|For Immediate Release
|August 04, 2009
||Contact: Charles Evenson
DFI’s National Institute to Give Educators Close-Up
View of Chicago Financial District
UW-Milwaukee Economist and WBCA “Man of the Year” Timothy O’Driscoll to Keynote Institute Closing Luncheon
(Madison) Nearly 50 educators attending DFI’s National Institute
of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL) will see firsthand the workings
of the American financial system by touring Chicago’s financial
district. The group will visit the Chicago Board of Trade to see the
trading pit in action and then stop at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
A highlight of the Chicago Fed visit will be a briefing from Jyl Dupont,
Consumer Financial Services Analyst, Division of Consumer and Community
Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She will inform
the group about resources available for educators across the country.
The August 6th trip is part of a weeklong session that shows educators
how to teach their students about personal finance. Edgewood College
of Madison will host the August 3-7 program.
The course, called Credit and Money, helps educators learn about socially
responsible consumption; budgeting and credit; and money, inflation and
how the Federal Reserve System controls inflation. Professor Bill Duddleston,
Edgewood College, serves as its academic advisor.
Timothy O’Driscoll, Director of the Center for Economic Education,
UW-Milwaukee, will keynote the program’s closing ceremony and luncheon.
Mr. O’Driscoll, also a high school baseball coach, has won the
most games of any coach in Wisconsin high school history (738). The Wisconsin
Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA) earlier this year named him as its
2009 “Man of the Year.” In addition, Mr. O’Driscoll
serves as Major League Baseball’s official scorer for Milwaukee
Brewer home games.
The NIFEL, now in its ninth year, has been designated “a best
practice for teacher training” by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
It is the only three-session, graduate-level program of its kind in the
country. According to an independent survey, NIFEL attendees reached
about 55,000 Wisconsin students the past academic year alone. It draws
attendees from around the country though the majority of its attendees
are Wisconsin educators.
DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy (OFL) takes the lead role in
producing the NIFEL. Because of its efforts in creating it and other
programs, Harvard University, earlier this year, named the OFL as one
of its “Top 50 Innovations in Government” for 2009.
For more information about the NIFEL, contact David Mancl, Director
of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy, at 608-261-9540 or email
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.