Category: Advocacy

NGPF Advocacy Podcast: Christian Talks With Personal Finance Advocate, Jill Thompson

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Dec 04, 2017
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Advocacy, Podcasts
NGPF Gold Standard teacher Jill Thompson of Casper, WY joined us for a special advocacy episode of the NGPF Podcast this week. Jill was an NGPF Fellow for the 2016-17 School Year. Kelly Walsh High School, where Jill has taught Business for all of her career, is one of the latest additions to the NGPF Gold Standard Schools list from the month of November. Christian, NGPF’s Advocacy Director, chatted with Jill about how she persevered to ensure that ALL students at Kelly Walsh HS got...

What's A Gold Standard School?

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Nov 15, 2017
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Advocacy
Gold Standard School: A high school that requires ALL students take a standalone, one semester personal finance course in order to graduate. We identified over 600 of these schools in the appendix of our recent groundbreaking research report "Who has access to financial education in America today?" Each of these schools recently received a poster to recognize their Gold Standard awesomeness. The  tweets are now rolling in with pics of the proud FinHeroes who ensure that ALL students at...

A How-To Video on Advocating for Financial Education

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Oct 30, 2017
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Advocacy, Current Events, Video Resource
Only 1 in 6 students currently attends a high school where personal finance is a required course; that number is 1 in 12 in low-income communities. That was a key finding of our recent research report "Who has access to financial education in America today?" Why do I have hope that we can do better? One big reason: the passionate community of educators that I have encountered on my travels throughout the country over the past three years since founding NGPF. They (you) have this can-do spirit,...

Financially Underserved Communities Deserve Better: Here's Why

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Oct 20, 2017
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Article, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Current Events, Advocacy, Webinar
Just as food deserts unfortunately exist in abundance, so do bank deserts. The reality today is that so many Americans who live and work in financially underserved communities don’t have the time to go to the bank outside of their community because of their irregular work schedule. This issue cannot be ignored, as FDIC research has recently found that 67 million adults are unbanked, and this disadvantaged population has spent $141 billion in fees and interest rates in non-bank alternatives...

Credit for Life Fair by NGPF Fellow, Julie Giglia

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Oct 18, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Activity, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Julie Giglia, an NGPF Fellow and Business/Technology teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for this blog post. Julie strives to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and make education innovative and fun for her students. Connect with her on Twitter @julegig or at julie.giglia@whrsd.org. -------- In six months, April 2018, it will be National Financial Literacy month and one thing schools can do is host a Credit for Life Fair. The...

Don't Forget The Parents!

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Oct 10, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Activities, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild: -------- There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats.  Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents.  By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...

NGPF Podcast: Back To School Special With Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (Reading, OH)

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Sep 15, 2017
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
It's our back to school special with Brian Page, educator at Reading High School in Reading, Ohio. It's becoming a rite of passage on the NGPF podcast with Brian making his third appearance to discuss his summer activities (he did some great advocacy work for us) and the new honors course he developed. He shares some of his favorite activities and how a new book has made him rethink how personal finance should be taught. Oh, and listen closely to hear how a cologne purchase brought happiness to...

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Professional Development, Career
Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect (Peoria Public Radio) Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015. Catoosa County developing career academy to prepare students for jobs (Times Free Press) Catoosa County education officials are developing a new, specialized high school,...

Tim Talks To: Allie Nault, Advocate for Financial Education and Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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Jul 30, 2017
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Policy
I know you will enjoy my conversation with Allie Nault, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen for 2016. From working at a 24 hour diner to grilling presidential candidates about our nation’s debt, Allie has a level of composure and maturity well beyond her years. She uses her platform to advocate for financial literacy and she travels throughout the country talking to students, parents, and teachers about the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast and you will learn...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Dave Mancl About How Wisconsin Increased Access to Financial Education

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Jun 05, 2017
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Policy, Financial Literacy, Current Events, Podcasts, Advocacy
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Dave Mancl. He provided awesome insights about how actions at the state level can act as an accelerant to get financial education into more K-12 classrooms. Dave’s state, Wisconsin, has been an early adopter in seeing the value of this education and created a comprehensive and holistic approach to increasing access.  In this podcast, Dave shares his work as director of the Wisconsin Office of Financial Literacy in the Department of...

Schools in the News

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Apr 14, 2017
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Advocacy, Schools In News
NLA Teacher Mrs. McNamara is Selected for a National Training in Financial Education (Newark Leadership Academy) Beating the odds – that’s what we live and breathe at NLA. With that mindset, Mrs. McNamara, our Financial Literacy teacher, submitted an application to the Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) Summer Institute.  We are happy to report that Lady Mac, as she is known here, was invited as one of only 12 teachers nationwide [editor’s note: NGPF is hosting two sessions, each...

T-2 Days...NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

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Mar 29, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Professional Development, Advocacy
With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss. Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Passionate and Creative Educator, Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School (CO)

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Mar 27, 2017
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Podcasts, NGPF Fellows, Current Events, Advocacy
Thanks to Andrea Stemper of Palmer High School in Colorado Springs for the great conversation that we had recently. I got to know Andrea last summer at the inaugural NGPF Summer Institute. I was impressed by her passion and creativity as she shared lots of great activity ideas that she developed for her students. In fact, we turned one of those ideas into an activity “Let’s Make A Mutual Fund” for our new Teach Investing in Two Hours lesson (see Resource #7 for the activity)....

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