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: 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...

My Classroom Podcast: How to Prepare Special Education Students for the Real World

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Mar 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 to Trina Gray, Jonathan May, and Katherine Dawson. Trina is a Work Incentive Specialist Advocate (WISA), Jonathan is a Financial Empowerment Project Manager, and Katherine is a former special education teacher...

EdPuzzle Thursday: How Social Media Keeps You Poor

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Mar 11, 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 Social Media Keeps You Poor" dives into ways the internet and social media push consumers to spend more money.      Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video...

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...