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Cowin Financial Literacy Program - Online Course

October 1, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Funding will enable 250 Cowin Fellows to take this online course. Space is limited.

Teachers College, Columbia University is offering an online version of its Cowin Financial Literacy Institute. Based on an asynchronous online learning experience, the course will provide classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and other educators with classroom-ready instructional resources, strategies, and support to teach financial concepts (savings, investing, budgeting, financial planning, credit, risk, consumption, and diversification) to high school students.

A total of 250 Cowin Fellows will be admitted to the online course at no cost, thanks to the generous support of TC Trustee and alumna Joyce B. Cowin.

We encourage TC alumni, superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and assistant principals to enlist educators in their districts and schools to enroll in the program. Space is limited.

The course begins October 1, 2018 and ends November 15, 2018. Those who complete the 6-week course will receive three (3) continuing education units (CEUs) or 30 CTLE credits (30 contact hours)*

*Any attendee who is taking this course for CTLE credit for NY State must enter their name exactly as it appears on the TEACH website in accordance with NYSED requirements.

WHY ATTEND

Learn to use the case-study method to teach your students financial literacy. Engage them as problem solvers in some of the most compelling dramas and dilemmas of personal money management.

The Cowin Financial Literacy Program online course offers:

  • Instructional tools and resources for teachers to guide and support students in resolving financial dilemmas
  • Thirty hours of continuing education, equaling (in most districts) three (3) professional development hours/continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Renowned TC faculty, instructors, and expert guest lecturers
  • Explicit connections to national and local standards and the Common Core
  • Eligibility to receive a certificate in financial literacy from W!SE (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy

Cost: This online course is underwritten by a generous grant from Joyce B. Cowin, a Teachers College trustee and alumna.

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  • Learn how to use the case study method and the real-world dilemmas of managing money to teach financial literacy in your classroom
  • Discuss your work with fellow teachers, course instructors, and noted financial literacy experts
  • Connect the cases to the larger economic, political, and social issues your students face as citizens, voters, and taxpayers
  • Get access to a wide range of engaging, classroom-ready resources, including political cartoons, videos, and news articles
  • Teach a case, and use the feedback of the course instructors and your colleagues to integrate the power of real-world problem solving into your financial literacy classroom

The online course will be taught by faculty and instructors led by Anand Marri, Associate Professor of Social Studies & Education and lead architect of the Cowin program, who serves as Vice President and Head of Outreach & Education at the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

The course will be based on the program’s original case studies to teach essential financial concepts, such as savings, investing, budgeting, financial planning, credit, risk, consumption, and diversification. Students will read studies that illustrate specific financial concepts and get an in-depth understanding of the case study approach, as well as of the cases themselves, from additional resources that will include supplemental readings, videotaped lectures, live-streamed video discussions and expert responses to the cases.

What is the cost of registration and/or tuition for the Cowin online course?

Thanks to the generous support of TC Trustee and alumna Joyce B. Cowin, a total of 250 Cowin Fellows will be admitted to take the online course at no cost. Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate from Teachers College documenting that they have completed thirty (30) hours of continuing education and, in most school districts, will be eligible to receive three continuing education units (CEUs). Participants who pass the certification exam offered by W!SE (Working in Support of Education) will receive the WISE financial literacy certification.

Is there a fee for taking the W!SE certification exam?

No. The fee is waived for course participants.

Can teachers earn professional development credits for attending the Summer Institute?

Yes. Participants who successfully complete the course can earn three (3) continuing education units (CEUs) or 30 CTLE credits (30 contact hours)*

*Any attendee who is taking this course for CTLE credit for NY State must enter their name exactly as it appears on the TEACH website in accordance with NYSED requirements.

What type of assignments and homework will this course require?

In order to be eligible for district–awarded continuing education units (CEUs), course participants should be prepared to spend approximately three hours per week on coursework. Coursework will include a combination of reading assignments, online discussion/forums and homework.

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