The quality of the instruction and the unique combination of the theatrical with personal finance subject matter is what differentiates the new Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop program. Role-play, costumes, custom-made props, skits, manipulatives and hands-on activities keep sessions lively and students engaged. “Having students participate in role-play exercises demonstrating how banks make money or how credit cards work is not only fun and different but serves to increase the overall information retention level” says Tricia Barry, Executive Director, Money School Canada, “the classroom, offering a captive audience and a structured learning environment, is a perfect setting for money lessons that are authentic and memorable”.
Top-quality instruction is provided by experienced Moneyist$ – professional, passionate and committed financial literacy educators with 10+ years in senior management roles in the financial services sector who bring in-class learning to life, dispel money myths and deliver accurate information consistently. Moneyist$ have rich knowledge and the experience to answer a wide variety of diverse student questions correctly with a level of detail that ensures understanding and improves student confidence with money matters.
The new workshop is comprehensive and robust, going well beyond current Ontario curriculum expectations, and offers significant depth in content, instructional strategies, measurement and results achieved. Student and teacher input has resulted in content that focuses on the money management aspects that junior school students, in this age range, find most challenging. In-class time is used to zero in on money management topics like savings, banking & interest, budgeting and borrowing & credit. Quantitative research has informed the areas emphasized in the financial literacy workshop. “Being able to use the Money School Canada What Kid$ Know About Money™ research findings in the development of this financial literacy workshop has been invaluable” adds Ms. Barry, “when you understand that 85% of junior school students know the difference between 'needs' and 'wants' you can then dedicate precious instructional time to other learning areas – parents have the need vs. want lesson well covered.”
The Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop delivers an increase in class average financial literacy knowledge assessment scores of 25%, after just 2.5 hours of instruction, and both students and teachers consistently assign top satisfaction ratings. The average teacher satisfaction rating of the Moneyist$ in the School™ Workshop is 9 out of a possible 10 and 100% of teachers said they felt more confident teaching their students about money matters after a Moneyist$ had visited their classroom.
There is a small fee to have a Moneyist$ visit the classroom that includes:
* 2.5 hours professional financial literacy workshop facilitation
* All in-session activity worksheets/ manipulatives for students
* Take-home information for students
* Workshop materials for classroom teachers
* Post-workshop knowledge assessment reporting.
The new Moneyist$
“At Money School Canada we view it as a privilege to be able to provide financial literacy training to young Canadians that may help to positively shape their future attitudes and behaviours toward money,” said Ms. Barry, “however the lack of funding in the public school system for co-curricular, in-class programs such as Moneyist$ in the School™ continues to be a challenge. It is our hope that parents, organizations and corporations will see the value in supporting broad access to this program for students and consider its potential as a social responsibility investment option.”
Money School Canada has been offering financial literacy workshops to young Canadians since 2009. Customized workshops are available for junior school, middle and high school grades. Money School Canada is the exclusive financial literacy educational program provider to Durham Children`s Aid Society and now offers Money Mentor$© a 90-minute high impact, interactive workshop for parents interested in information, strategies, tips and tools to help support their children, tweens and teens as they learn about money, it’s value and how to manage it well.