Bringing Financial Education To 1,200 Classrooms In 60 Days: What We Learned from Our DonorsChoose.org Partnership
We set a goal this spring to bring Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) activities and projects into 1,000 new classrooms throughout the U.S. Our experience leading workshops at dozens of educator conferences all over the country had demonstrated the power of trial. That is, getting educators to spend 15 minutes “trying” out our website using a Scavenger Hunt had a powerful effect as we often heard:
- “I wish I knew about you sooner.”
- “There is so much here that I can use.”
- “This will save me SOOOOO much time!”
- “Thank you for making my job so much easier.”
- “I can’t wait to use this resource with my class on Monday.”
We grappled with a big question: Who could we partner with who could act as an accelerant to get more teachers to “try” our projects and activities in as short a time period as possible? Why the urgency? When we hear stats like “20% of high school students are graduating with any personal finance education,” we know we have to do better as a country given the importance of these skills.