2 Differentiated NGPF Lessons for Special Education Students

Mar 02, 2021
Activities, Personal Finance

We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn Dawson to our team (learn more about her here). What I’m particularly excited about is her background in working with special education students. Kathryn was kind enough to differentiate two popular NGPF activities. 

Modified Activity: Fine Print Pay Stub

Kathryn added two strategies to this activity: annotating the resource (shown below) and scaffolding questions. 


Modified Activity: Read 25 Investing Basics

Kathryn added lots of strategies to this activity, some of which are shown below.


Are you seeking additional resources and professional development focusing on supporting special education students in your classroom? We have you covered:

  • 3/4/21 Speaker Series with Chris Shannon, Vice President of External Affairs at NEFE; Michael Roush, Director at the National Disability Institute, who will share special education best practices in financial literacy instruction. 
  • 3/9/21 PD: Special Education Resource Share: While a classroom teacher, Brian worked with Michael Rousch of the National Disability Institute and Chris Shannon now with NEFE to build out a personal finance class specifically for special education students thanks to a generous grant. Brian will review what he learned teaching the class, and share his resources. 
  • [Coming Soon] 3/10/21 My Classroom Podcast: Kathryn Dawson, NGPF Team Member, and former special education teacher; Trina Gray Work Incentive Specialist Advocate (WISA) at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center / DARS; Jonathan May, Financial Empowerment Project Manager, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Virginia) discuss the pathway from high school to just following high school for special education students and essential resources to share with these students.


About the Authors

Brian Page

Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN "Money Hero". He served on the working group for President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn (she/her) is excited to join the NGPF team after 9 years of experience as a special education teacher and a tutor. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in policy analysis and management and has a master's degree in education from Brooklyn College. Kathryn is looking forward to bringing her passion for accessibility and educational justice into curriculum design at NGPF. During her free time, Kathryn loves embarking on cooking projects, walking around her Seattle neighborhood with her partner and dog, or lounging in a hammock with a book.