New Mexico

2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference

As the nation’s leading advocate for youth financial literacy, the Jump$tart Coalition® will proudly conduct its annual conference devoted specifically to PreK-12 classroom teachers of personal finance next November.  This conference offers classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try educational resources to integrate immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative workshops under three different strands—advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.

Save the Date for 2017: November 3 -5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Registration opens in September.

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June 7, 2017 Financial Foundations Teacher Workshop sponsored by Fidelity Investments


Money Smart Week - 2017

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordination effort of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.

When is Money Smart Week?

Money Smart Week will be held from April 22nd - 29th, 2017!

How did Money Smart Week start?

Since 2001, organizations have partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to present Money Smart financial literacy programs. What started as the annual Money Smart Week each spring has blossomed into educational programming throughout the year at various locations across the country.

What are some topics that will be discussed?

Money Smart partners include community groups, financial institutions, government departments and schools; all present educational activities to promote financial awareness.

Topics include: Budgeting, understanding credit and much more.




National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools - New Mexico - Grade "C"

Excerpt from National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, page 21 (Full report posted - On left sidebar, go to About Us, Downloads)

•   Does not include personal finance topics in the state’s educational standards. (Source: CEE Survey)

    •    No personal finance requirement, although personal finance may be taught at certain schools as an elective. (Source: Jump$tart Survey)

    •   New Mexico (law passed in 2007) requires a personal finance elective course be offered in high school, but does not require that students take the course. (Source: NCSL Summaries)

    •   New Mexico also allows a financial literacy course to be counted as one of the four math units required for high school graduation. (Source: NCSL Summaries and independent research; also see: http://ped. GraduationFAQ2011.pdf )

Note: The CEE Survey and the Jump$tart Survey do not indicate that New Mexico high schools are required  to offer personal finance instruction

in an elective. The grade is based on the NCSL Summaries and additional research.

Look for the NM Chapter, Jump$tart Coalition at the Albuquerque Public School's 2015 ACE Conference at the Isleta Resort, July 30 and July 31.


Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, New Mexico Chapter, brings Financial Football financial education video game to New Mexico to help students score financial takedowns.  This free educational video game and classroom curriculum, was developed by Visa Inc. and is co-branded with the NFL. 

Available online, at



Free Teachers Workshop - Friday September 23, 2011 7:30 AM - 1 PM

CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE, Albquerque, NM

NOTICE: Updated Address as of 11/17/2009: PO Box 25863, Albuquerque, NM 87125

NM JumpStart Coalition Resource Guide available - see About Us/Downloads

New Mexico HB53 - see About Us/Downloads; NM HB53 allows credit for financial literacy class as long as it meets math standards


New Mexico HB 53 allows Financial Literacy as a School Math Requirement; See About Us/Downloads for summary information

New Mexico HB 1205, Financial Literacy as an Elective is now available. Go to About Us/Downloads.

Thanks for the tremendous response for the Albuquerque Teachers' Workshop on April 30, 2009 and the Las Cruces Teachers' Workshop on January 29, 2010.

Here are a few of the comments we received:

Thank you for the dynamic workshop!

Bill Tiwald,

Highland High School Teacher

Dear Stacee, Jennifer and All Who Put this Together,

I am so glad to see that the Financial Literacy Program has been resurrected. I am working with Alternative Licensure Teachers and I feel they need this type of program, especially in Charter schools and Private schools. Two of the teachers I have been working with did attend the workshops and were quite impressed and now saw what I had stressed about teaching Consumerism. This can also be worked in with Career Readiness, as well as math, economics, social studies to name a few.

I will be sharing the information of where teachers can get resources and curriculums. Will you be doing another workshop in the Albuquerque area again in the near future? Marjorie Gillespie, from the State Department is the person who gave me the information to attend this workshop, since she knew of my program. I am also on a Charter School Board and will be sharing this information with them.

Great Job! Again Thanks!

Carmen J. Pennington

Thank you for a great workshop. Inspiring, informative and quick-moving. A well run and designed program. Thanks, Fred Barnett, Cibola H.S., Albuquerque

It was an AWESOME workshop! Thank you for helping to organize it!


Thank you for hosting the workshop! It was great.

Linda Heckes

It was great and inspiring!!

maria barcelona


Each half-day conference will target middle and high school teachers providing them with resources and tools to help build financial awareness and education in their classrooms.

Presenters include:

Wells Fargo,

Central New Mexico Community College

Focus Foundation

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union

Junior Achievement

New Mexico State University

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch

and others


Working together we can improve the financial literacy of New Mexico's youth and young adults.

If you're involved with or concerned about students learning how to handle money successfully - you've come to the right place.

The New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization with over 15 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of New Mexico's youth and young adults.

New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition's goals:

  • Raising awareness of personal financial literacy
  • Enhancing professional development of New Mexico educators on financial literacy issues
  • To increase personal financial eduation in schools, homes and community organizations
  • To create a statewide clearinghouse for financial literacy education resources

The New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit their website at