Financial Fitness Extravaganza


Thank you to the Fred & Mary Koch foundation for expressing their support for financial literacy by sponsoring the Financial Fitness Extravaganza five years in a row!

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SCHEDULE: (Download FFE Program 2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Sessions (lunch & break provided)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – (continental breakfast)
  • 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Sessions (lunch & break provided)

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Yes, we are still accepting applications through Thursday, June 8th for those needing a room in the dorms.  All others can still apply up to Monday, June 12th. 


The Financial Fitness Extravaganza is a great way to get all the free resources & training you need to teach a semester personal finance course!  You will also be network with other colleagues teaching personal finance around the state.   Attendees will receive a copy of new Virtual Economics (VE) version 4.5 if they have not received one recently.  VE is a flash drive with over 1400 lessons K-12 for integrating economics and personal finance, concept video demonstrations, etc.  View a list of  the curriculum guides on VE you’ll have plus you will receive even more resources accessible online and from the speakers.  Still not convinced, view VE contents by lesson title.

Comments from 2015 Financial Fitness Extravaganza


We will be sharing a new series of lessons on behavioral economics.

Did you miss last year?  Sue Lynn Sasser, University of Central Oklahoma, will be back with us to present to those who missed her last year.  She had great things to share with us including the lessons she wrote for the Oklahoma Department of Education.  She will have a new session too!

Nate Geraci, President of The ETF Store in Kansas City and Host of The ETF Show, will be the keynote discussing how to help students prepare for successful financial futures with a focus on saving and investing.

Other Great Speakers:

  • Laura Zellers, M. Acc., Lecturer, School of Accountancy in the W. Frank Barton School of business, Wichita State University
  • Eric Higgins, von Waaden Chair of Investment Management, Professor and Head of the Department of Finance, Kansas State University
  • Jeff Witherspoon, Executive Director, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc.
  • Cindy Hermes, Director of Public Outreach, Kansas Insurance Department
  • Jackie Williams, Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt
  • Dana Branam, Director of Consumer Affairs, Office of the State Bank Commissioner
  • Jan Wolcutt, Professor, Department of Economics & Director of the Center for Economic Education, W. Frank Barton School of Business, Wichita State University
  • Rob Catlett, Professor, Department of Math, Comp. Sci & Economics, Director of the Center for Economic Education, Emporia State University


Since 2001 the KCEE’s blockbuster Financial Fitness Institutes have received hundreds of thumbs-up from teachers across the state. This Financial Fitness Extravaganza (started in 2013) is a combination of all prior institutes with revised resources and more. Personal Finance teachers can receive updated resources along with financial topic updates from professionals in the field. The conference style event will also provide time for sharing with others throughout the state teaching personal finance.


New Virtual Economics 4.5 (flash drive with over 1,400 K-12 economics/finance lessons) that contains full versions of the New High School Economics, Revised Learning Earning & Investing for a New Generation,  Financial Fitness for Life, Economics and Entrepreneurship and much more. These resources will give you more than enough to teach a full semester personal finance course.   Teachers will also receive training on how to use our financial literacy programs, the new Better Money Habits video & lessons series, Gen i Revolution, Stock Market Game, LifeSmarts, EconEdLink online lessons and much more!

Are you teaching a full semester personal finance course or strongly integrating personal finance into another class? If yes, this workshop is for you.  Apply online today!


All costs associated with the conference – including meals during the event, curriculum materials are provided FREE of charge. Participants may chose to stay in the new WSU dormitory, Shocker Hall, at a very reasonable rate of around $40/night.  Scholarships for housing are also available.  See details below.  Bring a colleague and specify your roommate.  Reservation information will be available a little later. Rooms are set up as double occupancy and are designed suite-style sharing a bathroom. Each room is carpeted and furnished with two single beds, a sink/vanity, a closet and drawer space in the two desks and dressers. Bedding is provided. Daily maid service is not included in the rates, but public areas will be routinely cleaned.

*Scholarships for housing is free for teachers teaching a full semester course and coming from over an hour away.  A letter confirming that you teach a full semester course will be requested later and that letter will get you free housing and free grad credit if desired.


In addition to receiving the fantastic resources and training, you have the option of participating for professional development or choosing to receive one hour of graduate credit with a partial to full scholarship.  University credit options will be listed at a later date.

WSU Graduate Credit – Course #Econ753AC (1 hour)
ESU Graduate Credit – Course


Partial to full scholarships will be provided to teachers who select to receive graduate credit. To receive this tuition assistance teachers must be CERTIFIED KANSAS TEACHERS currently under contract with a Kansas public or private school and strongly teaching personal finance in middle or high school.  More details to come!


Apply Online Now!  We will begin accepting applications early March.  This event is only open to teachers who are strongly integrating personal finance in a middle or high school classrooms.  

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2017 Sponsors:

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Almost sixty teachers from Kansas schools were together at Wichita State University on June 14-15, 2016 to focus on financial literacy in the classroom.

2016 FFE Attendee Map

2016 FFE Attendee Map