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Free Financial Literacy Professional Development Available

Free Financial Literacy Professional Development Available

How financially literate are you? What does that mean for your students? Research shows that students who have access to high-quality financial education have better financial outcomes as adults, resulting in less debt and a higher quality of life. 

This is why California State Superintendent Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced $1.4 million in private funding for teachers in California high schools to receive professional development courtesy of Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) to teach financial literacy. According to a NGPF report, while 70% of high school students nationwide have access to a personal finance elective or a guaranteed course, only 26% in California do.

This public-private partnership provides professional development grants to train high school teachers, enabling them to offer personal finance electives at their high schools, and a district-matching grant program for personal finance specialists. Grant funds will be used to deliver professional development workshops to increase teacher confidence to teach the course.

The first 1,000 California public high school teachers who complete 20 hours of professional development with NGPF will earn a $500 stipend. Teachers can sign up for these professional development workshops via the NGPF Certification Courses, On-Demand, and Virtual PD pages.

In addition to the NGPF curriculum currently being used by more than 4,000 California educators, other high-quality resources are listed on the CDE Grades K–12 Financial Literacy Resources webpage. Those interested to learn more can email A full recording of the webinar can be viewed on the CDE Facebook page.


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