Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jump$tart Washington TWELVE Event

Jump$tart Washington invites you to participate in TWELVE.

Jump$tart has challenged speakers to give a fast-paced burst of information conveyed in less than TWELVE minutes using TWELVE or less slides.
The cost? Just $12.

Mark your calendar today for TWELVE. Get updated on the state of financial education in Washington, meet TWELVE new contacts with an interest in financial education and perhaps learn TWELVE new things!

Time:    11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking, TWELVE o’clock lunch
Date:    Thursday, October 9
Where: Billy Baroo’s Grill at Foster Golf Links, Tukwila
Esther Rich, Educator, Renton High School
“Adapting Financial Education Concepts for Low Income Students”

Cathy Brorson, Outreach Coordinator, Kitsap Community Credit Union
“Training on the Edge”

More information on our speakers’ programs can be found on the registration page:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Guide to Reverse Mortgages

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently updated their guide to reverse mortgages.

More and more homeowners are considering tapping their home equity as they approach retirement age. Getting a reverse mortgage is one way that some older homeowners can do that.

Reverse mortgages are a special type of home equity loan sold to homeowners aged 62 years and older, which are repaid when the borrowers sell the home, move out, or die.

Reverse mortgages are a complicated type of loan that works best for homeowners who carefully consider all of their options.

Check out the guide to reverse mortgages (pdf) to learn more about them.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Experian Announces Scholarships for First Time Jump$tart National Conference Attendees

Experian is offering 20 scholarships for PreK-12th grade classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Los Angeles, November 8-10, 2014.

The scholarship covers your registration fee of $425, which includes full participation in the conference, all conference meals and receptions, and two nights in a private room at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza.

Please note that teachers (or their schools) are responsible for transportation, incidental, and optional costs.

How to Apply for Scholarship (pdf)

Jump$tart Washington Scholarships Deadline Tomorrow
Jump$tart Washington is also sponsoring 3 Washington teachers to attend the conference. The deadline to apply is tomorrow.

For more information see our previous blog post.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School: Where to Find Financial Literacy Curriculum

One of the questions we frequently get from teachers new to financial literacy is where do I find curriculum and resources?

There are a number of websites and organizations out there that can help you find curriculum and resources for your classroom, below are a few of our favorites.

Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP)
The Washington Financial Education Public Private Partnership reviews and assess different curriculum. On their website you can find a listing of curriculum that has been reviewed and assessed as effective for Washington classrooms.

EconEdLink from the Council for Economic Education is a great resource personal finance curriculum and resources. Through their website you can search for curriculum and activities by grade level and topic.

Jump$tart Clearinghouse
The Jump$tart Clearinghouse is an online library for financial education resources. Search the clearinghouse to find materials and lessons for your classroom.$tart-clearinghouse.html 

DFI’s Financial Education Clearinghouse
On DFI’s financial education clearinghouse, you can also find links to more curriculum broken down by grade level.

Welcome back to school!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inside a Financial Education Teacher Training

50 Washington K-12 educators attended the two day summer Financial Education Public Private Partnership teacher training this past week at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver.

Day One - Monday
Beginning bright and early on Monday, teachers were split up into working groups by grade level and were introduced to the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum (  Each participant was given both teacher and student copies of the curriculum to take back to their classrooms.

After a short break, the teachers attended sessions designed to increase their own personal financial knowledge. Topics such as earning an income, credit, and identity theft were offered. After each session, the educators regrouped with their working groups to discuss and plan how they could work the information they just learned into the classroom.

To end the day, participants heard from several financial educators on incorporating financial education into classroom.

Day Two - Tuesday
Day two started with a session on saving and investing presented by DFI staff. The presentation focused heavily on the concept of the time value of money. Teachers were given several ideas on how to talk to their students about the power of compound interest.

DFI's Linda Jekel discusses saving and investing

Shortly after learning the basics of saving and investing, the group was able to test their knowledge with an introduction to the stock market game. The popular game allows individuals to invest fake money in a game that follows real stock performances.

The afternoon featured more fun as attendees were introduced to Financial Football ( and had a chance to participate in a Financial Reality Fair (pdf) conducted by Washington credit unions.

Playing Financial Football

The two day seminar closed with more seminars on how to incorporate financial education into the classroom and some light networking.

Learn More
The Financial Education Public Private Partnership offers these trainings twice a year. To learn more, visit