Every CD of the instructor-led Money Smart curriculum includes a helpful Guide to Presenting the Money Smart Curriculum. The guide helps instructors learn how to effectively use the training materials, including by highlighting the features that help instructors quickly and easily teach financial education in a classroom setting. The guide also provides training tips and strategies to accommodate participants with disabilities. For information about the Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) Train-the-Trainer Resources, go to the MSSB section; and for upcoming events, please scroll further down.
Money Smart train-the-trainer videos also provide prospective instructors with an overview of the curriculum components. The videos help instructors learn the usefulness of the instructor guide and how to use it effectively, become familiar with the student materials, and understand the importance of advanced preparation. The videos also highlight effective strategies to use the curriculum.
The Train-the-Trainer videos can be viewed online.
Instructors who have reviewed the Guide to Presenting and seek additional guidance in using the curriculum may wish to consider attending a train-the-trainer workshop. Train-the-Trainer workshops give practical experience in training delivery, coaching, assessing, and giving/receiving feedback through the use of presentations, demonstrations, and exercises. It is not necessary for an instructor to complete a Train-the-Trainer workshop before teaching Money Smart, and the FDIC does not certify instructors to teach the curriculum.
During the course, participants are provided:
- A detailed overview of the curriculum modules and how they can be adapted to specific needs.
- Successful strategies for delivering the Money Smart curriculum; with some workshops providing the option for participants to deliver part of the presentation.
- Strategies for teaching financial education in a classroom environment.
- Tips for linking financial education to economic inclusion and other financial access efforts.
- An opportunity to ask questions and for participants to share presentation strategies and techniques with one another.