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Teachers From Across the US Attend Jump$tart's First National Educators Conference

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The challenges of teaching personal finance in hard economic times drew more than 250 classroom teachers from 46 states to the first-ever Jump$tart Coalition National Educator Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8. The forum, underwritten by Experian®, and developed in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA), featured several Washington dignitaries. Sheila C. Bair, FDIC chairman, delivered 
the keynote address, and Anna Bernanke, wife of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a long-time classroom teacher, addressed the opening reception at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. For photos and more info go to http://www.jumpstart.org/index.cfm

Giving Kids 'The Talk' About Money

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August 9, 2009 - (by Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance LA Times)

The recession is a perfect time to give children hands-on lessons about how to manage their finances.  David Strauss knew he needed to do a better job teaching his children about money, but the layoff notice he received in January gave it a sense of urgency. "It made the discussions a lot more real," said Strauss, 43, a Boston-based radio station manager.

Knowing that the downsizing was coming, Strauss had already started talking to 17-year-old Daniel and 12-year-old Alexandra about wants versus needs and discussing how the family expected to cut back.  "The kids are interested in talking about money now," he said. "Daniel is getting his first job. Alexandra is about to have a bat mitzvah. It's pertinent to what's going on in their lives."

U.S. Treasury Office of Financial Education

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Michelle Greene
has been appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Financial Education for the U.S. Treasury Department, heading the Office of Financial Education. (For point of reference, this is Dan Iannicola’s old job.) In this role, Michelle will also serve as executive director of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and the OFE also administers the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). Prior to this position, she was a member of the Obama transition team at the Treasury. 

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