Free financial training for elementary students offered in N.M.

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Nusenda Credit Union announced a one-year, pilot educational partnership with the University of Cincinnati Economics Center to provide free teacher training and financial education for elementary students statewide beginning in early 2018, according to a statement from the Albuquerque-based credit union.

$martPath is a free, interactive, award-winning online teaching resource created by the UC Economics Center that helps educators learn best practices for teaching financial literacy. Developed by leading practitioners, the lessons are aligned to New Mexico Common Core State Standards and designed to integrate into classroom instruction, according to the Nusenda statement.

"Since the founding of our credit union more than 80 years ago, we've been committed to the education community," said Nusenda President/CEO Terry Laudick in a press release "We are dedicated to using financial literacy as a way to increase opportunities and economic health for New Mexicans."

"Our current program, geared toward middle- and high-school students, is utilized in 70 schools statewide, but we recognized a need to start teaching children about money even sooner. $martPath is geared specifically to that purpose."

"$martPath will change the way in which financial education is delivered to students," said Dr. Julie Heath, Executive Director of the UC Economics Center and a leading national financial educator. "It's interactive, online platform ensures that teachers and students statewide have free and easy access."

$martPath was created in 2016 and has received two national curriculum awards. Statewide programs using $martPath also exist in Ohio, Michigan and Florida.

The program has won awards from the National Association of Economic Educators and from the Institute for Financial Literacy. To learn more about $martPath, visit https://economicscenter.org/$martpath.

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