Our teacher training initiative is a collaborative endeavor designed to standardize teacher training in personal finance using a shared model called Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators® (J$FFE).

J$FFE, which was designed to ensure consistency and rigor in national teacher training programs, is administered by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners and affiliates.

The Model

  • Is licensed, at no cost, to qualified users.
  • Helps local organizations conduct professional development programs for teachers in their area.
  • Focuses on teachers as adult learners and as consumers.
  • Complements many existing teacher training programs and conferences events.
  • Is suitable for teachers at any grade level, regardless of the subject into which the teacher incorporates financial education.
  • Promotes both consistency and customization.

Founding Developers

The Jump$tart Financial Foundations for Educators model (J$FFE) is a collaborative endeavor initially proposed by former Jump$tart Coalition board member Ted Beck, president and CEO, of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and undertaken by the Jump$tart Coalition on behalf of its partners, in response to independent and widely quoted research, conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that relatively few personal finance teachers felt adequately prepared to teach the subject or use their state’s standards.

The five founding developers of the J$FFE (Council for Economic Education, Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Junior Achievement USA, NEFE, and the Take Charge America Institute at the University of Arizona) developed the model with valuable insight from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Education. The five non-profit organizations now serve as the J$TTA national advisory committee and support the model, jointly, as the standard in personal finance teacher training.