Category: Advocacy

Guest Post from Patricia Bealmear: Stats, Student Testimonials, FOMO, and a Supportive Principal

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Jun 30, 2020
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Advocacy
Patricia Bealmear is a Business teacher at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. Her school is the 32nd to receive an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for committing to ALL students taking at least one semester of personal finance prior to graduation. Here's Patricia in her own words on the challenges she faced, and how she found success over 10 years after she began advocating. Talk about staying power!   What was the timeline for your school's change to the Gold Standard?...

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...

A-G Course Approval Templates

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Jun 12, 2020
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Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers, Advocacy
Want your personal finance course to count as an A-G approved course? NGPF has created two A-G course approval templates for teachers in California! We have provided both a Semester Course template and a Full Year Course template. Check out these new A-G course approval templates for California teachers below!    HOW TO USE THE TEMPLATES 1. Make a copy of the template you'd like by selecting to File > Make a copy 2. Insert your school name, and additional details into the...

Ren Makino - Why I'm Passionate About Financial Education

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Jun 05, 2020
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Advocacy
In October of 2014, when I was still a high school student, I applied for my first ever job as a student tester for NGPF. This was my initial introduction to the world of personal finance education. At the time there weren’t many people using the NGPF curriculum and there were only three full-time employees. My tasks were to go through the student activity packets as if I was a student in a class that used NGPF material. As I went through it, I was supposed to leave some feedback from a...

NGPF Podcast: Kavya Ravikanti on helping fellow college students with their finances

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May 15, 2020
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
Kavya Ravikanti noticed that many of her college friends at the University of Virginia had questions about money. She decided to do something about it and founded a website, Young, Not Broke. In this podcast, Kavya describes her early money lessons, her knack for entrepreneurial ventures and how she uses storytelling to teach important money concepts. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:05 Introduction 1:05~3:49 Current situation for Kavya 3:49~7:10 Early money lessons 7:10~8:16 Deciding what to...

Details: NGPF's OpEd Challenge

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May 01, 2020
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Advocacy
How much ACTION will this community inspire when our collective #mission2030 message echoes through the editorial sections of hundreds of local publications throughout the U.S.? Let's find out! UPDATE: We added a virtual PD that should get you through the process of writing this Op-Ed in ONE sitting! Join Christian on May 27th at 8:30am PT.  Here's the plan: TEACHERS: Attend an optional (but helpful) 1hr Virtual PD Weds May 6 at 8:30am Pacific OR Fri May 8 at 1:00pm Pacific, during which...

Building the HYPE for NGPF's LIVE Documentary Watch Party & Scholarship Night

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Apr 28, 2020
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Advocacy
In case you missed it, April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month and this week it's sadly coming to and end. But, don't you worry - the NGPF community will make sure it doesn't end without a party! Date: April 30, 2020 Time: 5pm PT/8pm ET Location: NGPF's YouTube Channel Party details are linked here!  So how can YOU build up hype for this event with your students? Let's take a look at what some of the awesome teachers in the NGPF community are doing:  Jill Thompson who teaches at...

Guest Post From Dr. Diane Schumacher: the first multi-high school district to take on the Gold Standard Challenge!

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Apr 28, 2020
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Advocacy
Today's guest author Dr. Diane Schumacher is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Iowa City Community School District in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Schumacher's district is the first multi-high school district in the nation to receive a Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF. They did so by converting to what we affectionately call the "Gold Standard" in financial instruction: a comprehensive, standalone personal finance course of at least one semester that ALL students take...

Guest Post from Patrick Kubeny: The Army Of Personal Finance Advocates That Helped My High School Earn The Gold Standard

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Apr 21, 2020
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Advocacy
Patrick Kubeny is this week's Guest Author for the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge. Patrick was instrumental in making personal finance a standalone graduation requirement at Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, thus earning a Gold Standard Challenge grant!  Here is Patrick in his own words on how he and an army of fellow advocates made the change happen! How long have you been advocating for personal finance to be required? As a new teacher way back in 1993, my colleague and I...

Don't Miss NGPF's Documentary Watch Party & Scholarship Night on April 30th at 5pm PT/8pm ET!

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Apr 17, 2020
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Advocacy
    SAVE THE DATE: NGPF's Documentary Watch Party & Scholarship Night! In honor of Financial Literacy Awareness Month, NGPF is awarding $10,000 in student scholarships during a LIVE screening of "The Most Important Class You Never Had"   THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2020  5pm PT / 8pm ET We're bringing together educators, students, families, administrators, advocates & all other members...

NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen: Why We Believe in Personal Finance Education for ALL Students

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Apr 16, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Advocacy
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen, a math and personal finance teacher at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado for his inspired words and actions in his school community. He took this a step further and had an op-ed advocating financial education for all in his local paper, the Mountain Mail. ------------------------------- In 2017, Lake County High School reviewed and revamped our graduation requirements. As part of this process, we became one of the only schools in Colorado to...

Guest Post from Alana Eder: The Gold Standard Of Financial Education Is Common Sense!

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Apr 07, 2020
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Advocacy
Alana Eder is a dedicated 2nd year personal finance teacher from Oconto High School in Oconto, Wisconsin. OHS is the 19th high school nationwide to receive a Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF, because Alana partnered with her principal and school counselor to successfully persuade their school board to adopt a standalone semester-long personal finance course as a formal graduation requirement that ALL students take.    Here's Alana in her own words on why she made this push AND...

Guest Post from Kevin Gartman: From Technical Ed Fanatic High Schooler to Gold Standard Challenge Grantee!

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Mar 25, 2020
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Advocacy
Kevin Gartman is a passionate personal finance teacher from Montezuma High School (Montezuma, IA), the 18th high school in the U.S. to receive an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for adopting a standalone graduation requirement for ALL students to cross its graduation stage.  Here's Kevin describing Montezuma's journey to the Gold Standard in his own words. How long have you been advocating for financial education in your school? As I reflect on the journey that the NGPF Gold Standard...

NGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had [Updates]

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Mar 20, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
We've added three bonus videos from Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin which you can find on our documentary webpage that feature these teachers and their students: Brian Page: Reading High School (OH) Joel Chrisler of Sauk Prairie High School (WI) Karsten Walker and Cole Kelley of Alpine School District (UT) Key videos: 36 minute documentary "Most Important Class You Never Had" 90 second student trailer that you can use to promote your program. Student voice is so important! Short trailer to...

Guest Post from Mark Rairigh: The First Change To My District's Graduation Requirements In Over 60 Years

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Mar 18, 2020
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Advocacy
Mark Rairigh is the Director of Secondary Education at Bryan City Schools in Bryan, Ohio. The high school in Mark's district, Bryan High School, is the 16th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant funds of $10,000. Mark and his educator colleagues will be using the grant funds to implement a new personal finance graduation requirement beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Here's Mark in his own words on how Bryan City Schools got to the Gold Standard: How long have you been...