Mike Oliver

Empowering Financial Literacy Overview:

  • EVERFI’s free K-12 resources & support contributed to the fulfillment of Chicago Public Schools’ graduation requirement.
  • EVERFI provided personal finance teachers in 155 Chicago schools with training & 24/7 support.
  • The 21,000 students utilizing EVERFI’s personal finance resources achieved average learning gains of 22-53%, establishing enduring foundational knowledge and skills.

When the nation’s fourth-largest school district needed to ensure that its teachers had the resources and training necessary to fulfill the district’s personal finance graduation requirement, Chicago Public Schools called on EVERFI.

EVERFI in Chicago Public Schools

Approach – A strategy rooted in collaboration with Chicago public schools

Working with the district’s Financial Education Specialist, EVERFI’s District Support team aligned its 15 free personal finance resources to Chicago’s curriculum maps providing teachers with creative and engaging supplemental lessons.

Through regular communication and data reporting, EVERFI provided CPS with updates on usage and impact, teacher trainings, exclusive scholarships, and events as well as newsletters to spread word about the opportunities throughout the district.
As EVERFI proved itself to be a valuable partner, Chicago Public Schools began expanding its financial literacy resources to elementary and middle schools.

Impact – Setting standards for financial literacy

The thoughtful and coordinated implementation of EVERFI’s free personal finance resources ensured that Chicago Public School teachers had the tools, training, and on-going support needed for students to meet their graduation requirements.

With average resource learning gains ranging from 22-53%, the 21,987 students that used EVERFI’s personal finance resources built a foundational knowledge and skill set sure to last a lifetime.

Strengthen Financial Literacy in Your District with EVERFI

The same resources and support that EVERFI provides Chicago Public Schools is available to all North American school districts at no cost. This is due to EVERFI’s network of local and national organizations passionate about providing schools with the resources they need to teach life skills. EVERFI’s partners cover all the costs, so districts don’t have to. Meet with your district’s support team to learn how EVERFI can support you in achieving your district’s goals.


Jonathan Filzen is a Director of K12 District Partnerships at EVERFI, working from his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a founding teacher at a Minneapolis middle school, Jonathan taught ELA & social studies in a blended learning environment. While teaching, Jonathan worked for a statewide non-profit that supports students in developing financial literacy, career, & other life skills. He’s proud to continue that work on a national level through EVERFI. Outside of work, you can find Jonathan enjoying local parks and lakes with his wife Mary, baby girl Lennix, and dog Mac. 

Mike Oliver supports EVERFI’s Districts Partnerships team as the Principal, K-12 Marketer. With a rich background spanning nearly a decade as a social studies teacher for middle and high school students, Mike’s journey led him to EVERFI. His focus is on extending nationwide the very resources that had empowered his students’ financial literacy during his teaching career.