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Teacher Workshops

The Personal Finance Lessons in The Pursuit of Happyness

Sponsored by the The New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium (GCEIC)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (CT)

Location: Harrison County School District Office, Board Room, 11072 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39502-0220

This workshop focuses on the personal finance lessons illustrated in the 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness. This film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman trying to build a future for himself and his son during the tough economic times of 1981. Some of the concepts and lessons the workshop covers include identifying values, setting goals for budgeting and financial planning, understanding the relationship between education and potential future earnings, developing human capital, understanding paycheck deductions, and more.

The lessons in the workshop are appropriate for high school students. Attendees will participate in lessons and activities that meet national standards for economics and personal finance and the common core initiative.

Participants will receive a DVD of the movie as well as educational resources and teaching tools to incorporate these concepts and the film in their high school classrooms. The workshop and materials are free but registration is required as space is limited. Snacks and lunch are included.

Registration is being handled by Tom Clark at Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium. Please contact Tom at 601-916-7296 for registration information or directions to the facility.

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For more information, please contact Tom Clark at 601-916-7296 or at