INNOVATE - Spring 2017 EVERFI'S K12 NEWSLETTER

Introduction

The most wonderful time of the year is here… Financial Literacy Month! If you’re looking for a way to participate, we have 21 digital lessons on financial education that you can integrate into your classroom, no matter what grade or subject you teach.

It's hard to believe, but summer vacation will also be here soon. We’re excited to officially unveil our newest course, Summer Slugger, designed to combat the summer slide for 4th & 5th graders. Check out details and learn how to get access for your school below.

Finally, in the spirit of Innovate, our featured video highlights how one Minnesota teacher creatively brought Hockey Scholar to life, no ice required.

No matter which critical skills you’re integrating into your classroom, we’re here to help you finish the school year strong. Good luck in this final stretch!

-Your EverFi Schools Team

Table of Contents

Financial Literacy Month Lessons | Scholarships | Certified Teacher Program

Summer Slugger | Educator Spotlight | Featured Video | What We’re Reading

IDEAS TO CELEBRATE FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

In support of Financial Literacy Month, EverFi is providing twenty-one (21) interactive digital lessons from Vault, FutureSmart and EverFi to schools across the U.S. at no cost. Topics include creating a budget, comparison shopping, and paying for college. Access these lessons and others on your teacher dashboard and share your plans with your network: #EverFiPowersFinEd

Check out our virtual map of Financial Literacy Month events and stories at EverFi.com/finlitmonth/

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

EverFi's $1000 College Scholarships

At the end of the Financial Literacy Month, we'll be selecting five students to receive $1,000 529 College Savings Scholarships for completing Vault, FutureSmart, or EverFi. The deadline for student entries is April 28th, so login to get your students started today!

Raise.Me Offers Scholarships for Completing EverFi

Raise.me is a site that motivates students to better prepare for higher education by helping them earn scholarship dollars from colleges for all the things that set them up to succeed - whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining extracurriculars. Raise.me is free for students and high schools and has over 225 colleges currently offering scholarship dollars, including Northeastern, ASU, Oberlin, Georgia Tech and Tulane. Through a new partnership with Raise.me, students will soon be able to earn scholarship dollars from colleges for completing the EverFi Financial Literacy Course. This will help create even more excitement about the course and build financial literacy skills that support their college readiness. Sign up to learn more about Raise.me here so you can be the first to know when the new Financial Literacy Micro-scholarship officially launches!

EverFi Certified Teacher Program Application Open

Due to overwhelming demand, we will be launching a second cohort of the EverFi Certified Teacher Program this April. If you’ve been waiting to implement EverFi until after testing season, this is a great time to apply.

  • Application window open 3/29 - 4/10
  • Acceptance emails sent out 4/17
  • Program runs 4/17 - 6/16 (flexible implementation means you can earn the micro-credential at any time during this window)

FEATURED RESOURCE: Summer Slugger

Summer break is just around the corner! While this is a great time for students to relax and unwind, it’s also a time when the skills they spent the last school year building can begin to fade away.

That’s why we developed Summer Slugger, a digital resource designed to combat the “summer slide” for 4th & 5th graders.

With the support of Major League Baseball, Summer Slugger is now available to a limited number of elementary schools across the U.S. and Canada. To request access for your school, fill out the form here.

EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT

Harriet Sanford

President & CEO of The NEA Foundation

We recently sat down with Harriet Sanford to hear about her impressive 40-year career in education, and her current work supporting public teachers and students through the NEA Foundation. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What encouragement would you give teachers who are working to integrate critical skills education into their classrooms?

My key piece of advice to educators, no matter what or whom they teach, is almost always the same: It takes “fierce” to battle your own self-doubt when you are the only one who seems to know that “good enough” is just not good enough for your students. Excellence is what you are after, and you are not going to let anything or anyone stand between your students and excellence. Bring “fierce” to the table every time. Be gentle, kind and caring with your students, but be fierce about their education.

What is the NEA Foundation and what support does it give teachers?

The NEA Foundation is an independent, 501(C)3 public charity, created, in 1969 by educators for educators, to improve public education for all students. Highlights of support for teachers include:

  • Our Grants to Educators, distributed three times each year, fund educators’ creative and innovative classroom projects designed to prepare students for college, work, and life. Last year, our grants empowered more than 6,000 educators, reaching more than 186,000 students.
  • Our Global Learning Fellowship, takes a group of educators abroad, such as on recent trip along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and other significant historical and cultural sites in Peru, as part of a year-long, cohort-based, professional development program...

FEATURED VIDEO: Bringing STEM to Life

At Valley Middle School of STEM, students jump at any opportunity to use technology during class time. Watch as Special Education Teacher Elizabeth creatively integrates a digital lesson from Hockey Scholar into a hands-on classroom experiment involving pucks, a hockey stick and angles.

Want to use Hockey Scholar STEM lessons in your classroom? Login to your teacher dashboard and click +Create Class to set up access for your students.

WHAT WE'RE READING

A curated list of education technology articles from around the Web:

1. Maybe it's time we stop glamorizing coding and start treating it like any other job.

2. Can virtual reality teach empathy? You tell us.

3. The future of equality depends on closing the digital divide.

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