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The Study Guide
FEBRUARY 15, 2022

Welcome to this month's issue of The Study Guide, your source for the latest programs, resources and research for educators of all levels, and those interested in economic and financial capabilities education. 

COMING UP: RICHMOND FED ON CAMPUS

On Feb. 25, college students and professors are invited to join us and Virginia State University for the first Richmond Fed on Campus event of the year. Senior Policy Economist Urvi Neelakantan will share her presentation, “Black–White Gaps in Income and Wealth” and research associate Pauline Sow will share her experiences in the Research Associate program.

Register Now!

NEW LEARNING MODULE

Payments 101 is a fun, interactive learning module that introduces you to the payments world in a whole new way. You’ll go back in time to learn about the first currencies used by humans (including shark teeth and wampum beads), how the Fed created a flexible nationwide currency system, the types of payment systems we use today and what the future holds.

This self-led module takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s suitable for middle and high school students, college students, educators and anyone who would like to know more about this important Fed function.

Launch Module

MEET OUR ECON ED TEAM

Name: Kevin Woodcox
Title: Senior Economic Education Specialist
Years at the Fed: 6

What do you like most about your job?
What I love the most about being part of the Economic Education team at the Federal Reserve is that I am still teaching. Now, instead of middle and high schoolers, I teach the public about the real-life applications of economics and the importance of economic thinking in everyone’s personal financial decisions.

What is my favorite Richmond Fed resource or program and why?
My favorite Richmond Fed education resource is Invest in What’s Next, and I don’t say that just because I helped create the course. What I love is how it breaks down the major financial decisions that young people will have to make when they finish high school into manageable chunks aligned with national economic and personal finance standards.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love playing board games with my family, playing fetch with my dog, reading a good book or knitting another bad scarf.

Fun Fact:
I first learned about the great free teaching resources from the Federal Reserve System years ago at a national conference and have been hooked on the Fed ever since.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

We hosted District Dialogues: Human Capital Decisions and the Future of Work on Feb. 8. Rewatch both the event and our Voices from the Field video series now.
Then, mark your calendar May 12 for District Dialogues: A Conversation on Racial Wealth Disparities.

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