Summer Curriculum Updates!

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Jun 24, 2020
As we head into the summer months, we hope you find some time to relax, recharge, connect with family & friends, attend a few online PDs, and reflect on an unprecedented school year. We know many of you use the summer months to plan ahead, so we wanted to give you some information on curriculum updates, new releases, and other curriculum-related projects the NGPF Team is currently working on.    Curriculum Updates The Curriculum Team will be updating several units this summer. The...

UPDATE: New Professional Development Opportunities Today and Tomorrow! (June 24-25)

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Jun 24, 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...

Guest Post from Jill Page: Make Time for Financial Education

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Jun 23, 2020
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Advocacy
Jill Page is a business teacher from Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Montana. Her high school is the 31st recipient nationwide of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for their formal commitment to ensure ALL their students take a semester-long personal finance course before graduation.   Here's Jill, in her own words, sharing how she made it happen:   I have been a business teacher for 17 years and I have always loved to teach personal finance. I knew that it was something ALL...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Select a Checking Account

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Jun 22, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
When you are trying to open a new financial account of any type, there are two core principles you should keep in mind:  Brainstorm which features or criteria matter most to you, personally, for how you plan to use the account. Comparison shop to see which accounts or financial products best meet your specific needs.   The activity COMPARE: Select a Checking Account allows students to implement these core principles. In this activity, students will determine which features they value...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 22-26)

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Jun 21, 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 Academy....

NGPF Podcast: Matt Frankel of The Motley Fool on personal finance in age of pandemic

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Jun 20, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Details: 0:00~1:39 Introduction 1:39~2:45 Origin story of Motley Fool 2:45~3:43 Writing process 3:43~5:15 Most popular articles 5:15~9:31 Teaching background as a math teacher 9:31~12:15 Incorporating personal finance lessons into math classes 12:15~15:13 The stock market and the economy today 15:13~17:26 The increase in investors during the pandemic 17:26~22:26 Racially responsible investing 22:26~22:50 A word from NGPF 22:50~24:56 Types of socially responsible investing 24:56~27:36 Impact of...

Reading List for June 19-21

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Jun 19, 2020
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Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Current Events
Economics Another 1.5 million people filed unemployment claims this past week. The important and telling statistic is the continuing unemployment claims, which have remained above 20 million since late April. (The Street) The recovery in Retail Sales has been uneven, according to the National Retail Federation CEO. (CNBC) The market took the retail sales figure as positive news. (MarketWatch) NPR breaks down retail spending by income level. Folks at lower income levels are spending whatever...

Best of... FinCap Fridays!

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Jun 18, 2020
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FinCap Friday, Featured Teachers
Thanks to NGPF Fellow, Jason-Lamont Jackson Sr., who teaches at West Orange HS in West Orange NJ for this post! - - - - - - - - - -   Student engagement while in a classroom has always been important and as we enter into unchartered territory in the Fall, finding creative ways to keep students engaged is paramount! Below is a list of Fin Cap Fridays that I've witnessed my students enjoy and dive into with passion. I must admit that because the FinCap Library has grown tremendously since I...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Retirement & The FIRE Movement

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Jun 17, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, 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.  This week we have two EdPuzzle videos both focusing on retirement.  The first EdPuzzle video titled "Is Retirement Even Possible?" discusses how much money is needed in retirement, factors that contribute to a low retirement...

Virtual Adaptation - COMPARE: Needs vs Wants

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Jun 15, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Budgeting
A key aspect of creating a budget that works is determining needs from wants. This type of lesson is typically a staple when teaching personal finance. In the activity, COMPARE: Needs vs Wants, students will prioritize budget items to determine their needs vs wants and consider how their values and budget ultimately determine how they spend their income. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations and extension...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 15-19)

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Jun 14, 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 Academy....

Reading List for June 12-14

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Jun 12, 2020
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Economics
Economics The unemployment rate dropped in May. Is it reason to celebrate? Maybe we won’t sink deeper, but our economic woes are far from over. (NYT-subscription) Jerome Powell’s comments on Wednesday following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting reiterated the expectation that the employment woes will continue for awhile. (USA Today) Earlier this week the Fed announced the expansion of its Main Street Lending Program. (Fed Press Release) US Debt levels rose in the first...

Amanda Volz - Why I Am Passionate About Financial Education

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Jun 12, 2020
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Personal Finance
An alumnus of the high school where I have taught for 18 years came back as a passionate advocate for personal finance education. He had attended a top-notch college and racked up $120,000 in student loan debt. Determined to pay it off, he set out on a path to be debt-free, but soon discovered how difficult it can be without a financial education. This young man never took my class, but he was back to tell the current students at my high school that this was the most important class he never...

NGPF Podcast: Kartik Adimulam and Gautam Rajan are high schoolers on a mission to develop fiscally responsible individuals

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Jun 12, 2020
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Podcasts
Kartik and Gautam's non-profit, Financing the Future, has a powerful mission: To foster a community of self-reliant, independent, fiscally responsible individuals. In the podcast, Kartik and Gautam share how they learned about personal finance (including their favorite books), their entrepreneurial journey, and why they believe that ALL students should learn finance in high school. Inspiring stuff!  Details: 0:00~1:04 Introduction 1:04~3:03 The two students’ backgrounds...

TEKs Money Matters Standard Alignment

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Jun 12, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Teachers in the state of Texas have been requesting for their state's personal finance curriculum standards to be aligned with NGPF's curriculum. Well, you ask and you shall receive! NGPF's semester course curriculum is now aligned with TEKS Money Matters standards! Check out our standards alignment document for Texas teachers below!  We hope this standards alignment assist in your personal finance classroom instruction and in your lesson planning! The resource aligns TEKS Money Matters...

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