Maine DOE promotes financial literacy education resources

As part of its ongoing efforts to support financial literacy education, the Maine DOE is encouraging educators to save the date for the 6th Annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference on May 1 in Bangor.

Fee waivers and substitute teacher reimbursements are available for the conference, which is hosted by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, recently named by the National Jump$tart Coalition as the 2014 State Coalition of the Year.

For more information, visit the Maine Jump$tart Coalition’s website.

As a result of LD 184, An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students, Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA Section 254, Sub-section 13 was enacted and encourages school administrative units to implement an integrated model for personal finance. Each school administrative unit determines whether to teach financial literacy as a separate course or to integrate it with other courses. Districts may provide students with multiple pathways and opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement of standards. In other words, it is acceptable for personal finance to be taught through a course other than social studies. A list of suggested financial literacy resources that can help teachers integrate financial literacy instruction in the classroom is available here on the Maine DOE’s social studies web page.

For more information or technical assistance about financial literacy education, please contact Maine DOE Social Studies Specialist Kristie Littlefield at kristie.littlefield@maine.gov or 624-6828.

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