Guest Post from Victoria DeRoner: From Passion to Action to Change

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Aug 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Victoria DeRoner is a Teacher Technology Coach and Financial Literacy teacher at PA Distance Learning Charter School. The school is the 47th in the nation to earn NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant by successfully adopting a standalone graduation requirement for personal finance that all students will take. Learn more about the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge here. How long have you been advocating for financial education? My passion for financial literacy stems from my personal experience taking...

NGPF Flash Survey Results: Preparing to Teach Personal Finance

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Aug 10, 2020
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Survey Results, Flash Surveys
At NGPF we were curious about how teachers prepared to teach personal finance and what kind of professional development (PD) opportunities educators nationwide took advantage of. Thanks to the 1,777 respondents, we have some key findings to share with you all: On average, respondents had 8 years of experience teaching personal finance 81% of respondents have attended PD in personal finance since starting to teach personal finance As you can see above, 69% of respondents were either...

100 Years Young--Life Lessons from my Father

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Aug 10, 2020
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Parent Conversations
My dad was born on August 9, 1920. He turned 100 years old yesterday, and in the age of Covid, the celebration took place via Zoom. What a long way we have come during his lifetime! When a family friend asked what I was doing these days during the call, I mentioned that I was writing an article on what he taught me about money in honor of his birthday. My Dad’s response was “that’ll be a short article!” Dad may have memory issues, but he hasn’t lost his sense of...

Virtual Adaptation - MATH: Calculating Percentages

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Aug 10, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Math
The activity MATH: Calculating Percentages is a great way to review basic percentage calculations at the beginning of your course or unit. In this activity, students will practice calculating (either mentally or with a calculator) using various values that come up in shopping, spending your money wisely, and taking care of themselves.   At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and supplemental...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 10-14)

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Aug 09, 2020
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Professional Development
 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!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

NGPF Podcast: Mark Salisbury of TuitionFit on increasing transparency of college pricing

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Aug 09, 2020
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Podcasts, Paying for College
Let's face it, figuring out how much a college costs is an incredibly opaque process that most don't discover until that aid award letter arrives sometime in April. Mark Salisbury was all too familiar with that process as an admissions officer where he worked directly with families trying to figure out this out. He knew there had to be a better way which led him to found TuitionFit. Hear the journey that Mark has taken as an entrepreneur while also learning more about the cost of college and...

Reading List for August 7-9

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Aug 07, 2020
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Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Financial Scams
Personal Finance This one got some press: The Cincinnati Bengals reports that top draft pick, Joe Burrow, plans to live off of his endorsement income (not too shabby), and bank (invest?) his $23.9 million signing bonus as well as his $36.2 million four-year contract. (BengalsWire) But for 59% of young Americans, Millennials and Gen Z, the pandemic has totally derailed their financial lives. (USA Today)    Economics in the times of Covid  The July unemployment rate dropped to...

What's New With Managing Credit - 2020

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Aug 06, 2020
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Credit Reports, Credit Scores, Credit Cards
How is the pandemic impacting credit scores? For starters, 5 million student loan borrowers saw their credit scores drop after the CARES Act allowed (Federal) borrowers to defer payments with no interest and no penalty until September 30 (6 months). The loan servicers were supposed to report to the credit bureaus that $0 was owed and paid. Great Lakes reported only that payments were deferred, and several of the credit scoring agencies dinged the borrowers’ scores. Now they have to follow...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2019-2020, Edition 14

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Aug 06, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
Each year, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance class during the school year. We'll showcase new winners on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday here on the blog throughout the coming summer weeks.    Students are selected based on the following criteria: Student has taken a personal finance class in the 2019-2020 school year that was taught by...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2019-2020, Edition 13

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Aug 05, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
Each year, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance class during the school year. We'll showcase new winners on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday here on the blog throughout the coming summer weeks.    Students are selected based on the following criteria: Student has taken a personal finance class in the 2019-2020 school year that was taught by...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Loose Change & REITs

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Aug 05, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Current Events, Investing
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. In light of the current pandemic, we will also be adding current event videos from Two Cents when relevant. So, on Thursday over the next few weeks, look for a combination of unit specific and current event EdPuzzle videos!  This...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award 2019-2020, Edition 12

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Aug 04, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
Each year, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to a student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in their personal finance class during the school year. We'll showcase new winners on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday here on the blog throughout the coming summer weeks.    Students are selected based on the following criteria: Student has taken a personal finance class in the 2019-2020 school year that was taught by...

50 Ways to Build Relationships, Routines, and Culture in Week 1 of Remote Teaching

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Aug 04, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies
While some teachers (about 1 in 3 of those I've surveyed informally) are going back to their classrooms for some sort of in-person instruction, many educators will be teaching either completely remotely or in various blended models for this fall at least. If you're a teacher reading this post, yours is a daunting task. But if I know anything about you... it's that: you don't give up easily, you handle unpredictable situations with poise, and you always think of your students first. With those...

Virtual Adaptation - FINE PRINT: W4 Form

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Aug 03, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes
The W4 Form has been redesigned. According to the IRS, “The new design reduces the form's complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions that make accurate withholding easier for employees.”    The activity FINE PRINT: W4 Form allows students to analyze the new W4 Form and understand what information is...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 3-7)

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Aug 02, 2020
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Professional Development
 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!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

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