Category: Advocacy

Let's Go To the Videotape: FinHeroes In the News

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Mar 15, 2019
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Video Resource, Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Lots of great news stories recently highlighting the work of FinHeroes across the country... NGPF Fellow James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (MN) featured in "Armstrong teacher offers up financial advice"   NGPF Summit Attendees Jill Hughes (2018) and Laura Schoenicke (2018, 2019) Menomonee Falls High School (WI) featured in "Students Learn How To Manage Finances."   NGPF Summit 2019 attendee Jake Richards of Lakeland Union High School (WI) featured in...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Mike McQuarrie, Headmaster at Erskine Academy (Maine)

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Mar 15, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
In this installment of the NGPF Podcast, Mike McQuarrie describes how Erskine Academy in South China, Maine has created a three course sequence to boost college and career readiness. Providing a strong foundation in personal finance education has ensured that Erskine, an independent school, will succeed in the competition for students. He also describes the close collaboration between the counseling department and teachers which ensures that the curriculum is meeting the needs of the students....

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Sauk Prairie (WI) Assistant Superintendent Jeff Wright

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Mar 08, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy
Hear from this passionate advocate for financial education about how he galvanized the local business community to ensure every student in his district is both college and CAREER-READY and financially capable. Lots of great advice for administrators looking for creative ways to increase access to financial education too.  Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:08 Introduction 1:08~5:19 Jeff's job and community 5:19~8:52 Early money lessons 8:52~12:10 Personal finance in the school district 12:10~15:01...

FinHero: Renee Nelson

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Mar 04, 2019
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Advocacy
In January 2019, NGPF released 11 Advocacy Case Studies featuring teachers’ brave efforts to expand access to personal finance instruction in their schools, districts and states. Today, we’re thrilled to recognize one of the 11 featured teachers as FinHero of the Month: Renee Nelson!   Ms. Nelson is a financial math teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, where many of her high school students earn transferable college credit...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Deb Janke, A School Leader Passionate About Financial Education

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Mar 01, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers
I reached out to our FinLit Fanatics group recently requesting names of administrators who "get it" when it comes to financial education. I heard from a teacher at Lomira High School (WI) who recommended her principal, Deb Janke, who has been "super supportive in my quest of making our financial literacy courses effective!" In this podcast, Deb shares the process her school went through to ensure that all students took a personal finance course before they graduated as well as the benefits...

Thank You!: NGPF By the Numbers in 2018

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Feb 19, 2019
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
Thanks to Christian for pulling together an awesome infographic to capture the various ways that the community of personal finance educators used NGPF in 2018. As many of you know, 2018 represented a year where many in the community discovered NGPF for the first time. Thanks to all who have recommended our resources or professional development activities to their colleagues as "word of mouth" was the #1 way that teachers found us last year. By spreading the word about NGPF, you brought more than...

Reading List for February 9-10, 2019

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Feb 08, 2019
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Budgeting, Career, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Advocacy
Advocacy/Legislation New bill would require students in Texas to pass financial literacy class. (KXAN) Paying for College A NEFE study shows that mandating personal finance education DOES make a difference when it comes to borrowing for college. Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? Look out for more on this subject this month! Credit Looks like the CFPB will not pursue any rules to crack down on payday lenders as proposed in 2016. (NPR) (NYT)  This is open for...

Reading LIst for January 19-20

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Jan 18, 2019
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Personal Finance, Investing, Student Loans, Advocacy, Career
Advocacy Looks like Financial Literacy is on the minds of state legislatures as they start their new sessions. Florida is the latest to consider a required course. (WPTV) Personal Finance Here is the most straightforward explanation I have seen as to why using your ApplePay™ (or other version) is the safest way to pay for things, after using cash, that is.(Kobliner) This may not be news, but still worth mentioning that another survey has found most Americans could not handle a $1000...

Reading List for January 12-13

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Jan 11, 2019
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Advocacy, Investing, Paying for College, Career
 Financial Literacy Legislative Update A bill has been introduced in the South Carolina Senate to require a one-semester class in personal finance for all high school students. (WMBFNews) The state Treasurer of Rhode Island has also introduced legislation requiring public high school students to take a personal finance class before graduating. (WPRI) New Jersey passed legislation mandating financial literacy content be delivered in grades six to eight. (Forbes) The Massachusetts Education...

Why I Love Teaching Personal Finance -- from Fellow Kelly-Anne Rush

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Dec 03, 2018
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Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a passionate, compelling blog post on the joy of teaching personal finance from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham, Maine. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... Why I Love Teaching Personal Finance Six years ago my...

Calling All Change Makers: NGPF 2019 Summit

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Oct 24, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Professional Development, Schools In News
Are you passionate about increasing access to personal finance education? Motivated to affect change in your class, school, district or community? Apply for NGPF's Summit today!   Who You Are: You understand the importance and value of personal finance education. You acknowledge that students must learn to manage money, create budgets, and build good credit habits to become financially secure adults in the 'real world'. You are committed to improving financial education in your...

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...