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Truliant Hosts Professional Development Workshop

Truliant Hosts Professional Development Workshop

Release date: 6/12/2013

Truliant Hosts Professional Development for Teachers in Three Counties

Winston-Salem, N.C. (June 13, 2013) –Truliant Federal Credit Union has partnered with the National Endowment of Financial Education (NEFE) and the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) to host professional development in financial literacy workshops and provide curriculum resources for high school teachers in Forsyth, Guilford and Gaston counties.

NCCEE is a nonprofit organization that was created to promote economic education and financial literacy in classrooms across North Carolina to help students make educated and informed financial decisions. “We are pleased to partner with Truliant Federal Credit Union to present personal finance staff development sessions for the teachers of Forsyth, Guilford and Gaston counties,” stated Sandy Wheat, executive director for NCCEE. “Having partners who are committed to personal finance education allows us to provide these sessions at no cost to the school systems or teachers. By providing curricular resources and strategies, we help to insure that students receive these valuable life lessons from well-informed teachers.”

The 2012-2013 school year marked the first year that North Carolina students were required to learn personal finance skills and concepts. According to a nationwide survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and sponsored by the National Endowment of Financial Education (NEFE), most teachers feel “unprepared and ill-equipped” to teach personal finance.

The survey reports that, 89 percent of teachers say that personal finance was important to teach in schools. However, fewer than 30 percent had ever conducted a personal finance lesson and less than 20 percent of responders felt competent to teach personal finance.

“Our goal is to provide resources and training for teachers so they feel prepared to teach personal finance to students,” said Marjorie Rorie, director of community services for Truliant. “The workshops provide a great opportunity for Truliant to participate in ensuring that school students receive quality financial literacy education from confident educators that will impact their future.”

The workshop will correlate lessons in the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) to the required personal finance standards in the training sessions. During the school year, Truliant will partner with NEFE to provide all participating teachers with teacher manuals and student workbooks for their classes at no cost. Additionally, Truliant’s employee speaker’s bureau will be available for teachers to request financial expertise for their classes.

Truliant will host the following professional development training sessions and provide lunch and a panel discussion of pertinent topics for attending teachers. For more information please contact Marjorie Rorie at [email protected].

Guilford County Schools Professional Development Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
301 Washington Street, Greensboro, NC

Gaston County Schools Teaching & Learning Conference
Wednesday, August 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Gaston College, Dallas, NC

Forsyth County Professional Development Workshop August 22, 2013
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3200 Truliant Way, Winston-Salem, NC