Category: Advocacy

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...

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 of Oconto High School: 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 of Montezuma High School: 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 of Bryan City Schools: 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...

Guest Post from Jill Clayton: How a State Legislative Change And NGPF Grant Opportunity Inspired A Rapid Shift In My District

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Mar 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Jill Clayton is a phenomenal personal finance teacher at Roxboro Community School in Roxboro, North Carolina. Her school's personal finance program is the 12th recipient of a $10,000 grant through NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge. Here's Jill in her own words describing how her school made the switch from a personal finance elective to a personal finance graduation requirement on short notice. What got you started advocating for personal finance to be a graduation requirement? I've been making...

How To Achieve the Gold Standard: What I learned from reading 11 success stories

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Mar 05, 2020
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Advocacy
Gold Standard in finance education: a one semester personal finance course that ALL students will take before crossing the graduation stage. I hope that you have been enjoying the weekly posts from Gold Standard Challenge grantees describing their journeys. I re-read them this morning looking for patterns to see what common threads led to their success. On then one hand, every journey is unique just as every individual and every school environment is. However, upon further examination, there are...

Guest Post From Jim Hatfield of Mt. Vernon High School: When The Stars Align For Personal Finance

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Mar 03, 2020
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Advocacy
Jim Hatfield is a dedicated personal finance teacher from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. In Jim's state, 'Personal Financial Responsibility' is required to be taught in high schools, but not all schools do so with fidelity according to their course catalogs. Jim wasn't about to let that happen in his school, first teaching the course as an elective and recently advocating for the course to become a local graduation requirement. As a result of this change, Mt. Vernon High...

Guest Post from Katie Kohoutek of Lidgerwood High School: How My Own Kids Inspired Me To Get My School To The Gold Standard In Personal Finance Education

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Feb 26, 2020
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Advocacy
Katie Kohoutek is a veteran business, computer and personal finance teacher from Lidgerwood High School in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Her school's personal finance program is the 13th in the nation to receive a $10,000 grant from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant program, which awards grant dollars to schools when they adopt standalone graduation requirements for personal finance. Here's Katie in her own words on the process of getting it done in her small, rural setting! When did you begin...

Schools in the News (week of 2/23/20)

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Feb 25, 2020
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Schools In News, Advocacy
Hat tip to Christian for compiling these news stories that show the momentum building across the country for increasing access to financial education. Esther Richardson, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn made such an eloquent case for financial education. She was asked by New York Times (Esther appears in the 2nd video): What would you change about your education? Her response: What I would change would be to incorporate more life skills that we would need...such as paying...

Reading List for February 21-23

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Feb 21, 2020
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events, Investing, Career, Mortgages
Advocacy The West Virginia Senate considers two education bills: a financial education bill requiring a high school class, right alongside one reestablishing cursive writing in elementary school. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)   Personal Finance Ever wonder what files you should keep and for how long? Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post explains how she used “Homefile: Financial Planning Organizer,” by certified financial planners J. Michael Martin and his wife Mary E....

Guest Post from Jen Jones of Sam Rayburn ISD: Ending The Cycle of Passive Support

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Feb 19, 2020
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Advocacy
Jennifer Jones ("Jen") is a business and personal finance teacher from Sam Rayburn ISD, a small school district in the far northeast Texas town of Ivanhoe. Sam Rayburn High School is the 6th school in the nation, and the first in Texas, to earn a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF for successfully adopting a graduation requirement for personal finance.  What was the timeline by which you made the change happen? I started requesting a personal finance class be required six years...

How many states require students to take a personal finance course before graduating from high school? Is it 6 or is it 21?

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Feb 12, 2020
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Advocacy
CEE recently released their Survey of the States which led to news articles which included these details:  “Twenty-one states now require financial literacy courses to graduate” (CNBC) "High school students in 21 states must now take a personal finance course in order to graduate" (NY Times) This, in turn, has led to a lot of inquiries as to why NGPF's Got Finance? research report on access to financial education finds that only 6 states require students to take a...