Lakeland College co-sponsoring Money Smart Conference at Lambeau Field
Academics - posted on 10/5/2007
What better place to learn about money than the home of the Green and Gold? Green Bay Packers President Bob Harlan and Wisconsin State Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass will be part of a one-day conference on personal finance and economics education for K-12 teachers at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Wednesday, Oct. 10, as part of Money Smart Week Wisconsin.
Approximately 100 teachers from throughout eastern Wisconsin are expected to attend the conference, which is co-sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin
and Lakeland College's Center for Economic Education.
Money Smart Week Wisconsin is a public awareness initiative set for Oct. 7-13 aimed at building personal financial knowledge so people can deal with their own money more quickly, confidently and shrewdly.
Harlan and Sass will both address the teachers as part of the conference. Harlan is a member of the EconomicsWisconsin
Board of Directors.
"The Green Bay Packers are so pleased that this important event for Wisconsin teachers in being held at Lambeau Field," Harlan said. "We are long-time supporters of EconomicsWisconsin's mission of improving economic and financial education for Wisconsin's youth. I firmly believe the best way to accomplish this goal is through teacher education and training."
Among those presenting are college professors with expertise in personal financial and economics education, fellow K-12 teachers with years of experience teaching these disciplines, representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as well as financial industry veterans.
There will be more than 15 presentations, many offering free curriculum, covering all grade levels. Topics include: Financial Fitness for Life, Understanding Credit Scores, 10 Rules of Wealth Building All Teachers Should Know, Numbers about the Economy All Teachers Should Know, Implementing the Wisconsin Academic Standards on Personal Financial Literacy.
"Economic and financial education is not emphasized in Wisconsin schools," said Scott Niederjohn, director for Lakeland's Center for Economic Education. "The study of finance and economics is often left to social studies teachers, who try to squeeze it into the myriad of other topics they need to cover.
"It leaves students graduating uninformed about markets and personal financial management, which leads to credit card problems for our youth that can put them on the road to bankruptcy. But there's a bigger public impact when people cannot manage their financial affairs. Money and financial problems in Wisconsin are the No. 1 cause of divorce and a leading cause of suicide."
Money Smart Week Wisconsin is a creation of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, a council created by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to help him improve financial literacy in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's initiative is similar to successful promotions run by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in the cities of Chicago and Detroit. Wisconsin's campaign targets every city, town, and village throughout each of Wisconsin's 72 counties because its goal is to help residents find resources right in their own backyard.
For more information about the conference, contact Scott Niederjohn at Lakeland College at (920) 565-1239 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, contact EconomicsWisconsin
at (414) 221-9400 or visit www.moneysmartwi.org
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