Learning Labs

Learning Labs are educational sessions sponsored by AAFCS exhibitors and sponsor companies! Learn more about their curricula and tools at these sessions, held mainly during expo hours. 

Monday, June 25th

3:45pm-4:45pm: Together We're Stronger: Supporting Teachers Through Collaboration, Sponsored by the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy
Presented by Amina Carter
This workshop provides teachers a detailed understanding on the unique way in which Jump$tart Coalition serves in the Financial Literacy Space; offering many content-rich resources from our valued partners and supporters that will empower teachers and students to take charge of their financial well-being.

5:30pm-6:20pm: Eggs Rule in Schools! Sponsored by the American Egg Board
Presented by Katherine Zelman

Find out how much weight an empty eggshell can hold and how eating an egg-rich breakfast can help your students stay focused! The American Egg Board will present “Eggs in Schools”– the latest in lesson plans and eggsperiments for classroom education and introduce “Tools for Schools”– a new online resource library designed to support school foodservice operators and their efforts to serve more eggs in school meals. Get access to “Eggy” logos, posters, how-to videos and much more! Participants will leave with great ideas for incorporating eggs into their school education and nutrition programs.

6:30pm-7:20pm: Do Dinner! Sponsored by The Family Dinner Project
Presented by Cindil Redick-Ponte
The Family Dinner Project will present its new community service program for FCS students. Participants will be provided with resources and strategies to inspire them to take on the mission of giving back and helping their communities champion family dinner.

6:30pm-7:20pm: Integrating Financial Education Into Your Programs, Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Presented by Mia Russell
Hands on Banking® is a free financial education program that offers money management resources and tools for youth, adults, seniors, military, and entrepreneurs. Topics include a wide range of concepts such as how to develop a budget, establish good credit, save for short- and long-term goals, and much more.

Tuesday, June 26th


8:30am-9:20am: Innovative Tools for Textile Classrooms, Sponsored by B-Sew Inn
Presented by Josie Baird
Not all spool caps are created equal, and seam rippers now clean up the threads they rip. Learn about the impressive changes to the tools we use the most in textile classrooms. Attendees will also receive information on our free 2018-19 Loaner Equipment Program, and be eligible for plenty of door prizes.

9:30am-10:20am: Introducing WindowsWear, a New and Innovative Online Resource for FCS, Sponsored by WindowsWear
Presented by Mike Niemtzow
WindowsWear is a leading online education resource used by top colleges and high schools. In this presentation, discover visually-stunning content for your FCS classes, especially for fashion, interior design, and culinary (coming soon). Take your students on a virtual trip to New York City and discover the hottest trends in fashion & retail. Go back in time with the WindowsWear Archives dating back to 1931! WindowsWear offers unique content, professional development, educational tours, free lesson plans, and much more.

9:30am-10:20am: Enhance Your FACS Program Using 3D Design Technology, Sponsored by Chief Architect
Presented by Debbie Gray
Bring 3D Technology into your classroom to enhance your FACS Program: Residential/Commercial Interior Design and Housing; Restaurant Design; Child Learning Centers; Storefront Displays for Clothing/Fashion; Event Planning; ADA Design/ Green Building. Free Trial Version and Curriculum Ideas, ready to implement when you return to the classroom. Learn about Certification Exam opportunities for Students and Instructors.

10:30am-11:20am: Money Smart: FDIC's Free Financial Education Resources, Sponsored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Presented by Luke W. Reynolds

Money Smart provides reliable, objective materials that are customizable to help people learn more about managing their finances. The workshop will introduce you to Money Smart products that include instructor-led curricula for people of all ages (including K-12 students and older adults) and Money Smart for Small Business. It is also available in several languages, Braille and large print. For example, the adult curriculum is available in nine languages, and the podcasts and Money Smart for Older Adults are available in English and Spanish.

11:30am-12:20pm: Empower Kids to Take Charge of Their Financial Futures, Sponsored by Biz Kid$
Presented by Jamie Hammond
BizKid$ tools and resources teach kids how to make and manage money introducing concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Find out how to these materials engage kids using a fast-paced mix of direct education, sketch comedy, animation, and stories featuring real life young entrepreneurs. Explore how to use the wide breath of free online lesson plans and find out how they map nationally—and in each state—to be integrated into a variety of education settings. Participants will take away many new tools and ideas that excite their kids and motivate them to find their passion, see the opportunities around them and take action using real world examples of how simple ideas can change their world.