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Teaching the next generation

Teaching the next generation

Teaching the next generation

Vonda Van Til  Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

We celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week the week and honor all of the educators who are preparing students for the future. Social Security knows that a well-informed instructor is usually the best one suited to educate others. That’s why we have online resources that are easy to access and share.

Social Security’s Educator Toolkit is a rich resource for teachers and advocates. Our Information for Educators page contains information and resources to engage students and to educate them on Social Security. It includes infographics and handouts for each lesson plan, links to Social Security webpages, talking points and quiz questions and answers.

Here’s a brief sample appropriate for high school students: Start the discussion by asking students what they think they know about Social Security and if they think Social Security is important to them as high school students. Capture key words and phrases on the board or screen to keep for future discussion.

You can access the toolkit at Social

It’s important for students to understand why Social Security was created and why it is essential to their lives today and in the future. This knowledge and understanding will provide students a strong base on which to build their financial future.

Young workers also can see how Social Security directly relates to them at our students website, Social

At Social Security, we appreciate informed people speaking about our programs and benefits in a thoughtful and informed way. We value and welcome the efforts all teachers make to educate America’s young people.

Vonda Van Til is the public affairs specialist for West Michigan. You may write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email to



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