Category: Advocacy

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...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Personal Finance Advocates (and H.S. Students), Neha Narayan and Stanley Jian

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Jan 26, 2018
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Podcasts, Research
  Whoever said discussions about personal finance curriculum standards were reserved for adults? Enter into the spotlight two West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North students, Neha Narayan and Stanley Jian, who want to spark a debate about the effectiveness of personal finance courses in New Jersey. Students by day and advocates by night, these two have spearheaded a research initiative, Project Finance, so New Jersey’s education department can understand how personal finance...

Financial Education Explained by Danielle: The Curious Case of College Credits

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Jan 24, 2018
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Paying for College, Research, Article, Advocacy
  Dual-enrollment classes are on the rise, providing high school students with yet another opportunity (besides AP test and IB courses) to get a taste of college courses. So what’s all the hype about? Interestingly enough, “the number of students under 18 taking college courses has skyrocketed… [it] went from under 300,000 in 1995 to over 1 million in 2015” (Marketplace). If this impressive statistic doesn’t pique your interest, then let me add,...

FinHero of Month for January 2018: Julius Prezelski of Mt. St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)

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Jan 17, 2018
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Advocacy, Teaching Strategies
This post comes to you from Christian Sherrill, our Director of Advocacy here at NGPF. Christian interviewed Julius Prezelski, previous NGPF Podcast guest, last week over the phone. Their exchange was part of NGPF’s #FinHero Advocacy Push, where Julius earned the prestigious title of FinHero of the Month for January 2018. Why? For 21 dogged years, Mr. Prezelski has been advocating for comprehensive personal finance education, first at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD and...

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...