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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Teachers, Kids, and Money

For immediate release
Contact: Katherine Q. Dibling, senior media representative, (215) 574-4119

Philadelphia, Pa. -  The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will offer four courses in the summer to teachers in the Third District, which includes the state of Delaware, southern New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania.

The courses are designed to help teachers acquire the skills necessary to effectively teach about decision-making, money, banking, and the Federal Reserve System.

The first course is "Kids and Money: A Professional Development Program for Teachers." The session will be offered in Philadelphia on Monday, August 4; in Gettysburg on Thursday, August 7; and in Atlantic City on Tuesday, August 12.

This course introduces elementary school teachers to a new set of lessons for teaching about money and decision-making using children’s literature. For example, teachers can use a children’s book, Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart Murphy, to introduce concepts such as scarcity, economic wants, and goods, by guiding their students through interactive exercises that include a game of musical chairs.

To learn more about this seminar, listen to May’s Moments in Money and Economics, a podcast produced by Andrew Hill, economic education advisor and lead trainer of this course.

The second course is "The Great Depression: A Professional Development Program for Teachers," a course first introduced in fall 2007 to wide acclaim. It will be offered in Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 5; in Gettysburg on Friday, August 8; and in Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday, August 13.

In this course, high school teachers learn how to use simulations and role playing activities to teach students the many lessons in economics that can be learned by studying the Great Depression. In June’s Moments in Money and Economics, Hill will give details about this course.

The third course is "Personal Finance for the Middle School Classroom." It will be offered in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 30. In this course, middle school teachers learn how to use activities to teach middle school students about personal finance topics such as saving, investing, budgeting, and the wise use of credit.

The fourth course, "Making Sense of Money and Banking," which is entering its fifth year, will be offered in Philadelphia July 14-18. This week-long course demonstrates for grades K-to-12 teachers how to teach about money, banking, and the Federal Reserve System. It includes grade-level-specific breakout sessions aimed at providing teachers with lesson plans that can be implemented right away in their classrooms.

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Media Contacts

Marilyn Wimp, ABC E-mail
Manager of Media Relations
(215) 574-4197
(267) 254-4555 (cell)

Katherine Q. Dibling E-mail
Public Affairs Specialist
(215) 574-4119
(215) 694-5125 (cell)

Daneil Mazone E-mail
Media Relations Representative
(215) 574-7163
(267) 535-1808 (cell)