NGPF Documentary: The Most Important Class You Never Had [Updates]

Mar 20, 2020
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:

Details on the documentary here: 

[Part 1] 0:35 - 1:54 Introduction

[Part 2] 1:55 - 5:22 Winooski High School (VT); Courtney Poquette brings financial education to her students who bring those lessons home to their immigrant families 

[Part 3] 5:23 - 8:54 Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (FL): Brett Burkey teaches the dangers of consumerism and instant gratification to students in West Palm Beach

Part 4] 8:55 - 12:33  "MissBeHelpful" Financial YouTuber & Educator (NY), Latina educator, Yanely Espinal rises from poverty and embraces social media to reach an underserved audience

[Part 5] 12:34 - 17:26 Rhinelander High School (WI); Patrick Kubeny teaches teens in the Wisconsin Northwoods the value of saving for a financially uncertain future. Includes footage from statewide Finance and Investment Bowl. 

[Part 6] 17:27 - 21:52 Sharyland High School Student (TX); Cultural challenges with money are addressed by a consumer science teacher, Amanda Medina, in a minority majority school district in a South Texas border town 

[Part 7] 21:53 - 26:06 Elizabethtown High School (KY); Teacher-Advocate Alex Todd unites two state politicians from opposing parties to pass sweeping, state-wide legislation for personal finance education. 

[Part 8] 26:07 - 30:48 Utah state leaders discuss what has made them national leader in financial education; includes inspiring story of how personal finance teacher, Angela Short, pulled her own family from financial ruin as a direct result of teaching this course.

[Part 9] 30:49 - 34:24 City as School (NY); Educator Tony Montgomery introduces financial lessons to students in an alternative high school focused on real-world internships 

[Part 10] 34:25 - 36:55 Momentum builds to increase access to personal finance courses to all high school students (Mission: 2030)

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.