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: Short Selling

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Jun 03, 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 from TwoCents titled "A Short Explanation of Short Selling" explains the concept and risk of short selling a stock.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

NGPF On-Demand: Saving Modules

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May 27, 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. With 30 modules covering 15 different topics/units, with have TWO modules focused on saving.    Module #1: The Psychology of Saving This module investigates the psychological factors that make saving difficult and explores strategies to overcome those challenges. Here are some highlights from “The Psychology of Saving”...

My Classroom Podcast: NGPF Fellow Podcast Recommendations

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May 25, 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. As the school year is winding down and we head into the summer months, we hope you find some time to relax, recharge, listen to some favorite podcasts, and read a few great books. In this week’s episode, we chat with a group of NGPF...

NGPF On-Demand: Budgeting in the Gig Economy

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May 13, 2021
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Professional Development, Budgeting
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 26 modules available is “Budgeting in the Gig Economy”. This module explores the gig economy and unique budgeting considerations and strategies that gig work necessitates.   Here are some highlights from the module:  Watch a video that describes what is meant by “the gig economy”. Watch a...

My Classroom Podcast: Moving Forward

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May 11, 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. The message is clear. Teachers are relieved to be returning to normal next fall, but what will change from years past? We felt there was no better time for our listeners to hear from the original My Classroom cast of four than as the school...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Money Personalities

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May 06, 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 "Are You a Hoarder or a Mogul? What's Your Money Sign?" takes a look at six main types of money personalities and shares strategies to help guide you to a more healthy relationship...

NGPF On-Demand: $7.25 - The Minimum Wage

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Apr 29, 2021
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Professional Development, Career
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 26 modules available is “$7.25 - The Minimum Wage”. With a recent push for $15, this module will review the current minimum wage federally and in your own state, take a look at who’s living on minimum wage and what that means, as well as the potential pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.   Here...

My Classroom Podcast: Supporting Seniors in Their Last Weeks of High School

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Apr 27, 2021
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
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's episode is a bit different. Instead of speaking with teachers, we will be speaking with students. Three recent high school graduates join us to look back after a year in the real world and living on their own. Each student will...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Can You Really Save Money by Going Green?

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Apr 22, 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 "Can You Really Save Money by Going Green? (And How Much?)" looks at the personal, environmental, and financial reasons to "go green."      Interested in more...

NGPF On-Demand: Renters Insurance

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Apr 15, 2021
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Professional Development, Insurance
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 23 modules available is “Renters Insurance”. This module reviews how renters insurance works and why it’s essential coverage for young adults.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Compare average renters insurance rates across all 50 states:     Use an interactive from...

My Classroom Podcast: Dan LaSalle -- Bringing Financial Literacy to Life

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Apr 13, 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 to Dan LaSalle. For nine years, Dan worked in Philadelphia as a high school teacher and later a school administrator. During this time, he began a financial literacy program that he now works on full-time. His...

EdPuzzle Thursday: Is the Savings Account Dead?

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Apr 08, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Savings
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 Savings Account Dead?" looks at the "real return" of savings accounts and additional tools to use when saving for mid-to-long term goals.      Interested in more EdPuzzle...

NGPF On-Demand: Kiddie IRAs

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Apr 01, 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 23 modules available is “Kiddie IRAs”. This module teaches basic information about Kiddie IRAs and how to prepare and motivate students to open them.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Learn the characteristics and benefits of Kiddie/Custodial IRAs and share your learning with other teachers....

My Classroom Podcast: How to Start & Run an Investment Club

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Mar 30, 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 to Christine Bell, Julius Preselski, Joey Running, and Jim Hennebery who all share their experiences starting and running an investment club. Their experiences and schools vary and their collective story...

NGPF On-Demand: Payday Loans & Cash Advance Apps

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Mar 18, 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 20 modules available is “Payday Loans & Cash Advance Apps”. This module explores the details of payday loans and cash advance apps.    Here are some highlights from the module:  Explore 5 apps that loan you money before payday.      Review statistics related to payday loans. Watch a...