About the Author

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with 18 years of experience teaching personal finance. During that time, she led her students to hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, won multiple awards, and most importantly, impacted the financial lives of thousands of high school students. Amanda prides herself on being an educational leader and is constantly looking for innovative ways to make the classroom relevant, rigorous, and fun. She is a passionate advocate for financial education and has been a long time member of the NGPF community. Fun fact - Amanda was NGPF’s first teacher account! When Amanda isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Author: Amanda Volz

EdPuzzle Thursday: Do You Really Want to Be Your Own Boss?

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Aug 26, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Entrepreneurship
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Do You Really Want To Be Your Own Boss?" discusses the many hats you will wear (CFO, Human Resources, Marketing Director, & Sales) if you want to be your own boss. ...

My Classroom: When Students Lead (Part 2)

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Aug 17, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. This is the first of a two-part series: When Students Lead. We are giving a handful of students the microphone to tell us what they enjoyed the most about a personal finance class, and what lessons were most important.  These students will also inspire you to take your personal finance class to the next level. They are working so hard to advocate for every high school student in their state to be...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Is It Bad to Play the Lottery?

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Aug 12, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Is It BAD to Play the Lottery?" discusses the history, outcomes, and statistical likelihood of winning the lottery.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit...

My Classroom: When Students Lead (Part 1)

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Aug 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. This is the first of a two-part series: When Students Lead. We are giving a handful of students the microphone to tell us what they enjoyed the most about a personal finance class, and what lessons were most important.  These students will also inspire you to take your personal finance class to the next level. They are working so hard to advocate for every high school student in their state to be...

NGPF On-Demand: Novice Investor Pitfalls

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Jul 22, 2021
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Professional Development, Investing
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 31 On-Demand modules currently available is "Novice Investor Pitfalls." This module dives into historical investing pitfalls and how they impact investors.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Choose between two articles (8 of the Most Notorious Ponzi Schemes in US History or The Pioneers of Financial...

My Classroom Podcast: Creating Classroom Culture for Middle Schoolers

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Jul 20, 2021
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Podcasts, Middle School Tips
? Our Middle School Course Syllabus is an excellent way to start thinking about your middle school personal finance classroom.   My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers who will share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. Click here to subscribe to our blog and receive each podcast, as well as our Questions of the Day,...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Organize Your Finances

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Jul 15, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video titled "Organize Your Finances" reviews which financial documents are important to keep and which are okay for you to toss.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

NEW! Course Introduction Parent Newsletter and Letter

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Jul 14, 2021
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Parent Conversations
  Last winter we introduced customizable parent newsletters for each unit. In previous months we have held NGPF Virtual PD sessions to review how to customize them and give teachers time to customize their own. We were given feedback that a course introduction newsletter would be helpful -- so voila! We also created a course introductory letter! Course Introduction Parent Newsletter Course Introduction Parent Letter Parent Newsletters for Every NGPF Unit Save the Dates for Virtual...

NGPF On-Demand -- Summer 2021: 4 Trends in Personal Finance

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Jul 08, 2021
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Professional Development, Current Events
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 32 On-Demand modules currently available is “Summer 2021: 4 Trends in Personal Finance.” In this module, you will learn about current trends in personal finance such as updates on credit scores & reports, the teen job market, investing by TikTok, and inflation.    Here are two highlights from the...

My Classroom: Tying Together Personal Finance and Economics

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Jul 06, 2021
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Podcasts
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers who will share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week, we welcome Derek D'Angelo and Joey Running. Derek & Joey will discuss strategies to embed personal finance concepts into an economics class, and economics concepts into a personal finance class.  Derek D'Angelo taught AP...

EdPuzzle Thursday: How Cars Keep You Poor

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Jul 01, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.  This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "How Cars Keep You Poor" reviews the concept of depreciation, the costs of leasing vs buying, and suggestions when purchasing and financing a vehicle.     ...

NGPF On-Demand: Auto Loans

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Jun 24, 2021
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Professional Development
NGPF On-Demand is a professional development opportunity that allows teachers to deepen their content knowledge on their own schedule and at their own pace. One of the 30 On-Demand modules currently available is “Auto Loans.” This module reviews auto loan basics, analyzes types of loans available, and empowers teachers to share with students everything teens need to know to make an informed auto loan decision.    Here are some highlights from the module:    Watch...

NGPF Extra Mile Award: Top 1% of Academy Hours Earned

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Jun 22, 2021
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Professional Development
We conclude our celebratory blog posts sharing the amazing accomplishments of educators during the 2020-2021 NGPF Academy year by highlighting the teachers who are in the top 1% of NGPF Academy hours earned.  This impressive list of teachers has completed a combined total of over 10,000 hours of professional development during the 2020-2021 NGPF Academy Year! This includes one-hour live NGPF Virtual PD sessions, NGPF On-Demand modules, and NGPF Certification Courses.  NGPF...

My Classroom Podcast: Candice Matthews Brackeen, the Founder and CEO of Lighthouse

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Jun 22, 2021
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Entrepreneurship, Podcasts
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we will speak with different teachers & professionals who will share timely tips, resources, and strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week we have the pleasure of speaking with Candice Brackeen.  The Wall Street Journal named Mrs. Brackeen a Top 10 women venture capitalists for 2020. She will share what students and teachers should know about...

NGPF Extra Mile Award: Teachers Who Earned All 10 NGPF Certification Courses

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Jun 21, 2021
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Professional Development
  This week, we continue to celebrate the achievements of educators during the challenging 2020-2021 school year! Today's post focuses on teachers who have completed all 10 NGPF Certification Courses.  NGPF offers online Certification Courses specializing in a single topic in personal finance. Educators strengthen their own content knowledge over 10 hours of professional development and are assessed through a 1-hour exam. NGPF Certified educators are more confident, qualified, and...