Four Bands Community Fund created Making Waves Teacher Toolkits with lessons targeted at financial literacy and entrepreneurship that support content standards in each of the four core content areas (Math, Science, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies) within four grade areas: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade - 6th Grade, 7th Grade - 8th Grade, and 9th Grade - 12th Grade. There are also lessons appropriate to grade levels for other content areas including Agriculture Education, Business, Computer, and Marketing, Educational Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Personal Finance, and Trade and Industrial Education.
Program Goal in the Schools
The ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of financial literacy and entrepreneurship early so that future generations have the knowledge and skills needed to make money matter and create their own jobs. We want youth to avoid the pitfalls that result in damaged credit histories, paycheck to paycheck spending, and few or no assets. We want youth to have the knowledge and skills they need to impact a set of key behaviors that will equip them in financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Our staff continues to work with teachers in schools throughout the Reservation to support teachers in using the lessons in their classrooms. Staff has gathered feedback from teachers about the lessons in order to expand and improve the lessons and information in the Teacher Toolkits.
Who are the partner schools?
Kindergarten through twelfth grade classes in the Eagle Butte, Dupree, Takini, Timber Lake and Tiospaye Topa schools are partnering with Four Bands to prepare the Seventh Generation of wavemakers.
In February, 2009, teachers from the partner schools convened to learn more about the Making Waves program and to receive Teacher Toolkits. Read the full story about the teacher session.