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What is STARS?

Quick Facts
As of April, 2016
  • 1,836 teachers trained
  • 31,628 participating students
  • 130 FREE teacher training events
  • STARS is financial and investment education for high school students, grades 9-12. It is securities fraud awareness. It is long-term planning as opposed to get-rich-quick schemes. It is not a game. It is hands-on, online stock portfolio experience. It is compound interest and time value of money awareness. It is learning that choices exist and the benefits of making wiser choices. It is research, risk assessment, goal setting, problem solving, meeting deadlines, critical thinking, and more. It is a report competition. STARS is a process that provides students an opportunity to increase their life skills and to have financial independence in their futures.


    FREE TEACHER TRAINING
    FALL 2015: NE region: Westville Public Schools Superintendent Terry Heustis, freshman Cheyanne Lee, Jr. High Principal Shelly Cooper, and Economics teacher Lisa Swafford

    Requirements

    • must teach grades 9-12 in Oklahoma secondary schools or Technology Centers
    • must plan to teach financial education if not already doing so

    ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

    • 1-Day Workshops under STARS tab for complete details
    • FREE registration, materials and resources + travel reimbursement
    • conducted by STARS staff, in various regions of the state
    • 8 workshops annually, spring and fall, seats available dependent on location
    • for teachers who have never attended a training and for trained teachers to refresh
    • pre-, post-survey information (optional)
    • receive detailed introduction to STARS project, how to facilitate and implement, every form necessary to implement, securities fraud videos, and much more
    • FALL 2015: SE region: Holdenville High School Calculus teacher Cherina Brown, Invest Ed® project director Jo Ann Dysart, Dept. of Securities Enforcement Attorney Jennifer Shaw, senior Rachel McDonald, Dept. of Securities Administrator Irving Faught, Principal Travis Graham
    • hands-on financial calculator practice, online portfolio setup, research tips, Internet portfolio training, resources for all Passport to Financial Literacy Act of 2007 objectives, and optional resource materials

    TEACHER INSTITUTES

    • Teacher Institute under STARS tab for complete details
    • FREE registration, lodging, meals, materials and resources + travel reimbursement
    • conducted by subject-matter expert
    • 2 four-day workshops in July
    • for new teachers and teachers trained at one-day workshops
    • pre-, post-survey information (optional)
    • be introduced to multiple financial topics and participate in hands-on activities
    • receive detailed introduction to STARS project, how to facilitate and implement, every form necessary to implement, securities fraud videos, and much more

    REFRESHER WORKSHOPS

    • Refresher Workshop under STARS tab for complete details
    • FREE registration, lodging, meals, materials and resources + travel reimbursement
    • conducted by subject-matter expert
    • 1 four-day workshop in July
    • for trained teachers only
    • pre-, post-survey information (optional)
    • enhance existing knowledge, share best practices, review and be introduced to new materials, participate in hands-on activities, and much more

    " While participating in an Algebra I EOI Item Review Committee the previous week, I could clearly see that I must provide for my students, in order for them to successfully achieve the PASS skills for Algebra I, learning at a deeper level. The exam questions (which are based on the PASS skills) require students to use "critical thinking skills"...not merely memorization of an algebraic process...but algebraic problem solving that can only be achieved by developing these "critical thinking skills." "Real-world situations" are also an integral part of the Algebra I PASS skills. I came away from that Committee Meeting knowing that in order to get my students to WANT to learn "critical thinking skills" and apply these skills to "real-world situations" I had to find a way to MOTIVATE them! The Invest Ed® STARS Program is the answer! It accomplishes all three: "critical thinking skills," “real-world situations," and MOTIVATION for my students. This Program is incredible! Thank you so much for providing me with exactly what my students need!"
    Susan Gann, Dickson High School


    HOW TO REGISTER FOR A «STARS« WORKSHOP

    Register online or by contacting:

    Jo Ann Dysart
    STARS Project Director
    204 North Robinson Ave., Suite 400
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    405.280.7728
    405.280.7742 (fax)

    jdysart@investedok.org

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