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Resources for Educators

Strong financial knowledge and skills are critical to future success. Help today's teens and young adults realize the importance of personal finance and the long-term effects it will have on their futures.

Thinking Money for Kids
Thinking Money for Kids is a series of interactives to help young people ages 7 to 11 get started on the path to financial literacy. The interactives answer fundamental questions about personal finance: What is money? How do I earn money? And how do I make good money decisions? Thinking Money for Kids is a collaboration between the American Library Association and the FINRA Foundation.

Con 'Em If You Can
The Foundation collaborated with Commonwealth to develop a financial entertainment game that can help your students recognize the red flags of fraud so they are better able to defend against them. Available for mobile or desktop play, Con 'Em is a unique and powerful addition to any financial literacy lesson or unit. Download the Educator's Guide to get started.

Thinking Money Documentary
"Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions" is a one-hour documentary that uses a mix of humor, on-the-street interviews, and provocative insights from innovative thinkers to explore why we spend, why we save (or don't), and how we think about money. "Thinking Money" was produced by Rocket Media Group, LLC in association with the FINRA Foundation and Maryland Public Television.

Money Math for Teens

The Foundation's "Money Math for Teens" series explores the mathematics behind personal finance concepts—all in a way that's practical and relevant to teens. The lessons have varying degrees of complexity and are suitable for students in middle and high school.

Money Basics: These lesson plans introduce the concept of opportunity costs and the importance of being financially prepared for unexpected expenses.

Introduction to Earning Interest: These lesson plans cover APR, APY and compound interest for middle and high school students.

Credit and Debt: These lesson plans cover the benefits and pitfalls of good and bad credit scores, considerations for choosing a credit card and strategies for eliminating debt.

Small Business Concepts: These lesson plans introduce students to fundamental concepts of starting and running a business.

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Smart Investing Courses

It only takes a few minutes to learn the ropes of investing. These micro-courses build investment skills in under 10 minutes each.
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Thinking Money for Kids, The Exhibition

See if the Foundation and ALA’s traveling exhibition is coming to a library near you!
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Jump$tart Clearinghouse

This online library of financial education resources—for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students—is maintained by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
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Advancing Financial Inclusion

The Foundation is working to create new understanding and relationships that address systemic wealth disparities and lead to better outcomes for communities of color and underserved communities.
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