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: Dr. Patricia Page

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Nov 25, 2020
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives of four amazing financial literacy leaders. Each one will share how they advocate for financial literacy and the teaching strategies they have used through COVID. Like the last series, each one is from a different area of the country and a different type of school, but this time you'll hear from a student-teacher, a middle school teacher, a former financial literacy teacher turned administrator, and a...

Collaboration Series: The Power of Habit

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Nov 23, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers who participated in the NGPF On-Demand pilot module, The Power of Habit. This module will teach you about the importance of habits, provide an understanding of how habits...

My Classroom Podcast: Drew Ahlers

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Nov 19, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives of four amazing financial literacy leaders. Each one will share how they advocate for financial literacy and the teaching strategies they have used through COVID. Like the last series, each one is from a different area of the country and a different type of school, but this time you'll hear from a student-teacher, a middle school teacher, a former financial literacy teacher turned administrator, and a...

Collaboration Series: Bummer! Arcade Game

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Nov 16, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at an Arcade: Bummer! Virtual PD. After playing Bummer!, teachers were asked:    What discussion prompt would help launch a classroom conversation after playing the...

My Classroom Podcast: Vincent Branch

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Nov 11, 2020
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Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of My Classroom! NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives of four awesome financial literacy leaders. Each one will share how they advocate for financial literacy and the teaching strategies they have used through COVID. Like the last series, each one is from a different area of the country and a different type of school, but this time you'll hear from a student-teacher, a middle school teacher, a former financial...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Questions to Ask Before Investing

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Nov 11, 2020
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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 Questions to Ask Before Investing" reviews five questions you should ask yourself before investing your money.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

Collaboration Series: Favorite Investing Resources

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Nov 09, 2020
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Tips for Teachers
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at an Investing Virtual PD. After reviewing the NGPF Investing Unit, teachers were asked:    Which investing resources are you most excited to use with your students?...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Mutual Funds

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Nov 04, 2020
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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 "What the Heck is a Mutual Fund?" explains the basics of mutual funds, how to invest, and the difference between actively managed funds and passively managed mutual funds.    Interested...

Collaboration Series: The Bean Game

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Nov 02, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies
Collaboration Series is a weekly blog post that will highlight implementation ideas of various NGPF resources, strategies to engage your students in a Zoom world, and other useful teacher tips shared by teachers in recent Virtual PD sessions.    This week's Collaborate Board was created by a team of teachers at the "Teaching Remotely: Bean Game" Virtual PD. After diving into the virtual adaptation of this hands-on budgeting resource, teachers were asked:    What is your...

My Classroom, Episode #6: Speaker Series

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Oct 28, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Podcasts
The October 22nd Speaker Series marked the conclusion of the inaugural My Classroom Podcast series. The weekly series was 10-15 minutes long and followed the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers and NGPF Fellows. Each teacher was from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different environment (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid) but remain determined to make their learning environment as great as it can be during COVID.   Kerri,...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Debt Collectors

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Oct 28, 2020
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Credit Reports, Credit Scores
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 to Deal with Debt Collectors" discusses the four levels of debt collections and strategies for getting out of debt at each level.    Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Bonds

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Oct 21, 2020
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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 "Bond. Savings Bond." explains the basics of investing in bonds.    Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the...

My Classroom, Episode #5: Lessons Learned

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Oct 14, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Podcasts
NGPF’s My Classroom is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast series that will follow the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers and NGPF Fellows.  Each teacher is from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different environment (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid)  but are determined to make their learning environment as great as it can be during COVID.    In Episode #5, Kerri, Tony, Courtney, and Julius all come together...

EdPuzzle Thursday: The History of the U.S. Dollar

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Oct 14, 2020
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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 "The History of the US Dollar" explains how the U.S. dollar came to be the most trusted and traded currency in the history of the world.    Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit...

Virtual Adaptation - FINE PRINT: Pay Stub

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Oct 12, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Taxes, Career
In the activity FINE PRINT: Pay Stub, students will analyze a sample pay stub to understand its various components and answer a variety of questions. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations and extension ideas for this activity that may work for your current classroom environment.     Synchronous Environment Ideas: First, take students on a tour of an example pay stub pointing out and...