010 Deborah published The Humblebee Hunter, about Charles Darwin and his children, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Deborah received a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She lives near Portland, Oregon, where she serves as Vice President for College Advancement for the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
ON THE ROAD
Upcoming Events by Kathy and Mark
TSEA Conference Keynote- Austin TX – Jan 27, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
FETC Conference Presentation- Orlando, FL, Feb 3, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
USF Faculty Presentation- Tampa, FL Feb 23, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
NCEA Conference Presentation – New Orleans, LA, April 26-27, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
AERC-CSAE Conference Presentation- Toronto, Canada, June 9-12, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
ISTE Conference Presentation – Philadelphia, PA, June 26-29, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
Rod Hames is a teacher at Crews Middle School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, teaching Computer Science and Business. Mark met Rod at the ISTE 2010 Conference in Denver where both were presenting. Rod has distinguished himself in teaching the Stock Market and numerous other aspects of business and economics by developing creative ways to make these subjects come alive for today’s middle school students. An area of particular interest in Rod’s work is his use of research into student engagement which he applies to the teaching of financial literacy.
Welcome to the Talking Financial Literacy Community @ Facebook . We hope folks will join us to share links, photos, comments and discussion. But the discussion board will especially be a space to share resources, plans for integrating financial literacy in classes and support as all of us pose new ideas. ho will be first and second to share who
they are, their basic interests in this area and any needs or resources?
Invitation for Listeners to Participate in the Show
Listen to the details in episode 29 and then email Mark and Kathy about what you have to share. Email us at podcast ( at) talkingfinlit.org
ON THE ROAD
AAACE Clearwater, FL Presentations (several on technology) – Oct. 24-29, 2010 – Dr. Kathy King
TSEA Conference- Austin TX – Jan 27, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
FETC Orlando, FL presentation Feb 3, 2011- Dr. Kathy King
From the vantage point of over 1 year of research, interviews and analysis of personal financial literacy for k-12 and adult education, Kathy and Mark step back and provide an episode of reflection, high points and next steps. You are invited to join us for this “green room” debriefing as your Talking Financial Literacy Podcast co-hosts discuss such questions as :
What were their surprises as they wrap up the first segment of the series?
How can teachers best make use of the series?
What needs and gaps did they uncover in the journey of exploring financial literacy resources?
How has our world of economics and politics transformed during this 12-16 months?
What could a sequel series of segments offer?
This episode becomes a fun, quick-paced recap of great resources, highlights and packs in more surprises for our listeners, both new and returning! Join us for this comprehensive episode.
Continuing the global conversation about personal
financial literacy for educators on
Talking Financial Literacy Podcast
Resources discussed in this episode:
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We express a special thanks to the McGraw-Hill Companies who have so graciously sponsored this first round of the series as a philanthropic effort. Thank you for offering such a rich resource for teachers, students, community and parents. ~~ Kathy & Mark
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We wish you all success in bringing financial literacy lifelong learning to life for your students!
This episode features an interview with Ms. Beth Peller, Former Local Instructional Superintendent, New York City Department of Education. Beth Peller retired a year or two back from a very successful career with the New York City Department of Education. Over several decades she served the Department in a variety of capacities. After starting as a classroom teacher, she was tapped
to become a citywide Staff Developer for the Central Office. She moved on to become Head of Literacy for Community School District #15 in Brooklyn for a while and then served as a Language Arts Specialist in the Office of Performance Standards, a part of the central organization’s Division of Instructional Support. Finally, she served as a Local Instructional Superintendent until retiring. Speaking with the benefit of deep experience in the field of education, Beth shares some informed insights about the challenge of Financial Literacy Education.
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:
Student-Run Bank Branch Opens in New Jersey High School
Ep 18 Hotchalk Meta-Resource for Finanical Literacy[ 0:01 ]Play Now | Download (3881)
This is an action packed episode which highlights a one-stop shop for many resources which
cover new dimensions of financial learning!
From practical money skills to charity as part of the big picture.
Join Kathy and Mark for an exciting exploration of the financial literacy resources at HotChalk. The financial literacy materials we unearth will be sure to enhance any classroom and make the work of educators easier! From childhood to middle school, high school, and even adults, there are valuable lesson plans, activities, instructional articles, and games from which to choose.
Teachers, educators, educational leaders, (and parents) will find many resources to fit age groups and different settings. Items reviewed include not only HotChalk offerings on this topic, but also Karma Tycoon and The Practical Money Skills web-site.
Talking Fin Lit Podcast:
Continuing the global conversation about personal financial literacy for educators
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It offers a teacher’s guide, student worksheets and quizzes and interactive brain-teasers that can be played by students via the Web or from a CD-ROM.
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Ep. 12 Financial Literacy Meets Character Education[ 22:31 ]Play Now | Download (2464)
Mark and Kathy discuss a wide trend of financial literacy materials which raise ye olde timeless, legacy of Character Education. Indeed as national and global economies toss and turn day by day, people of all ages look for a mooring. A multitude of resources already exist which tap into critical lessons of responsibility and ethics along the way in teaching financial literacy concepts and skills. Don’t miss out on this important episode. Something very different, even unexpected- yet such a powerful connection to transform individuals and communities? Always full with resources and lively discussion, The Talking Financial Literacy Podcast.
“Money. The Puritan legacy inhibited luxury and self-indulgence. Benjamin Franklin spread a practical gospel that emphasized hard work, temperance and frugality. Millions of parents, preachers, newspaper editors and teachers expounded the message. The result was quite remarkable.
Over the past 30 years, much of that has been shredded. The social norms and institutions that encouraged frugality and spending what you earn have been undermined. The institutions that encourage debt and living for the moment have been strengthened”
Students are learning business strategy by playing entrepreneur.
“The Definition of Character Education”
“Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect.
The goal is to raise children to become morally responsible, self-disciplined citizens. Problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution are important parts of developing moral character. Through role playing and discussions, students can see that their decisions affect other people and things.”
Goodcharacter.com: Character Education: Free Resources, Materials, Lesson Plans