About the Author

Brian Page

Making a difference in the lives of students through financial capability is Brian’s greatest passion. He comes to NGPF after fifteen years of public school teaching where he was the ‘11 Ohio Department of Education recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, the CEE Forbes Award winner, and a Money Magazine/CNN "Money Hero". He served on the working group for President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He has private school experience as a Trustee for the Cincinnati Country Day School and was a past Ohio Jump$tart President. Brian holds a BBA and M.Ed. When Brian isn’t working alongside his NGPF teammates he is likely spending time with his wife, three children, and dog; hiking, or watching Ohio State football.

Author: Brian Page

Interactive: A Simple Tool to Weed Out Fake Amazon Reviews

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Aug 25, 2021
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Interactive, Budgeting
ReviewMeta analyzes Amazon product reviews and filters out reviews that our algorithm detects may be unnatural. Amazon sellers have found all kinds of ways to "game the system" to artificially inflate their products' ratings (and also to artificially lower their competitors' ratings). A significant portion of the Amazon reviews and ratings you see are NOT from legitimate, typical shoppers like us. Many of the reviews are biased (from family/friends of the seller), incentivized (the seller gave...

NGPF MOVE Activities

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Aug 20, 2021
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Activities, Teaching Strategies
  Many teachers have told us that they love to get students out of their seats to learn by using our move activities. Linked above are our move activities organized by unit. Here are a few implementation hacks that will save you time in the long run:  After printing and cutting the material, laminate any paper used by students that do not need to be written on by the students. This way you can use it time and time again! If the material needs to be hung up (i.e. gallery walk) and you...

Interactive: Salary Inflation Calculator

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Aug 18, 2021
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Interactive, Career
A strong economy brings with it an uptick in demand-pull inflation, and eventually, cost-push inflation. The benefits and consequences of inflation could be a blog post series in itself (Look for a new On-Demand next week focused on inflation). As inflation pertains to our students, it is important to bring up the concept of earning a cost of living increase. Simply put, if inflation is 3%, and our students receive a 3% raise, they are earning 3% more nominal dollars but in "real" terms, they...

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...

Money Memes That Make You Smile

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Aug 12, 2021
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Cartoons
We all love to smile, teachers and students alike, and sometimes it’s just a simple meme or pun that can do the trick. A couple of months ago there were a few teachers sharing memes and puns that do just that in the FinLit Fanatics FaceBook community where over 6,000 teachers exchange ideas to teach personal finance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FinLitFanatics  Thanks to Mary Barber and Mary Anne Bugbee for sending us a few fun memes. They inspired us to pull together 11 fun memes...

Behavioral Economics Interactive: Decision Lab

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Aug 11, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance
Think of the Decision Lab as an interactive bias dictionary, with all of the practical information you need to help your students understand: What the bias is and where it most frequently occurs How the bias affects folks How to avoid the bias  Examples of the bias This interactive bias dictionary is the perfect complement to our comprehensive Behavioral Economics unit. If you have yet to have a chance to review the unit, start by checking these lessons and activities out, all of which...

Sketchplanations: Behavioral Economics

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Aug 09, 2021
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Behavioral Finance
We just released a NEW! full Behavioral Finance unit with seven engaging lessons full of hands-on activities. While building out the lessons, we were particularly impressed with this collection of visuals, designed by Sketchplanations. These would be perfect complements to our Behavioral Economics lesson: I Saw it On Social Media. ...

Interactive: Reading a Pay Stub

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Aug 04, 2021
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Interactive, Budgeting, Taxes
This interactive helps students understand their paystubs. It's simple, engaging, and can be used in a wide variety of classrooms. Here are a few ways students will engage with the interactive: Drag and drop activity using common paystub items and abbreviations. Analyze and interpret pay stubs. Calculate various prompts using pay stubs. Here are some discussion starters and activities you can use to follow up using the interactive: Why do you think businesses are responsible for subtracting...

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...

INTERACTIVE: A Family Budget

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Jul 28, 2021
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Budgeting, Interactive
EPI’s Family Budget Calculator measures the income a family needs in order to attain a modest yet adequate standard of living. Compared with the federal poverty line and the Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets provide a more accurate and complete measure of economic security in America. The Family Budget Map offers a view of cost of living for a two-parent, two-child family across the United States at the county level. Here are some discussion questions you could ask...

NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker (updated July 26, 2021)

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Jul 26, 2021
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Current Events
With many legislative sessions concluded or in recess, not a lot of updates to provide to the NGPF FinLit Bill Tracker.  In case you missed the earlier updates, here were the states that made the most significant progress on increasing access to financial education: Nevada AB19: Among the core academic subjects that must be taught include "Social studies, which includes only the subjects of history, geography, economics , civics, financial literacy and multicultural education..." Rhode...

Interactive: Wage Growth Tracker

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Jul 21, 2021
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Economics, Career, Interactive
? For more Economics related resources, check out our Econ Directory!   If you’ve seen headlines or social media posts complaining that they can’t find workers, you’re not alone. It’s likely this trend will continue into the ‘21/’22 school year so students will likely have questions. This is a good time to expose students to labor market basics (Video Alternative) so they understand that what employers in some sectors will end up doing is raising...

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,...

Interactive: Investments, Careers, and Locations -- Oh My!

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Jul 14, 2021
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Interactive, Investing, Career
The linked interactive tool above allows students to explore the nation’s largest publicly traded companies and career opportunities with each of them. The S&P 500 or QQQ and Market Cap are the primary filters to use when exploring. The tutorial below is less than 3 minutes and illustrates how to use the tool. Here are some ideas for classroom discussion questions and NGPF ready-made resources you can use to follow up:  What is the S&P 500? [NGPF S&P 500 Interactive...

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...