Conference focuses on financial literacy for urban students

October2013conferenceLatoya Goree and Patricia Palmer, Ed.D., program director and curriculum consultant, respectively, at the UMKC School of Education’s Center for Economic Education were among the presenters at the Council for Economic Education Annual Conference—the 52nd annual—in Baltimore, Md., in October.  More than 575 individuals, including nearly 300 K-12 educators, discussed cutting-edge topics in economics and financial literacy.

Goree presented an overview of the pilot after-school program, Never Too Young:  Personal Finance for Young Learners, which provided 12 45-minute lessons for students in grades K-5 in economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance.  Never Too Young was piloted in nine schools in the Kansas City, Mo. metropolitan area from January-May 2013 reaching 135 students.  This year, with support from the Cloud L. Cray Foundation, the program has expanded to 23 sites.

Palmer, and members of the Urban Economic and Financal Literacy Leadership Team, discussed their collaborative work in Kansas City’s urban school districts.   The Team unites curriculum leaders from urban districts of Kansas City, Missouri, to collaborate on the common challenges for including economic and financial literacy in the K-12 curriculum and continually works to review the curricula for relevance to the lives of urban students.

More information is available from the Center for Economic Education at 816-235-2254.