Creating Financial Literacy for Generations to Come
Registration is now open for the Cowin Financial Literacy Program’s session beginning March 15
Joyce B. Cowin
With recent headlines on the pitfalls of first-time home ownership, the impact of the new Tax Cuts and Job Act, and even the potential tax bite of winning the lottery, it’s clear that managing finances isn’t getting any easier.
Fortunately, the Cowin Financial Literacy Program, created at Teachers College, Columbia University by alumna and long-time Trustee Joyce B. Cowin (M.A. ’52), continues to train a new generation of teachers to prepare young people to be financially literate.
After witnessing the financial ruin that millions of families suffered during the 2008 economic meltdown, Cowin generously supported the launch of the program in 2012 “to teach the value of being financially literate so that no one will ever be snookered again.”
Over 1,000 educators have already benefited from the program through its Summer Institute and online course.
Based on an asynchronous online learning experience, the online course provides classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and other educators with classroom-ready instructional resources, strategies, and support to teach financial concepts (savings, investing, budgeting, financial planning, credit, risk, consumption, and diversification) to high school students. Those who take the course learn to use case-studies modeled on real-life experiences to teach students financial literacy and engage them as problem solvers in some of the most compelling dramas and dilemmas of personal money management.
Up to 250 Cowin Fellows will be admitted to this year’s online course at no cost, thanks to generous support from Cowin. The course begins on March 15th and runs through April 30th, 2019. The online course will be taught by faculty and instructors led by Anand Marri, lead architect of the Cowin Financial Literacy program and former Vice President and Head of Outreach & Education at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Those encouraged to enroll include Teachers College alumni, superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and assistant principals to enlist educators in their districts and schools to enroll in the program.
The Cowin Financial Literacy Program online course offers:
• Instructional tools and resources for teachers to guide and support students in resolving financial dilemmas
• Thirty hours of continuing education, equaling (in most districts) three (3) professional development hours/continuing education units (CEUs)
• Renowned TC faculty, instructors, and expert guest lecturers
• Explicit connections to national and local standards and the Common Core
• Eligibility to receive a certificate in financial literacy from W!SE (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy
Learn more about the Cowin Financial Literacy Program – and secure your spot today at cowinfinancialliteracy.tc.columbia.edu. #