Is Gen Z Career Ready? | Webinar

Teaching Financial Literacy and Career Readiness for an Evolving Workforce

Gen Z will be entering into a professional landscape marked by automation and innovation. What does it mean to prepare students for a changing workforce?

They’re among the first to grow up with a thriving gig economy and yet their graduating peers report financial literacy as the area of greatest need. How do we bring the real world into the classroom to prepare them today?

Lauren Pingul, an EVERFI implementation manager in Illinois, sat down with Dr. Dan Zapp, Senior Director of Research, to dig into FutureSmart, an online learning programming provided by the MassMutual Foundation to help support middle school financial education in classrooms across the country. Dr. Dan shares outcomes from new research on FutureSmart. You’ll also hear from educators Gianna Gurga and Nicole Albion about how they’ve incorporated FutureSmart’s lessons to better teach financial real-world skills – everything from a grocery-shopping experience and virtual ATM activity to shark-tank style pitch competitions. Nicole also touches on actively developing interpersonal and time management skills in the classroom. Finally, you’ll hear more about parent resources to deepen financial learning at home.

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Featured Resources

FutureSmart: The resource provides financial literacy for kids in grades 6-8 and empowers them to effectively manage their finances, make sound decisions, and become financially responsible. Through a story-based narrative and interactive exercises, students learn to make real-life decisions about their personal finances, as well as achieve important goals around saving money, education and career planning, and budgeting.

Celebration Worksheet: This worksheet asks students to shop for a party on a budget. You can have this project remain theoretical, or you can turn it into an opportunity for active learning by creating your own store within your school.

FutureSmart Research Takeaways: A summary of the hypotheses, methods and outcomes of the FutureSmart research.


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