Video Transcript: Why Use HSFPP?
Christopher Brida, Benjamin Franklin High School:
The way that I describe HSFPP to a colleague is, that it is
essential for a lot of our students especially in the neighborhood that we work
They lack all financial literacy not just some... all. And so for me telling a colleague about the importance of
the program is that it teaches the sort of soft skills that we lack.
Joey Running, West Albany High School:
This is a turnkey curriculum everything is offered to them
even in different formats, so if you have a different learning style, a
different organizational style those are available to an educator.
Persis Beaven, Northwest Early College High School:
I will describe the program as a very useful and free
resource that is teacher friendly and also student friendly.
It has - the booklets have stories that the students can
Pandora Fifer, Norfolk Alternative High School:
The HSFPP program is fabulous, it comes with all these
modules and if you have to do a lot of differentiated instruction in your
classroom you can sort of let the kids go at their own pace.
So, if you have the kids who are more advanced and they can
go through the modules more quickly you're not having to hold them back, and
the other kids that you really want to sit down with one-on-one you can do that
because the rest of the class is engaged with their learning there.
So you can take the time to sit down with the kids and go
over, and actually answer all the questions that they're afraid to ask if the
whole class is listening to them.
I would encourage educators who are considering
teaching it, is be passionate about the curriculum because if you're just going
to present, students are less likely to be engaged and to own that information.
My favorite activity is The Tale of Two Cities activity.
And,so, a lot of those students in the neighborhood that I teach in don't see
anything beyond that and so their parents live there, their grandparents lived
there and they just assume that that's as far as their world goes. And so for
me the Tale of Two Cities activity is sort of enlightening to them because they
see that the cost of living in other cities maybe is less than what it is in
Now sure, they live in a low-income neighborhood, but
there's opportunities for them to sort of get beyond the bubble that I think
currently they exist in.
Last year, one of the activities that I tried was about
buying a car and so that was described as very eye-opening. I think they like
to learn things that will be useful, not just in the next level class, but in
life in general.
My favorite HSFPP activity is the spending and value survey because
right out of the gate students are able to see where their values are at that point
and why they're spending and how they're spending with relationship to those
And I always let them know that their values are going to
change many times throughout their lifetime, but right now this is where they
are, this is their foundation.
And then they will change and build from that point.
My favorite lesson to use is module five and it's Caring for
Your Cash, and it introduces banking to the kids. So, not only are they being introduced
to checking, but also savings and credit as well.
For educators using HSFPP it is incredibly comprehensive, and
that as an educator allows me to have just an enormous amount of resources for