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Iowa Financial Literacy Academy

Drake University School of Education students will be able to participate in the new Iowa Financial Literacy Academy this spring semester provided by the Iowa Financial Literacy Academy. The Academy, based on the legacy of Maddie Levitt’s financial mentorship, provides SOE  students with a chance to increase personal financial knowledge while building financial teaching skills. A group of 10 business leaders from the Des Moines area founded the Academy.

What can participating students expect?

  • Enjoy financial speakers, discussions and hands-on workshops
  • Earn awards and prizes
  • Learn about financial education conferences to build knowledge and expertise
  • Network with educational leaders in the Central Iowa area
  • Financial literacy lesson planning activity (not for grade or credit)


Meet: three Fridays: 11 am to 12 noon, Drake School of Education.   FREE LUNCH provided!

  • Friday, Feb. 14
  • Friday, Mar. 28
  • Friday, May 2

Meet: one Saturday, 8 am-11 am, Money Smart Conference, Olmsted Center.  FREE BREAKFAST provided!

  •  Saturday, Apr. 12,

Student commitment:

  • Attend 4 interactive sessions per semester, plus 1 awards wrap-up event
  • Financial literacy lesson planning activity
  • Site visit and conference opportunities

Apply by February 1:
Complete short application: www.IowaFinancialLiteracyAcademy.com

Questions? sally.beisser@drake.edu or joanne@kusterltd.com

Here’s what Des Moines area leaders say about financial literacy:

“Having taught a course called “Money Matters: Financial Literacy Course for First Year College Students,” the students learned collaboratively about the significance of starting early in life to make sound decisions about earning and managing their money. They summarized that a high “financial IQ” is not just inherited, but learned from seeking opportunities to advance skills and habits that build their net worth overtime.”
Sally Beisser, Ph.D.
SOE Professor Drake University

 “Financial literacy is understanding how money works in our environment. The level of financial literacy will vary by individual, but the impact of it in one’s life will be one of the great differentiators for successful interaction with your family or an organization. A strong education foundation, including financial acumen,will pay long-term dividends in one’s life or career.”
Terrance J. Lillis
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Principal Financial Group®
Secretary of the Board, Simpson College Board of Trustees

“I can’t think of any subject more timely and more necessary than financial literacy. It is foundational to everything we do for ourselves and our families—making a budget, seeking a home mortgage, saving for our children’s college and our own retirement.  There can be few, if any, things that have a greater payback for yourself than deepening your own financial literacy.”
Larry D. Zimpleman
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Principal Financial Group®
Chair, Drake University Board of Trustees

“Being financially literate is an imperative skill in today’s society for any individual who wants to be successful. In order to provide for yourself and others, it is necessary to have a knowledge base in personal finance to make informed decisions that will have an impact on the rest of your life.”
Alessa Strelecki
Drake University Junior