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Virginia Journal of Education

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Teaching ‘Tweens’
Financial Literacy

In some cases, today’s young people have more disposable income than they know what to do with, and the result can be poor planning and uncontrolled spending. In an effort to help students in grades 4-6 develop their financial literacy skills, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Advertising Council have created “Feed the Pig for Tweens.” The program helps youngsters learn about the importance of saving, while using an engaging game format to build math skills.

“Feed the Pig” was developed with input from the Teacher Advisory Board through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and all teaching materials are free. To learn more, and to get your students playing, visit


Edutopia Videos
Available Free

Edutopia is a nonprofit foundation begun by filmmaker George Lucas in 1991 to find and share innovative practices in K-12 education. Over the years, the organization has produced plenty of video content, which is now available for free download on iTunes U, a dedicated area of the iTunes Store featuring free education audio and video.

A selection of more than 75 Edutopia Core Concept documentary productions is currently available, and is designed for classroom use, professional development programs and community awareness campaigns. The videos are available both through iTunes and at


Giving All Students
Technology Access

Because there are more than 1.5 million children in American schools affected by a hearing or vision loss, some students struggle with making use of modern education technology. Now educators can help by registering with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), which allows students to borrow accessible media for free. DCMP is administered by the National Association of the Deaf and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

DCMP offers educational media with audio description and captioning to K-12 teachers and administrators who have one or more students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. Programming is available through CD-ROMs, DVDs and online streaming.

By registering at, educators can gain access to over 5,000 captioned media titles and 300 programs with captioning and audio description.


Check Out NCSS Site
for Social Studies Help

Give a visit to the website of the National Council for the Social Studies, the largest association in the country dedicated to social studies education. Through the site,, the organization engages and supports educators striving to strengthen students’ civic knowledge. You’ll find classroom resources, professional publications and information on national social studies standards. 



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