Great-West Financial – Founding Sponsor
As a leader in the financial services industry, Great-West Financial have seen firsthand the need for improved financial literacy. They have created the Financial Literacy Initiative, their cornerstone community giving program in our home state of Colorado. Since 2010, this program has provided over $2.5 million dollars to teachers, school districts, and nonprofits statewide to help bring financial education programs into Colorado’s pre-school through 12th-grade classrooms. We are grateful for their continued support of this project.
The Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE) has been formally involved in teaching teachers how to teach financial literacy since the adoption of the new Personal Financial Literacy (PFL) standards in December of 2009. CCEE has offered what we consider to be the flagship course in PFL training, our Methods for Teaching Secondary Financial Literacy with Economic Reasoning, three times, in the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012. We’ve trained over 100 teachers in that week-long course, that blends college level content, practical pedagogy and methods and highly usable resources from the national Council for Economic Education. CCEE has also customized several one day PFL trainings for school districts (Poudre, Jefferson County, Academy 20 and Littleton among them). CCEE offers the Stock Market Experience (formerly the Stock Market Game) and has offered dozens of webinar and live teacher training opportunities. CCEE has also collaborated with Junior Achievement in an effort to train elementary and secondary teachers from targeted low income schools and has trained approximately 230 in nine separate PFL classes. And CCEE has cooperated with the Jump$tart coalition, funded by generous contributions from Great West, in offering fiscal fitness workshops for teachers over that past three years to several hundred teachers. With the experience of all these training endeavors, we feel that we’ve gained significant institutional expertise in PFL teacher training.
Katie Sauer is assistant Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is Co-Director of the Center for Economic Education. Her primary research interests are economic and financial literacy. She is also interested in topics that lie at the intersection of international trade and health economics. She frequently teaches K-12 teacher workshops for the Colorado Council for Economic Education and has consulted at the US Department of Commerce in the Industry Trade Policy Division. She has been appointed to the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Ambassador Corps for 2012 – 2015.
StreamLearn, is an award-winning educational media company working with universities and non-profits to effect change in education. StreamLearn series include statistics, mathematics, and economics have been funded by grants from the UK government and produced in association with major US and UK universities.
Sandy Stokely ( K-2 specialist) and Della Hoffman (3-5 specialist) guide teachers through the challenges of in-class teaching of PFL. They demonstrate techniques for engaging students in these complex and immensely important topics of finance and economics. They leave no doubt as to the importance and relevance of PFL for elementary school children.
Course Manager: Teresa Yohon
Teresa Yohon is the Education and Instructional Technology Specialist at the Colorado Department of Education. She has also been a research scientist and Instructor at Colorado State University in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Community and Human Resources and Vocational Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She helped develop the standards for Business Education and Marketing for the Colorado Community College System. Teresa also supervised the development of online lesson plans and the resource web site that support these new academic standards. She was a member of the Colorado Economics Standards sub-committee that revised the economic standards for the state (December, 2009).