Financial Security Virtual Course for Teacher License Renewal Begins March 27

‘Small Change: Building Financial Security’ benefits students and adults

March 1, 2024, 9:26 am | Carol Ehlers, Phyllis Zalenski

AMES, Iowa - Iowa K-12 teachers and their students will benefit from “Small Change: Building Financial Security for Educators,” an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach introductory class starting Wednesday, March 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by online learning.

Teacher helping a student during class by Jacob Lund/ 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, said course instructor Phyllis Zalenski, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Educators can earn one Iowa License renewal credit. Registration at is required by March 20.  

The course features vetted curriculum and resources. It has been accepted as a BoEE Endorsement Class for Financial Literacy and Business Teachers.

The educator course focuses on making more informed decisions about financial management and building greater confidence to make small changes that can make a difference. Participants explore gamified lessons that are timely and relevant to them personally and to their classroom, added human sciences specialist Carol Ehlers.

Lesson 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 format requires participants to:

  • Participate in a live, virtual two-hour introductory workshop on March 27, 4:30-6:30 pm.
  • Complete at least four of 12 gamified online lessons covering financial topics over the next four weeks.
  • Complete assignments to promote financial literacy and connect with resources.

The course fee is $30 to Iowa State Education Association members and non-members. Those who do not need license renewal credit may register and audit the course for a $15 fee. Register online by March 20 at Space is limited.

For more information, contact Ehlers at 712-732-5056 or or Phyllis Zalenski at at 319-465-3224 or visit Small Change: Building Financial Security on the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach website.

Photo credit: Jacob Lund/

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