Episode 50: Personal Finance Wins! Stephen Kautz and Waynflete School Winners[ 32:09 ]Play Now | Download (1536)
Coach Steve Kautz and his Waynflete School Students Win the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Reserve Cup Challenge
Steve Kautz is a Math teacher who teaches both the Business Finance and Personal Finance courses at the Waynflete School in Waynflete, Maine. Steve was a retailer, marketing specialist, and employee recruiter before going into teaching. He draws on his business, as well as his Peace Corps experience , in developing and teaching finance courses. Steve guided and supported a group of his students in preparing for the Federal Bank of Boston Reserve Cup Challenge, a popular and challenging competition, in which students must demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the world of banking and Economics.
In this episode, Steve explains the competition, as well as the experience of preparing for it and competing in it. Waynflete won The Challenge over some 60 other schools in the region, a magnificent performance. Mr. Kautz is active with Jumpstart Coalition financial literacy programs and activities in the state of Maine and nationally.
Website for Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Reserve Cup Challenge
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”
Episode 46: Mike Fladlien: Masterful Financial Literacy Instruction[ 28:25 ]Play Now | Download (1983)
Mike Fladlien: Masterful Financial Literacy Instruction in the Heartland
Mike Fladlien is a teacher at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. Mr. Fladlien teaches Business, Business Law, Economics, Computer Applications, and (Business) Logistics there. Mr. Fladlien blogs on Finance and Economics Education: Micro-economics at http://www.mikeroeconomics.blogspot.com/ and at http://teachingapeconomics.blogspot.com/. He has had 8 lessons accepted and published on the EconEdLink web-based resource.
Mark shares an exciting report from the floor of the conference from hundreds of teachers, PDers, administrators and tech coordinators!
Financial literacy education is “in demand” more than ever as more scools and teachers have realized the extreme need.
The result? Teachers, staff developers and tech coordinators are scrambling to find quality resources.
ISTE NECC 2010 the great news is they discovered (like you have!!) that Talking Fin Lit Podcast and website provides a storehouse of resources. But that is not all! Our podcast discusses the value and application of those resources for teaching and learning in specific content areas.
Join us to hear what was being discussed, questions posed and the resulting direction it provides for the series as we get ready for Year 3 of Talking Fin Lit!
Episode 38: Author Interview: Sonia Levitin, Boom Town and Beyond[ 18:39 ]Play Now | Download (1444)
Boom Town and more with Sonia Levitin- Don’t miss this grand Talking Fin Lit Podcast event !
Come listen in to an exciting interview with the award-winning author, Sonia Levitin. Join us as Levitan describes how she got her start in writing, tells about some of the inspiration for her books (including the much-acclaimed “Boom Town”), and shares some of the values she thinks can be drawn from what she writes. Finally, listen to some of the new developments and projects she’s working on, from a new book to a stage musical! Tune in and listen to another exciting episode of Talking Financial Literacy!
Boom Town Book Description
Bored by cabin life in the sparse settlement, Amanada figures out how to bake a gooseberry pie in the family’s crude wood stove. Soon prospectors are paying for her pies, and her business success spills over to the other folks who’ve decided to settle there.
Ep 37: Lynn Raymond, Banker aka Teacher Interview[ 24:41 ]Play Now | Download (2056)
What’s all this buzz about banks inside of High Schools? About High Schoolers actually running banks? Lynn Raymond, a former bank vice president turned business teacher, shares with us what these new trends and exciting developments in financial literacy are all about! Learn how she got started in bringing banking into the school, the possible pitfalls and the necessary tools to get such programs off the ground. All and all, another exciting interview that sheds light on new innovations in Teaching Financial Literacy!
[Photo By Michael Patrick, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel]
Resources Related to this Episode
Article in USA Today:
When students at Carter High School in Strawberry Plains, Tenn., forget their lunch money, they don’t have to worry about going hungry.Instead, they wander over to one of the five tellers who work at the student-run bank, where they can withdraw money from their savings accounts or fill out short applications for a $5 loan, all without leaving the building, says Lynn Raymond, a banking and finance teacher at the school.
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