As the 2019–20 school year concludes, we want to recognize our teachers for their dedication and commitment to their students while adapting to unprecedented events and significant changes in the last few months. Thank you, teachers!
NEWSLETTER | LATE SPRING
PROJECT UPDATEDigital Materials
Is your district still determining plans for the fall? Is it unclear if the school year will begin with in-person classes or distance learning? It’s okay—we have you covered either way!
TEACHER SPOTLIGHTA Better Understanding of Student Loans
"At the beginning of the school year, most of my seniors are only concerned about which college to attend, but after we go over student loans, the conversation becomes more about which is offering the best financial aid package. They see that the more information they get now, the better decisions they can make for their future." — Russ Kerr
WHAT WE'RE READINGFinancial Education Affects Financial Knowledge and Downstream Behaviors
A new a meta-analysis conducted by leading experts in the field concludes that financial education has a sizable effect on both financial knowledge and financial behavior. In fact:
These striking findings are powerful evidence in the debate over whether financial education works.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATIONHow to Avoid Overwhelming Students With Too Much Information All At Once
Have you ever felt like you were "drinking from a fire hose” when taking in new information? High school students, often inundated with pieced-together information covering an enormous range of financial topics in minute detail, feel overwhelmed by the flood. We share some ideas on how personal finance educators can manage the flow...
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTNew Date & Format! Summer Institute for finEDge Teachers
Come spend two days with fellow educators engaging in professional development sessions facilitated by facilitated by finEDge authors, field-test teachers and UChicago Financial Education Initiative staff. The conference is free for participants. The Summer Institute will take place July 30–31 and will be a virtual event.
IN REAL LIFESpend or Save?
"The most recent financial decision I made was deciding whether or not to purchase an item of clothing I wanted to buy. Before actually buying it, I went over things in my head like if I actually needed it or if I should save my money for something more important in the future." — Clark Powers
CAREER CORNERA Front Seat View of the Capital Markets
"Earlier this year there were many conversations around job losses and layoffs due to COVID-19. We helped facilitate access to the capital markets for various companies across industries. This allowed companies to raise money for their businesses and remain in existence." — Isaac Ewaleifoh
LOOKING AHEADfinEDge Available for 2020–21 School Year
Teach finEDge and help your students navigate financial decisions with confidence. finEDge is available to schools across the country for the 2020–21 school year through the Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
CURRENT EVENTSWeekly News Round-up on Twitter
Each week we provide a curated thread of the must read news stories related to financial well-being and financial literacy on twitter. Follow us to stay up-to-date!