Money Smart
Financial Education Curricula

This comprehensive financial education curriculum from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is designed to enhance financial skills and create positive banking relationships for youth and adults outside the financial mainstream. The Money Smart curriculum is available free of charge in several languages and formats including:

  • An instructor-led curriculum for adults on CD-ROM available in nine languages and print versions for the visually impaired
  • An instructor-led curriculum, Money Smart for Young Adults, for youth  between the ages of 12-20 on CD-ROM
  • A self-paced Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) format online for ages 13 and over in English and Spanish
  • A portable audio (MP3) version, Money Smart Podcast Network

For more information on this curriculum, visit the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) Money Smart page.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has also created a financial education curriculum, Katrina's Classroom, Teaching Money Skills for Life. The following overview is included on the website:

Katrina's Classroom: Teaching Money Skills for Life is a four-part curriculum unit designed for personal finance-related high school classrooms. The robust curriculum uses hands-on learning strategies and technology integration to teach students about key personal finance concepts and how to apply what they've learned to explore options, make decisions, and complete projects using real-world tools.

The lessons are correlated to the Jump$tart National Personal Finance Standards and meet the requirements of several components of the Common Core Standards. The activities incorporate opportunities for students to write, research, report, graph, calculate, evaluate, support a position, make decisions and reflect as well as to work collaboratively in groups or individually.

Each lesson segment is presented in multiple formats so you can select what works best for your classroom. The curriculum unit focuses on goals, decision making, financial institutions, credit, education, careers and budgeting. All of the lessons include an underlying theme of emergency and financial preparedness built on the personal stories highlighted in the original Katrina’s Classroom: Financial Lessons from a Hurricane videos.