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

FAFSA filings down 15.5%; Interactives to Nudge Students to File the FAFSA

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Dec 01, 2020
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Interactive, Paying for College, Research
FAFSA filings are down 15.5% on year over year basis. We all know the consequences of students failing to file a FAFSA and the importance of filing early. Some awards have limited resources, and those who wait until the last minute to file could be out of luck as funding dries up.  Here are three interactives you can use to nudge your students to file a FAFSA now. FAFSA Tracker - The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker is an interactive data dashboard that tracks and ranks states’ progress...

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...

2 Rocking Interactives for the Holiday Season

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Nov 24, 2020
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Interactive
Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season. The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season and originated in Philadelphia. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss and...

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...

My 9 Favorite Interactives to Teach Credit

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Nov 18, 2020
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
Here is my current ranked list of my favorite credit interactives that could be used in our Managing Credit or Types of Credit units.  #1 INTERACTIVE: Shady Sam: This is our existing companion handout to the engaging and easy to play credit game Shady Sam.  #2 INTERACTIVE: FICO Credit Scores: This is our existing virtual adaptation companion handout to the wildly popular FICO Credit Score Simulator.  #3 INTERACTIVE: Play the Credit-Score Game. We used pieces of the WSJ interactive...

5 Resources to Decipher the U.S. Debt Clock

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Nov 10, 2020
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Interactive, Student Loans, Credit Cards, Economics
The U.S. Debt Clock illustrates our soaring debt by the second. As sobering as it is, it can serve as a springboard into multiple personal finance topics.  Student loan debt By the time readers are engaging with this article, our national student loan debt may have surpassed $1.7 trillion. Use this to ignite a discussion and select one of these three interactives to extend their learning. Credit card debt American consumer credit card debt is approaching $1 trillion, and I have to wonder,...

3 Interactives: The Rising Cost of College

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Nov 04, 2020
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Interactive, Paying for College
The cost of college has skyrocketed over the past fifty years significantly outpacing CPI (see chart on the right). There is no singular reason why, unfortunately, it was a perfect storm of problems that have coalesced to arguably one of the greatest challenges we face as a country.  The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. In other words, the inflation rate. In our...

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,...

Interactive Ideas: 3 Different Ways to Use the Uber Game

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Oct 27, 2020
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Interactive, Employment
Estimates show as much as a third of the working population in some way participates in the gig economy, a pattern that continues to rise. Introducing and engaging students into learning more about the gig economy is becoming a necessity in every personal finance classroom. One of our favorite teaching tools to do so is the Uber Game. Here are three ways you can use the Uber Game in your classroom: Debate The future of employer-employee relationships at Uber, Lyft, and other similar services...

New Economy Adaptation -  CREATE: A Salary-Based Budget

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Oct 19, 2020
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Activities, Budgeting
Last week we shared the month to month income swing reality for more than 1 in 3 American households with a few ideas for appropriately modifying our companion handout to Spent. This week we are going to share how you can help students understand this new reality with a few simple changes to CREATE: A Salary-Based Budget. What we’ve suggested can be done in person or in a remote teaching and learning environment.  There are a number of ways you can illustrate to the students how...

NGPF Podcast: Dr. Ashley Whillans on Time, Money, and Happiness

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Oct 16, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance
Dr. Ashley Whillans teaches at the Harvard Business School. She is an award-winning and leading global expert on the relationship between time, money, and happiness. Her thoughts are regularly shared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, just to name a few. She just finished her first book "Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life". This conversation was one of a kind -- you'll hear how Dr. Whillans transitioned from...

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...

Research Report (from FLEC): U.S. National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2020

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Oct 13, 2020
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Research, Advocacy
Last week, the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission released their U.S. National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2020. We thought that of particular interest to many of our teachers would be their recommended Best Practices:  “Based on an extensive review of academic research, consultations with experts, and discussions with members of the FLEC, a number of themes regarding effective financial literacy and education have crystalized. The best practices are crosscutting,...

NGPF Podcast: Dr. Page and Bill Dwight on Teens, FinLit Tech, and Parents

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Oct 09, 2020
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Podcasts
Dr. Pat Page, a current classroom teacher, NGPF Fellow, and former State Teacher of the Year, recently completed her Ph.D. and studied the parents’ perceptions of financial technology to support financial socialization and literacy levels. Together, with FamZoo owner Bill Dwight, they shared what they learned, why it should matter to teachers, and how we can apply it to support our own students. They discuss family socialization examples such as students teaching parents and boiling down...

My Classroom, Episode #4: Embracing Change

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Oct 07, 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 #4, Kerri, Tony, Courtney, and Julius share specific...