June 10, 2021
We are excited to announce that this fall, Jackson Charitable Foundation is supporting the University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative to provide 100 teachers and approximately 5,000 high school students with free access to finEDge, a semester-long financial education curriculum designed by the University of Chicago in partnership with the Magnetar Capital Foundation. Targeting teachers new to teaching financial education, this sponsorship will provide students and teachers access to the high-quality curriculum along with extensive professional development and certification for participating educators.
Who: High school educators nationwide who are new to teaching financial education can apply now for complimentary access to finEDge during the 2021–22 academic year. Local school districts and interested parents are advised to share this information immediately with high school educators who may be interested in applying.
What: finEDge is a semester-long financial education curriculum designed by educators, researchers, and curriculum developers at the University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative in partnership with the Magnetar Capital Foundation. The underlying philosophy of the program is to teach sound financial decision-making rather than simply transmit financial information and facts. The research-based curriculum is focused on developing students’ knowledge while fostering productive attitudes and behaviors around money. Simultaneously, finEDge strengthens teachers’ content knowledge and confidence by providing professional development and ongoing support. With a serious respect for the personal situation of each student, the curriculum responsibly acknowledges and addresses the range of financial learners’ realities and economic environments, including systemic barriers and inequities.
Where: Interested educators can apply online: https://bit.ly/3e8JP1f
When: Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with all 100 available sponsorships awarded to schools by August 20, 2021 for the 2021–22 academic year.