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

My Classroom Podcast: FAFSA Filing Ideas With Fellows

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Mar 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Paying for College
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. In this week's episode, we speak to a wonderful group of NGPF Fellows. NGPF Fellows dedicate time on Saturday mornings to meet up, check-in on one another, and share helpful tips & classroom strategies. Join the conversation with Amanda...

NGPF On-Demand: New Trends in Building Credit

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Mar 01, 2021
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Professional Development, Credit Scores, 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 20 modules available is “New Trends in Building Credit”. This module dives into FinTech companies that have created access to credit without a credit score.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Share key takeaways of Buy Now, Pay Later platforms. Here is a peek at some of the responses:  ...

My Classroom Podcast: Dr. Sessaty

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Feb 23, 2021
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Paying for College
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. In this week's episode, we speak to Dr. Sessaty, Director for Postsecondary Initiatives at San Antonio ISD. Dr. Sessaty’s program has been nationally recognized for increasing college enrollment rates and FAFSA completion rates. At the...

NGPF On-Demand: New & Popular Modules!

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Feb 22, 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. We have recently released FOUR new modules for a total of 20 modules available in the NGPF On-Demand library!     Q: Which modules are new?  A: We recently released four new modules to the NGPF On-Demand library: Basics of Bitcoin: Learn the basics of Bitcoin and the reasons behind its surging interest among investors New...

EdPuzzle Thursday: How Bankruptcy Works

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Feb 17, 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 "How Bankruptcy Works" explains the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how bankruptcy impacts your credit score and financial life.      Interested in...

My Classroom Podcast: Jason-Lamont Jackson

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Feb 16, 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. In this week's episode, we speak Jason-Lamont Jackson. Jason-Lamont is in his 23rd year of teaching; his 4th year at West Orange High School in New Jersey. He currently teaches Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management....

NGPF On-Demand: The Psychology of Saving

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Feb 15, 2021
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Professional Development, Savings
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 16 modules currently available is "The Psychology of Saving". In this module, you will identify hurdles to saving money and learn strategies to make saving easier.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Learn about the obstacles and cognitive biases that make savings difficult and share your learning with...

My Classroom Podcast: Conversations With NGPF Fellows (Current Events)

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Feb 11, 2021
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Podcasts, Current Events
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. In this week's episode, we speak to a wonderful group of NGPF Fellows. During this particularly stressful year, the NGPF Fellows dedicate time on Saturday mornings to meet up, check-in on one another, and share helpful tips & classroom...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Strange Investment Crazes

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Feb 10, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing
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"5 Strange Investment Crazes!" investigates five of the stranger investment crazes in recent history and lessons learned from some of their failures.      Interested in more EdPuzzle...

NGPF On-Demand: Investing For Beginners

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Feb 08, 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 16 modules currently available is "Investing For Beginners". In this module, participants will learn basic investing terminology and how the stock market works.     Here are some highlights from the module:  Learn about investment types as well as investment accounts   Explore and review the power of...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Is The Stock Market Irrational?

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Feb 03, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Investing, Current Events
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 "Is the Stock Market Irrational?" investigates whether the stock market accurately reflects what companies are worth or governed by the emotions and biases that all humans are subject to. ...

NGPF On-Demand: FinTech Apps

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Feb 01, 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 16 modules currently available is "FinTech Apps". This module will brush up on your knowledge of the FinTech industry and popular finance apps.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Research and share information on popular finance apps. Here is a peek at a few top responses:   Learn about the...

My Classroom Podcast: Varun Gupta

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Jan 27, 2021
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
Welcome to the third series of My Classroom, a 15-minute weekly NGPF podcast series that will highlight four rock star teachers who took unique paths to the classroom and collectively attended more than 600 hours of virtual professional development with NGPF in 2020. In this series, we will learn what remote teaching strategies they enjoy the most and how they use these strategies and the information they have learned in their own instruction.  Each week a new podcast will be posted for you...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Let's Talk Taxes

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Jan 27, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Taxes
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 "Let's Talk Taxes" explains the difference between gross pay, net pay, and payroll deductions.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in...

NGPF On-Demand: Calculating Compound Interest

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Jan 25, 2021
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Professional Development, Compound Interest
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 16 modules currently available is "MATH: Calculating Compound Interest". In this module, you will learn the importance of compound interest and how to calculate it step-by-step by formula or using an online calculator.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Collaborate with other teachers to share strategies...