Tennessee Jump$tart

(615) 253-7459

Tennessee Jump$tart is a non-profit organization comprised of approximately 50 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of Tennessee’s youth.

Tennessee Jump$tart
Personal Financial Education 15th Annual Conference

June 5-7, 2019
Park Vista Hotel – Gatlinburg, TN

The Premier Personal Finance Conference in Tennessee!

Why Should I Attend?

If you teach personal finance or want to learn more about personal finance concepts and resources, this conference is for you! And, you will be able to:

  • Be part of a community of personal finance education professionals

  • Obtain high quality professional development

  • Network with others involved in personal financial education

  • Have fun while learning

  • Gain the employment requirement to teach TN high school personal finance course (secondary level endorsement)

  • Attain the W!SE National Financial Literacy Certification Testing (must meet eligibility requirements) –the only TN testing location! See details below

  • Obtain new, high quality educational resources and lessons

  • Attend great sessions by educators and industry professionals

  • Interact with personal finance vendor exhibits

  • Participate in fun activities: QR Code Quest, Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt

  • Win door prizes and eat fabulous food!

  • Meet award winning educators (This could be you! To apply, visit www.tnjumpstart.org and see Excellence in Financial Education Educator of the Year under Activities)

  • See beautiful scenery (and you might see a bear!)

Who Can Attend the Conference?

Conference is open to all financial education educators and practitioners. Whether you are a teacher at a public school, private school, home school, or student teacher, or are an outreach specialist at a community organization, non-profit, or business – this conference is for you!

What is the Cost and How Do I Register?

Please click here to register.                                

  • Early Registration 2019 (First 100 TN K-12 Classroom Educators or non-profit financial educators - Eligible for $150 travel/registration stipend) -$120.00


  • Early Registration 2019 (All Other) - $120.00


  • After 05/10/2019 - $150


  • Exhibitor 2019 - $250


Conference Agenda

Click here to view the 2019 Conference Agenda

How Do I Apply for the Excellence in Financial Education Educator of the Year Award?

You know you are doing great things in your personal finance classroom, so get recognized for your efforts!

Download the application here (application deadline: April 30, 2019).

What is the W!SE National Financial Certification Test and How Do I Register?

A collaborative effort between the Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Working in Support of Education (W!SE) will allow teachers the unique opportunity to earn a National Certification in Personal Finance! Additional information about the W!SE Certification can be found at: http://www.wise-ny.org/.

 This is an opportunity to gain additional credentialing to demonstrate your competence as a personal finance educator. The test will be administered on Friday, June 7, 2019.

You must be registered to attend this year's conference to take the W!SE certification test.

  Option 1: You have attended a previous Tennessee Jump$tart conference or training

 For the first 25 educators who have previously attended a TN Jump$tart conference or training and who register and pay, the test will be $25 (Tennessee Jump$tart is paying for half of the test expense – the normal cost of the test is $50!). Spaces are filled on a first come basis.   

 Option 2: You are attending the conference for the first time.

In this case, you are eligible to take the test, and the cost is $50.

 To register for the W!SE certification test, see the test registration links in the registration section. 

How Do I Make My Hotel Reservation?

The Park Vista Hotel has generously agreed to provide a rate of $94 per night for Tuesday – Thursday nights and a limited number at this rate for Friday and Saturday nights. Rates are on a limited basis based on availability and subject to change based on changes to the government per diem rates.

Reservations to the room block must be made by Friday, May 17. After this time the room block will be released. A limited number of rooms are available at the conference rates.

To make a hotel reservation at the Park Vista Hotel:

  • Log into www.parkvista.com

  • From the home page (mid-page) you will see the “Make a Reservation” field. Choose arrival and departure dates, number of rooms requested and click Check Rates.

  • Under the Special Accounts & Rates header on the right hand side, you will enter booking code TJC in the Group Code field and click Continue.

  • The group rates will be displayed along with the available room types. Proceed with reservations as prompted.

Guests can also call 1-800-421-7275 and provide the same group code TJC to the responding reservations agent.

Early Departure Fee

In the event that you check out prior to your reserved check out date, an early departure fee of $50 will be charged to your individual account. If you wish to avoid this fee, you must advise the hotel at or before check in.

What if I Have Questions?

Please contact Jackie Morgan (Jackie.Morgan@atl.frb.org), Tennessee Jump$tart Education Chair.