About the Author

Abby Alcala

After graduating with a statistics major at UC Davis, Abby set off to Massachusetts to teach algebra 1 and geometry and enjoyed working with the curious and creative minds of high school students. She is passionate about helping students recognize and develop their strengths and leadership skills. She was instrumental in taking the high school cheer team to regional competitions, as well as elevating school spirit and pride through creating unity amongst the study body and educators. Back in the Bay Area, Abby is excited to work with other educators to build and share content to enhance the teaching experience in applied math and finance.

Author: Abby Alcala

Just One Resource - COMPARE: Charities

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Dec 10, 2018
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Just One Resource, Generosity
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  COMPARE: Charities The Gist: During this season of giving, it's important to look closely at how charities, nonprofits and organizations use people's donations. With this activity, your students will research organizations and causes that they are...

Just One Resource - PROJECT: You Decide! Who Gets the Job?

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Dec 04, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  PROJECT: You Decide! Who Gets the Job? The Gist:  In this project, students assume the role of a hiring manager at MusicBeat, a company that produces high-quality headphones. They have to review the resumes and cover letters of three potential...

Just One Resource - ANALYZE: Advertising Campaigns

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Nov 27, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  ANALYZE: Advertising Campaigns The Gist: This entrepreneurship activity gives students the opportunity to identify mediums of advertising and analyze the effectiveness of advertising campaigns, making them more aware of how ads affect them, as well...

Just One Resource - PROJECT: Plan a Friendsgiving Dinner

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Nov 18, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  PROJECT: Plan a Friendsgiving Dinner The Gist: In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students plan a potluck Friendsgiving dinner, comparison shop for ingredients, and create an expense report via spreadsheet to track their “spending",...

Just One Resource - INTERACTIVE: What is a Millennial?

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Nov 13, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  INTERACTIVE: What is a Millennial? The Gist: Your students will explore how trends among the Millennial generation regarding their experiences with technological change, globalization, and economic disruption reshape their spending habits and the...

Just One Resource - CASE STUDY: Have Diploma. Got Job?

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Nov 06, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.  [The Resource]  CASE STUDY: Have Diploma. Got Job? The Gist: Your students get the chance to be in a career counselor's shoes and troubleshoot with college students on how to land a job! The Best Parts: Sample student profiles and resumes: You will find two...

Just One Resource - ANALYZE: Change a Bad Financial Habit

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Sep 24, 2018
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Just One Resource
    In this new weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ANALYZE: Change a Bad Financial Habit The Gist: Do you ever buy that daily coffee and think, "It's just for today, or this week!", but it ends up being a habitual expense? Preview the revamped Financial Pitfalls unit, as this NEW behavioral...

Just One Resource - ANALYZE: A High School Resume and Cover Letter

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Sep 17, 2018
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Just One Resource, Career
        In this new weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ANALYZE: A High School Resume and Cover Letter The Gist: Are your students looking for part-time jobs but don’t know where to start? This activity gets students to start thinking about what elements make strong high school...

Interactive Monday: What's the Level of Education in Your County?

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Sep 16, 2018
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Chart of the Week, Current Events, Research, Interactive, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
This week's interactive comes courtesy of Overflow Solutions and provides a county-level look at educational attainment.  This tool allows users to compare educational attainment of every county against other counties, the states, and the nation overall. The default is set to Los Angeles, CA and Cook County, IL, but if your students are on a desktop, they can easily adjust to view data from different counties and states. Here's a few notes about the interactive: The data is collected from...

Just One Resource - RESEARCH: Finding Scholarships & Grants

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Sep 11, 2018
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Just One Resource, Paying for College
      In this new weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource] RESEARCH: Finding Scholarships & Grants  The Gist: With the beginning of the new school year upon us, this is the prime time for high school seniors to begin exploring scholarships and grants for college. This research activity...

NGPF Podcast: Tim's Back to School Conversation with Amazing Educator Brian Page (Reading, Ohio)

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Aug 31, 2018
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Podcasts
As the start of the new school year approaches, here is this week’s podcast on how one enthusiastic teacher spent his summer preparing curriculum and new teaching strategies to start the 2018-2019 school year on the right foot. Brian Page, a Passionate (that's with a capital P) NGPF Fellow, teaches at Reading High School in Ohio and this marks his third appearance on the NGPF Podcast. He shares how he both led and attended professional development sessions this summer that modeled...

Abby Alcala - Why I'm Passionate About Personal Finance Education

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Aug 27, 2018
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Personal Finance
The NGPF Team continues to grow...Join me in welcoming Abby Alcala who will be focusing on professional development and building out our curriculum to support math teachers. Find out why she thinks financial education is such a great way to build student engagement! ------------------------------ Why do I need to learn this? When will I ever need to use this information after this class? After high school? Ever? These are some of the biggest questions teachers are asked when working with high...