Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Central (UCO) Boathouse 
732 Riversport Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

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Jessie Blackwell 
Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition 

How does Oklahoma stack up against other states in personal finance and economic education? 

Join the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition on March 28 to discuss how Oklahoma compares to other states' financial literacy education efforts.

A 2017 study from the American Psychological Association reveals that money is the second leading source of stress in the United States, and the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, which financial woes can easily trigger. Yet, according to Council for Economic Education's (CEE) 2018 Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation's Schools, financial independence may be out of reach for many because K-12 students are not receiving adequate tools and training to make informed financial decisions.

The Council on Economic Education conducts The Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation's Schools every two years. The report collects data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and includes commentary from experts and educators in the field to provide a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States. 

Dr. Sue Lynn Sasser will discuss Oklahoma's role, how we compare to other states, what has changed and how we can improve.

Dr. Sue Lynn Sasser is a retired Professor of Economics at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She has been active in economic and personal financial literacy throughout her career and held several leadership positions in local, state and national organizations affiliated with economic and financial education, including past president of NAEE and chair of the NAEE Conference Committee. In addition, she has received several national awards for her work, most notably the 2008 EIFLE Award for curriculum development.

Dr. Sasser was instrumental in the passage of HB 1476, Oklahoma's Passport to Financial Literacy, co-chaired the state implementation committee, and chaired the team that wrote the state curriculum. Because of her efforts with this initiative, she was named the national 2009 Friend of the Family by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also co-author of a book entitled Money Rocks which is used as a supplemental reader in several personal finance courses and college freshman orientation classes, and she is a frequent presenter and speaker at conferences, workshops and teacher trainings.

Dr. Sasser held several professional positions prior to her tenure in higher education, including a five year stint directing the economic education program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and was the executive director of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education. A native of Lawton, Oklahoma, she completed her PhD in consumer economics at Texas Woman's University and attended Intermediate Banking School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.