“Dimes, Dollars & Decisions” Teaches Iowa Students Financial Literacy


Iowa Insurance Division and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire Iowa students and their families. From October 8 to November 16, professional actors from NTC will visit middle schools with live performances of “Dimes, Dollars & Decisions,” sparking conversations on financial literacy in classrooms throughout Iowa.

The program will focus on:

  • The difference between credit and debit cards
  • What taxes are
  • The importance of forming a savings habit
  • How insurance works

The live program is built off a series of comedy sketches, each one posing everyday situations with financial literacy problems and solutions. While the educational content is scripted, the actors incorporate improvised lines by soliciting information from the students, integrating student input and volunteers into the show.

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (both print and online versions), teacher guides, infographic posters, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live show. Iowa Insurance Division sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”
For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Katie Miesen at [email protected] For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.com.

About Iowa Insurance Division
The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) has general control, supervision and direction over all insurance and securities business transacted in the state and enforces Iowa’s laws and regulations. The IID investigates consumer complaints and prosecutes companies, agents and brokers engaging in unfair trade practices. Consumers with insurance or securities-related questions or complaints may contact the IID toll free at 877-955-1212 or visit http://www.iid.iowa.gov.

About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.

Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.

Please direct inquiries to:
Katie Miesen
Director, Client Services
[email protected]

Jolene Schurman
Assistant to the Commissioner
[email protected]