Supporting Teachers With Integrating Financial Education – Grades 4-10
CFEE collaborated with the province of Manitoba to develop the “Building Futures in Manitoba” program to promote the integration of financial education into compulsory courses at the grades 4-10 level. The goal is to help build a foundation of financial knowledge and skills, at a young age, that students can then apply to various courses of study that they will take at the high school level.
The program was developed through an extensive consultative process that engaged a wide network of stakeholder representatives. The program created: a “Learning Framework” to establish the target learning to integrate; a “Learning Map” to identify integration points in existing curriculum; the development of lesson plans (involving pilot teachers in Manitoba) specifically to support integration; and workshops to help introduce teachers to the program. There are a great many lesson plans available to teachers to review, consider, and use as they wish. The program is available in English and French – with adaptations for the French language curriculum differences.
The Building Futures in Manitoba program has created a model that can be adapted for other provinces that are interested in integrating financial education into compulsory courses at the earlier grades.
- Utilized a unique development model that can be used for developing other resources.
- Provides an overall “Learning Framework” identifying learning targets over a range of grades and ages and spanning knowledge, skills, and behaviours.
- Provides lesson plans in a variety of subject areas to help teachers integrate financial education into their instruction.
- Rather than translation, a separate Francophone version was developed using a different development team.
- Increase the integration of financial education into grades 4-10.
- Help establish a learning foundation in the area of financial education for students to be able to use and apply at senior grades.
- Promote the professional development of teachers in terms of their confidence and ability to teach students about money and financial affairs.
- Utilize a development model that engages stakeholders from the outset to share ownership and success of the program with those who are key to achieving the project goals.
- Increase in financial instruction provided in grades 4-10.
- More students will develop basic financial knowledge and skills at younger grades to apply at more senior grades and in life.
- More teachers are engaged in providing financial education to students.
- More teachers have the confidence and capability to effectively provide financial education to students.