Magazine article Regional Economist

St. Louis Fed's Free Resources on Personal Finance and Economics Grow in Popularity

Magazine article Regional Economist

St. Louis Fed's Free Resources on Personal Finance and Economics Grow in Popularity

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April is National Financial Literacy Month, a good time for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to remind teachers and others of the many educational resources it has offered for years, first on paper and now online, too, all at no charge.

In 2011, the St. Louis Fed began providing economic and financial education materials online for use in the full range of classrooms-from kindergarten through college. That year, Bank economic education staff developed 23 online courses. Today, the Bank has 43 online courses (17 of which are available in Spanish), 70 videos and 123 lessons. Many lessons have complementary activities for interactive whiteboards.

The subject matter includes personal finance topics, such as credit, budgeting and saving; also covered are economic topics, such as supply and demand, opportunity cost, comparative advantage, and present value. The online courses allow teachers to enroll their students, who can then take the pre- and post-tests and receive grades from the program. This system allows teachers to track student progress and address any areas of concern.

The Bank's educational materials are specifically designed to be used in economics, personal finance, history, civics, mathematics or language arts classes and are aligned with national standards in those fields. All materials also align with the Common Core State Standards. All materials are free.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis also cooperates with the Federal Reserve banks of Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia to administer an online professional development program for educators. …

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