Dear friends and colleagues,
I'm writing to tell you about an important initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education called the National Financial Capability Challenge, which runs from March 7 through April 8, 2011. The Challenge is a free, voluntary, online series of financial questions for high school students to check their knowledge of earning, spending, saving, borrowing, risk protection, and more.
All high school educators are encouraged to sign up for free at challenge.treas.gov to administer the Challenge to their students, and to help spread the word to other high school educators across the nation. As educators, it is critically important to use this opportunity to help prepare our students for financial independence!
- It's quick. It takes only about 30 minutes to administer the Challenge online, but the lessons your students will learn in preparing will last a lifetime.
- It's easy. Comprehensive lesson plans and sample questions are available in the online Educator Toolkit to help you prepare your students for the Challenge.
- It's rewarding. Educators and top-scoring students in each school will earn personalized award certificates and states with the highest participation will also be recognized.
- Any high school educator can do it. All high school educators, not just math and personal finance educators, from all types of school systems – public, private, parochial, and home schooling – are encouraged to register their students to participate. Youth group leaders who have a role in educating high school students are also welcome to participate. The website also provides tools you can use to easily spread the word about the Challenge, including:
- Content you can email to other educators,
- A flier with all the details for you to attach to your email or post in the teachers' lounge,
- Content you can submit for publication in your district's newsletter,
- Content you can post on websites, blogs, and other online sites.
Please don’t delay! Register today at www.challenge.treas.gov. Your students’ financial futures depend on you!