NGPF October Survey Results: What would you like the curriculum team to work on in 2021?

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Nov 17, 2020
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Flash Surveys, Survey Results
At NGPF we were curious about what NGPF materials teachers have been using and what teachers would like the curriculum team to work on in 2021. A special thank you to the 1,442 respondents - your feedback helps inform and shape the curriculum team's plans for next year! Here are the results: With this information, the curriculum team has retired the 8-Hour and 18-Hour workshops to concentrate our time and efforts on the Semester, Full Year, 9-Week, and Middle School Courses. The curriculum...

NEW! NGPF On-Demand deepens teacher content knowledge anytime, anywhere

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Nov 16, 2020
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Professional Development, Investing, Paying for College
Register for an NGPF On Demand Module Your schedule has never been busier this fall. Your desire to deepen your content knowledge has never been greater. You've raised your expectations for what PD should be. You want to be highly engaged, you want curated resources to be of high quality and you want lots of learning packed into a short time period. While you love live PD, you are also looking for opportunities to learn anytime, anywhere and at your own pace.  Oh, of course, you want to...

Collaboration Series: Bummer! Arcade Game

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Nov 16, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at an Arcade: Bummer! Virtual PD. After playing Bummer!, teachers were asked:    What discussion prompt would help launch a classroom conversation after playing the...

Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of 18-34 year olds are investing in the stock market?

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Nov 16, 2020
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Question of the Day, Investing
Answer: 41% Questions: When do you think you will start investing in the stock market? Explain your answer. Based on the value of their investments, do you think that those under 35 year are well prepared when it comes to saving for retirement? Why do you think a higher percentage of those over 35 years old invest in the market compared to those under 35? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind...

MATH Monday: Exponential Decay in Purchasing Power

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Nov 15, 2020
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Math
Inflation lowers the purchasing power of your money over time.  This means that $100 today will be able to buy less in the future.  This is an important concept to understand so students can make decisions on where to save or invest their money to outpace inflation.  Inflation rates change year to year but over the long term can be modeled using exponential decay.   View the MATH Collection: In today’s math activity, students will learn how to calculate percent change!...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 16-19)

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Nov 15, 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! New to NGPF? Be sure to check out Beginner...

Question of the Day: Did a higher percentage of families use online banking OR write a check within a 12 month period?

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Nov 15, 2020
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Questions:  How would your family have answered this question?  Are you surprised that over 60% of families had written a paper check in the last 12 months? What might be reasons they write checks? Analyze the changes since 2016. Which of the two (online banking or paper checks) saw a more dramatic change?  Why do you think that more than 20% of families don't use online banking?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that...

Reading List for November 13-15

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Nov 13, 2020
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Investing, Economics, Student Loans, Budgeting
Investment Retirement account balances on the rise, as are 401k “Millionaires.” (Yahoo Finance) The pandemic seemed to be driving the market this week: soaring when promising vaccine results were announces, then fell back as case numbers continue to spike. (Yahoo Finance) It is going to be a big year for consumer tech IPOs. (CNBC) Instacart is one of many companies planning an IPO in coming months. (Fox Business)   Economics Unemployment claims moving in the right direction,...

NGPF Podcast: Dina Isola and Scott Dauenhauer share insights on managing your 403(b) and 457 plans

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Nov 13, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy
Dina of Ritholtz Wealth Management) and Scott of Meridian Wealth have a shared goal: for every teacher to have access to high quality vendors for their 403(b) and 457 retirement plans. At a recent NGPF Speaker Series event, they shared insights gained from working with scores of teachers and analyzing thousands of plan documents. Listen to this podcast and walk away with practical knowledge you need to analyze your own plan as well as tips on how to advocate for better plans. Enjoy! Details:...

FinCap Friday: Deals for Days

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Nov 12, 2020
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FinCap Friday
This week on FinCap Friday, we take a look at an upcoming day on the November 2020 calendar... the day after Thanksgiving - Black Friday! Traditionally, a critical day in sales for retailers and many other business as well, Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of them all. But, what will happen in 2020 when Black Friday comes? Are stores going to take cautionary measures to prepare for the safest shopping experiences possible in the midst of a pandemic? Find out about this and more in the...

EconExtra: Friedman’s “The Social Responsibility of Business” Turns 50

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Nov 12, 2020
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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 Issue Milton Friedman, the father of “free-market” or libertarian economics, published his groundbreaking essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business” in September 1970. His basic argument was that corporate...

My Classroom Podcast: Vincent Branch

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Nov 11, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of My Classroom! NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives of four awesome financial literacy leaders. Each one will share how they advocate for financial literacy and the teaching strategies they have used through COVID. Like the last series, each one is from a different area of the country and a different type of school, but this time you'll hear from a student-teacher, a middle school teacher, a former financial...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Questions to Ask Before Investing

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Nov 11, 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's EdPuzzle video titled "5 Questions to Ask Before Investing" reviews five questions you should ask yourself before investing your money.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Question of the Day: How much would a $100 investment in Warren Buffet's company in 1964 be worth in November of 2020?

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Nov 11, 2020
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Investing, Question of the Day
Answer: About $2.8 million The math: From Berkshire Hathaway Annual Letter to investors: Overall gain from 1964 to 2019: 2,744,062%  At end of 2019, that $100 would be worth $2,744,162 Berkshire stock performance (through 11/9/20): 0.87% bringing investment's value close to $2.8 million Questions: Do you think it is easy/difficult to hold on to investments like this over the long-term? Explain. If you had the chance to meet Warren Buffett, what are two questions that you would ask...

Middle School Teacher Tawnya Smith: Super-Prepared Virtual PD All Star

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Nov 10, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Tawnya Smith is a 7th grade teacher in her second year at Mrachek Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. Tawnya teaches an elective course called Life & Careers, about 2/3 of which is dedicated to personal finance skills. Among many other superlatives, she's a prolific participant in NGPF Virtual PDs. I sat down for a Zoom session with Tawnya to hear about her classroom, how she's tackling the challenges of remote teaching, and how she's using NGPF's new Middle School Course. Here's a transcript...

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