About the Author

Christian Sherrill

Christian comes to NGPF from the world of classroom instruction, where he was a teacher for three years at a public middle school in El Sobrante, California. After leaving the classroom, he joined math tutoring company, Zeal Learning, to help grow their educator-facing sales and marketing efforts. He's no stranger to making a dollar stretch - while living in the Bay Area on his teacher salary he paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years. He's thrilled to share those lessons with teachers and students around the U.S.

Author: Christian Sherrill

Curriculum Insider: 3 Middle School Lessons for the End of the School Year

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Jun 02, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As the school year is winding down, you might be on the search for fun and engaging lessons to do with your students that don't require tons of background knowledge and can provide meaningful information and interactions before the summer. Well, look no further! Below are THREE lessons from NGPF's Middle School Course that will do just that! #1: MS-8.1 Preparing for High School Before your graduating 8th graders leave middle school behind, prepare them with the need-to-knows so they're equipped...

NGPF FinLit BillTracker as of June 1st

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Jun 01, 2021
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Advocacy
With the holiday week, there was less activity than in prior weeks. Here's a summary of where state legislatures stand today and details on the specific bills Recall that 25 states + the District of Columbia introduced bills in 2021. Here's a tally of where we stand today: Bills that have passed state legislatures and signed into law: 3 (Arkansas, Hawaii and Nebraska) Bills passed by legislators and waiting on Governor's signature: 4 (Colorado, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas) States that still...

NGPF FinLit BillTracker: Personal Finance Bills Continue to Advance

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May 24, 2021
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Advocacy
Six states have moved closer to pushing financial education bills across the finish line: In Nebraska.... Lawmakers gave final approval May 20 to a bill intended to improve the personal finance skills of Nebraska students.LB452, introduced by Omaha Sen. Terrell McKinney, requires each school district to include financial literacy in its elementary and middle school instructional program. The bill also requires all students to complete at least one five-credit high school course in personal...

Curriculum Insider: 3 Middle School Lessons if You're Teaching In-Person Again

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May 12, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Many teachers are returning back to the classroom to teach their students in person or in a hybrid fashion. We know how challenging this transition can be, so here are THREE lessons we recommend using from the NGPF Middle School Course that are perfect for in-person or hybrid facilitation!  #1: MS-1.1 Personal Finance Decision Making As the first lesson in the NGPF Middle School Course, this lesson has students explore the behaviors and reasoning behind their money decisions. It's a great...

NGPF Personal Finance Education BillTracker (Updated 5/10/21)

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May 10, 2021
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Advocacy
Financial Education is getting attention in state legislatures across the country. As noted earlier, there are 25 states + DC that have introduced bills in 2021. Here's an status report on where things stand today:  2 states have passed legislation: Arkansas established a Financial Education Commission with SB 599 AND Hawaii passed SCR 152 "Urging the Department of Ed to coordinate with the Dept of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to implement a Graduation requirement of at least a half...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Money In Our Lives Unit

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Apr 21, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Before diving into core personal finance content, it's always helpful for students to first examine their relationship with money and the factors that influence their personal finance decisions. That's why NGPF's Middle School Course kicks off with a foundational unit called Money in Our Lives.  This unit is unique in that it's the only unit in the course that has THREE lessons (all the other units in the course have five each). This is because the unit is meant to lay a strong...

Customizing NGPF's Nearpod Lessons

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Mar 16, 2021
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Teaching Strategies, PRO Tip from NGPF
NGPF’S 9 WK course, Semester Course and Middle School Course have all been "Nearpod-ized" for your instruction, but what if you want to make edits? Have no fear! You can customize NGPF’s Nearpod lessons by accessing our Google Slides templates! Learn more below. 1. Where can you find the Nearpod Google Slides Templates? You can access the Google Slides templates for the 9 WK and Semester Course Nearpod lesson HERE!   For high school curriculum (9WK & Semester Course), the...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Prepare for Success Unit

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Mar 10, 2021
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Middle School Tips, Teaching Remotely
Teachers using NGPF's Middle School course teach more than the tangible financial skills and concepts their students need to thrive - they also develop key mindsets and habits for school and career success!   One of its most unique units, Prepare for Success is the 8th of 9 Units in NGPF's Middle School Course. Through the course of the Unit, middle school students learn: What skills are necessary to successfully transition from middle to high school [MS-8.1 Preparing For High...

Curriculum Insider: Top 5 Teacher Favorite Middle School Lessons

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Feb 24, 2021
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Middle School Tips
The NGPF Middle School Course was fully released in August 2020, and since then, we've heard from many teachers which lessons they've loved to used with their students.  Whether you've already used a few lessons or you're just getting familiar with the course, we hope this list of teacher favorites will help you find your next favorite lesson in the course!    #1: MS-1.3 Your Future Life This lesson, found in Unit 1: Money in Our Lives, has repeatedly come up amongst teachers...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Investing Unit

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Feb 10, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Imagine middle schoolers talking to their parents about how compounding returns can be a tool to help build a brighter future together... or imagine 8th graders heading off to high school knowing how to start investing... or imagine high schoolers bringing a working knowledge of stocks and bonds into class on Day 1 so you can host rich discussions about diversification...   You're imagining students who have taken a personal finance course in middle school from a teacher using NGPF's Middle...

NGPF Podcast: Nearpodcast Takeover!

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Feb 02, 2021
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Podcasts
In today’s special edition of the NGPF Podcast, I take over as your guest host to interview five rockstar educators who have created and launched the highest number of interactive Nearpod lessons of the 1,000+ recipients of Nearpod license grants from NGPF. It’s a podcast about Nearpod… so it’s a Nearpodcast! I mean, c'mon - I couldn't resist the portmanteau.    Listen to today's episode if you want to hear how personal finance teachers in middle and high...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive into Middle School Unit 2

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Jan 26, 2021
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Middle School Tips
One of the most popular units in the NGPF Middle School Course is Unit 2: Consumer Skills. In this unit, students learn about the following 5 topics:  Comparison Shopping Coupons and Discounts How to Read a Receipt Checking Accounts Different Types of Payments  Below, we'll deep dive into each lesson and highlight a specific resource that we think is especially engaging, informative, and fun to use with your students!  Lesson 2.1 Comparison Shopping With the rise of online...

Virtual Adaptation: MOVE: Let's Make a Mutual Fund

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Jan 13, 2021
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Teaching Remotely, Investing, Activities
MOVE: Let's Make a Mutual Fund is a teacher favorite when it comes to the NGPF Investing Unit. But, how can teachers take the magic of this popular activity and move (pun intended) it to a virtual learning environment? NGPF's top virtual high-fiver Christian (if you've attended Christian's Virtual PDs, you know) has transformed this activity into a spreadsheet format that allows you and your students to still experience the magic and get those a-ha! moments.  Below you'll find a quick...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways to Use the Middle School Course with High School Students

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Jan 05, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As you may know, NGPF released its Middle School Course in 2020, and we were excited to receive many inquiries from high school educators on how they might be able to use the course with their students. Below, you'll find FIVE ways you can use the NGPF Middle School Course to supplement your personal finance curriculum with your high schoolers! (Bonus announcement at the end of the blog post!)    #1: REVIEW THE BASICS If your students are brand new to personal finance or...

Mini Interview with Anne O'Renick: 3 Week Personal Finance & Parent Engagement Sprint!

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Dec 15, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Anne O'Renick is a middle school civics teacher at Orange Park Junior High School in Orange Park, Florida. Earlier this fall, we 'Zoomed' with Anne to learn more about her classroom, how she fits personal finance instruction into her already packed civics curriculum, how she engages students and parents together, how she uses her favorite tech tools, and more. In a twist of fate (or did we plan this all along?), TODAY is the release of a new resource for which we owe inspiration in large part to...