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MA Financial Education Fairs: Best Practices & Professional Development

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John W. McCormack Building

1 Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

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The Financial Education Innovation Fund is pleased to present a Best Practices and Teacher Training Session to support grantees in their effort to improve student learning outcomes.

This convening is hosted by the Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Banks.

This day was specifically designed for:

  • Financial education or “Credit for Life” fair coordinators
  • Classroom educators who teach personal finance as a course or incorporate it into any subject matter in high school.

Your registration includes light refreshments.

Best Practices

The first half of the day will broaden knowledge by providing access to new ideas and strategies through a round table discussion to learn from peers.Attendees can learn about and try new fair planning strategies and educational resources for their students. Time will be allotted to network with fair coordinators and education colleagues from across the Commonwealth.

This session will address the following topics:

  • Innovative approaches related to student engagement, activities, outcomes
  • Solutions to common planning or implementation challenges
  • Best practices for personal finance education materials

Professional Development

The second half of the day features the session titled:

High School Teacher Preparation for Student College and Career Readiness Using Virtual Economics 4.5.

Utilizing Council on Economic Education’s Virtual Economics 4.5, Center for Economic Education faculty will provide attendees with resources to prepare their high schools students for the financial decisions they will face entering college or the workforce. This session will address the following topics:

  • Building human capital and understanding factors that can influence career or job choice, as well as the technological skills needed in the workplace.
  • Calculating the cost and benefits of various kinds of post-secondary education and entering the workforce.
  • Understanding the hidden costs of college.
  • Understanding debt and calculating compound interest.
  • Financial aid: Understanding the difference between a grant, a scholarship and loan, as well as the costs and benefits of each.

MCEE has offered to provide a Virtual Economics Version 4.5 USB Flash Drives

These will be provided to an affiliated school of a select number of individuals that register first for this program. Supplies are limited for the flash drive, so register today! The flash drive is an interactive tool that will help educators understand important concepts in economics and personal finance and find the right lessons to teach students at any grade level. You can search a database of over 1,400 lessons by grade level, concept, national standards or state standards. It will allow you to view and print the lessons you want. The curriculum is aligned to national standards in English and Math, and with CEE's Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics and the National Standards for Financial Literacy


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Address: One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02108

One Ashburton Place, also known as the John W. McCormack Building, is located adjacent to the eastern

side of the Massachusetts State House, between Bowdoin and Somerset Streets.

Driving Directions:

By car from the North

Take Interstate 93 SOUTH to Exit 26, Storrow Drive and North Station. Stay in the LEFT lane and follow

signs to Storrow Drive. Once out of the tunnel stay in LEFT lane and take the first exit on the LEFT towards Government Center and Kendall Square. At the end of the exit ramp, go straight across under the Red Line tracks following signs to Government Center which bears to the left onto Cambridge Street. At the seventh light (a little under a half a mile) turn right onto Somerset Street. Somerset Street turns onto Ashburton Place at the top of the hill. One Ashburton Place will be on the RIGHT.

By car from the South

Take Interstate 93 NORTH. Take

Exit 23, Government Center. Stay in the LEFT lane of the exit ramp and turn left at the first light onto North Street. Go straight through one set of lights. At the second set of lights, turn LEFT onto Congress Street. At the first intersection turn RIGHT onto State Street. State Street turns into Court Street. Turn LEFT onto Tremont Street. At the first light turn RIGHT onto Beacon Street. Turn RIGHT onto Somerset Street. Turn LEFT onto Ashburton Place. One Ashburton Place will be on the RIGHT.

By car from the West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) EAST through the Boston tolls. Take Exit 22, Copley Square/Prudential. Stay in the RIGHT lane and follow the signs for Copley Square. This will lead you to Stuart Street. Continue straight through five lights. At the sixth light, turn LEFT on Charles Street South.Continue through two traffic lights passing by Boston Common. At the third light, make a RIGHT onBeacon Street. The State House will be on your LEFT. Take the second LEFT after the State House ontoSomerset Street. Turn LEFT onto Ashburton Place. One Ashburton Place will be on the RIGHT.

Public Transit Directions:

One Ashburton Place is accessible by all MBTA subway and commuter rail lines, as well as many bus routes.

The closest MBTA stations are:

  • Green Line:Government Center, Park Street
  • Red Line:Park Street, Downtown Crossing
  • Orange Line:State, Downtown Crossing
  • Blue Line:Bowdoin, Government Center, State

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1 Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

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