The banking industry, and your association, are seen as experts in the field. When the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction initiated its process for reviewing and revising academic standards for social studies back in August 2017, WBA was asked to contribute that expertise to the time-intensive process of drafting new standards.
In October 2017, WBA Operations Manager and Senior Writer Amber Seitz, who also serves as the financial literacy coordinator for the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, received a formal invitation from the state superintendent's office to be a member of the writing committee for the new standards. WBA was invited to participate to provide non-educator expert input, particularly related to the economics strand of the standards (the social studies discipline contains five content strands: behavioral sciences, economics, geography, history, inquiry practices and processes, and political science).
The 42-member writing team included educators from all grade levels, geographic regions, district sizes, and levels of classroom experience and included non-educator industry leaders, district administrators and curriculum coordinators, and representatives from higher education and special education.
On March 22, 2018 Seitz and seven other members of the writing team presented the standards draft to the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council. With the council's support, Superintendent Tony Evers is expected to formally adopt the new standards in late spring/early summer.
As a local expert in economics, don't hesitate to make yourself a resource for the teachers in your area!