Envision – September 2014

CASE funds $30,000 for Patrick Henry Middle School’s Connect the Dots curriculumFMA received a grant in August from CASE After School Initiative to launch the 7th grade Connect the Dots (CTD) curriculum at HISD Patrick Henry Middle School. The CASE grant is funded in part by Harris County Department of Education, CASE for KIDS, Education Foundation of Harris County and Houston Endowment Inc.
Getting to know Connect The Dots
Connect the Dots is a middle school curriculum derived from the award-winning high school Game of Real Life. It engages
  • teachers as facilitators challenging students with higher order critical thinking questions,
  • students working in teams and with volunteers on after school project  learning,
  • professionals as career mentors, speed interviewers, field trip chaperones, trainers and business managers
  • parents as partners, reinforcing the importance of leveraging education and hard work to achieve success.
Connect the Dots has 11 modules with many opportunities for volunteers to help and make a difference in the lives of the students, teachers and parents…
Legislative Update
In the summer of 2014, the Texas Legislature passed two bills that impact education, our students, our economy and FMA.
HB 2662
Texas House Bill 2662 requires all public high schools and open enrollment charter schools to offer personal financial literacy (PFL) classes. These courses will come in a one-semester and two-semester variety. Before students can take these courses the following must occur…
The second piece of legislation, Texas House Bill 5, was implemented this spring, with middle school and high school students having to make decisions regarding the endorsement path they will take to graduation. Legislation recommended 5 endorsements…cta.jpg

Celebrating Community Commitment – November 14, 2014

FMA celebrates the community and FMA’s tenth anniversary with a breakfast at Junior League of Houston.  Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University will talk about the importance of business and the community being involved in education initiatives.  Principal Sarah Stafford will share her excitement and expectations about the Connect The Dots curriculum at Patrick Henry Middle School.


For a save the date invitation or more information about the breakfast, please contact Lorraine Decker.  If you are interested in co-sponsoring this community event, please contact Board MemberKim Fontenot.

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One Dozen Pros Join the FMA Board
June was an exceptional month in Houston. The weather was perfect, FMA was fortunate to engage 12 professionals for the FMA Board, many of whom had experience with our programs dating back to 2004, Laura Ewing was elected Secretary of the FMA Board and Loren Steffy became the ENVISION editor.In addition to our original four leaders Ken and Lorraine Decker, Caryn McGriff and Cameron Decker, M.D. – and our Advisory Board members – Dr. Stephen Klineberg of Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, Ryan Colburn president of Regions Bank Houston and Jim Peniston, Executive Director for Financial Planning – the 12 new Board members are…
FMA to present at Link Up Houston
FMA will present at the Link Up student conference at HCC on October 25, 2014.  Rodrigo Martinez and Zayra Castillo, UH students and Real Life graduates will lead a workshop on Do You Want to Be a Millionaire?  Lorraine Decker will lead a workshop requested by the teens on Budgeting 101.
Volunteers are needed to serve as career mentors.  If you are interested, please contact Brian Smith.
The Link Up event is free to all Houston area middle school and high school students.  Click here to register.

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