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Financial Foundations for Educators (FFE) Training - Los Angeles County Office of Education

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By Rebecca I. Gallagher - Board of Directors, California Jump$tart Coalition

CA Jump$tart’s most recent offering of our Financial Foundations for Educators (FFE) training was an invitation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, to bring the program back to teachers in LACOE’s service area, after our first FFE in 2018.

This June, the offering was well received by the group of about 50 teachers (new and veteran) who attended the two-day workshop. Read on to enjoy the enthusiastic comments made by attendees on our FFE segments.

Jim Charkins, Ph.D in Economics is Professor Emeritus and Director for Economics Education, CSU San Bernardino, conducted a discussion of the current economy and its impact on personal finance. From attendee evaluations; “The visuals and interaction were exceptional. His summary of economic factors and models was very purposeful” and on his interactive apron demonstration, “I loved the apron! Fun and practical.”

Board member Laurie Mitchell, Ph.D, Professor Emerita of Accounting at University of Redlands, presented a comprehensive and activity-based Spending and Planning segment. Just two of the great evaluations: “Very well laid out and easily understood “ and “The financial infidelity video was thought-provoking.”

“Speaker had good coverage of topic” and “Appreciated the info on the Pension 2 service“ were among the comments for CalSTRS’ representative Arjuna Singh for his segment about pension and retirement planning.

On day 2, CPA/CFP Dwight Nakata, discussed Saving and Investing, his depth of knowledge obvious; “Lots of great practical information; easy to understand, provided step-by-step action plan.”

“Engaging presenters, 5 out of 5! They were interactive and their presentation had good graphics and was easy to read.” and yet another “Learning about FICO scoring was really valuable.” were several of the evaluations for Tyrone Conde and Doug Nigbor, of Downey Federal Credit Union, on their discussion of Credit and Debt.

Risk management was the segment presented by board member Karen Anderson, retired from a career in business management and financial services. Among the many appreciative evaluations, “Quick and to the point!” with another “Good info on long term risk management; good practical advice.”

On the overall FFE experience, participants shared, “Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn so much in day 1; looking forward to day 2.” and “I loved the seminar. I cannot believe I am getting paid to learn all this fabulous info!”

Thank you to the array of experts who volunteered their time and expertise. We are also grateful for the grant funding that makes Financial Foundations for Educators possible and provides the teacher stipends, meals, raffle items and resource materials.

2019 was a second successful collaboration with LACOE! They have scheduled another Financial Foundations for Educators, for summer 2020.

Please let us know if you’d like CAJ$ to bring FFE to your school, district or county office of education. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

California Jump$tart at Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

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By Andrea Ferrero,

Financial Literacy Day was celebrated on June 26th on Capitol Hill. Students, educators, finance education leaders, and policy makers came together to discuss the future of financial education. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) kicked off the event sharing that “Financial literacy is important for today, tomorrow, and all our futures.” The energy of that message resonated through the afternoon as everyone explored the tremendous potential of finance education to spark change and transform lives.

As a board member of the California Jump$tart and the Executive Director of Pockets Change, I was drawn to the sense of collaboration. From students sharing the impact of finance education in their lives to organizations discussing how we can all advocate for greater access and application of resources, everyone shared that financial literacy impacts much more than our wallets. We change lives when we work together to build financial literacy and financial resilience.

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Celebrating Jump$tart Coalition’s impact across the country! Laura Levine CEO and President of National Jump$tart, Bill Cheeks Jump$tart Eastern States Regional Director, President ABBA Associates Inc., Executive Director of Coalition to improve Credit Education, and Andrea Ferrero California Jump$tart board member and Executive Director of Pockets Change

California Council on Economic Education to Increase Financial Literacy Among Students and Families

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Los Angeles Unified has announced plans to partner with the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and City National Bank to provide high school seniors and families greater access to financial literacy education. CCEE will provide free financial literacy workshops for LAUSD students and their families, thanks to a generous donation from CCEE Board Member, John Nickoll and the Nickoll Family Foundation. The workshops will complement a digital interactive tool from City National Bank that high school seniors can use to learn personal finance in the classroom. Lessons for both programs include how to apply for financial aid, establish credit, invest wisely and more.

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