Category: Advocacy

Reading List for September 18-20

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Sep 18, 2020
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Student Loans
  Financial Literacy/Advocacy Carly Urban’s latest research paper is now available. Download the paper or the brief. “This paper and brief, authored by Jeremy Burke, J. Michael Collins, and Carly Urban, estimates the causal effect of required high school financial education on the financial well-being of young adults.”   Economics  New home construction slows in August, particularly multi-family construction. (MarketWatch) August retail sales...

NGPF Podcast: Lexington High School (MA) students Vidula and Angie on advocating for financial education

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Aug 28, 2020
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Podcasts, Advocacy
Student voice is critical when it comes to increasing access to financial education. Angie Leung and Vidula Mannem share their advocacy journey in this NGPF podcast. Their focus is on ensuring that any financial education must include behavioral finance since knowledge is not enough when it comes to money. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~2:00 Introduction 2:00~3:36 Vidula’s experience with money and her school’s Economic and Finance Club 3:36~5:23 How Angie learned about personal...

Guest Post From Cathy Smith of Bayfield High School: It Makes Cents to Require Personal Finance

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Aug 25, 2020
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Advocacy
"You never regret a question you ask, but you do regret the questions that you failed to ask." -Anonymous Cathy Smith is a passionate personal finance teacher and Changemaker from Bayfield High School in Bayfield, WI. She's very humble and understated, so I shall brag for her in the intro: Cathy's work was instrumental in converting her high school to the Gold Standard in financial education. She asked the right questions of the right partners at the right time, and made the graduation...

Guest Post from Keith Lund: Finding Your Window

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Aug 18, 2020
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Advocacy
Keith Lund is an educator and Changemaker from Churchill County High School in Fallon, Nevada. After years of Keith's proposals to make personal finance a graduation requirement, Churchill County adopted the graduation requirement during the 2019 school year, making the high school the 35th in the nation to earn NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant in the process! Learn more about the Gold Standard Challenge grant program here. Here's Keith in his own words on how the district got the job done:...

Reading List for August 14-16

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Aug 14, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing
Advocacy/Personal Finance No surprise here, but nice statistics to quote when advocating for financial literacy education. An NFEC survey found that 85% of Americans agree that high school students should take a personal finance class in high school. PR Newswire NFEC The Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is establishing one-on-one financial counseling and assistance to those in need in over 50 counties and cities to help people navigate through the pandemic. (PR Newswire)  ...

Guest Post from Victoria DeRoner of Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter: From Passion to Action to Change

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Aug 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Victoria DeRoner is a Teacher Technology Coach and Financial Literacy teacher at PA Distance Learning Charter School. The school is the 47th in the nation to earn NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant by successfully adopting a standalone graduation requirement for personal finance that all students will take. Learn more about the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge here. How long have you been advocating for financial education? My passion for financial literacy stems from my personal experience taking...

Guest Post from Patricia Bealmear of New Oxford High School: 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 of Glasgow High School: 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 of Iowa City Schools: 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 of Rhinelander High School: 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...