Podcasts In The Classroom: Her Career Path

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Mar 08, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom, Career
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) revolves around three career paths and has incorporated 3-4 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Kathy Ng (Bonds Trader), Jennifer Carolan (Co-Founder of Reach Capital), and Dr. Ashley Whillans (Associate...

Question of the Day: How long does it take to get a tax refund?

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Mar 08, 2021
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Question of the Day, Taxes
Answer: Between 1 week and 2 months, depending on how you file Questions: Which type of tax filing would you prefer to do? Why? Why might getting your tax refund quickly be important? Why? What would you do with a received tax refund? Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the Numbers (Smart Asset): "When you get your tax refund will depend largely on how you file your return. The fastest option is to...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (March 8-11)

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Mar 07, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!" Do you know...

Question of the Day: What were the occupations that employed the most people in 2019?

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Mar 07, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Questions: This is the latest update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Which jobs do you think have seen the largest increases? largest decreases since May of 2019?  How many of these jobs require education beyond a high school degree?  What similarities/differences can you identify with this top 10 list?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.  Behind the numbers: Bureau of Labor Statistics...

EconExtra: Will the $1.9 Trillion Rescue Package Trigger Inflation?

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Mar 06, 2021
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Economics
 EconExtra is a series of posts that go beyond the textbook, relating current events and recent developments in economics to content standards, and providing resource suggestions to help you incorporate the current events into your lessons.   As this hot, politically charged Rescue bill has passed the House last week and passed the Senate today (the Senate version goes back to the House for another vote), let's look at the economics behind this issue. We have already heard from both...

NGPF Podcast: Örn Valdimarsson on the state of financial education in Iceland

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Mar 06, 2021
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy
After a successful career in finance, Örn Valdimarsson has made it his mission to improve financial education in his home country of Iceland. In this NGPF podcast, Orn describes what motivated him to teach, what topics he prioritizes in his classroom based on student interest as well as the bigger picture on the state of financial education in Iceland. What makes me think I have the best job on the planet is opportunities to meet people across the world like Orn who are kindred souls when...

Reading List for March 5-7

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Mar 05, 2021
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Retirement, Budgeting
    Financial Literacy ICYMI--Here is a link to Tim Ranzetta’s piece for The Street.   Economics This week marked Fed Independence Day (Happy 70th!). Here is a Planet Money episode explaining what that is all about. Speaking of the Fed, Jerome Powell’s comments yesterday about the potential for some inflation as the economy restarts sent markets moving. (CNBC) For more on Powell’s message stressing patience, read the NYT explanation. Initial jobless claims...

5 Resources to Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week

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Mar 05, 2021
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Financial Scams
This week reminds us of the importance of equipping our students with the strategies and tools they need to protect themselves. Here are five of my favorite resources to do just that with your students: #1 INTERACTIVE (Game): Shady Sam Welcome your students to their first day of work at Shady Sam's, where their job is to make as much money as possible off the backs of hard-working Americans. How? By issuing loans that make a hefty profit.  #2 FULL LESSON: Identity Theft Identify different...

FinCap Friday: Women of the S&P

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Mar 04, 2021
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FinCap Friday
Throughout American history women have fought hard to have access to the same opportunities as men. This is true for many sectors of the workforce, but it is especially true in business and finance. This week, we kick off Women's History Month with an episode that dives into the history of women's roles as leaders in corporate America. Tune in to find out how many women have held the CEO title for a company in the S&P 500 throughout history, how many currently hold the title, and more in...

Question of the Day [Women's History Month]: How much has Rihanna contributed to Covid-19 pandemic relief in the last year?

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Mar 03, 2021
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Question of the Day, Generosity
Answer: Over $8 million! and her Clara Lionel Foundation raised over $22.5 million! Questions: If you had the financial success of Rihanna, what causes would you donate to? Why? Have you ever been able to help someone in need through your (monetary or nonmonetary) resources? How did you feel during that experience? What can we learn from looking at her success as a musician and entrepreneur? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can...

My Classroom Podcast: FAFSA Filing Ideas With Fellows

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Mar 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Paying for College
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers who will share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. In this week's episode, we speak to a wonderful group of NGPF Fellows. NGPF Fellows dedicate time on Saturday mornings to meet up, check-in on one another, and share helpful tips & classroom strategies. Join the conversation with Amanda...

Question of the Day: What percent of jobs are never advertised?

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Mar 02, 2021
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Career, Employment, Question of the Day
Answer: 70-80% Questions: If 70-80% of jobs are never advertised, how do you think that most people find jobs?  For those who have jobs/had jobs, what was your process to find work? What do you think are the skills needed to be an effective networker? Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Payscale) : “At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published, ” Matt Youngquist,...

2 Differentiated NGPF Lessons for Special Education Students

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Mar 02, 2021
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Activities, Personal Finance
We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn Dawson to our team (learn more about her here). What I’m particularly excited about is her background in working with special education students. Kathryn was kind enough to differentiate two popular NGPF activities.  Modified Activity: Fine Print Pay Stub Kathryn added two strategies to this activity: annotating the resource (shown below) and scaffolding questions.  --------------------- Modified Activity: Read 25 Investing Basics Kathryn added...

NGPF On-Demand: New Trends in Building Credit

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Mar 01, 2021
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Professional Development, Credit Scores, Current Events
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 20 modules available is “New Trends in Building Credit”. This module dives into FinTech companies that have created access to credit without a credit score.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Share key takeaways of Buy Now, Pay Later platforms. Here is a peek at some of the responses:  ...

Money and Marshmallows

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Mar 01, 2021
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Personal Finance
Please join me in welcoming Kathryn Dawson to the NGPF team as our newest Curriculum Designer. Kathryn shares what motivated her to join the NGPF team in this essay.  ------------------------------ When talking about personal finance, my mother–tenacious and resourceful–brings to mind the Stanford marshmallow experiment. The experiment promised children they would receive two marshmallows if they could refrain from eating the first for 15 minutes; it concluded children who could...

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