"After our successful conference at Wharton in Philadelphia last September, we are thrilled to extend this opportunity to promote financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among west coast educators and their students," said Mukul Pandya, executive director and editor-in-chief of Knowledge @ Wharton. "We are grateful for PwC's continued partnership and support in bringing to life this dynamic and engaging learning experience."
Together, PwC and KWHS support the infusion of financial literacy into scholastic standards such as math, social studies and English. Additionally, in recognizing the essential need among today's students to be prepared for their future, the seminar will equip attendees with PwC's financial literacy curricula to use in their classrooms and will teach attendees about the extensive financial literacy classroom resources — including lesson plans, articles and video glossary terms — that are available through KWHS.
"Most teachers understand the importance of developing critical financial skills, and they are aware of the role they play in helping to impact their students' financial well-being," said Shannon Schuyler, corporate responsibility leader of PwC US. "Unfortunately, a lack of resources and training is a very real barrier they face daily. These seminars, which are part of PwC's Earn Your Future commitment, allow us to contribute to the solution as we work to change the financial literacy aptitude of our nation's youth."
These seminars help address a major education gap by providing a professional development opportunity for all attendees to deepen their subject-matter knowledge of financial literacy. In fact, more than 90 percent of attendees at the inaugural 2012 PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility reported that they significantly or moderately increased their comfort level teaching financial literacy as a result of attending the event. At the June seminar, teachers will not only have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts but will also learn from each other through opportunities to network with peers and through a panel on best practices in teaching financial literacy, which will feature teachers from across the country.
PwC and KWHS are covering certain event costs, including transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, teaching sessions and conference materials, for all attendees selected through the online application process. PwC and KWHS plan to continue their partnership and commitment to spreading financial literacy with a third seminar this fall for educators from the Eastern portion of the United States. More information on the fall seminar at Wharton's Philadelphia campus will be available in the following months.
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