Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Michelle Singletary, Columnist for the Washington Post

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Feb 26, 2021
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Activities, Retirement
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this final post of the month, we are highlighting the work of Michelle Singletary, who writes “The Color of Money,” a twice-weekly column in the Washington Post and published in dozens of other papers nationwide. She’s also the author of 3 personal finance books and appears regularly on TV and...

Reading List for February 26-28

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Feb 26, 2021
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Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Cryptocurrencies
Financial Literacy More players have jumped into the financial literacy effort. Nike’s partnership aims at kids (Yahoo Finance). The Skimm’s new SkimmU is aimed at its largely female following (7 million subscribe to its daily news feed).   Economics   Here is a great summary of where Janet Yellen stands on current top economic issues. (NYT) Last week’s first-time jobless claims dropped over 100,000 from the previous week. The number is still huge. (Yahoo Finance)...

FinCap Friday: A Taxing Surprise

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Feb 25, 2021
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FinCap Friday
In early 2021, many Americans were surprised by their income tax returns. There are so many ways that people reached a point of frustration and confusing whether it is related to personal income taxes, business taxes, or investment taxes. In this episode of FinCap Friday, we take a look at some recent data about the tax situations of many Americans as the tax season progresses.  If you're short on time, try our simplified No-Tech option containing embedded questions right in the slide...

Celebrating Black History Month: The Impact of Housing Policy on Communities of Color

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Feb 24, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Unlike a lot of our earlier posts where we highlighted the work of a specific Black financial leader, today we are putting a spotlight on how housing policies segregated America and the lasting impact they have on communities of color today.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: Video - How Home Loans Segregated America TwoCents, a series by PBS, recently released a...

Curriculum Insider: Top 5 Teacher Favorite Middle School Lessons

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Feb 24, 2021
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Middle School Tips
The NGPF Middle School Course was fully released in August 2020, and since then, we've heard from many teachers which lessons they've loved to used with their students.  Whether you've already used a few lessons or you're just getting familiar with the course, we hope this list of teacher favorites will help you find your next favorite lesson in the course!    #1: MS-1.3 Your Future Life This lesson, found in Unit 1: Money in Our Lives, has repeatedly come up amongst teachers...

Question of the Day: What percent of homebuyers in Nov/Dec 2020 made an offer on a house they hadn't seen in person?

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Feb 24, 2021
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Budgeting, Mortgages, Purchase Decisions, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 63% Questions:   Would you consider buying a house that you couldn’t see in person?  What do you think home buyers might miss if they rely strictly on online sources of information? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (NY Times):  Sixty-three percent of buyers who used Redfin in November and December went on to make an offer on a home they hadn’t seen in...

21 Personal Finance Movies and Documentaries

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Feb 24, 2021
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Personal Finance, Checking Accounts
The Banker was recently released on Apple+, and in my opinion, is the best personal finance movie of all time. It incorporates the realities of wealth building, banking, investing in property, and lending. Multiple scenes could be cut and used as a hook to illustrate to students in an entertaining way key personal finance concepts.  The Banker is based on a true story. Although our country still has a ways to go, the movie reveals the discrimination that Black Americans faced at that time...

My Classroom Podcast: Dr. Sessaty

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Feb 23, 2021
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, 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 Dr. Sessaty, Director for Postsecondary Initiatives at San Antonio ISD. Dr. Sessaty’s program has been nationally recognized for increasing college enrollment rates and FAFSA completion rates. At the...

Question of the Day: What percent of Gen Z subscribe or share a Netflix account?

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Feb 23, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: 78% Questions: Do you subscribe to Netflix? What makes it such a popular platform? How do you enjoy movie and television content? What is your streaming service of choice? In light the Covid-19 pandemic and the growth of streaming services, do you think movie theaters will continue to find success when reopened? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Business of Apps):...

NGPF On-Demand: New & Popular Modules!

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Feb 22, 2021
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Professional Development
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. We have recently released FOUR new modules for a total of 20 modules available in the NGPF On-Demand library!     Q: Which modules are new?  A: We recently released four new modules to the NGPF On-Demand library: Basics of Bitcoin: Learn the basics of Bitcoin and the reasons behind its surging interest among investors New...

Podcasts In The Classroom: Dollar Cost Averaging

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Feb 22, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom
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 the concept of “Dollar Cost Averaging” and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Paul Merriman (Author of We're Talking Millions), Nick Maggiulli (COO of...

Question of the Day [Black History Month]: How did Madame CJ Walker become the first American woman to be a self-made millionaire?

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Feb 22, 2021
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Question of the Day, Entrepreneurship
Answer: She invented a line of African American hair products and promoted them by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Questions: What characteristics do you think Madame CJ Walker had that made her such a successful entrepreneur? Why was it important that Madame CJ Walker not only invented an important product, but also committed time and energy to share it...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (February 22-25)

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Feb 21, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Only 1 week remaining in NGPF Academy's Third Quarter so be sure to sign-up for Virtual PDs or complete On-Demand modules on your own schedule.  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...

Question of the Day: What is the largest Black-owned business based on their 2018 revenue (sales)?

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Feb 21, 2021
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Question of the Day, Entrepreneurship
Answer: World Wide Technology (WWT) founded by David Steward with $11.2 billion in revenue Questions:  The founder, Dave Steward, has grown WWT to 5,000 employees. What do you think are the challenges that a founder faces when managing a larger organization?  If you had the opportunity to interview Mr. Steward, what would you ask him?   What do you think are the keys to success with technology companies? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day...

EconExtra: Freedman's Bank and the History of Black-owned Banks in the US

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Feb 20, 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. The Headlines Investopedia published a comprehensive review of all of the Black-owned banks by state earlier this month. In fact, there are only 41 in the country, including credit unions.During Black History Month, the following headlines warranted further...

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