Several still photos of colorful outdoor murals and a wall with yellow post-it notes covered in math equations are shown in rapid succession to the sound of a camera shutter clicking. Then the scene shifts to an aerial panorama of a city on a sunny day with water and mountains in the distance.
A series of still photos of Claudia Walker standing in her school’s hallway is clicked through. One wall of the hallway has yellow paper covered with students’ math problems pinned to it. Claudia smiles at the camera. She is wearing a casual, stylish outfit of a denim shirt and black pants.
Claudia Walker [off-screen]: Right after I graduated from college, I worked for a major investment bank,
Claudia walks down a street with another woman. Then an aerial view of her school, which has colorful murals on two large outside walls, is shown on a clear, sunny day.
Claudia [off-screen]: and then I started a business, and then I got into teaching.
Claudia [onscreen]: I was looking for a career change, and teaching was the thing that I found.
Piano music plays. An aerial view of a neighborhood with cars driving down the street is shown.
Onscreen text: Claudia Walker is one of 732 teachers in the U.S. introducing middle and high school students to the world of investing through the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge.
Several still photos of Claudia writing on the white board in her classroom are flipped through. Students enter the room from outside. Claudia stands in front of her class with her computer screen projected on the wall. Close-ups of several students, listening attentively, are shown.
Claudia [off-screen]: As teachers we come to the work because we want to prepare kids for the future. And financial literacy—making sure that students understand about financial literacy and the different forms of investment—is absolutely preparing them for their future. It's probably one of the most important things that we could do.
Her students collaborate on an activity as Claudia checks in individually with each group.
Claudia [off-screen]: You know, we're talking about money, and most kids are motivated by money—whether it's, you know, chores or getting a scholarship, they're motivated by the payoff. And so my conversation with the students is "How do you manage that? Regardless of how much money you make, how do you manage your finances?"
Students walk up to the school building. They are wearing headphones and backpacks, and couple of students are dribbling basketballs. Inside the classroom, Claudia monitors her students while they work on an activity, and walks over to a student who raises his hand.
Claudia [off-screen]: For me, it's really important, particularly with the population of students that I teach. They're predominantly Latino and African American, and we know that there's a gap in terms of their access to financial literacy classes. And so for me it's really important that when my students leave my classroom, they have the tools, they have the knowledge to go into the world, and really be able to use what they have in order to create wealth for their families and their community, and the Capitol Hill Challenge is a great place to start.
The exterior of the school building, which has “Havenscourt Campus” on the wall above the entrance, is shown from the street, then the camera zooms out to an aerial view of the school before zooming back in to the parking lot, which has a colorful mural painted on one wall. Claudia walks past several portable classroom buildings, her purse slung over her shoulder. The scene shifts to an interior hallway, where Claudia stops to chat with a student in front of a bank of lockers. Claudia is also shown walking outside with another woman, perhaps another teacher, and working at her desk on her laptop. Then several still photos of students in a classroom are clicked through. Then the camera clicks through several images of a smiling Claudia, standing in the same hallway where she was first shown.
Background music begins to play and continues through the end of video.
Claudia [off-screen]: Success as a teacher is a student coming to me and saying that, you know, "There was something that you said or that you did in the classroom that really shifted the way that I saw things, or that I saw myself." You know, content is important, but I want students to understand that they matter, that there's a place for them in this world, and really figuring out what that place is.
Onscreen text: Charles Schwab Foundation has committed $1 million over three years to advance financial capability and civics through the SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge.
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