PA Financial Literacy Education Conference | April 2, 2020 | 8:45 am-5 pm

14th Floor Auditorium and Room 1151 | Harrisburg University of Science and Technology | 326 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA

Conference Co-Chairs:
Dr. Jay Liebowitz
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance
Harrisburg University

Timothy DeFoor
Dauphin County

8:45-9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Eric Darr, President
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

9:00-9:45 am

Morning Keynote: “State of Affairs of Financial Literacy Education in the Commonwealth of PA

Representative Michael Driscoll | PA House of Representatives

Getting an education helps our young people get the tools they need to succeed in life. It should include how to responsibly handle their personal finances. I have sponsored legislation (H.B. 267) that would require personal finance instruction for every public-school student from kindergarten through their senior year of high school in the Commonwealth of PA.

9:45-10:15 am

Winners Announced of the PA Commonwealth-wide Grades 7-12 “What Does Financial Literacy Mean to Me” Contest.

10:15-10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:30-11:45 am

Hilary Hunt | Director
Making Cents Project, a cooperative effort of the PA Dept. of Education and PSU and Invited Panel of Superintendents and School Boards (Hilary Hunt, Panel Chair)

The Status of Personal Finance Education in Pennsylvania’s Public High Schools

Some states, such as Virginia and Utah, require all students to take a course in personal finance before graduation. In Pennsylvania, this decision is left to local school districts. This presentation will provide information on how many and which school districts across the commonwealth offer and/or require a course in personal finance.

Deciding to Make Personal Finance Education a Priority: A Panel Discussion

The decision to make – and keep – financial education a priority in a public school district looks different from one district to another. In this panel presentation, you’ll hear from local education decision makers about their commitments to financial education and what goes into deciding whether or not to make personal finance a requirement.

11:45-12:30 pm


12:30-1:15 pm

Afternoon Keynote, “Financial Literacy Education: Fast Lane and Research Directions”

Hallie Davis | Director of Fast Lane, Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center,
George Washington University

1:15-2:00 pm

Rebecca Maxcy | Director & Co-Principal Investigator
Magnetar Capital University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative

Making Financial Education WorkHow can we make financial education work for high school students? 

Discover what learning science can tell us about effective youth financial education and how we can turn this research into practice. Discuss approaches to help people build positive financial habits being pioneered at the University of Chicago.

2:00-2:45 pm

Tiara Booker-Dwyer | Assistant Superintendent, Division of Career and College Readiness
State of Maryland

Financial Literacy Education in the State of Maryland

2:45-3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:00-3:45 pm

Ben Martz | Dean, College of Business
Shepherd University

Michael Lynch | Assistant Professor
Shepherd University

“Financial Literacy for the Liberal Arts.”

The discussion on financial literacy has broad implications and applications across today’s liberal arts curriculum. In fact, financial literacy can be seen as a “linking pin” between the liberal arts and the business curricula. This presentation will discuss the design and implementation of the class including observations from the classroom. Additionally, the presentation highlights how one liberal arts university is using a financial literacy class to integrate across high school dual enrollment, the university core requirements, the honors program, and the business core to provide this strategic skill set for its students.

3:45-4:15 pm

Ted Daniels | President
Society for Financial Education and Professional Development

“Economic Cycles and Financial Decision-Making”

The road to economic security is discovered by increasing one’s knowledge of America’s economic cycles. This knowledge is the key to financial growth and sustainability. This workshop will cover how the Federal government’s fiscal policy and Federal Reserve Board’s monetary policy impact the American economy and individual financial decision-making. Learn how these policies work and affect your financial decision-making.

4:15-5:00 pm

Timothy DeFoor | Controller
Dauphin County

“Financial Literacy in Pennsylvania; Why it Can Happen; Why Hasn’t it Happened?”

Studies and research have shown the need and important of financial literacy being taught from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission has developed new and innovative ways to teach financial literacy to students, teachers and parents by using non-traditional classroom settings and resources. However, teaching finance literacy in Pennsylvania and getting support legislatively has been a challenge. Why?

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