A National Credit Union Foundation Biz Kid$ financial education grant was recently used to train teachers to meet state learning standards in Virginia.
Credit Unions Care Foundation of Virginia used the Biz Kid$ program at Virginia Real Money Experience Teacher Trainings to fulfill the states’ Economic and Personal Finance Standards of Learning.
“The Biz Kid$ program provides the necessary tools to help educators deliver financial lessons and we know that teachers in Virginia now have the resources to help their students build a better financial future,” said Danielle Brown, Foundation director of development and donor relations.
“In Virginia, there are 19 standards of learning that cover both economics and personal finance,” said Dawn Lindley, the Virginia Credit Union League director of marketing and financial education. “These standards have to be taught to all of our high school students before they graduate. To help teachers out, our Financial Education Committee volunteers have been doing teacher training workshops over the years, but we were only able to help teachers with the Personal Finance Standards.”
In order to fill the gap and cover the Economics Standards, the Real Money Experience Teacher Trainings were held in Virginia to introduce teachers to the Biz Kid$ program. The Biz Kid$ program has episodes and material that fulfills each of the 19 state requirements.
A total of 120 teachers attended the three different workshops, and every school in attendance received two sets of the Virginia Biz Kid$ Starter Kits to be used to teach financial literacy concepts to high school students.
Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting children 9-16 years old.