Are you new to teaching personal finance concepts to high schools students? Are you looking for a complete and comprehensive curriculum solution to help you teach your students? Here are a few resources you may want to look at to help you succeed in the classroom:
NGPF: Next Gen Personal Finance
Next Gen Personal Finance, a non-profit, partners with educators (grades 6-12) to provide free, engaging and up-to-date curriculum with best-in-class professional development opportunities.
NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education) High School Financial Planning Program: FREE
NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) is a free turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of teens in Grades 8-12.
PWC’s Earn Your Future Curriculum (created with Knowledge@Wharton High School): FREE
A key component of PWC’s Earn Your Future commitment is our Earn Your Future Curriculum. The curriculum is composed of easy-to-follow lesson plans accompanied by interactive handouts.
University of Arizona’s Take Charge Today curriculum: FREE
Take Charge Today – A program and curriculum with a decision-based approach to personal finance. Formerly Family Economics & Financial Education, Take Charge Today provides a consistent framework for thinking through financial choices in order to improve well-being.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Money Smart for Young Adults Curriculum: FREE
The FDIC’s new Money Smart for Young People series features four free age-appropriate curriculums that are designed to promote financial understanding in young people. Money Smart for Young People curricula are available for:
– Grades Pre-K-2
– Grades 3-5
– Grades 6-8
– Grades 9-12
Vanguard’s My Classroom Economy Curriculum: FREE
My Classroom Economy enables any educator to teach children financial responsibility through fun, experiential learning. It’s a simple classroom economic system based on the idea that students need to earn school “dollars” so that they can rent their own desks.
Visa’s Practical Money Skills for Life Lessons: FREE
Our dynamic financial literacy curriculum for 9 – 12 graders features engaging design, student-centered activities, research projects, discussion points, and tools and resources–all designed to engage students in learning the personal finance skills they need to succeed in life after high school. Educators can use the 22 free, standards-aligned lessons in sequence or on an individual basis.
Banzai web based tool: FREE
Banzai allows you to teach real-world financial literacy, for free. It can be difficult to find useful and engaging programs to use in your classroom, especially when budgets don’t allow for it. Here’s a fresh idea: meaningful content using real-life scenarios that engages teenagers and doesn’t cost a dime. That’s Banzai.
Bank of America/Khan Academy Better Money Habits Videos, (note this is not complete curriculum): FREE
BetterMoneyHabits.com™ is a free service that enables everyone to understand finances through objective and unbiased videos and tools. We want to ensure all consumers have access to all the information and resources you need to have informed conversations with your financial institution and make the best decisions for your situation. The content is based on what you tell us is important.
Federal Reserve System of classroom resources (note this is not a complete curriculum): FREE
– Classroom Presentations
– Macroeconomic Infographics
– Get Smart About Credit Day
– Entrepreneur Speaker Series
Council for Economic Education’s Financial Fitness for Life (Grades 9-12)
The Grades 9-12 Teacher Guide was designed to be used with Financial Fitness for Life’s student workbooks to teach personal finance. You will measure your students’ progress in four themes of personal finance: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Between these four themes there are 22 lessons, each focusing on a different topic and ranging in length from one 45-minute period to a week’s worth of classroom experience.
Junior Achievement (you usually need to find a corporate sponsor/partner)
Our volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 218,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global marketplace.
Glencoe Business and Personal Finance: Textbook (McGraw-Hill)
Glencoe’s NEW Business and Personal Finance is the market leading financial literacy textbook, and is now also available digitally on McGraw-Hill’s exclusive Connect and Connect Plus platforms.
Personal Finance by Jack Kapoor: Textbook (McGraw-Hill)
The journey to financial freedom starts here! Kapoor/Dlabay/Hughes’ market-leading Personal Finance provides practical guidance on how students can achieve peace of mind with regard to their financial situation. It provides many financial planning tools to help students identify and evaluate choices as well as understand the consequences of decisions in terms of opportunity costs. And now, McGraw-Hill’s adaptive learning component, LearnSmart, provides assignable modules that help students master chapter core concepts and come to class more prepared. In addition, resources within Connect help students solve financial problems and apply what they’ve learned. Kapoor’s practical resources, comprehensive coverage, and superior pedagogy combine with a complete digital solution to help students achieve higher outcomes in the course.
Personal Financial Literacy by Madura: Textbook (Pearson)
Personal Financial Literacy takes the essential principles of personal finance, as defined by national standards, and makes them accessible and applicable to today’s students. The clear presentation and flexibility make Personal Financial Literacy the ideal resource for any type of class structure.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Youth Financial Education Curriculum Review Tool
The Curriculum Review Tool is designed to help you review and compare financial education curricula across four key dimensions: curriculum content, curriculum utility, curriculum quality, and curriculum efficacy. Learn more about this new resource and how it can help you select the most promising and appropriate curricula for your classroom.
FoolProof’s Financial Literacy Curriculum
FoolProof’s Financial Literacy Curriculum is free, web-driven, highly interactive, and self-grading. Their middle school and high school curriculum was developed with input from teachers, students, and consumer advocates, not with input from marketers.