WHAT WE DO:
The Insurance Education Institute (IEI) has a strong history of providing resources to support classroom learning of risk management and insurance. The year 2008 brings new and exciting developments for the IEI, which has been a longtime partner and board member of the Jump$tart Coalition. A merger has been finalized between the IEI and The Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education. The newly-formed organization, The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, will be able to leverage resources to allow more support to go directly to the combined mission - promoting the teaching and study of risk management and insurance at all levels of academic pursuit, encouraging young people to enter the profession, and providing unbiased educational programs for public policymakers. With the IEI history of working with high schools, and The Griffith Foundation's work with academics and public policymakers, the organization looks forward to building on past success and helping to further financial literacy in America.
WHAT WE OFFER:
The largest resources that The Griffith Foundation offers are Institutes for teachers to attend and earn graduate credit. The purpose is to enable teachers to become more effective in teaching insurance, The Institutes are designed to provide the tools for understanding all forms of insurance, how the industry works, and what insurance careers are available to students. By attending an Institute, teachers learn what is necessary to teach insurance, develop lesson plans for use in the classroom, share ideas and information with colleagues, and earn three graduate-level credits or continuing education credit. The programs are offered across the country at universities and typically take place during the summer. All expenses for the program, except for travel, are paid by the Foundation.
Guidance Counselor Institutes
Guidance Counselor Institutes are designed to educate high school guidance counselors on how to prepare students best for pursuing a career in the insurance industry directly out of high school or through the post-secondary academic process. These Institutes are also offered at universities across the nation during the summer.
The Griffith Foundation offers multiple resources for teachers to use in the classroom, including DVDs, lesson plans, and supplemental materials free of charge to educators. Two of our most recent launches include "Risk, Responsibility, Reality" and "Insurance Curriculum in a Box."
"Risk, Responsibility, Reality: How Insurance Works" is a supplemental learning tool for high school teachers to educate students about insurance and risk management. This program is a DVD with printed supplemental materials designed to explain the basics of insurance, especially as they are relevant to high school students now and in the future, as well as help students apply them to everyday situations they can relate to. The program also promotes personal responsibility as a route to controlling risk.
Insurance Curriculum in a Box is a web-based product designed to give teachers an opportunity to educate high school students with the most current and up-to-date information on the insurance industry. It allows teachers to teach from the module that best fits their classroom schedule: 30, 60, or 120 minutes of insurance curriculum. Loaded with great information, supplemental materials, and even video clips, the Curriculum in a Box modules will allow teachers to educate their students about insurance and risk in a manner that is fun, engaging, and relevant to their everyday lives. Curriculum in a Box provides teachers with a classroom-ready product that allows them more information to share with their students and less time to have to spend preparing the lesson plans and gathering the material.
www.theiei.org was designed to be an easily navigable site for teachers to find relevant materials for the subjects they are covering. Included on the site are links to news and current events that can be tied to the classroom, resources from other educational organizations focusing on risk management and insurance, and free educational materials that can be ordered through the website. The Web site is further specialized by types of insurance, such as automobile insurance and life insurance.
WHAT WE NEED:
The Foundation strongly believes in the mission of the Jump$tart Coalition, and through the spirit of the organization, it is always looking for partners to collaborate with to further financial literacy education. It is seeking opportunities for collaboration with organizations that can enhance the organization's content and delivery of programs to high schools, community colleges and universities. We also encourage anyone who knows a teacher who currently teaches insurance, or would like to teach insurance and risk management in his or her classroom, to forward our information.
Griffith Insurance Education
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Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy