Are K - 12 teachers financially secure? Could they use a little help from their friends?
This session addresses financial context affecting K-12 public, private schools, and charter school teachers. The session highlights a recent survey of over 200 teachers regarding their views toward becoming financially secure. Teachers say they can be financially fit but it is a challenge. Using teacher case studies, the participants discuss best financial practices. The session concludes by posing the following question: Should financial educators increase their efforts to provide financial basics to K-12 teachers? If so, what are some promising strategies to consider?
PRESENTER - Mark C. Schug, Emeritus Professor, UW-Milwaukee
Mark C. Schug is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Senior Program Advisor to the Lakeland University Office for the Advancement of Free Enterprise Education. Mark taught for 36 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels.
A widely-recognized scholar, he has written and edited over 230 articles, books, and national curriculum materials. He has spoken to local, state, and national groups throughout the United States and in 11 other countries. He has been the guest co-editor of 11 issues of Social Education, the flagship journal of the National Council for the Social Studies. His latest books are Economic Episodes in American History published by Wohl Publishing and co-authored by William C. Wood, Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and M. Scott Niederjohn, now in its second edition. The same author team of Ferrarini, Niederjohn, Schug, and Wood wrote Teachers Can Be Financially Fit: Economists’ Advice for Educators which was published in 2020 by Springer.
Mark does consulting for several local, state, and national organizations and has served on the boards of local, state, and national non-profit organizations including the (national) Association of Private Enterprise Education, Economics Wisconsin, Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), St. Andrew Lutheran Church, School Choice Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. Professor Schug earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has received six national awards for leadership, curriculum writing (two), service, and research (two) in economic education.
Mark and his wife Io have been married for 52 years, have two grown daughters, and four grandchildren. They live in Port St. Lucie, Florida.