- Richmond Public Schools
RPS Teachers to Participate in the Board of Governors Town Hall Meeting
Five RPS teachers are headed to Washington D.C. this week to attend the Board of Governors Town Hall Meeting with Federal Board Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, as part of their work on the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Teacher Collaborative Committee.
Roberta Aigbokhaevbo (Thomas Jefferson High School), Melvin Barksdale (Armstrong High School), Jacklyn Bruce (Thomas Jefferson High School), Charlotte Hayer (Richmond Community High School), and Elaine Johnson-Macon (Franklin Military Academy) are all members of 2018-2019 Teacher Collaborative Committee, a program within the Bank’s Economic Education department that supports their development and delivery of economic and financial education resources and programs.
“In the Economic Education department, we create classroom lessons and activities and offer field trip opportunities to help students better understand economics, personal finance and the Federal Reserve System,” said Angie Collier, Senior Economic Education Specialist. “It’s critical to us that all the resources we develop are what classroom teachers need. Who better to inform our practice than the teachers themselves? Our Teacher Collaborative Committee acts as our eyes and ears in the classroom, test-driving resources and providing us with feedback that guides our work. RPS teachers have a clear passion for teaching, learning and sharing best practices.”
The committee consists of high school economics and personal finance teachers from the Richmond, Baltimore, and Charlotte areas. They work with the Economic Education department to provide input and feedback on the Bank’s education resources, help guide their outreach efforts to teachers and students and discuss best practices. In turn, the Bank offers valuable professional development opportunities, classroom resources and the chance to network with other teachers across the region who teach the same content.
“As one of only twelve cities nationwide to have a Federal Reserve Bank, we are lucky to have such a valuable resource at our fingertips,” said Jacklyn Bruce, World History, Economics and Personal Finance Teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. “We have a unique opportunity to have our students visit the Bank and we have tangible resources to use that makes teaching Economics more engaging for our students. I also love to have students view their currency to see if they have bills drawn on our local Federal Reserve Bank.”
The five RPS teachers will join 26 other teachers from the committee at this week’s town hall meeting. In a ‘Conversation with the Chairman’, Mr. Powell will address educators nationwide via webcast and take questions from the audience.
“The Teacher Collaborative Committee provides a wealth of information and the opportunity for teachers and students to learn more about the purpose of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank and how it plays an important role in our daily life,” said Elaine Johnson-Macon, Economics and Personal Finance Teacher at Franklin Military Academy. “The program is doing an excellent job in reaching out to educators and providing speakers, tours and teaching materials for all grade levels.”
For more information on the work of the Teacher Collaborative Committee, visit