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Wash. educators training in K-12 fin ed program
ABERDEEN, Wash. (8/26/10)--Educators statewide convened in Aberdeen, Wash., yesterday and today for teach-the-teacher training. The training aids the local school district in implementing personal finance and financial education components across its curriculum and in all grades K-12. Credit unions and banks are involved in the program, said the Washington Credit Union league. The training, a result of the state’s financial education push through its Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP), will be conducted by teachers for teachers. The Aberdeen teachers attending will take what they learn and teach other educators in the district so they may implement similar curricula in their classrooms. FEPPP is a coalition of public and private organizations, including several trade associations, community organizations, financial institutions, educators, elected and other state government officials, including regulators. The Aberdeen School District has a TwinStar CU branch at one of its high schools, the league told News Now. “We are very happy that [Aberdeen School District] Superintendent Thomas Opstad, as well as the local school principals and educators see financial education as an important component of public education,” said FEPPP Chairman and State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37). She noted the school district “has been a leader in working with community organizations … to deliver this type of education to its students. We applaud its efforts.” The training is the first step in FEPPP’s legislative charge to partner with local school districts on financial education. “With this training, FEPPP will reinforce what teachers are currently teaching and what students are currently learning with a personal finance and financial education curriculum,” said FEPPP Vice-Chairman Pam Whalley of the Washington Council of Economic Education. “It’s an each-one teach-one approach that will provide a two-way conversation about how to best educate the student,” Whalley added.
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