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: Social Salaries Calculator

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Jun 09, 2021
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Interactive, Career
  A big thanks to Derek D’Angelo for sharing this resource! From what we’re hearing, more and more kids want to grow up and become social media influencers. Using various industry estimates, LICKD has created a social salary calculator to uncover how many social media engagements are needed to earn the desired salary entered into the calculator.    Before setting students free to use the calculator, you can take note of some classroom guesses and see how close they...

My Classroom Podcast: Summer Book List

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Jun 08, 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. It's almost summer! As we head into the summer months, we hope you find some time to relax, recharge, listen to some podcasts (here are some NGPF Fellow favorites), and read a few great books. In this week’s episode, we chat with a...

A Low Stress Strategy to Increase Access To Personal Finance Courses

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May 31, 2021
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Advocacy
For some educators, the thought of presenting alone to a school board, or even emailing them, is daunting enough to avoid altogether. Yet, they’re passionate about personal finance and want to guarantee that every student takes the class to graduate. If this encapsulates your feelings, this post is for you. I need to start by saying that you’re not alone, and you don’t need to do it alone. Coalesce the folks who you feel comfortable with who share your passion and do this...

6 Resources That Teachers Need Now

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May 26, 2021
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Teaching Strategies
Who doesn't like movies?  1) Movies and documentaries: 20 personal finance movies and documentaries cataloged and categorized.  You can even vote on your favorites! ----------------- Here's a Speaker Series event this week to help you think about your own retirement:  2) Virtual PD Speaker Series: How to Give Your Teacher Retirement a Boost: A great time to revisit your retirement contributions and analyze your investment fees is as you transition from one school year contract...

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...

Interactive Wednesday: This NEW Interactive is on FIRE!

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May 18, 2021
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Interactive, Investing
FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early. It is a movement in the space of personal finance that encourages people to live well within their means, and aggressively save money towards early retirement.  If you don’t know a lot about the FIRE movement, I encourage you to watch this 9 minute segment on PBS NewsHour or listen to our podcast with what many consider to be the godfather of the FIRE movement, JL Collins, who also wrote The Simple Path to Wealth.    ...

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...

Interactive: Credit Card Statement

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May 04, 2021
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Credit Cards, Interactive
Are you looking for an interactive to help students learn more about the fine print of a credit card statement? You’re in luck. The AEI Managing Money: Reading a Credit Card Statement is perfect and can be paired nicely with our activity and teacher tip video The Fine Print: Credit Card Statement.   Check out our On Demand: 3 Lesser-Known Cards to learn more about a secured credit card, as well as a payroll card and prepaid card. It is free PD, one hour at a time, on your own time....

The Ultimate Interactive Roth IRA Calculator

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May 04, 2021
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Investing, Interactive
Late last week a teenager stopped by to promote his power washing business. We walked through what needed to be done, and after we agreed on a price, I told him about a Kiddie Roth IRA. When I used this calculator to illustrate what he could have at retirement if he started to invest now -- his eyes lit up and widened like Yanely’s during a Fin Cap Friday video as she makes her most important point!    Teachers had to deal with kids trading in brokerage accounts during the...

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...

UPDATED! Videos: Careers that don't require a 4-year degree

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Apr 20, 2021
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Video Resource, Career
We have updated this career resource to make it more user-friendly for teachers. It is now easier for teachers to quickly access short career overview video clips to help non-college bound students make a more informed career decision. It is a collection of careers that do not require a 4-year degree and of workers in the top 25% earn at least ~$55,000.  This is one of many resources that will be used in our On-Demand release of "Alternatives to 4 Year Colleges" for the week of April...

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...

JACKPOT! The Data USA Interactive

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Apr 07, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Budgeting, Current Events, Student Loans, Paying for College
Data USA is the greatest interactive I have ever seen. Highlighted with orange boxes below are the primary categories you want to click on when exploring the site.     These data visualization tools can be used in countless ways. You can always go straight to the site yourself and think through ways you can use it. For those who wanted this work done for you, you’re in luck. Here’s what I’m going to share in this post: The Interactive: A 4 minute tutorial on how to...

Interactive: Laws on Minor Bank Accounts by State

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Apr 06, 2021
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Interactive, Checking Accounts
I didn’t spend much time considering the implications of payroll card fees until five or six years ago when one of my students showed me that she had spent over $50 in three months to access her own money and check her account balance. This is significant for a kid earning minimum wage and trying to help her mother pay the bills. She wanted a bank account, but her mother was unbanked. Have a look at some of the fees that payroll cards might charge, taking the E1 Visa® Payroll Card as...

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...