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Links for Educators

  • https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/adult.html

  • http://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb/

  • https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/ftc-helps-teach-teachers-about-financial-literacy-0

  • Your Home Loan Toolkit

  • MyMoney.Gov - U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission - Providing financial education resources for all Americans.

  • AnnualCreditReport.com - This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

  • The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy - The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults.

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Literacy and Education Commission - The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (the Commission) was established under Title V, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act, which was part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, to improve financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.

  • National Endowment for Financial Education - The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial education to members of the public—in particular, to underserved individuals whose financial education issues are not being addressed by others. These partnerships are an effective means of responding to the needs of many different groups within the general population.

  • North American Securities Administrator Association - Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. NASAA is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 67 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico.

  • The Better Business Bureau - BBB reports provide information on over 2.5 million organizations. It's a good idea to check before you invest or give.

  • BBB Health and Safety

  • BBB Consumer News

  • Federal Trade Commission - The Federal Trade Commission is the nation's consumer protection agency. The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the Consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. The FTC provides a variety of both consumer and business informational brochures.
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - HUD offers excellent informational links pertaining to understanding your mortgage, HUD approved counselors, and how to avoid foreclosure - and more.

  • National Credit Union Administration

  • http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/

  • http://www.in.gov/dfi/2389.htm

  • Bankrate.com - This website provides tools that help to compare credit cards, look at college financing options, track interest rates, maximize tax strategies, identify the best investment and savings vehicles, rate and rank insurance companies, and so much more…

  • MyMoney.gov, they will send you a free personal financial toolkit if you call them at 1-(888)-MyMoney

  • http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources/free_materials/index.php

    Updated Money Smart Curriculum for Self-Paced Learning
    The FDIC has redesigned and updated the English version of the Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) program. The new CBI features a game-based design and separate learning tracks for adults and young adults that also are consistent with the current instructor-led curriculums. An update to the Spanish version of the CBI is scheduled to be released by early 2013. Learn more at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html.

    Webcast Helps Educators Teach the New Money Smart Curriculum for Entrepreneurs
    In the Spring 2012 edition of Money Smart News, we reported that the FDIC and the U.S. Small Business Administration successfully launched an instructor-led financial education curriculum on the basics of money management for small businesses. In a new development, on July 17, the FDIC hosted a webcast that discussed details on how educators can use the curriculum -- Money Smart for Small Business -- to serve those who want to learn the basics of managing a business effectively, whether they are new or existing entrepreneurs. To listen to an archived recording of the webinar, get additional information or place an order for the curriculum, visit http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/business.html. Organizations that are interested in helping small businesses by using the curriculum can go to the same Web site to learn how to join the FDIC’s training alliance.

    FDIC Publishes Money Smart Resource for Elementary School Students
    Bankers and their community partners have been asking for Money Smart resources that elementary school students can use in the classroom or at home. The FDIC has now published a coloring/activity book for youth ages 8–11 that is designed to gently introduce key personal finance concepts. The FDIC also has produced a teacher’s manual for use by anyone leading a group of youngsters in a discussion about money and finances. To learn more and to order these resources go to http://vcart.velocitypayment.com/fdic/index.php?cPath=121_158.

    Wanted: Your Help Evaluating the Money Smart for Young Adults Curriculum
    This fall, the FDIC will be continuing its study of how the Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum influences the choices participants make in managing their finances. We are recruiting educators who plan to use this curriculum over the next several months in a school with students ages 14 to 18. Selected teachers will be asked to provide information about their use of the curriculum and to have their students take pre- and post-training surveys about their financial knowledge and behavior. Those selected will receive a stipend for their help with this important research, which will be used by the FDIC to evaluate and improve the curriculum. The study results also will be disseminated to the financial education community nationwide. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call 1-800-287-1581, e-mail communityaffairs@fdic.gov or go to http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/study.html. If you are not planning to use the Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum but you know of others who may be interested our program, please share this with them.

    FDIC Pilot Program Shows Financial Institutions Can Benefit from Low-Cost "Safe Accounts"
    The FDIC’s report summarizing its one-year model "safe accounts" pilot program suggests that opportunities exist for financial institutions to offer low-cost transaction and savings accounts to underserved and low- and moderate-income consumers. The report said that the FDIC’s account template, which focuses on low-cost, electronic payments, is flexible enough to be used by bankers with positive results. The full report, which includes valuable lessons learned by the nine institutions that participated in the pilot, can be read or printed at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/template/SafeAccountsFinalReport.pdf.

    White House Issues Resource Guide to Improving Financial Literacy and Capability
    The Obama Administration has published a new resource guide to help educators, community leaders and others teach Americans to better understand and address basic financial matters. In particular, the guide encourages the formation of partnerships to promote financial education and economic inclusion. To read or print the guide, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/financial_capability_toolkit_5.10.2012.pdf