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: Five Money Musts

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Jan 13, 2022
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Budgeting, Interactive
Five Money Musts is an interactive where students are forced to make trade-offs as they work their way through a budgeting exercise that envisions their lives after they complete their educational journey. The budgeting decisions include: Deciding between three job offers Deciding on an apartment rental taking into account commute time, cost and # of roommates Choosing essential expenses Contributing to a 401k Deciding whether to get a credit card Managing discretionary expenses and...

My Classroom Podcast: Dr. Greenfeld and the Modern Classroom Project

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Dec 21, 2021
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Every couple of weeks we speak with different teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. Click here to subscribe and receive each podcast, as well as our questions of the day, Fin Cap Friday, Interactive Wednesdays, and much more. This week, we welcome Dr. Greenfeld, who teaches Aerospace Engineering, Principles of Engineering,...

My Classroom Podcast: The Approach of Social Studies Educators When Teaching Personal Finance

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Dec 07, 2021
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Advocacy, Podcasts
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Every couple of weeks we speak with different teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week, we welcome Shawn Healy, Jim O’Connor, and Kimberly Huffman. They will share the approach they take, and the approach of other social studies educators when teaching personal finance. And they do a great job sharing the...

My Classroom Podcast Special Edition: The Two Cents Couple

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Nov 23, 2021
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Podcasts, Video Resource
Welcome to a Special Edition of My Classroom, a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of educators. We typically speak with classroom teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom.  However, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity of sharing a recording of our Speaker Series with Philip Olson and Julia Lorenz-Olson, the Two Cents couple.  Two Cents is released weekly on PBS and are...

My Classroom Podcast: Math and Money

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Nov 09, 2021
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Podcasts, Math
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Every couple of weeks we speak with different teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week, we welcome Adam Cole and Tara Kelley. They will share the approach they take, and the approach of other math educators, when teaching personal finance. Adam Cole is an NGPF Fellow and dedicated educator who is passionate about...

CURRICULUM UPDATES: Big Changes to TurboTax Filing Simulation

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Nov 07, 2021
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New Products
The INTERACTIVE: Intuit TurboTax Education Simulation is undergoing some big changes.    Here’s what you need to know:  The current version of the simulation and curriculum will be available to use with your students through 11/12/21.    After 11/12/21, we will be replacing the current version and curriculum with a new gamified version provided by Intuit TurboTax Education. Please reach out to Education@intuit.com if you have any further questions.  ...

Interactive: Does a state's cost of living impact the minimum wage set by that state?

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Oct 20, 2021
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Economics, Career, Budgeting
While the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn’t changed since July 2009, many states have gone ahead and independently made changes to their minimum wage levels. This interactive from Flowing Data shows the progression of these changes from 2008-2019.  When it comes to the minimum wage, states fall into four different classifications:  States with higher minimum wage than Federal  States with same minimum wage as Federal States with lower minimum wage than Federal (Federal...

Interactive: Student Loan Default Rates

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Oct 13, 2021
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Paying for College
College is an investment in yourself. Students should approach their college decision with a healthy amount of skepticism. Admissions and college marketing material present colleges in their best possible light, it’s up to students to play the role of a devil’s advocate to avoid getting too wrapped up in the emotion of the process. Looking at a college's student loan default rate provides a window into the number of students struggling to repay the debt they incurred at the college....

My Classroom Podcast: Tech Tools for Teachers

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Oct 12, 2021
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Podcasts
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Every couple of weeks we speak with different teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week, we welcome Jacqueline Collins and Sandra Beck. They will share their favorite tech tools to use in the classroom. Jacqueline Collins is in her 16th year at Mansfield Public Schools, where she was the 2021 National Business...

INTERACTIVE: Think you can time the stock market?

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Oct 06, 2021
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Interactive, Investing
The evolution of FinTech has led to day trading gamification apps such as Robinhood that are available to 18-year-olds. Some students confuse investing and day trading, without realizing the consequences of their decisions. With phones in their hands and day trading apps at their fingertips, we need to work to help students make informed decisions. Teachers have told us time and time again how important it is that we continue to provide or suggest engaging resources to do just that, and the...

Top 5 Interactives Posts: Summer 2021

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Sep 29, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Career, Checking Accounts, Insurance, Savings
Each week on the NGPF blog, we highlight a new, engaging interactive. In each of these posts, we summarize the interactive, provide suggestions for classroom discussion, and include a complementary NGPF student activity or teacher professional development opportunity on the topic. Here are the 5 most popular interactive posts from the summer of 2021:  #1 Dark Patterns At Work: Do you ever feel like you are being manipulated on websites? Unfortunately, dark patterns are all too...

My Classroom Podcast: How Family and Consumer Science Teachers Approach Personal Finance

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Sep 28, 2021
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Podcasts
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Every couple of weeks we speak with different teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately into the classroom. This week, we welcome Lois Stoll, Mary Jean Gosnell, and Alaina Tharp. They will share the approach they take and the approach of other family and consumer science educators, when teaching personal finance. Here are their favorite NGPF...

Interactive: Let's Choose A Bank

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Sep 22, 2021
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Checking Accounts, Interactive
Hat Tip to Dr. Barbara O'Neill who shared this Interactive Bank Comparison Tool on social media.  This drag and drop tool is intuitive to use while illustrating common bank and credit union services and fees. Since there are only 12 different credit unions and banks included in this interactive, it's not likely that your students would find their bank. However, it can still be an engaging hook as students comparison shop for banks and learn what fees and services are most important to...

Interactive: Your Financial Well-Being

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Sep 15, 2021
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Interactive, Savings
Many teachers perceive that their personal finance class provides a great opportunity to teach students the skills to improve their financial well-being. This skill development can also reduce the likelihood of future mental health problems that can be brought on by money worries. This longitudinal study found that the financial stress of college students causes depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders (in females). For many lower to moderate-income students, low measures of...

My Classroom Podcast: How Business Teachers Approach Personal Finance

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Sep 14, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we speak with teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately in your classroom.  This week, we welcome Jacqueline Collins and Alex Lamon. They will share the approach that business educators take when teaching personal finance. Jacqueline Collins is in her 15th year at Mansfield Public Schools where she was the 2021 National Business...