Category: Advocacy

Greg Livingston: One Teacher's Journey to Financial Education

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Aug 27, 2018
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
The NGPF Team continues to grow...Join me in welcoming Greg Livingston who will be focusing our professional development efforts. Expect to see him soon at a FinCamp near you. I know you will enjoy reading about why he's so passionate about financial education. --------------------- I started my first full time teaching job in 2011 as an Earth Science teacher in Brooklyn, New York.  The opportunity to explore the history of the Earth and Universe with my students - exciting and important...

The Best Advocacy Strategy...

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Aug 21, 2018
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Personal Finance, Advocacy, Teaching Strategies
We talk about advocacy quite a bit at Next Gen Personal Finance. We come to work every day with the aspiration that all students leave high school with the financial skills they need to thrive in the future. Read any parent and student surveys and you will quickly realize how much support exists behind this idea: Nearly 90% of parents and teachers believe that financial education should be taught in schools ((Time) 83% of students want financial education in schools (EverFi) As you ponder...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Tireless Advocate and Educator Tiffany Zachmeier

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Aug 17, 2018
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
  Tiffany Zachmeier has greatly expanded the financial education efforts at Bay Federal Credit Union in Santa Cruz, California. What she and her credit union have accomplished in a little over a decade is nothing short of amazing. Since 2005, their program has reached over 20,000 people  in 1,000 workshops delivered at local schools, employers and non-profits in the community. As the BayFed CEO noted: "Tiffany has truly helped make a real difference in the financial lives of those in...

Yanely Espinal: Why I'm Passionate About Personal Finance Education

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Aug 16, 2018
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
The NGPF Team is growing...Join me in welcoming Yanely Espinal who will be leading our efforts in New York City, the largest school district in America. She shares her passion for financial education below. Hear more about Yanely's inspiring journey in this NGPF podcast from March.   ------------- Last year, NGPF conducted a nationwide study of 13 million students across 11,000 high schools to find out how personal finance is being taught across America. The results showed that only 1...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Passionate Educator and Advocate, Steve Kautz

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Jul 27, 2018
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Podcasts, Advocacy
  I met Steve at the recent Maine JumpStart conference earlier this year. His workshop on how to build a successful personal finance program at your school described the importance of advocacy, passion for the subject with a bit of marketing advice thrown in for good measure. Steve was kind enough to share these insights in this podcast. What becomes clear in our conversation is how Steve has gone above and beyond to provide his students top notch instruction in life and money management....

The "States" of Financial Capability

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Jul 16, 2018
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Policy, Advocacy, Financial Literacy
Last December, the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College issued a report card on U.S. states and their personal finance education offerings in high schools. At that point, only Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Utah received “A’s,” signifying that they require 60+ hours of personal financial instruction for graduation. Utah got an “A+” because they also require students to pass a state test on the subject.  However, there has been progress...

Schools in the News: Summer Edition

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Jul 08, 2018
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Schools In News, Advocacy, Current Events
The 4th R: Real Life is a student essay (NY Times) highlighting the reasons that personal finance should be a high school graduation requirement. Here's an excerpt: "When students graduate high school, they are thrust into adulthood, whether they join the work force or pursue higher education. They assume immense financial responsibilities almost immediately. How can the government expect 19-year-olds to complete tax forms if they’ve never learned about them in school? Young adults who...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Maggie Robles About Creating a Successful Financial Math Program at Centennial High School (CA)

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Jul 06, 2018
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Podcasts, Math, Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
Maggie Roble’s students at Centennial High School in Corona, California asked relentlessly why there was no class on practical, financial math they could use outside of classroom. She decided to change things for the better and built a math class from the ground up that would provide her students with those "real-life" skills. She clearly built something the students love? Since the program’s inception just two years ago, she has increased the number of students in her program from...

The case for a practical math class: Personal Finance

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Jun 11, 2018
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Math, Article
The Scoop Last month, Edsource and The National Council for Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM) published an article making the case that high school math instruction needs an overhaul. In the piece, the NCTM calls for math course offerings that allow students to be “prepared to use math to understand the world around them and [have] an appreciation for the important role math plays in society.” NCTM President Matt Larson goes on, “we hope students will come to understand the beauty...

Tim Talks to National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) CEO Ted Beck

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Jun 08, 2018
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Personal Finance, Podcasts, Advocacy, Current Events, Research
With retirement looming on the horizon and a successful decade-plus tenure at leading non-profit, NEFE, I wanted to get Ted Beck on the podcast to reflect on his experience as a leader in the field. There is so much we can learn from his perspectives on curriculum, teacher PD, research and innovation. He shared his insights on the major achievements as well as the opportunities that lie ahead in the field. Ted’s legacy of creating opportunities for collaboration, instilling a sense of...

Flash Survey Results: Advocating for Financial Education

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May 04, 2018
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Survey Results, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Personal Finance
As more states move to increase access to financial education for their students, we were curious: What has your experience been in advocating for financial education? Now, with data in hand, here's a quick summary of the results: 81% of respondents indicate that they have advocated for a personal finance class or content in their school, district, or state Administration (64%), students (62%), colleagues (61%), and parents (60%) are the most reported supporters of financial education advocacy...

Schools in the News

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Mar 29, 2018
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Schools In News, Lesson Idea, Advocacy, Investing
Personal finance class at Lee Middle and High School a sound investment for the future (The Berkshire Eagle) This fall, Tom McCormack had seniors in his classroom at Lee Middle and High School who could make the honor roll, lead sports and community activities, and are all planning to graduate with colleges and careers in mind. But, many of them have been struggling to figure out how to do their own taxes, shop for an insurance plan and prepare for managing a student loan. Financial...

Flash Survey: Advocating for Financial Education

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Mar 29, 2018
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Flash Surveys, Advocacy
As more states move to increase access to financial education for their students, we are curious: What has your experience been in advocating for financial education? We'd love to hear your personal experience so we can better support the efforts of educators nationwide.Take our Flash Survey now and fill us in!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!     Create your own user feedback survey ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Courtney Poquette, An Amazing Advocate and NGPF Fellow

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Mar 16, 2018
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Podcasts, Advocacy
 From a very young age, Courtney learned about the value of a buck and now she’s giving back to the next generation by sharing her knowledge. She's creative in her teaching techniques. I bet you can't wait to hear about her Business and Board Games class. She's passionate in her advocacy. The Vermont legislators can certainly attest to that. She makes the community better, much better, as the attendees of the Vermont Summer Institute and the NGPF Fellows will tell you. Listen to...

FinHero of the Month February 2018: Courtney Poquette, Winooski High School, Winooski VT

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Feb 22, 2018
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Advocacy, Personal Finance
At Next Gen we’ve been hearing rumblings from Vermont all semester. Students and teachers have been rallying to get the State Board of Education to adopt more comprehensive personal finance standards there, and Vermont’s progress is encouraging!   Central to this statewide advocacy effort is Business Teacher Courtney Poquette, who successfully advocated for a required course at Winooski High School in Winooski, VT.   I called Courtney to learn more.   CS: What was the...