Guest Post: Teaching Giving by Giving

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Dec 06, 2021
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Generosity
From NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School (WI):  I have a thing about giving back.  It’s a pretty big deal to me.  That’s because I have been the recipient of generous giving ever since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005.  After diagnosis, everyone wanted to know how to help.  They couldn’t live my life, take my symptoms away, or take my medications.  The only thing that we could think of was to raise money for research,...

Question of the Day: What were the top 3 highest paying gig economy job per hour in 2020?

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Dec 06, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: Massage Therapy, Freelance, Home-cooking    Highest paying gig economy jobs in the United States in 2020, by earnings per hour Questions: Were these the Gig Economy jobs you were expecting to be the highest paying? Why or why not? What are some reasons a person might want to work in the Gig Economy? Would you ever consider working in the Gig Economy? Why or why not? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (December 6-December 9)

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Dec 05, 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 was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Question of the Day: What percent of American adults are carrying medical debt?

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Dec 05, 2021
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Question of the Day
Answer: 35% Questions:  What do you think are the reasons that people find themselves with medical debt? Answer here.  Do you think people with health insurance are more or less likely to have medical debt?  Do you think it’s possible to negotiate medical bills? Answer here Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Healthcare.com):  "Medical debt is a growing burden among Americans, with more...

NGPF Podcast: Dan Sheeks on using Financial Independence (FI) as hook to engage students

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Dec 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Entrepreneurship
Dan Sheeks is a busy guy. As if being a high school personal teacher isn't all consuming enough, he is both a real estate investor and a founder of an online community. That community, SheeksFreaks, is made up of young people interested in strategies to gain financial independence. Dan is also an author of a new book, First to a Million. Listen to the podcast and complete this form and could be one of the first 100 educators to receive a FREE copy of his book. Enjoy!  Details:...

Reading List for December 3-5

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Dec 03, 2021
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Current Events
Economics November jobs number was a huge disappointment, but unemployment is down, underemployment is down, and hours, wages and labor force participation are higher. (Yahoo Finance) Unemployment claims continue to be low compared to pandemic levels, indicating a tightening labor market. (Reuters) (MarketWatch for more analysis) Jerome Powell drops “transitory” from inflation vocabulary during his hearing in front of Congress, (Yahoo Finance), and according to a Gallup poll, 7 out...

CURRICULUM UPDATES: Taxes Updates for Tax Filing Year 2021

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Dec 02, 2021
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New Products
It’s that time of year when the NGPF Curriculum team is going to start making updates to its Taxes curriculum for the upcoming tax filing year. Starting this month through January 2022, you’ll notice updates being made in Taxes lessons, activities, and more across all of the NGPF courses. Continue reading to learn more about these updates!    1. What is being updated?   Figures for Tax Filing Year 2021: The curriculum will be updated to include the 2021 standard...

FinCap Friday: Debt in the DM

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Dec 02, 2021
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FinCap Friday
The latest news from the CFPB says that as of earlier this week, debt collection agencies can now reach out to consumers in a few new ways including on social media! This may shock a lot of people, but before we form our opinions it's really important to understand the details around this rule. Find out all about it in this week's FinCap Friday below:  Click here for the slides. If you're short on time, try our simplified No Tech version containing embedded questions right in the slide...

EdPuzzle: Should the U.S. Government Balance Its Budget?

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Dec 01, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics, Taxes
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos regularly here on the blog so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos. This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Should the U.S. Government Balance Its Budget?" discusses this important decision the U.S. government faces every year and highlights the useful tools of both fiscal and monetary policy....

Question of the Day: What are the TOP 3 types of organizations to receive donations in 2020?

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Dec 01, 2021
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Generosity
Answer:  Religious organizations Education (includes K-12 schools, higher education and libraries) Human services (includes food banks, homeless shelters, youth services, sports organizations)  Questions: What do you think motivates people to give money to organizations like this?  In addition to money, many people choose to volunteer for organizations they believe in. Have you ever volunteered? Why or why not?  What types of organizations would you/have you donated...

Question of the Day: How much are Americans planning to budget for winter holiday spending in 2021?

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Nov 30, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: $998 on average Questions: Will you do any shopping this December? Do you have a budget for holiday gifts this year?  Do you think it's easier to spend more online than when buying at a store? Why or why not? How can someone prepare for higher December spending throughout the year? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Investopedia): "Planned holiday spending breaks down to $648...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Sara Wittmayer Says COVID-19 Showed the Necessity for a Focused Personal Finance Curriculum in Schools

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Nov 30, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Sara Wittmayer is an educator at Nashua K-12 Schools in Nashua, Montana. Their school is the 149th...

Interactive: Data Breaches

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Nov 30, 2021
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Identity Theft, Interactive
Check out this visualization from the website, Information is Beautiful, on data breaches/hacks. Here's just some of the recent breaches:  Questions:  Have you ever been a victim of a data breach/hack?  As you move up the visualization from the year 2005 to 2021, what do you notice about the size and frequency of these events?  What types of companies seem to show up most frequently? Why do you think they are targeted?  On the top right in the SEARCH bar, type in 3...

Podcasts in the Classroom - What’s “up” with Inflation?

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Nov 29, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom
This series is designed to bring together a variety of shorter, readily available podcasts to introduce a topic from recent headlines and inspire discussion You and your students might have noticed increased costs as US inflation hit a roughly 31-year high. There has been much discussion by economists over whether or not these price increases are transient, due to supply constraints coupled with increased demand, or if they may be more permanent.   Here are some 2-4 minute Marketplace...

Question of the Day: How much money was donated on Giving Tuesday in 2020?

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Nov 29, 2021
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Question of the Day, Generosity
Answer: $2.47 billion Questions: Have you ever donated on Giving Tuesday? Why or why not? Why do you think Giving Tuesday has grown so much over the last 9 years? [The first Giving Tuesday raised only $10 million in 2012]. The average gift on Giving Tuesday in 2020 was $70.97. How would you categorize charitable donations into your budget? Do you think this donation record will be broken in 2021? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...

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