|For Immediate Release
|December 16, 2004
Governor Doyle Praises Wisconsin’s Nationally Acclaimed Teacher-Training
Program as 2005 Registration Opens
(Madison) Governor Jim Doyle said today that state residents should take
pride in an innovative Wisconsin program that has gained national prominence.
The Financial Literacy and Education Commission of the U.S. Department
of the Treasury recently cited the innovative National Institute of Financial
and Economic Literacy as a “best practice” teacher-training
program. Registration opens today for its 2005 sessions.
For the first time ever, enrollment in the three one-week courses is
open to educators from around the country as well as to those from Wisconsin.
The program—formerly known as the Wisconsin Institute of Financial
and Economic Education—shows educators how to teach their students
about personal finance and money. The need is great. A 2004 National Jump$tart
survey confirmed what many previous studies had already documented—that
students across the country lack financial savvy. The average score on
a test of their financial knowledge was 52.3 percent—an F on any
“It is a mark of distinction to have a program that serves as a
model for the rest of the nation,” said Governor Doyle. “In
2005, we will showcase to educators around the country what Wisconsin
teachers have experienced for the past four years. These sessions give
educators the tools they need to provide their students better money skills—something
they badly need.”
All three 2005 sessions will be held on the campus of Edgewood College
in Madison, Wisconsin
• Paychecks, Financial Contracts and Entrepreneurship,
June 20-24, 2005, focuses on life’s major financial transactions,
including home purchasing, car buying and entrepreneurship. Participants
also visit businesses created by Wisconsin entrepreneurs.
• Saving, Investing and Insurance, July 11-15,
2005, deals with saving, investment basics, insurance choices and associated
topics. It also includes a tour of Milwaukee’s financial district
including a luncheon at Northwestern Mutual.
• Credit and Money, August 1-5, 2005, covers
consumer credit, budgeting, monetary policy and connected topics. It
includes a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago’s Federal
Reserve Bank with an on-site luncheon at the bank.
A catalog will soon be mailed to educators detailing the programs’
content. Teachers of personal finance, family and consumer sciences, social
studies, economics, math, or business and others who want to acquire the
ability to teach about money will benefit. Superintendents, directors,
administrators and principals of high schools, middle schools, and grade
schools also benefit. Enrollment information is available on the DFI website
at www.wdfi.org or at the Wisconsin
Jump$tart website at www.wijumpstart.org.
Registration is $150 for Wisconsin educators and $500 for non-Wisconsin
educators. Registration includes lodging, meals, refreshments, all program
materials, and parking. Wisconsin educators can earn three graduate credits
per program for an additional tuition fee of $375 or a total cost of $525
per program. Non-Wisconsin educators can earn three graduate credits per
program for an additional tuition fee of $450 or a total of $950 per program.
Several generous sponsors subsidize the costs for Wisconsin participants.
To request free catalogs, contact DFI’s Teresa Walker at 608-267-1713
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the National Institute of Financial and Economic
Literacy, contact DFI’s David Mancl at 608-261-9540 or email him