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Colorado Academic Standards - Personal Financial Literacy Resource Bank


Teaching the Personal Financial Literacy expectations embedded within the Colorado Academic Standards is supported through a wide array of free instructional resources. This webpage lists classroom resources for K-12, educator professional development, scholarship opportunities for students, and instructional tools for teaching personal finance. If you are an educator in Colorado and have suggestions for a great free resource please email Alyssa Wooten. For additional opportunities please check Professional Development.


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Students participate in 8 lessons about personal finance topics and then attend a town simulation.

Capitalism with a Conscience

JA Capitalism with a Conscience provides students the opportunity to learn about ethics from local business leaders and work in groups to offer... Read more



Online customizable lessons, tools, calculators and activities to teach personal finance topics in your classroom.


Chalkbeat Colorado Newsletter

Subscribe to Chalkbeat Colorado for education daily and weekly updates and news.


Donovan Publishing - Personal Finance for Kids

Donovan Publishing offers children's book appropriate for lower elementary about personal finance and money topics.

EconEdLink Personal Finance Lesson Search

EconEdLink has an online menu of lesson plans and activities to teach personal finance and economics topics for all grade levels.


EconEdLink Webinar Series

EconEdLink offers ongoing webinars and professional development sessions on personal finance topics.

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Economic and Personal Finance Calendar Contest

$50 prize for selected calendars. See details, deadlines and instructions to enter at the Economic Literacy Colorado site.


EVERFI High School Financial Literacy

Seven 30 minutes online lessons teaching various personal finance and economics topics.


Family Financial Fun Night

After-school events for elementary school students and their parents/caregivers that teach basic money management skills. The Council For... Read more


Fifty Nifty Econ Cards

Economic vocabulary and online lessons to teach economics.


Financial Education Research Studies

NEFE partners with various universities to research financial education topics.

Free Professional Development

Five Key Factors for Effective Financial Education

Research based resource and recommendation for educators approach financial education.

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FTE Professional Development

Professional development opportunities for economics and personal finance education by the Foundation for Teaching Economics.

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Elementary level worksheet based activities about money, saving and decision making. Printable or online booklet (20 pages)



Seven 20 minute online lessons teaching various civics, personal finance and economics topics for middle school.


High School Financial Planning Program

A series of 30 lessons which teach personal finance topics. All lessons include: lesson plans for educator, classroom presentation materials and... Read more



Teachers use a 20-lesson curriculum to help students learn about international business, trade, currency exchange, diplomacy, and responsible... Read more


JA Business Week

fun, intensive, one-week boot camp in which you will work in “companies” with other students, develop a product, and pitch it to local business... Read more

JA Career Success

Recommended for 9th and 10th grades. JA Career Success equips students with the tools and skills required by employers to get and keep a job in... Read more


JA Economics

JA Economics examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, personal and international economies. Teachers implement daily lessons in the... Read more


JA Economics for Success

JA Economics for Success explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests and values.


JA Finance Park

Through in class lessons and an emersive field trip students build a foundation for making intelligent and lifelong personal financial decisions... Read more


JA Global Marketplace

JA Global Marketplace introduces middle school students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other.... Read more


JA Inspiration Scholarship

JA Inspiration Scholars embody the JA spirit and show great promise in their future. Each selected applicant will receive between $1,000 and $5,... Read more


JA It's My Future

JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. Following participation in... Read more


JA More Than Money

JA More Than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-... Read more

JA Our City

JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching introduces students to financial literacy, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic... Read more

JA Our Community

A Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community.... Read more


JA Our Families

A Our Families discusses the role of families in the local economy. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways... Read more


JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly... Read more


JA Our Region

JA Our Region, presented by Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, introduces the relationship between the natural, human and capital... Read more


JA Ourselves

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging,... Read more


JA Personal Finance

JA Personal Finance introduces students to the fundamental elements of personal finances: earnings, savings and investing, budgeting, credit,... Read more


JA Speaker Series

JA Career Speakers Series, presented by Deloitte, gives students the opportunity to learn about an industry and company first-hand from business... Read more


JA Start It Up

JA Start It Up immerses students in the world of business by challenging them to develop a proposal for a new flavor concept of Oogie’s Gourmet... Read more


JA StartUp Week Youth Pass


JA Stock Market Challenge

Teams of students participate in two volunteer led lessons to prepare for a live investing challenge. Check website for upcoming challenge dates...


Jump$tart Financial Friday's

Subscribe to this weekly newsletter for financial literacy education updates and news from The Jump$tart Coalition.



Digital learning experience to equip students with an understanding of how the market works.


Money Smart for Young People by FDIC

The FDIC's Money Smart for Young People series consists of four free curriculum products. Each age-appropriate curriculum includes lesson... Read more


MoneyGeek Blog

The MoneyGeek blog is a great resource to find out what is trending in the world of personal finance. Subscribe to get updates and share with... Read more


MoneyGeek Newsletter

Subscribe to the MoneyGeek Newsletter to get updates and alerts any time personal finance education and blog posts are released.


MoneyGeek Tools & Calculators

Online calculators for mortgage & auto loans, investments and debt to income ratio. All calculators include definitions of personal finance... Read more


Next Gen Arcade

A series of online games that teach middle school and high school personal finance topics.


Next Gen Personal Finance

Various online lesson plans and digital resources to teach personal finance topics. Curriculum unit workshops, 1 semester and full semester... Read more


Next Gen Personal Finance Blog

Check out the Next Gen blog for news, tools and updates for teaching personal finance education.


Next Gen Personal Finance FinCap Friday

FinCap Fridays combine a 5-question competition with a 2 minute video to energize classrooms and engage students through current events. Follow... Read more


Next Gen Personal Finance Math Collection

This collection of math activities is designed for math teachers who want to include real-world personal finance application problems! These... Read more

Next Gen Personal Finance Middle School Curriculum

The NGPF Middle School 9-Week course is perfect for delivering personal finance to your middle school students. Covering 9 units, this course... Read more


Next Gen Personal Finance Question of the Day

Questions of the Day are the perfect way to warm up your students before a lesson or introduce a new topic. These questions are designed to... Read more

NGPF Teacher Certification Courses

Next Gen Personal Finance deeply values the professional development of Educators across the country. NGPF now offers an NGPF Certification for... Read more

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NGPF Virtual Professional Development

Professional Development on various personal finance and distance learning topics. Most PD sessions are about 1 hour long.

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The Stock Market Experience

Students complete in an online investing challenge. Check the website for the next competition.


Tim Talks To... Podcast

Join founder of Next Gen Personal Finance every week for the Tim Talks to podcast. Listen to personal finance and economics experts and share... Read more


Training and Certification in Personal Finance

National Financial Educators Council offers various online certifications, curriculum and resources for those with interest in teaching... Read more

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Vault - Understanding Money

Five 15 minute online lessons teaching various personal finance topics for elementary.


Venture - Entrepreneurial Expedition

Four online lessons taking students on a virtual entrepreneurial expedition.


Young Economist Scholarship

$1,000 Scholarship. Application deadline in spring



Through hands-on programs and real-life experiences, young people participate in all levels of entrepreneurship, from learning the basics of... Read more