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As of April, 2016
  • 1,836 teachers trained
  • 31,628 participating students
  • 130 FREE teacher training events

  • What is STARS?

    Invest Ed® STARS (Students Tracking and Researching the Stock Market) is a program of the Oklahoma Securities Commission that began in 2005 and has reached over 30,000 students. The STARS project is designed to enhance existing curriculum and promote the financial education of Oklahoma students.

    The STARS project has been developed as a financial planning and fraud awareness education program for students in grades 9-12. The STARS project teaches students to research investments, assess risk, set investment goals, and create and track stock portfolios online.

    What is required to teach the STARS program?

    To teach the STARS program Oklahoma teachers are required to attend one of the free STARS teacher training workshops. We offer One-Day Workshops during the school year and Teacher Institutes and Refresher Workshops during the summer. After receiving training, teachers may then implement the program for students in grades 9-12.

    STARS Awards

    All STARS students are required to write a report at the end of the project. STARS trained teachers submit up to two reports each semester to be considered for an award. The STARS project provides a monetary award to 6 regional winners and 1 state winner each semester.

    spring 2016, NE region winner: Coweta High School, host family—Brook Adney, Angie Adney, Drake Adney, junior Florian Rempel, German exchange student, Marketing Teacher Jami Holmes, and Coweta Superintendent Jeff Holmes
    spring 2016, SW region winner: Merritt High School, parents Doug and Angie Mills, senior Ryan Mills, and Financial Literacy Teacher Judith Bollinger
    spring 2016, SW region winner: Indiahoma High School, parent Lori Gray, Financial Literacy Teacher Rick Hodges, sophomore Hope Gray, and Administrator Carrie Thomason
    " The Invest Ed Teacher Institute is a spectacular approach to Continuing Education development of teachers! If we applied this model to the other subject areas in secondary education, we'd completely disarm the "teacher effectiveness" argument."

    Edward W. Laverdure, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
    Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
    Altus High School
      JoAnn Dysart, Invest Ed® STARS
    jdysart@investedok.org | (405) 280-7728
      Oklahoma Department of Securities
    204 North Robinson Ave., Suite 400
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Fax: (405) 280-7742 Attn: STARS
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