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And the 2013 Ohio Jump$tart Educator Scholarship goes to... 

Shea Havens-White, a business teacher at Cedarville High School, is the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Jump$tart Educator Conference Scholarship. She had a great time at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in November and sent us the following message:

"I have attended many conferences since entering the education field. It is hard to find a conference that provides resources and information that can be used immediately. The Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Washington D.C. was by far the best conference I have attended to date. The Jump$tart Coalition knows how to relate to teachers by providing us with the resources we need and treating us as an industry professional. I would recommend every teacher that incorporates financial literacy into their curriculum should attend this conference."

We'd like to thank Shea and all of the Ohio teachers who took the time to travel to Washington and attend the conference!

2012 Jump$tart National Educator Conference - A Big Success! 

By Dr. Maryanna Hamburg

This year’s conference was held in Chicago. What an energetic and beautiful place!  Jim and I checked-in at the J.W. Marriott before 1 p.m. on Friday and quickly settled into our beautiful room.  We then proceeded to “power” walk twenty blocks to the Ghirardelli shop near the Water Tower to use my $1 off coupon for a hot fudge sundae.  Believe me, it was worth the exercise.  After the sundae we strolled leisurely down Michigan Avenue, enjoying the shops, sights, and people of Chicago. 

Later we returned to the hotel and picked up our registration packets for the conference. We had a great time getting reacquainted with old friends, and meeting new ones.  We took a quick tour of the exhibit hall as the vendors were setting up. We couldn’t believe the explosion of new resources and materials for financial literacy education.

Around 6 p.m. we met the guide that would take us to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for the Welcome reception.  The finger foods were tasty and there were tons of them.  Tours of the Federal Reserve Bank’s Museum were offered after the opening speeches. We jumped at the chance to have our picture taken with a suitcase filled with $1,000,000.  The sheer volume of 1,000,000 one dollar bills in an enclosed glass cube was eye-opening.  I even created my own $100 dollar bill with my face on it.

The next morning started with a scrumptious breakfast.  The opening session began with warm welcomes from Ted Beck, Jump$tart Coalition’s chairman of the board, and Camille Busette from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Aric Bostick gave the feature presentation.  He’s an incredible motivational speaker! 

For the breakout sessions, Jim chose: Government Resources, Tech Tools for the High School Classroom, and Middle Grade Microeconomy. Government Resources shared programs and resources that teachers can utilize in the classroom.  Tech Tools for the High School Classroom offered financial education curricula and programs that allow students to make responsible financial decisions.  Middle Grade Microeconomy is a program that permits middle school students to make the same financial decisions that older adults do.

The breakout sessions I attended were: The “ABCs” of Dollars, Cents, and Smart Decisions (Elementary Grades), Tech Tools for the Classroom, and MoneySkills for Middle School.  Martha Staten was the presenter for the “ABCs” elementary grades session.  She was outstanding!  Her PowerPoint, hands-on activities, added resources, and the financially-themed literature books were all phenomenal.  Tech Tools shared many of the computer programs available for classroom use.  In the MoneySkills presentation, we were taken step-by-step through the teacher’s management of this computer program as well as its contents.

The exhibit hall was exceptional this year.  Many new programs and resources were offered to educators as well as those wonderful products that continue to stand the test of time.  Paul Nourigat, a relatively new author of financial books for students of all ages, displayed his wares.  For his teen book, If Money Could Shout, he wrote eight financially-themed stories and chose eight different illustrators to powerfully surround his works.  Mary Karges, from Moonjar, and Susan Beacham, from Money Savvy Generation, were there sharing their time-tested educational products. 

The Saturday evening reception was filled with delicious food and new-found friends.  The entertainment, KidBilly Music, enabled the audience to compose a financial song.

The two general sessions on Sunday morning were outstanding.  Susan Beachem was the moderator for Teacher Entrepreneurs.  Susan and the other entrepreneurs shared so many beneficial informational tips and suggestions for those of us who are considering starting our own business.  In the second session, Chicago Style:  The Ariel Community Academy, the academy shared its belief that children learn best by doing, and what they do in the higher grades is manage a real $20,000 financial portfolio!  We thoroughly suggest that you google The Ariel Community Academy to learn more about this innovative curriculum. We left before the closing ceremonies because we had a six-hour drive ahead of us. 

Each year the Jump$tart Educator Conference outdoes the year before in showcasing the financial materials and resources available to educators today.  We whole-heartedly suggest that you consider participating in next year’s conference.  The Jump$tart Coalition is the paramount advocate of financial literacy.  Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the cutting-edge of financial literacy education!

And the 2012 Ohio Jump$tart Educator Scholarship goes To... 

Consumer sciences teacher Lois Stoll of Columbus is the 2012 recipient of the Ohio Jump$tart Educator Conference Scholarship. She's a perfect example of the awesome teachers we have here in Ohio.

A special thanks goes to all of the wonderful teachers who took the time to attend this year's educator conference. You're helping to change the financial future of your students and Ohio. Thank you!

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference: 2009-2011 

In 2009, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy held its first National Educator Conference in Washington, DC. More than 250 classroom educators from 46 states gathered to learn about financial literacy resources and share their experiences. Ohio Jump$tart held its first statewide teacher essay contest, awarding a conference scholarship to teacher Susan Stowe.

More than 30 Jump$tart Coalition partners supported the inaugural event as sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers. Highlights of the conference included a reception at the Federal Reserve Board; luncheon speakers FDIC Chairman, Sheila Bair and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Editor, Janet Bodnar; and a formal dinner featuring a comedy performance by the National Theatre for Children.

In 2010, the second conference was held. This time 350 teachers attended. Ohio Jump$tart held its second teacher scholarship contest, this time sending teacher Patricia Benedik to Washington. Ohio also boosted its attendance from the prior year from 14 to 19.

In 2011 the third annual Jump$tart National Educator Conference was held on November 4-6, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Ohio business teacher Felicia Short was the 2011 Ohio Jump$tart Educator Conference Scholarship winner. Twelve teachers from Ohio attended.

 Ohio Teachers:  2009-2011 National Jump$tart Educator Conference

Front Row L-R: Dr. Maryanna Hamburg, Dr. James Hamburg, Judy Leininger, Lynn Hericks, Karin Moran Back Row L-R: Shunda Wright, Steve Dantzler, Felicia McMiller, Kelli Alspaugh, Julie Blackston

2009 Teacher Conference

L-R: Jason Terrell, Vickie Amerine, Susan Stowe - 2009 Educator Conference Scholarship winner

Patricia Benedik

Patricia Benedik - 2010 Educator Conference Scholarship winner

2010 Educator Conference

L-R: Jeff Montenaro, Leslie Blackston-Favors, Julie Blackston, Patricia Benedik, Monya Funderburke, Lawrence Funderburke

Maryanna and James Hamburg

Dr. Maryanna and Dr. James Hamburg - Our favorite Ph.Ds!

Felicia short, 2011 Educator Conference Scholarship Winner

Felicia Short - 2011 Educator Conference Scholarship winner

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