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Teachers Move Building Your Future Financial Literacy Curriculum to the Head of the Class

And they thirst for more.

August 2010

Thanks to the generous support of actuaries through our successful QUENCH THE THIRST campaign and ongoing marketing to reach high school teachers, The Actuarial Foundation has provided the Building Your Future high school financial literacy curriculum to 2,500 high school teachers who reach more than 62,000 students. This demonstrates interest in the curriculum, but when it came to the Foundation knowing the impact of the program, the question stood: Do our teachers find the material interesting and engaging once they receive it?

Building Your Future Teacher Survey 2010The Foundation wanted answers, so we surveyed nearly 2,000 teachers who received our materials and asked them to grade our work. When we got the report card, we were pleased. When asked to grade Building Your Future on a scale of one to five in seven areas they gave the curriculum a rounded-up grade of four (see the chart).

These data demonstrate quite clearly that teachers are receiving and implementing the Building Your Future curriculum and that the Foundation has quenched the THIRST for a solid, teacher-friendly financial literacy curriculum.

But the THIRST remains…

We then asked them about any future plans for Building Your Future . Of those who used the curriculum this year, an astonishing 98.4% indicated they either plan or want to use the program again this school year. When you couple that percentage with the 560 teachers who remain on our waiting list for classroom sets of materials, we have evidence in hand that the THIRST remains for financial literacy curriculum in our nation’s high schools.


According to Sallie Mae, 64% of college students wish they would have received financial literacy training in high school. This is your chance to “raise your hand” and make a difference with our nation’s teens.

Join our ongoing QUENCH THE THIRST campaign to bring Building Your Future to a high school during the 2010-2011 school year.

Actuaries can make a generous donation of classroom materials through our ongoing QUENCH THE THIRST campaign.

Teachers can request materials for their classrooms by emailing