Frequently Asked Questions

What type of professional development experience does this seminar provide?

This intensive, three-day learning experience is designed to help educators deepen their understanding of financial literacy and develop business-related skills that they can seamlessly integrate into their classrooms. While finance is a central theme, participants will also learn about entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and relationship-building to help their students develop real-world job skills. The PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility is unlike most professional development opportunities in that it exposes educators to an advanced level of learning on business and financial literacy education that only world-class Wharton faculty and PwC executives can deliver. In this sophisticated educational environment -- paired with practical classroom strategies and regular networking forums and idea exchanges -- educators enjoy an inspiring and comprehensive seminar experience.

What is financial literacy?

Financial literacy is a deep understanding of how money works in the world, including basic concepts like earning and saving, as well as more complex ideas like inflation and compound interest. People who are financially literate are better able to use knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their finances and manage money effectively throughout their lifetime.

What is business responsibility?

Business responsibility involves understanding the concepts, language and skills necessary to be confident and successful in today’s business world. This includes, but is not limited to, leadership, entrepreneurship, diversity, ethics, communications, teamwork, marketing, management, networking and globalization.

Is everyone who applies accepted?

Given the overwhelming interest in the seminar and the number of applications that we receive from qualified educators around the country, we are unfortunately unable to accept everyone who applies.

Do I need to be a teacher to attend?

You must have a permanent teaching position or supervisory role in education. You must teach finance, business or a business-related subject at the high school level in the United States or be in a supervisory role to teachers who teach these subjects.

Can I attend if I live outside the United States?

At this time the seminar is only open to high school educators in the United States.

Can I attend the seminar if I attended one of the previous seminars?

We want to provide the greatest number of high school educators with the opportunity to attend. While we are not accepting applications from previous participants, we ask for your help in spreading the word to your colleagues about our upcoming seminars – including high school teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is November 3, 2014.

When will applicants be notified if they have been selected?

All applicants will be notified via email by November 6, 2014.

What costs are covered?

Transportation and accommodation costs to be covered will be determined based on the distance attendees live from Wharton's campus (3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104).
  • Accommodations
    • 0 - 24 miles from  campus - no hotel accommodations
    • 25+ miles from  campus - single-room hotel accommodations provided on Dec. 5 and 6, departing on the 7th
  • Transportation to/from Philadelphia
    • 0 to 24 miles from campus, attendee can:
      • Drive*
      • Take public transit (SEPTA, PATCO or NJ Transit)
    • 25+ miles from campus, attendee will either:
      • Drive*
      • Take public transit (SEPTA, PATCO or NJ Transit)
      • Take Amtrak**
      • Fly***
*You will receive a $50 Visa card to cover associated costs, such as gas and tolls, and complimentary parking will be provided. **Amtrak is highly recommended for attendees traveling from DE, DC, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA and VA (if public transit is not available). ***For attendees approved to fly, round-trip ground transportation will be provided to/from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Attendees flying into other area airports will be responsible for organizing and paying for their own transportation.
  • Meals
    • All attendees will receive a $25 Visa card to cover their dinner on Friday, Dec. 5th
    • All other meals during the seminar will be provided
  • Seminar materials
  • All other expenses incurred are the responsibility of the attendee.

Do I have to attend the entire conference?

Yes. Participants are expected to attend all events during the seminar, including meals, the faculty teaching sessions, panels and individual speaker presentations. Certificates from Knowledge@Wharton will only be provided to participants who fulfill this attendance requirement.

How much professional development time will I receive?

The seminar will provide 20 hours of professional development based on two full eight-hour days and one four-hour day of class time and networking. Those who attend the entire three-day seminar will receive a certificate of completion from Knowledge@Wharton. Participants will then need to contact their state Departments of Education and/or school districts to receive credit approval. Knowledge@Wharton and PwC US will not be responsible for following up on professional development accreditation.

Is KWHS an approved Act 48 credit provider for PA educators?

Knowledge@Wharton High School has established an Act 48 credit partnership with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, Pa. As a result, the MCIU will be processing Pennsylvania-based educators’ requests to receive professional development credit for the PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility. Those educators will receive more information about how and when to register for their Act 48 credit requests. Update as of December 2014: For the fall 2013 seminar, Knowledge@Wharton High School established an Act 48 credit partnership with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown, Pa. As a result, the MCIU processed Pennsylvania educators’ requests to receive professional development credit for the PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility. In 2014, the MCIU alerted us as follows: We have been in discussion with the PA Department of Education regarding the practice of uploading Act 48 hours for outside organizations offering professional development to teachers. We have been informed that we are only permitted to upload hours for professional development that we create and deliver as an Intermediate Unit. Unfortunately, we will not be able to upload hours for the PwC-KWHS Seminar this year. PDE encourages teachers to provide certificates of completion to their home school district for the uploading of hours on their behalf. Districts typically upload Act 48 credits as an employee courtesy. As a result, we encourage all Pennsylvania teachers to provide their certificates of completion to their home school districts in order to process their Act 48 credits.

How can I engage with the seminar on social media?

Follow @Wharton HS and @PwC_LLP on Twitter to join the Seminar for Business Educators’ conversation. Unique hashtags for the seminar are #HSBFR and #teachfinlit. Please use the hashtags to help spread the word!

What is Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS)?

The mission of KWHS, a member of the Knowledge @Wharton global network, is to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership and other key business skills among high school students and educators by providing free innovative educational content. KWHS publishes a global online business journal for high school students interested in exploring all the ways that business touches their lives. In addition, KWHS creates opportunities for students and educators to explore their business-related interests both inside and outside of the classroom through lesson plans, seminars and educational competitions. You can visit KWHS at: http://kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @WhartonHS and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whartonhs.

What is PwC US?

PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they are looking for. PwC is a member of the PwC network of firms in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at  www.pwc.com/US. Learn more about PwC by following us online: @PwC_LLPYouTubeLinkedInFacebook and Google +. © 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership. All rights reserved. PwC refers to the US member firm, and may sometimes refer to the PwC network. Each member firm is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

Why are PwC and KWHS partners in delivering this seminar?

PwC US, a Delaware limited liability partnership, and KWHS share a common vision for improving the financial and business literacy of today’s young people and increasing access to teacher training opportunities. A leading professional services firm, PwC US is committed to leveraging the skills of its more than 39,000 employees to help raise students’ proficiency in math and financial literacy. KWHS, as an initiative of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, can leverage its expertise in education and business to promote global financial literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership and other key business skills among high school students and educators.

How many seminars have KWHS and PwC produced?

This is the fifth PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility. Previous seminars were held:
  • September 28-30, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA
  • June 17-19, 2013 in San Francisco, CA
  • October 25-27, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA
  • June 16-18, 2014 in San Francisco, CA

Who do I contact if I have a question?

Questions can be sent to KWHSseminar(at)wharton.upenn.edu