"Penny Saved" is a typical teenager who is learning to manage her money. This video does an awesome job introducing the main ideas of financial literacy. It is humorous, well written, and a great thing to show to students to start the needed discussions about the topic. I strongly recommend every teacher and student watch this.
Like all topics taught in schools, personal finance also has its own set of standards. Presented here, the standards describe what should be taught to students. In addition to the standards being listed on the page, there is a downloadable pdf file of the complete set. I think every teacher should read these before implementing a personal finance curriculum.
What are the best practices for selecting financial literacy resources? This site offers all kinds of advice to teachers for selecting those that are useful and kid-friendly. I like how this page is organized and links to the resources. I also think the connection to the standards is an important thing for them to include. This would be a great place to start.
Once a personal finance curriculum has been developed it will be necessary to have lesson plans in order to implement it. The Practical Money Skills for Life website has assembled a huge collection of lessons that cover every aspect of finance. I love how the site is organized by grade level and then further delineated by topic. Things are very easy to find and are quite useful.
Who knows more about financial literacy than the U.S. Mint? This government organization has assembled an enormous collection of lesson plans teachers can use. I like how they are broken down by grade and topic. I think this site should be the first "go to" for any financial literacy program.
PBS produced this video about how to plan for one's financial future. It discusses why most people are living paycheck to paycheck and how to avoid the major pitfalls that lead to debt. This video is a bit dry but still does a nice job of outlining the major points of managing finances.
The best thing about this collection of lesson plans is that they present real world scenarios in which students use their financial skills. I think some of these activities are really great at getting students to think. Topics range from checkbooks to credit cards to going into debt.