April Showers Bring Financial Literacy

It's only fitting that April, the month of the income tax deadline, is also National Financial Literacy Month. This commemoration is intended to raise awareness about the importance of personal finance education. Here at the Atlanta Fed, we deliver programs year-round that promote both financial and economic education. To mark this occasion, we'd like to share some new resources and information about upcoming events.

Interactive lessons to teach financial preparedness

We have updated our financial preparedness curriculum, Katrina's Classroom, to incorporate more hands-on interactive lessons and activities. Use these resources to teach about decision making, goal setting, banking basics, credit, and the importance of developing human capital. The lessons incorporate newer banking options such as online and mobile banking. Our infographic—"Why Develop Human Capital?"—can help your students see the strong connection between their education level and their earning potential. In addition, we recently added a project-based learning curriculum designed to help students practice the key personal finance skills needed to succeed financially. Teachers can choose to assign individual components or the entire project.

Go to our website to check them out.

Teacher workshops and webinars

Consider joining us for one of our new workshops—or, if you can't join us in person, attend one of our webinars. We've designed these programs to showcase new interactive classroom-ready lessons, activities, and materials that have been developed throughout the Federal Reserve System.  You'll leave equipped to help your students navigate age-appropriate personal financial decisions.  

Click here to check out our calendar of upcoming events.  

Money Smart Week 2015

On April 20, the Atlanta Fed, partner of the Get Money Smart Atlanta collaborative, will host the Greater Atlanta Money Smart Week kickoff luncheon and awards ceremony for the Money Smart Kid essay contest. Throughout the week of April 18-25, partner organizations will conduct a variety of events to promote financial literacy for all ages. Search the calendar of events to find a program in your area, and get updates from the Metro Atlanta website.

Related resources K–12

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday (St. Louis Fed)

"Beware," an infographic about alternative financial services (St. Louis Fed)

Building Wealth in the Classroom (Dallas Fed)

"College 101," an infographic (St. Louis Fed)

Econ Lowdown Online Learning Module (St. Louis Fed)

Effectiveness of State Financial Education Mandates (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA)

Financial Fables (Kansas City Fed)

Invest in What's Next (Richmond and San Francisco Feds)

Major Financial Decisions (Richmond Fed)

My Money (Richmond Fed)

Personal Finance 101 Conversations (St. Louis Fed)