Invest Ed® STARS (Students Tracking and Researching the Stock Market) is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Securities that began in 2005 and, to date, has reached over 35,000 students. The STARS program is designed to enhance existing curriculum and promote the financial education of Oklahoma students.
The STARS program has been developed as an investor education and fraud awareness program. The STARS program teaches students to research investments, assess risk, set financial goals, create online stock portfolios, and track results.
STARS differs from other programs because the focus of the stock portfolio project is on long-term investing principles, not short term performance gains. Performance is assessed on what the student learns not the value of the portfolio at the end of the program. In addition, the student portfolio continues to be accessible to the student after leaving the classroom. Consequently, STARS provides students the opportunity to review their portfolios five or ten years later, giving them the ability to truly see the importance of long-term investing, the time value of money, and the compounding of interest.
Oklahoma students grades 9-12 have the opportunity to write a paper and win a monetary award. The papers should document the students’ research process in creating their stock portfolios, explain why they chose particular stocks, describe how their stocks performed, and detail what they learned as a result of the STARS program.
Students interested in the STARS awards can either enter as a part of a participating STARS teacher class or as part of the online learning class taught by Marquita Seifried of the Oklahoma Department of Securities. There are seven $1,000 awards that will be given once a year at the end of the spring semester.
Any teacher can teach the STARS program. Oklahoma teachers are eligible to receive a stipend for teaching the STARS program if certain requirements are met.Learn More
STARS is a hands-on investor education and fraud awareness education program. The STARS project teaches students to research investments, assess risk, set goals, and create and track online stock portfolios. The program is designed as a curriculum supplement and can be implemented in all subject matter areas or within student organizations.
To have a better financial future, most Americans will need to participate in the financial markets. Time is essential when investing in the financial markets. Therefore we hope to provide a non-biased education resource to help with investing confidence.
The program is FREE. The Oklahoma Department of Securities offers free teacher training and support to the STARS teachers.
STARS focuses on long term financial health by teaching students financial, investment, and fraud awareness in the program. The students learn how to research investments, assess risk, set investment goals, and create and track an online stock portfolio.
TEACHERS ARE FACILITATORS. Teachers are not expected to be subject-matter experts. STARS provides free training for teachers that will enable the teacher to effectively facilitate the instruction of the STARS program.
To implement the STARS program you must fully complete a STARS teacher training.
Students in grades 9-12 who are participating in the STARS program at their high school or who sign up to learn from the STARS program director.
Teachers who meet the stipend requirements will receive a stipend for each timeframe they meet all requirements. Teachers will also receive access to all materials on the investedok.org site and have access to the STARS staff.
Yes, STARS is a curriculum supplement that can be implemented in any subject area. Please contact the STARS staff if you have any additional questions.
Yes, STARS staff will help guide you through the STARS program.
The amount of class time utilized by this project is flexible. It varies from teacher to teacher and curriculum to curriculum. Each teacher is provided a timeframe including due dates. At the beginning teachers may spend a few class periods explaining the program, viewing a fraud video, showing students how to research, discussing risk and completing a risk assessment, and setting goals. Once the students create a portfolio students may track portfolios both in class or out of class.
Marquita Seifried became a trained STARS teacher in 2005 and became the Invest Ed® STARS program manager in July 2018. Her STARS students have been featured in the Better Investing’s Young Money Matters magazine for excelling in the area of investor education by using the STARS program. Marquita’s career began in 1990 teaching kindergarten and progressed to her becoming the Business and Information Technology Educator for Seiling Schools. Marquita was named Seiling High School Teacher of the Year in 2015. In 2016, she retired from the classroom where she taught high school special education students. Marquita also works as the part-time IT coordinator for the Seiling School district.
"Invest Ed® STARS is a program I believe in with all my heart. I know that teachers and students who participate benefit in so many ways. Teachers often do not know the impact of this program on their students until years down the road. Some of the students who have benefited the most in my classes were not ones who wrote winning reports, but those who learned the concepts taught and applied them to their daily lives." – Marquita