Tennessee Jump$tart Excellence in Financial Education Educator of the Year Awards


The Tennessee Jump$tart Excellence in Financial Education Educator of the Year Awards is a recognition program for outstanding financial educators. Recipient(s) will be selected based on successful accomplishments in innovation/creativity related to teaching personal finance, instructional strategies, content and standards accomplishments, collaborations, and program results.

To be eligible for the award, the recipient must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be based and conducting financial literacy programming in Tennessee within the past year (June 2018 – present)
  2. Be an educator in one of the following categories:
    • teacher, administrator, counselor, or similar role (K-12, college/university, public, private, charter, home school, etc.)
    • after-school club or student organization sponsor
    • counselor, coach, instructor, leader, or similar role (community group, non-profit, government, financial institution, initiative, etc.)
  3. Conducting financial literacy programming, which may include one or more of the following categories: 
    • teaching a personal finance course
    • integrating personal finance concepts into course(s)
    • conducting community financial literacy
    • leading groups focusing on financial literacy topics
    • engaging in other financial education programming
Entry Guidelines

Entries may be submitted by the individual (self-nomination) or by another individual (with the advance approval of the nominee) who would like to recognize an educator for their accomplishments in financial education. Entry package information must be verified by the nominee and approved in the terms of agreement.

The entry form and supporting response criteria (outlined below) must be submitted using this online entry form on or before Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
Entry Package

An online entry form (requests information about the nominee) will be submitted through the online submission system.

The entry will also include responses to the following:

  • How has the financial literacy initiative been innovative/creative in its implementation?

Instructional Strategies
  • In what ways did your program reach and/or teach learners to effectively utilize financial literacy skills? What financial literacy approaches have been used to effectively teach personal finance?

Content and Standards
  • In what way were financial education content covered and/or were state and/or national personal finance benchmarks and standards met and exceeded?

  • Who were the collaborating partners (if any) of the initiative and what were their roles? How was information from previous Tennessee Jump$tart conferences and partners utilized?

  • How was mastery of the financial literacy concepts measured? What evidence is there that learners have developed an understanding of financial literacy concepts and/or acquired financial literacy skills?
Each of the five narrative responses should be no more than 250 words (bullet points encouraged) to be submitted using the online entry form. Nominee may want to prepare the response in Word then paste into the online submission system.
Additional Information

For additional information about the awards program and the Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, visit www.jumpstarttn.org.

Awards program questions should be directed to jumpstarttn@gmail.com