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Money Minded Illinois

 

 

(January, 2018) Econ Illinois and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs have partnered together to create Money Minded Illinois. Both entities have a shared mission of providing quality financial education to students, teachers, and communities. The need for financial literacy has never been greater as recent studies show that 1 in 4 adults do not pay their bills on time. On top of that, over half of the Millennial generation report feeling overwhelmed with debt. This need led to the creation of Illinois State Social Studies Standards for Financial Literacy - which is the first time in Illinois' history!

Money Minded Illinois provides complimentary services to help combat this problem. We are offering professional development programs to help teachers implement the financial literacy standards in their classroom. Beginning in the fall of 2018, we will offer standards-based curriculum for grades 1-8, free of charge, for any school district that is interested. In addition, we will also be hosting community events on financial literacy topics.

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Our teacher training focuses on the financial literacy, inquiry, and economics standards. These complimentary offerings range anywhere from an hour to a full-day institute depending on your needs. We will be happy to work with individual school districts to gain an in-depth understanding of the teachers' needs. CPDU's are also available to teachers that attend.

Curriculum

Starting in the Fall of 2018, Money Minded Illinois will have curriculum booklets available. The curriculum will cover three grade band widths: 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8. All the lessons will utilize the guided inquiry approach.

Programs

We offer many programs that support the financial literacy standards. Our most popular is the Stock Market Game, which thousands of students across the state play. In addition, Econ Illinois runs the Economic Concepts Poster Contest, the Personal Finance Challenge, and the Econ Challenge. All programs provide support for teachers interested in participating.

Community Events

Our events will continually change based on requests and the particular needs of a community. A few examples of these events include Story Times (geared towards Pre-K through 2nd grade students), Money Minded Talks (geared towards high school through adults), and Round Table Discussions (geared towards a variety of different stakeholders based on topic).

For more information, contact either Luanne Mayorga (lmayorga@niu.edu) or Nikki Giancola (ngiancola@illinoistreasurer.gov).