Penn's Wharton to Co-host Business, Financial Responsibility Training Seminar for High School Educators

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Media Contact:Peter Winicov | winicov@wharton.upenn.edu | (215) 746-6471July 30, 2012

Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) and PwC today announced the convening of the PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility. The all-expenses-paid financial literacy conference for 150 educators will be held Sept. 28-30 on the Philadelphia campus of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

“Our goal in creating this conference is to promote financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students, and to provide educators with lessons and skills for their classrooms,” said Mukul Pandya, executive director and editor-in-chief of Knowledge@Wharton. “We are thrilled to work with PwC to bring this training seminar to life.”

While 13 states mandate personal-finance coursework as a graduation requirement, 35 percent of teens don’t know how to write a check and fewer than one-in-five teachers feels prepared to teach financial literacy, according to studies from Charles Schwab and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The seminar will help fill a major education gap by providing a professional-development opportunity for teachers, principals and superintendents to deepen their subject-matter knowledge of several topics. They include stocks and investing, marketing/branding, leadership and entrepreneurship, negotiation, sustainability and career planning. The seminar also will equip attendees with financial literacy curricula to use in their classrooms. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Knowledge@Wharton.

“As a leading professional services firm, we have a vested responsibility and commitment to helping bolster the financial competency of today’s youth,” said Shannon Schuyler, PwC’s corporate responsibility leader. “These skill sets are critical to our long-term economic stability and competitiveness. Through this seminar, we hope to equip educators with the tools they need to teach financial literacy to their students.”

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