Frequently Asked Questions

The seminar is an intensive, three-day learning experience 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 seminar 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.

If you are a high school educator who is interested in deepening your knowledge about business and personal finance and you are ready for a challenge, then you should consider applying to the PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators. If you are accepted and agree to attend, then you are making a pledge to travel to the seminar location for the scheduled program and to participate fully in the experience, including attending ALL sessions. We expect attendees to be mindful of the financial commitment that is made on their behalf, as well as be prepared for the sophistication and rigor of the seminar experience.

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.

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.

  • All seminar materials
  • Meals during the seminar
  • Accommodations and transportation 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)
    • Accommodations
      • 0 to 24 miles from campus – No hotel accommodations
      • 25+ miles from campus – Single-room hotel accommodations provided June 15 and 16, departing on the 17th
    • Transportation
      • 0 to 200 miles from campus, attendee can:
        • Drive*
        • Take public transit
      • 200+ miles from campus, attendee will either:
        • Drive* (if preferred)
        • Fly**
  • All other expenses incurred are the responsibility of the attendee. Examples of expenses not covered include taxis, meals outside of the seminar, transportation to and from other area airports outside of SFO and hotel incidentals (movie rentals, room service, etc.).

*A Visa card will be provided to help cover associated costs, such as gas and tolls, and complimentary parking will be provided.

**Round-trip ground transportation will be provided to/from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to the seminar. Attendees flying into other area airports will be responsible for organizing and paying for their own transportation.

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. If you are chosen to attend the seminar, then we ask you to recognize that you are being given an opportunity that many other educators would also like to have, and please follow through with your commitment to attend and to participate fully.

You must have a permanent teaching position or supervisory role in education. You must teach personal finance, accounting, 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.

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

No. 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.

11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, April 12, 2015.

All applicants will be notified via email by April 20, 2015.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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 41,000 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.

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This is the sixth 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
  • December 5-7, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA