Biz Kid$ Teacher Training & Entrepreneur Contest  
 
Biz Kid$ Teacher Training & Entrepreneur Contest

Based on results from the Teachers’ Background & Capacity to Teach Personal Finance study, 89% of K-12 teachers agree that students should take a financial education course or pass a competency test for high school graduation. However, relatively few teachers believe they are adequately prepared to teach personal finance topics. 

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is continuing their innovative Biz Kid$ Teacher Training and Entrepreneur Contest for the sixth year. This program, funded by a contribution from the Friends of Consumer Freedom, will provide the opportunity for teachers to receive that personal financial education, in addition to tips and techniques on how to teach the Biz Kid$ program. 

Participating teachers, with the help of a credit union partner, will implement the Biz Kid$ curriculum in their classrooms, and students will collaboratively create a business plan for a needed organization in their community, thus incorporating the entrepreneurship skills learned through Biz Kid$.

What is Biz Kid$?

Biz Kid$ is the credit union-funded public television series that teaches children 9–16 years old about money management and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has been a supporter of Biz Kid$ since its inception.

Contest Overview

For questions or interest in participation, please contact Paula Upchurch at pupchurch@cscuf.coop or 832-407-7965.

Last Year’s Contest Winners

The winning credit union and school partnership from the 2017-2018 school year was GECU and its partnering school, Sageland Microsociety Elementary, won for their business Sugar Scottie Treats. Here is a quote from Bernice Chavez who was the teacher of last year’s winning school.

“I loved the opportunity I had of using the entrepreneur curriculum and entering the competition because it not only challenged me as an educator but it challenged my students and it changed them. They will forever be impacted by the experience of true leadership, teamwork, work ethic, collaboration, accountability, networking and yes even conflict resolution skills. These are life-long skills that will be needed in today’s workforce. I enjoyed watching them take ownership of their unique learning styles and gravitation to their strengths as they developed their ideas and followed through with their team plan. These students have walked away with a lot of knowledge of financial literacy and most importantly what it takes to start a business. It is never too early for our students to find multiple ways of success in a competitive world in which academics and entrepreneurship can become a new way for our students to become innovative and unconventional”.