Frequently Asked Questions

Is everyone who applies accepted?

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

Who do I contact if I have a question?

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

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.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Sunday, March 2, 2014.

When will applicants be notified if they have been selected?

All applicants will be notified via email by Monday, March 10, 2014.

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 seminar – including high school teachers, principals, administrators and superintendents.

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 that teach these subjects.

What costs are covered?

  • All seminar materials
  • Transportation and accommodation costs to be covered will be determined based on the distance attendees live from the Wharton | San Francisco campus  (2 Harrison Street, Sixth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105)
    • 0 to 19 miles from campus – attendee to drive* or take plubic transit, no hotel accommodations
    • 20 to 200 miles from campus – attendee to drive*, single room hotel accommodations provided on June 16 and 17, departing on the 18th
    • 200+ miles from campus – attendee to fly (or drive*, if preferred), single room hotel accommodations provided June 16 and 17, departing on the 18th
  • Meals during the seminar:
    • All attendees will receive a $25 Visa card to help cover their dinner on Monday, June 16
    • All other meals during the seminar will be provided
  • Transportation to the seminar:
    • For attendees driving*:
      • You will receive a $50 Visa card to cover associated costs, such as gas and tolls
      • Parking is available (and paid for by PwC) for those commuting by car.
    • For attendees flying:
      • Roundtrip ground transportation to/from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be provided
      • Attendees flying into other area airports will be responsible for organizing and paying for their own transportation
  • 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.

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 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 and leadership among high school students and educators.

How many seminars have KWHS and PwC produced?

This is the fourth 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

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, communication, teamwork, marketing, management, networking and globalization.

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 and leadership 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 challenges. You can visit KWHS at: http://kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu.

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.