Today I wanted to put the spotlight on a local organization that is working to push the issue of personal finance education in our schools, an issue I care strongly about. The organization is Working in Support of Education (WiSE).
WiSE has two arms. One is a national financial literacy program that trains and provides support for teachers across the country who teach personal finance in the classroom. The second works to push policy changes in an effort to spread financial literacy through schools and other vehicles.
WiSE is the New York affiliate of Jumpstart, a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources.
As a part of their financial literacy certification program, they have a blog meant for teachers who are members of the program. The blog, at www.wiseideasfortheclassroom.com, offers teachers a collection of topics and trends in the personal finance space that they can use to teach kids in their classes. And as of this month, I will be writing for them.