Where Financial Education Takes Center Stage

In 2009, Jump$tart received a sizeable donation from Experian, with a challenge to do something different, something special.  At the time, there was no national conference dedicated to the teaching of personal finance in the classroom.  And so we knew what we needed to do.  The question was — how do we make it special?

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference was launched in November 2009, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.  Through the generosity of Experian and other supporters, we subsidized the cost for teachers to attend and we developed the agenda with guidance from our leadership and many teachers, including some from our own families.  Since 2018, the JumpstartNEC has been an all-scholarship event.  Teachers apply for registration scholarships that include six meal events and two nights in the host hotel, made possible by Jump$tart Partners and supporters.

For Classroom Teachers of Personal Finance

The Jump$tart National Educator Conference is the nation’s premier professional development event for PreK through 12th grade teachers, dedicated to financial education in the classroom.  For teachers, it is an all-scholarship event, offering tools and information they can use in their classrooms as soon as they return to school.  For Jump$tart partners and other financial literacy stakeholders, the JumpstartNEC provides a platform to share their resources and expertise with the educators who need and want it most.  And for all participants, it’s a warm and invigorating opportunity to network, collaborate, re-charge, and celebrate each other’s unique contribution to “financial smarts for students.”