IBAT Teach the Teacher Program

Upcoming Programs

06 - Abliene

07 - San Angelo

10 - Waco

22 - Kilgore


The IBAT Education Foundation created The IBAT Teach the Teacher Program™ in 2011 to address the national financial literacy problem on a local level, by connecting local community bankers, teachers, schools and students. Community banker involvement in the program is crucial not only in providing the program in the community, but also to create a follow-up mentorship program that keeps improving the commnity over time. The Foundation is working tandem with TEA service regions to move this important program to each of the 20 regions.

Program Details 
  • Six-hour workshop using presentations and interactive exercises;
  • Approved for six hours of Texas Education Agency (TEA) continuing education credit;
  • Aligned with personal finance TEKS and STAAR graduate testing standards;
  • Developed by teachers for teachers.
Why Focus on Financial Literacy in Texas?
As a result of the lack of education in financial literacy, consumers in Texas rank among the lowest in average credit scores, household net worth and home ownership. Also, research shows that the faculty assigned to teach personal financial management often lack the knowledge and confidence to do so effectively. 
As of 2005, the Texas Legislature issued an unfunded mandate to high schools to offer personal financial education courses. Beginning in 2014, personal financial literacy education became a required component of elementary, middle and high school programs. This is also unfunded.

The IBAT Teach the Teacher Program™ provides instructional methods, games and fun confidence builders to show teachers ways to engage students in matters of credit scores, saving, budgeting, spending, debit, credit card awareness, investments, insurance, taxes and identity theft.

Teachers and Students in the Following Communities Have Benefitted From the Program:
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • Waco
  • Amarillo
  • Conroe
  • Mount Pleasant
  • San Antonio
  • Victoria
  • Houston
  • Fort Worth
  • Edinburg 
  • Wichita Falls
  • Abilene
  • San Angelo
  • Corpus Christi
  • El Paso 
  • San Angelo 
  • Midland 
  • Lubbock 
  • Dallas 
  • Beaumont

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors

Teach the Teacher Program Honored with Power of A Award

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) has earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Teach the Teacher Program, giving Texas high school teachers, who are mandated to teach financial management to 12th grade students, an understanding of and confidence in the course material. Read more.

2015 Midland Teach the Teacher Program