1. What is Foundations in Personal Finance?
Foundations in Personal Finance is the premier curriculum for teaching high school students about money, and more than 3 million students have already been empowered with it. The curriculum was designed by teachers for teachers and can be used as a primary or supplemental resource.
The curriculum reinforces 21st century learning skills through activities requiring students to analyze, integrate and apply new information to real-life problems and activities. The material is presented in an interactive format, requiring students to take an active role while watching lessons. Our goal is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make sound financial decisions for life.
2. What are the benefits of Foundations in Personal Finance?
The most important benefit is that students are empowered and equipped to make smart financial decisions! Teens who have taken Foundations in Personal Finance have gone on to do things like graduate from college without debt, buy their first car with cash, save up a $500 emergency fund, and negotiate furniture discounts of up to $1,200 off! These students took the lessons to heart and changed their lives because of it.
Another added benefit is that you don’t have to become an expert in personal finance to teach Foundations. Our team of experts includes #1 best-selling authors Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, Chris Hogan and others, who teach the class via video lessons. As the teacher, this gives you more time to facilitate discussion and learning in the classroom, truly bringing the curriculum to life.
Plus, the curriculum was developed and designed by educators, so we include all the tools you need to get started, making the curriculum completely turnkey.
And best of all, we have a team of Curriculum Advisors standing by to answer any and all questions that come up as you use the curriculum.
3. What age level is appropriate for Foundations in Personal Finance?
Foundations in Personal Finance is designed for high school students in grades 9 through 12.
4. How much class time is needed?
The curriculum includes 12 chapters and can be used as a primary or supplemental resource. The materials are comprehensive and can be implemented as a semester-long course. Or, since each chapter is stand-alone, it can also be used as a supplemental resource. So really, it just depends on you!
5. For which concentration or class is Foundations in Personal Finance best suited?
Foundations in Personal Finance can be used in ANY course. It fits best with personal finance and financial literacy courses. It is also used in economics, consumer math, family and consumer sciences, business, life skills and other similar courses.
6. How much preparation is required for each chapter?
Forget those endless nights of planning tomorrow’s activities! We’ve done the work for you. Our team of educators and advisors has strategically provided lesson plans and activities that will make your prep time seem like a dream.
The curriculum is turnkey, which means all the videos, assessments, activities, lesson plans, syllabi, etc. are included. The only thing you need to do is become familiar with the materials.
7. What do I have to know in order to teach Foundations in Personal Finance?
No prior knowledge is required. Our Foundations team of experts provides all the information. You just have to use your teaching skills by managing your classroom, generating discussion, challenging and engaging your students, and assessing their knowledge.
8. Do I need to be a financial wizard to teach the material?
No! Our Foundations team is made up of financial experts. Plus, our curriculum was designed with all the resources you could need, and our Curriculum Advisors are available to answer any questions that you have.
9. Do you produce materials for public schools, private schools, and homeschools?
Yes. Foundations in Personal Finance is currently offered in public, private and homeschool education programs across the country. It has been developed to fully meet constitutional guidelines for use in public education.
10. What type of support do you offer teachers who teach Foundations in Personal Finance?
Our team of Curriculum Advisors is the best resource available to answer any and all of your questions! We also have additional resources (such as videos, blog articles and research reports) through our company that can help you learn more about financial literacy and the topics we cover in the curriculum.
11. What if my school or program can't afford the curriculum?
There are several options we can help you look into! First, Foundations in Personal Finance has already been adopted in several states. Once it is adopted, doors open to additional resources for the school district. We also have a sponsorship program through which schools may qualify for donated materials. Finally, our Curriculum Advisors are experts on additional grants you could be eligible for and will walk with you throughout the entire process. For more information on any of these options, please contact one of our Curriculum Advisors for assistance.
12. How does Foundations in Personal Finance correlate to my state's standards and benchmarks?
This curriculum meets all national and state standards and benchmarks for personal finance. Click here for a correlation to the standards in your particular state.
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