Reading List for September 18-20

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Sep 18, 2020
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Student Loans
  Financial Literacy/Advocacy Carly Urban’s latest research paper is now available. Download the paper or the brief. “This paper and brief, authored by Jeremy Burke, J. Michael Collins, and Carly Urban, estimates the causal effect of required high school financial education on the financial well-being of young adults.”   Economics  New home construction slows in August, particularly multi-family construction. (MarketWatch) August retail sales...

NGPF Podcast: Jenny Nicholson of McKinney on creating award-winning NGPF Arcade Games

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Sep 18, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Ethics, Teaching Strategies
If you have ever enjoyed games in the NGPF Arcade, you experienced the creative genius of Jenny Nicholson and her amazing team at McKinney. The NGPF-McKinney partnership is now going on 3 years and the games created have delighted millions of high school students. So sit back and get the "inside scoop" on Jenny's creative process, what she hopes to achieve through these games and the engagement tactics she and the game designers use to "hook" the students. You might also learn about the new...

FinCap Friday: The $1 Billion Merger

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Sep 17, 2020
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FinCap Friday
This week on FinCap Friday, we are taking a look at recent news about a new bank merger. Two existing banks will unite to create the largest Black-owned bank in America. This is a buzzing topic in the media because the number of Black-owned financial institutions has decreased since the early 2000's. How many Black-owned banks remain today? How much money will the new bank have after this merger? Find out in this week's episode below:  If you're short on time, try our simplified FinCap...

Introducing: My Classroom Podcast Series

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Sep 16, 2020
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Podcasts, Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
This school year is like no other. Teachers across the nation are educating students in many different learning environments and are adapting their lessons and teaching strategies to best meet the needs of their students.    NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers.  Each one is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different...

Question of the Day (Updated): How many checks does the average American write each year?

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Sep 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: 36 Questions: If you have a checking account, how many checks have you written in the past month? What do you think are the most common expenses that people write checks for?  What do you think the answer to the number of checks would be for the average teenager with a bank account? Do you think the answer to this question will change in the next five years? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Financial Aid

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Sep 16, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Paying for College
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.  This week's EdPuzzle video "What Every Student Needs to Know About Financial Aid" reviews the importance of the FAFSA and the types of financial aid available to pay for college.       Interested in more...

Question of the Day: How many of the top 10 best used cars under $5,000 can you name?

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Sep 15, 2020
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Purchase Decisions, Question of the Day
Note: This question was updated on 9/16/20.  Answer: Questions: How important is safety when it comes to the car you drive/expect to drive?  Would you purchase a less safe car if it cost $5,000 less than the higher safety car you were considering? Explain your answer.  What are the other factors that you will consider when buying your first used or new car? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Question of the Day (Updated): 93% of employees receive their paycheck via: a) Cash b) Direct Deposit c) Check

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Sep 14, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: Direct Deposit Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Questions:  In your own words, what do you think direct deposit is? What do you think might be a few advantages to receiving your paycheck this way? In order to receive a paycheck via direct deposit, what does an employee need to have?  Many employees use direct deposit to split their paycheck between their checking and savings accounts. What do you think is...

Virtual Adaptation - MATH: Unit Price

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Sep 14, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Math
The activity MATH: Unit Price practices calculating the unit price for various items so that, when you go shopping, you can get the best deal. This activity allows students to learn how to calculate unit price as well as practice examples of when it will be used.    At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and extension ideas that may work for your current classroom environment.   ...

Introducing... MATH MONDAY: Math Resources for Financial Educators!

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Sep 13, 2020
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Math
Each week on the blog, we'll publish a new MATH MONDAY post, which will include math resources that you can review and use to bring math to life for your students! This week, we're kicking off with 3 helpful resources to get you started.  1. NGPF's Math Collection! We're super excited to share the new Math Collection with you and supplement your instruction with practice problems that connect math concepts to real-world money scenarios. You can check out these activities by going to...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 14-19)

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Sep 13, 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...

Question of the Day: The federal government mailed out $1,200 stimulus checks this spring. Rank order from highest to lowest how people used the stimulus: Purchased stuff, paid down debt or saved it?

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Sep 13, 2020
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: 41% of stimulus checks went to purchase stuff, 31% to repay debts and 27% was saved Using data from a recent survey of 12,000 Americans conducted by Nielsen, a market-research firm, the authors found that just 42% of the money was spent. Another 27% was saved. The remaining 31% was used to repay debts. https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/09/02/how-did-americans-use-their-coronavirus-stimulus-cheques Questions: What do you notice about the relationship between household income...

NGPF Podcast: The Math Summer Team Introduces the Math Collection

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Sep 11, 2020
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Podcasts
On this special edition podcast, NGPF Team Member Abby Alcala and NGPF Fellow Tara Kelley (Harwood Union High School) introduce NGPF's new Math Collection. Abby and Tara discuss what they wanted to accomplish with the Math Collection, what teachers can expect from it, and the creative process behind the scenes in order to produce this great resource. (Huge shout out goes out to the entire Math Summer Team, which consists of Abby Alcala, Tara Kelley and JaRhondaLynn Cameron!) Details:...

NGPF Podcast: Morgan Housel discusses his new book "The Psychology of Money"

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Sep 11, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Index Funds
Morgan Housel is back for an encore performance on the NGPF Podcast to talk about his new book, The Psychology of Money. Morgan has that rare talent of making financial lessons memorable through incredible storytelling that weaves in history, psychology, sociology and even medicine. In fact, his book is a compilation of 19 of his favorite stories. Listen to this podcast and learn about his creative process, his favorite stories and the money lessons they teach and COVID-19's long-term impact on...

Reading List for September 11-13

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Sep 11, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Economics A majority of young adults (52%) live with parents for the first time since the Great Depression (graph at bottom of post). (Pew Research) Real Estate: “Booming” Zoom towns and “Gloomy” urban rental markets. The statistic above may explain some of the “gloom.” You will find some interesting statistics in this one. (NPR) Unemployment: New jobless claims settle down at a still, unprecedented rate of 884,000. And 839,000 applied for the Pandemic...

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