Resources for Teachers and Educators
This special section of MyMoney.gov provides information about and links to a collection of federal guides and curricula for teaching financial capability concepts. Our collection is designed specifically for teachers and educators, including those who work with children as well as practitioners who teach adults.
The Spotlight Resources below provide a taste of the types of available resources. To find more resources in the MyMoney collection, use the search box on the navigation bar. Simply type in the word or phrase that describes your topic, and the site will do the searching for you. The site will display a list of federal resources, along with brief descriptions and links. If the search results are too broad, of if you want to focus on particular issues within your topic, you can narrow the search to get to the information you need.
- Federal Reserve System’s Resources for Educators — A comprehensive collection of curricula, guides, publications, classroom activities and adult learning materials covering such topics as credit, consumer resources, money, and banking.
- In the Classroom Materials — Information from the Securities and Exchange Commission including classroom resources, information on special professional development opportunities and workshops for teachers, and a “Just for Teachers” section to help teachers better plan their own financial futures.
- Teacher Online Resource Center — This site offers teachers resources from the FDIC and CFPB to help teach children from pre-K through age 20 about money or other financial topics. It includes the FDIC’s Money Smart for Young People series that consists of four free curriculums available for immediate download.
- Money Smart Train-the-Trainer Videos — On-line video-based training for educators on using the Money Smart curriculum. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
- Understanding Taxes for Teachers — Special website from the IRS for teachers. This site presents detailed lesson plans, downloadable activities, simulations, and resources for teachers and students.
- Federal Student Aid Information for Counselors — Provides basic college access and financial aid information for middle school, high school, and TRIO counselors. Features include the Counselors and Mentors Handbook, other federal student aid publications (with instructions on how to download or order them), training information, and scripts and slides for presenting a financial aid night. Click on “Network & Potential Partnerships” in the Counselor Resources section to locate financial aid professionals in your community who can assist you.
- High School Fed Challenge — A national academic competition that provides students grades 9–12 the opportunity to study the U.S. economy through the lens of the U.S. central bank. The program encourages students to learn more about economics and about the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Open Market Committee, which is the policymaking group that makes interest rate decisions to foster economic strength and stability. From credit card interest rates to the price of a loaf of bread, the effects of monetary policy, set by the Federal Reserve System, are felt in many aspects of our daily lives. This site includes information for students as well as Teacher’s guide.
Special Note: In addition to the resources highlighted above, please review the Spotlight Resources shown on the “Youth” section of the MyMoney.gov site. Several of the highlighted resources are activities and games that would be suitable for use in the classroom. A number of them include guidance and instructions for teachers.
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