While conducting interviews for my recent story on state social studies standards, I heard again and again about efforts to ramp up instruction in personal financial literacy, including in Colorado, which approved new standards in December. Unfortunately, as often happens in journalism, some interesting material never made it into my article. But that’s what blogging is for, right?
So, today I’ll highlight a press release from the Colorado Department of Education about an April 8 Personal Financial Literacy Summit.
The daylong summit brings together district leaders in curriculum, economics, math, and career and technical education to support implementing the new personal financial literacy expectations in the state’s revised math and economics standards. It’s being co-hosted by the Colorado Jump$tart Coalition— ye$, isn’t that clever?—a collection of groups dedicated to improving financial literacy.
“Prepared graduates in the 21st century need to understand how to manage credit, debt, and risk in order to make informed financial decisions that will affect their future,” Melissa Colsman, an official from the Colorado education agency, said in the press release.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.