Teaching Financial Literacy K-12

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Location: Virtual

Time: Sign up begins at 8:35 AM/ Program begins at 8:45 AM Wrap up 10:55 AM

Hosted by Slippery Rock University College of Education


ACT 48 Credit (PA)

This event is supported by Ameriprise/ CrossState Credit Union/ First Choice Federal Credit Union

This event is designed to meet the needs of Board Members, Counselors, Administrators, Teachers, College Professors, Parents and everyone who is interested in students being successful.


Meet the Presenters:

Michael Wishnow, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communication CrossState Credit Union Association

Michael served as the Press Secretary and Manager of Information and Customer Services for the PA Department of Banking for fifteen years under four governors and seven Secretaries of Banking.

He has also served as the President of the Pennsylvania Jump$tart Coalition for Youth Financial Literacy, on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, and as a member of Governor Ed Rendell’s Task Force for Working Families and Governor Corbett’s Task Force on Financial Literacy.  He has served on the drafting committee for the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Affordability Strategy and on the Ford Motor Company’s Philadelphia Dispute Resolution Board.  Mr. Wishnow, in his free time, is an avid Philadelphia Sports Fan, umpires youth baseball, and is involved in various other civic and religious organizations.  He lives in Harrisburg with his wife, Julie, and has two grown children, David and Jonathan.

Presentation: Integrating Personal Finance Into Your School

Michael Krisuk, Financial Planner with Ameriprise

Michael has been a financial planner for 19 years. He explains things in understandable terms and shares his values. He has earned the Ameriprise Hearts and Wallets Top Performer award. He is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Arts. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. His emphasis is on retirement planning strategies, retirement income strategies and investments.

Michael is a former board member for the Lawrence County Drug & Alcohol Association and the Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity. He also is a volunteer for Lawrence County Parents Support Group for Autism Warriors.

Presentation: Balancing Life Today and Dreams for Tomorrow

Michael Vatter, CEO First Choice Federal Credit Union

Michael has worked with many clients across many industries to align customer goals and resources. His favorite part of the job is always learning more about people in their job and helping them to achieve just a little more than they thought they could.

His goal is to take whatever precious little time and resources educators have and help them to introduce students to some practical information about financial basics. Examples are budgeting and balancing and principals of credit and savings. One way Michael has found how to do this is with a tool called Reality Fair. It is an interactive “game” that has recently been adapted to more an online experience.

Presentation: Practicality has Practically (and Predictably) Lost

Part 2


Amy Davis--Allegheny Intermediate Unit/ Position—Co-Director Career Ready and Western PA Gifted Liaison for Pennsylvania Department of Education

Michael Wishnow—CrossState Credit Union Association

Michael Krisuk—Financial Planner Ameriprise

Michael Vatter—CEO First Choice Federal Credit Union

Moderator:  Dr. Wayde Killmeyer—Executive Director Intermediate Unit 4

Sample questions:

What is a positive credit history and why do students need to know and understand it?

What financial concepts should be taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels?

What resources can your organization (or others in your community) provide that will help to teach financial literacy?

How do we teach the concept of the difference between things you need and things you want? Some believe that many American adhere to this statement—”instant gratification is to long to wait”.


Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Questions must be submitted no later than April 8, 2021, Email them to hhevents@zoominternet.net  By submitting questions you will help design the agenda. We want to meet your needs.

If you have difficulty registering on line simply answer the questions and email them to hhevents@zoominternet.net or call Herb Hunt at 724.494.0968 Register early the number of participants may be limited.

You will be notified that your registration has been received.

Please forward this information to others in your district/ organization who will benefit.

This is a timely topic and is designed to be participant friendly. One of the goals of all events is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”.

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