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Resources for Teachers

We offer professional development opportunities—at no cost to you—and bring critical financial education to Tennessee youth.

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Become a financial education champion for your students, your school, your state!

As a teacher or administrator in Tennessee, you already know the value of a quality education in a child's life.

Learn to incorporate financial literacy in your classroom

The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission offers three financial education resources FREE to Tennessee educators (grades K-8):

  • Training in the nationally-recognized Financial Fitness for Life® curriculum developed by the Council for Economic Education
  • Quick access to the Vault-Understanding Money online interactive platform
  • In-Service Trainings provide schools and districts with the My Classroom Economy behavioral management program

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"Children are the future of our state."

"As a director of schools, superintendent, administrator or teacher, I ask you to take a moment to view this short video about free teacher training in financial literacy available from the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. The program will be a life-changing experience for you and your students."

- Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr.

Attend a Virtual Training Summit

The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission is excited to announce a new season of 60-minute financial literacy training sessions for educators, provided virtually through webinar!

This series of webinars is designed to give you the tools to prepare your students for navigating life’s financial milestones and contribute to their long-term success. Our webinar series includes:

  • Training in the nationally-recognized Financial Fitness for Life® curriculum and a set of classroom materials for the first 50 teachers who register for the FFFL session
  • An introduction to the newly redesigned Vault - Understanding Money program for elementary and middle school students
  • An overview of the My Classroom Economy behavioral management program with the additional opportunity to participate in our in-depth Masterclass series. Masterclass participants who attend three out of four sessions will receive an additional $100 Amazon gift card.
  • A guide to the Financial Empowerment Resource Library, a set of online learning modules for teens and adults combined with a special presentation by a RetireReadyTN representative - an opportunity to learn more about steps you can take toward your retirement planning
  • An overview of the Next Gen Personal Finance curriculum for middle school with the opportunity to participate in our lesson plan challenge (for an additional $50 Amazon gift card!)
  • An introduction to the Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk program, a partnership with the Tennessee State Museum
  • And new this year, an overview of the $martPath program for grades K-8, an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for teachers to embed relevant and fun financial education in their classrooms

**Certificate of completion available for each session attended**

Participants who attend three webinars will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Participants must attend three different webinar presentations (e.g. one Financial Fitness for Life, one Vault - Understanding Money, and one Financial Empowerment Resource Library session) to be eligible to receive the gift card.

Our financial literacy webinar series will explore the following TNFLC resources:

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Financial Fitness for Life

(for grades K-8)

Educators who attend this webinar will receive training in the nationally recognized Financial Fitness for Life curriculum developed by the Council for Economic Education and a free set of materials for your classroom (for the first 50 teachers who register). The Financial Fitness for Life curriculum is designed to be easily integrated into your existing elementary and middle school classroom instruction.

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Vault - Understanding Money

(for grades 3-8)

The newly redesigned Vault – Understanding Money is an interactive online learning course that introduces financial education skills early in a child’s cognitive development. Through an investment made by the Commission, schools across the state can offer this resource to their students at no charge.

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My Classroom Economy

(for grades K-8)

The My Classroom Economy program is a uniquely innovative classroom behavioral management program designed to instill basic financial responsibility and teach the value of delayed gratification. Classroom educators of all subject matters will enjoy the inherent behavioral and motivational impact of the program, while students will be forever grateful for the real-life financial understanding and capability acquired through this experiential-learning based program. Educators who attend this webinar will also have the opportunity to participate in our My Classroom Economy Masterclass series.

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Financial Empowerment Resource Library

(for teens and adult learners)

The Financial Empowerment Resource Library provides adult learners, including Tennessee teachers, with online access to a series of short, interactive learning modules covering topics from building emergency savings, to retirement 101, to financing higher education. At the conclusion of this session, enjoy a special presentation by a RetireReadyTN representative about the state’s retirement plan and steps you can take toward your retirement planning.

Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk

Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk

(for grades K-2)

Educators who attend this webinar will receive an overview of the Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk program, a partnership with the Tennessee State Museum. The Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk is designed to introduce hands-on financial literacy learning activities combined with Tennessee history. These lessons align with Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Next Gen Personal Finance middle school curriculum

Next Gen Personal Finance

(for middle school educators)

Educators who attend this webinar will receive an overview of Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) middle school curriculum, designed to help your students build core personal finance skills and learn real-world strategies they can use to build a successful financial future. Join this webinar presentation to get an overview of the fully customizable 9-unit course benefitting students around the country. Educators who attend this webinar will also be invited to participate in our NextGen lesson plan challenge, which comes with an opportunity to receive an additional $50 Amazon gift card!

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$martPath

(for grades K-8)

$martPath is an engaging, interactive and easy-to-use way for elementary and middle school teachers to embed relevant and fun economic and financial education in their classrooms. $martPath units teach students about personal financial responsibility (such as saving, prudent spending, and prioritizing needs and wants) through grade-appropriate, curriculum-aligned, interactive lessons. Educators who attend this webinar will have the additional opportunity to participate in our semester-long $martPath pilot program for a cohort of 30 teachers.

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Upcoming Financial Literacy Training Webinars

All webinars are provided free for educators. Certificate of completion available for each session attended.

Date and Time Session Topic Registration
July 28, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
My Classroom Economy Register Now
August 5, 2021
8:00 a.m. CT/9:00 a.m. ET
NextGen Personal Finance for Middle School Register Now
August 5, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
NextGen Personal Finance for Middle School Register Now
August 11, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
$martPath Register Now
August 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET
$martPath Register Now
August 31, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
Vault - Understanding Money Register Now
September 8, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
Financial Empowerment Resource Library & RetireReadyTN Register Now
September 15, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
Financial Fitness for Life Register Now
September 18, 2021
9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET
Financial Fitness for Life Register Now
September 21, 2021
3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET
Financial Literacy Traveling Trunk Register Now
October 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET
Financial Empowerment Resource Library & RetireReadyTN Register Now
October 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET
Vault - Understanding Money Register Now

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 Ready to make an immediate impact? Set up your classroom on Vault!

The Tennessee Treasury's Vault interactive challenge empowers students in grades 3-8 to make responsible money choices and grasp critical financial concepts in income, careers, planning, credit, borrowing, insurance, safety, savings, investing, and more!

Drive your students’ interest and success in financial education with this educational and fun series

To begin, you will need a registration code. Obtain yours by one of the options below.

Option 1: Set up your classroom

To register your school or classroom, and obtain a custom registration code for your students, please contact Bill Parker, Director of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, at (615) 532-5892 or tn.flc@tn.gov.


Option 2: Use a generic code to begin playing now

To play the Vault game with a generic registration code (no credit or tracking), enter the following code when prompted: ae06101e

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Got your registration code?

Once you have your registration code, you're ready to enter the Vault! Click the launch button below to login.

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New for 2018: My Classroom Economy!

My Classroom Economy is a behavioral management program that enables any classroom educator, regardless of subject matter, to teach children financial responsibility through experiential learning. It helps motivate students and empower teachers without placing additional requirements on them during lesson time. My Classroom Economy is created and offered by The Vanguard Group. Inc. 


Tennessee is the first in the nation to launch this program statewide!

To set up a training for My Classroom Economy in your school, contact Bill Parker, Director of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, at (615) 532-5892 or tn.flc@tn.gov.

Star Photo/Abby Morris-Frye Tennessee Treasurer David Lillard visited Elizabethton Monday morning to kick off a new state-wide program available to teachers to help improve the financial literacy of their students.

TN Treasurer visits Elizabethton to launch financial literacy program

by Abby Morris-Frye

“It’s a matter of training people early in life,” Lillard said, adding the new program places emphasis on students in K-8 grades. “We are trying to effect a generational shift in how Tennesseans think about finances.”

* Elizabethton Star, July 30, 2018

Helping provide financial education to students across Tennessee

The Commission works closely with school districts to design custom approaches to financial literacy in their schools. Students have consistently achieved higher scores in key financial education areas, following the core programming.


To learn more about custom programming for your school, please contact Bill Parker, Director of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, at (615) 532-5892 or tn.flc@tn.gov.

Contact Us

Have questions about financial education?  We're here to help!

Bill Parker, Director

(615) 532.5892

tn.flc@tn.gov

Mailing Address

Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission
P.O. Box 198782

Nashville, TN  37219-2956