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April is Financial Literacy Month – Resources to Help Teachers and Students

Posted on 04/01/2019

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April is Financial Literacy Month! Some of our adult education students will be moving on to new and exciting adventures in the next few months after graduation, and our adults can always use money management tips, so now is a great time to share some financial literacy resources with our students.

The Jump$tart Coalition is the original promoter of Financial Literacy Month, and in addition to an annual Awards Dinner and Hill Day for Members of Congress and their staff, the Coalition maintains a clearinghouse of resources for all age levels, starting with elementary age students. To view resources for young adult and adult consumers, visit the Jump$tart Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab for a host of free (and paid) materials.

A recent post on the Ask a Tech Teacher blog provided a number of free resources that teachers can use with their students during the month, including:

  • EverFi has a free six- to eight-hour course External link opens in new window or tab with nine modules covering topics from savings, renting vs owning, and banking basics.
  • InCharge Debt Solutions has a wide variety of financial literacy resources External link opens in new window or tab , from workbooks to classroom and workshop materials.
  • The National Financial Educators Council has a series of free tests External link opens in new window or tab that might be a good place to begin assessing students' financial literacy.
  • The Council for Economic Education has created an online interactive game called Gen i Revolution External link opens in new window or tab that takes participants through 16 financial missions.
  • Practical Money Skills External link opens in new window or tab is a website with many resources, including interactive games for different levels, that touch on many life situations with a financial impact.
  • We created an OTAN news item External link opens in new window or tab a few years back that has many online resources listed that are still current.

Take some time during Financial Literacy Month to talk to students about the financial decisions they make and will make in their busy adult lives that impact them, their families, and their communities.