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What is STARS?

Quick Facts
As of December 2014
  • 1,670 teachers trained
  • 27,596 participating students
  • 117 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.

    In the STARS Resources box on each STARS page click to view the (1) STARS PowerPoint overview and (2) STARS Promotional DVD (rev. April 2012) .


    FREE TEACHER TRAINING
    FALL 2014: Fairland High School senior Devanie Tate and Computer Applications II teacher Gala Miller

    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, lunch, materials and resources + stipend
    • 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 repeat teachers to refresh
    • pre-, post-survey information
    • FALL 2014: Weatherford High School Principal Mark Shadid, senior Jennifer Prophet, junior Braye Riseley, and Personal Financial Literacy teacher Bob Bailey
    • receive detailed introduction to STARS project, how to facilitate and implement, every form necessary to implement, securities fraud videos, and much more
    • hands-on financial calculator practice, online portfolio setup, research tips, Internet portfolio training, resources for all HB 1476 objectives, and optional resource materials

    TEACHER INSTITUTES

    • Teacher Institute under STARS tab for complete details
    • FREE registration, lodging, meals, materials and resources + daily stipend
    • conducted by subject-matter expert, in Norman
    • 2 four-day workshops in June, 20 seats available each
    • for teachers who have never attended any training
    • pre-, post-survey information
    • FALL 2014: Marlow High School senior Jasmin Perez and Personal Financial Literacy teacher Jeff Prater
    • be introduced to multiple financial topics, attend optional enrichment sessions if desired, 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 + daily stipend
    • conducted by subject-matter expert, in Norman
    • 2 two-day workshops in June, 20 seats available each
    • for trained teachers only
    • pre-, post-survey information
    • 2 levels of training available: teachers trained at either 1-day or 4-day workshops
    • enhance existing knowledge, share best practices, review and be introduced to new materials, attend optional enrichment sessions if desired, participate in hands-on activities, create lesson plan, 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
    University of Oklahoma
    1600 Jenkins Ave.
    Norman, OK 73072
    405.325.6882
    800.942.5702
    405.325.7687 (fax)

    jdysart@ou.edu
    Candie Westbrook
    STARS Events Coordinator
    University of Oklahoma
    1600 Jenkins Ave.
    Norman, OK 73072
    405.325.7452
    800.942.5702
    405.325.7687 (fax)

    candie.westbrook@ou.edu
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