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For Immediate Release
December 06, 2006 Contact: Charles Evenson

Secretary Heinemann Urges Wisconsin Educators to Enroll in Acclaimed Teaching-Training Program as Doors Open for 2007

Shows Educators How to Teach Their Students about Money

(Madison) DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann today urged state educators to enroll early in the 2007 National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL). The nationally renowned, Wisconsin-based program has been designated “a recognized best practice for teacher training” by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission of the United States Department of the Treasury. It will offer programs during June, July and August.

“Last year each session was full by mid-February,” said Secretary Heinemann. “We expect higher demand this year following the successful statewide Money Smart Week WisconsinTM campaign. It increased awareness of the need for improved financial literacy. Educators can get everything they need at these programs—financial content, resources and teaching strategies—to give their students money skills for life.”

NIFEL is the only program of its kind in the country to offer three distinct, one-week sessions that focus on how to teach different aspects of personal finance. DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy created the curriculum and takes the lead role in producing the Institute.

The three 2007 sessions will be held on the campus of Edgewood College in Madison.

  • Paychecks, Financial Contracts and Entrepreneurship—June 18-22, 2007.
  • Investor Education, Economics and Insurance—July 9-13, 2007.
  • Credit and Money—July 30-August 3, 2007

A catalog will soon be mailed to educators detailing each program’s content. Any educator at the middle- or high-school level involved in teaching students about money and personal finance benefits as can administrators such as superintendents, directors and principals. Enrollment information is available on the DFI website at:

The registration fee of $150 per program includes lodging, meals, refreshments, program materials and parking. Three reduced-rate graduate credits per program also are available for a cost of $375 total for all three credits. Major sponsors subsidize program costs.

For more information, contact David Mancl, Director of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy at 608-261-9540. Or email him at