Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Researching Personal Financial Literacy in Schools

Money Smart Week, April 18-25, is a national campaign to help consumers better manage their finances, but it is also a great time to highlight the importance of teaching personal financial literacy in our schools. Throughout the state, elementary, and secondary schools are hard at work developing financial literacy programs to provide Wisconsin students the necessary skills to operate in a global economy in order to achieve financial success. 

I started thinking about where I would find information about why teaching personal financial literacy to students is important. I also wanted to know more about the various programs schools have developed to teach our kids about personal financial literacy. To answer those questions I visited the Wisconsin Digital Archives! Here are just a couple of reports available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives detailing the importance of teaching personal financial literacy as well as the various programs schools use to engage students:

Picture of a dollar sign
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To help support educators in the development of Personal Financial Literacy programs, I’ve also provided a few additional online resources:

Resources from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
Additional Online Resources:
  • Financial Literacy: TEACH IT! A companion to the standards and curriculum guide from the Department of Public Instruction, in conjunction the Educational Communications Board (ECB), these resources will provide educators with the tools they need to effectively teach financial literacy.
  • Financial Resource Literacy Center   Access games to increase students’ money smarts for K-12 educators from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
  • Department of Financial Institutions Kids Page  Access financial literacy resources designed especially for younger students.
Written by: 
Mary Hutnik, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning