Curriculum

The FirstRoot financial literacy curriculum empowers both teachers and students to learn core life skills in financial literacy, civics, design thinking and democracy. With our curriculum resources, teachers can bring Participatory Budgeting programs to their school.

Our financial literacy curriculum has been developed based on the Jump$tart National Standards for Financial Education and is available for anyone. So, join the FirstRoot community, download our app, create your account, and run Participatory Budgeting programs in your school with our education curriculum resources!

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Lesson plan for financial education via Participatory Budgeting

01. Planning

Planning in a PB Cycle is about making sure you’re prepared: you understand the theme, have established your budget, and understand who is involved. In the FirstRoot financial literacy curriculum, planning is about making sure that your students are prepared for financial literacy.

02. Ideation

Ideation in a PB Cycle is about dreaming big: creating ideas that align to the theme. In the FirstRoot financial literacy curriculum, ideation is about giving your students permission to explore their world and the options that make sense for them.

03. Refinement

Refinement in a PB Cycle is about making sure proposals are desirable, viable, feasible, and sustainable. In the FirstRoot financial literacy curriculum, refinement is about helping your students develop the skills to realize their financial goals.

04. Ballot Creation

Ballot Creation in a PB Cycle is about selecting the best proposals. In the FirstRoot financial literacy curriculum, you can discuss the ballot creation process with students or just keep moving into the next lessons.

05. Voting

Voting in a PB cycle is where students get to make their choices. In the FirstRoot Financial Literacy curriculum, you can help prepare students for voting by helping them consider how they make decisions.

06. Implementation

Implementation in a PB cycle is where students can experience the impact of their choices. In the FirstRoot Financial Literacy curriculum, students use the implementation phase to learn how to put their personal financial plans in action.

07. Additional Lessons

The duration of each phase of a PB cycle is unique: sometimes Ideation will be done in a few days, while other times Ideation will take a few weeks. To help educators manage

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