WHAT WE DO:
The Thinking Foundation works in collaboration with the Teaching Financial Education Group to utilize visual tools to deliver financial literacy instruction into classrooms at all grade levels. Learning in K-16 classrooms needs to advance the understanding of finances through relative lessons with brain-based tools to help formulate a behavior for well-being.
Learning financial literacy is strongly associated with cognitive ability. Our pedagogical focus is to integrate visual tools with instructional materials: thinking and learning; integrating content and process; and professional development through an active, project-based approach for effective learning financial literacy instruction in our nation's public schools. The Thinking Foundation's usage of visual tools helps transform information into knowledge. They help to promote a higher order of thinking to develop a "thinking learner" who will be able to make better actionable use of financial literacy concepts.
The Teaching Financial Education group is collaborating with the Thinking Foundation to enhance teaching methodologies with universities and local school districts to implement the use of these visual tools throughout the K-16 learning spectrum to improve lifelong financial well-being for Americans.
WHAT WE OFFER:
Develop and Implement news tools for learning financial literacy concepts
The Thinking Foundation along with the Teaching Financial Education group applies the use of visual tools to materials so that the information may be delivered to students designed to encourage thinking about the materials they learn. We have support from teacher, administrative, school board, and parent organizations in our mission to help integrate the financial literacy learning concepts into an already crowded school day.
Development of materials for the Center for Teaching Financial Literacy
A primary goal of the Center is to ensure financial capability as an outcome to those we serve. The Thinking Foundation along with the Teaching Financial Education group are working to assess and apply visual tools to content so that the information may be delivered to students in a format that is designed to encourage thinking about the materials they use to learn. The Center will help formulate alliances with major entities, including financial institutions, national non-profit organizations, community-and consumer-based groups, and federal, state and local agencies to help deliver more effective financial education into the classroom.
The Thinking Foundation partners with the Teaching Financial Education group to conduct regional forums for community stakeholders who have an interest in financial education. The forums help build knowledge bases for community action and help collect data about stakeholder's willingness to support the inclusion of financial literacy in public schools.
WHAT WE NEED:
The Foundation and the Teaching Financial Education group welcomes input from content developers and universities interested in helping develop and implement strategies for the teaching of financial literacy.
University Partnership for a Center for the Teaching of Financial Literacy
The Thinking Foundation and the Teaching Financial Education group, are developing a project involving a major New York University to create a Center for the Teaching of Financial Literacy. The Center will serve pre-service, and graduate students as well as neighborhood groups' work on financial literacy.
Keep an eye open for a TeachingFinancialLiteracy.com newsletter that will serve the K-16 learning community.
Dr. Gerald Lauber
The Thinking Foundation
144 Goose Pond Road
Lyme NH 03768
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy