Small Change: Building Financial Security Offerings for Educators and School Personnel

Small Change is an online course designed for Iowa educators. Course content is embedded in the financial literacy standards of the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills and Social Studies, and connects participants with curricula, resources and school-based programs for elementary, middle and high school levels. Educators can earn one Iowa License renewal credit.
The course requirements include:                                                                         

  • Participate in a live, online 2-hour in-person introductory workshop on October 12, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
  • Complete at least 4 of 12 gamified online lessons covering financial topics.
  • Complete assignments to promote financial literacy and connect with resources.

Explore lessons that are timely and relevant to your life stage. Topics include:

  • Finance Fundamentals—getting organized, smart borrowing, estate planning
  • Insurance—life, health, disability, long-term care, auto, home, liability coverage
  • Investing—risk tolerance, investment choices, funding long-term goals
  • Retirement—preparing for retirement, building a nest egg, Social Security, IPERS

The course fee is $25 to ISEA members and non-members. Those who do not need license renewal credit may register and audit the course for a $10 fee. Register online at or search for Small Change Online at Space is limited.
For more information, contact Phyllis Zalenski,, 319-480-1106 or Rhonda Plimmer, or 515-471-8052.
Small Change is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with seed funding support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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