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

5 Resources to Celebrate National Consumer Protection Week

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Mar 05, 2021
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Financial Scams
This week reminds us of the importance of equipping our students with the strategies and tools they need to protect themselves. Here are five of my favorite resources to do just that with your students: #1 INTERACTIVE (Game): Shady Sam Welcome your students to their first day of work at Shady Sam's, where their job is to make as much money as possible off the backs of hard-working Americans. How? By issuing loans that make a hefty profit.  #2 FULL LESSON: Identity Theft Identify different...

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...

2 Differentiated NGPF Lessons for Special Education Students

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Mar 02, 2021
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Activities, Personal Finance
We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn Dawson to our team (learn more about her here). What I’m particularly excited about is her background in working with special education students. Kathryn was kind enough to differentiate two popular NGPF activities.  Modified Activity: Fine Print Pay Stub Kathryn added two strategies to this activity: annotating the resource (shown below) and scaffolding questions.  --------------------- Modified Activity: Read 25 Investing Basics Kathryn added...

21 Personal Finance Movies and Documentaries

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Feb 24, 2021
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Personal Finance, Checking Accounts
The Banker was recently released on Apple+, and in my opinion, is the best personal finance movie of all time. It incorporates the realities of wealth building, banking, investing in property, and lending. Multiple scenes could be cut and used as a hook to illustrate to students in an entertaining way key personal finance concepts.  The Banker is based on a true story. Although our country still has a ways to go, the movie reveals the discrimination that Black Americans faced at that time...

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...

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....

7 Resources for Valentine's Day

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Feb 15, 2021
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Interactive
I thought Valentine’s Day was conjured up by Hallmark to drive consumers to purchase their cards, but I was wrong. According to History.com, it dates back to A.D. 270, and the origin is far more devious than a ploy by Hallmark, and I doubt it’ll ever go away. So if you’ve marked your calendar to use Valentine’s Day as a topic for your personal finance class, we’ve got you covered with these seven resources.  NGPF Podcast: Financial Therapist Dr. Bruce Ross...

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...

3 Interactives: What Happens if Minimum Wage is Raised?

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Feb 09, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Policy
You may have seen headlines this week such as these:  Washington Post: Minimum wage hike to $15 an hour by 2025 would result in 1.4 million unemployed, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says  Detroit Press: ‘It is not a living wage’ say advocates for higher minimum pay in Michigan These headlines are particularly relevant to teens, as they are likely earning around the minimum wage. Here are a few interactives and ideas to capitalize on their interest. Interactive:...

GameStop Teaching Resources

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Feb 02, 2021
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Investing
GameStop Teaching Resources Last week was a flurry of news about GameStop, and one thing is for sure, there are a lot of kids talking about it. FinTech has made it easy for anyone to dive headfirst into the insanity of day trading, including our 18-year-old students. All of this hoopla runs contrary to what we know investing should feel like: a long boring process with compounding returns over time.  Tim recently shared the lessons we should focus on with students in our Op-Ed on CNBC:...

My Classroom Podcast: Varun Gupta

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Jan 27, 2021
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Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
Welcome to the third series of My Classroom, a 15-minute weekly NGPF podcast series that will highlight four rock star teachers who took unique paths to the classroom and collectively attended more than 600 hours of virtual professional development with NGPF in 2020. In this series, we will learn what remote teaching strategies they enjoy the most and how they use these strategies and the information they have learned in their own instruction.  Each week a new podcast will be posted for you...

A Worrying Trend for High School Seniors

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Jan 26, 2021
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Paying for College, Current Events, Research
As of January 15th, 2021, only one out of three high school seniors have filed a FAFSA -- which is down about 10% from this time last year, according to the FAFSA Tracker which uses data from the U.S. Department of Education. And the numbers are even worse for seniors who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FAFSA completions are down by 13%) and students of color (down by 15.4%). Here is what makes this such a worrying trend: NerdWallet estimated that students who are Pell Grant-eligible missed...

Interactive: Pres. Biden’s Federal Income Tax Plan Proposal

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Jan 24, 2021
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Interactive, Taxes
When it comes to tax policy, a change in Administration often means proposals to revise that daunting federal income tax code. One group estimated that it would take 62 days of non-stop reading to get through it!  The Biden Income Tax Calculator could be a quick and easy way to help inquisitive students understand what President Biden’s proposed federal income tax changes could mean for them or their families. Here are just a few ways you could use the Biden Income Tax Calculator in...

My Classroom Podcast: Molly Tyson

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Jan 20, 2021
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Podcasts, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Welcome to the third series of My Classroom, a 15-minute weekly NGPF podcast series that will highlight four rock star teachers who took unique paths to the classroom and collectively attended more than 600 hours of virtual professional development with NGPF in 2020. In this series, we will learn what remote teaching strategies they enjoy the most and how they use these strategies and the information they have learned in their own instruction.  Each week a new podcast will be posted for you...

My Classroom Podcast: Rose Villery

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Jan 13, 2021
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Podcasts, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Welcome to the third series of My Classroom, a 15-minute weekly NGPF podcast series that will highlight four rock star teachers who took unique paths to the classroom and collectively attended more than 600 hours of virtual professional development with NGPF in 2020. In this series, we will learn what remote teaching strategies they enjoy the most and how they use these strategies and the information they have learned in their own instruction.  Each week a new podcast will be posted for you...