Advisory: Branstad, Reynolds, Department of Education to host Iowa Financial Literacy Summit on Tuesday
Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education will host the Iowa Financial Literacy Summit on Tuesday, May 5, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
The purpose of the summit is to help Iowans understand the important role of financial literacy in education, to raise public awareness of community resources and programs, and to provide resources for teaching financial literacy.
“We all have a stake in making sure our young people graduate from high school prepared for a bright future, and this includes the ability to manage money and make smart financial decisions,” Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck said. “It’s critical to their futures, and it’s critical to Iowa’s future. So we must do more to help students become financially literate.”
The summit includes sessions for all Iowans, including students, parents, and educators. Speakers include Branstad, Adam Carroll, chief executive officer of the National Financial Educators, and Jack Kosakowski, chief executive officer of Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Summit participants, members of the media and other Iowans who want to follow the summit are encouraged to use #IAFinLit as the official hashtag for the summit.
The summit is part of a broader effort to bolster financial literacy awareness and support. That effort started in January 2014, when Buck convened a work team in response to growing concerns about whether Iowa students are learning the financial literacy skills they need to succeed.
For more information view the summit agenda.