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

Thank You And Welcome, Middle School Teachers!

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Oct 13, 2020
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Middle School Tips
What a whirlwind school year this has been so far... with teachers grappling with remote vs. in-person vs. hybrid learning models - not to mention the addition of a handful more titles to your overflowing job descriptions - you all are persevering through an immense nationwide challenge. In the face of it all, your grit and determination are some of the most inspiring examples of leadership we have ever seen! We wanted to take a special moment on today's NGPF Blog to welcome and thank a group of...

Ultimate Guide: 26 Non-Verbal Communication Tactics for Distance Learning

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Aug 19, 2020
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Teaching Remotely
Compared with the familiarity of an in-person classroom, teaching remotely is a strange beast indeed. Building relationships with students... engaging young people in the challenges of learning... even pacing out lessons is totally different in the virtual classroom. The whole process all feels so, well, distant. The good news is that there are strategies teachers can use to replicate their warm, engaging demeanors in the remote classroom, many of which are actually nonverbal. Below, I've...

50 Ways to Build Relationships, Routines, and Culture in Week 1 of Remote Teaching

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Aug 04, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies
While some teachers (about 1 in 3 of those I've surveyed informally) are going back to their classrooms for some sort of in-person instruction, many educators will be teaching either completely remotely or in various blended models for this fall at least. If you're a teacher reading this post, yours is a daunting task. But if I know anything about you... it's that: you don't give up easily, you handle unpredictable situations with poise, and you always think of your students first. With those...

Details: NGPF's OpEd Challenge

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May 01, 2020
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Advocacy
How much ACTION will this community inspire when our collective #mission2030 message echoes through the editorial sections of hundreds of local publications throughout the U.S.? Let's find out! UPDATE: We added a virtual PD that should get you through the process of writing this Op-Ed in ONE sitting! Join Christian on May 27th at 8:30am PT.  Here's the plan: TEACHERS: Attend an optional (but helpful) 1hr Virtual PD Weds May 6 at 8:30am Pacific OR Fri May 8 at 1:00pm Pacific, during which...

Press Release: 84 U.S. High Schools Receive NGPF Gold Standard Challenge Grants for Ensuring All Students Receive A Personal Finance Course

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Jan 20, 2020
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Advocacy
Palo Alto, Calif., UPDATED: Sep 04, 2020 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce the first 84 schools that are groundbreaking recipients of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grants. Together, these schools serve over 65,000 high schoolers who will soon graduate with the financial education they deserve. The NGPF Gold Standard...

North Carolina Becomes 7th State To Prioritize Financial Education By Making It a Graduation Requirement - Here's 5 Ways That NC Teachers Can Prepare!

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Jul 16, 2019
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Advocacy, Policy, Personal Finance
North Carolina is now just the 7th state to require personal finance for all high schoolers. HB924, a multi-faceted education bill including language around financial education in the state, passed through both houses of North Carolina's state assembly in June 2019, then received Governor Roy Cooper's signature on July 8, 2019. The law states that the Board of Education "shall require during the high school years the teaching of a full-credit course focused solely on Economics and Personal...

4 steps educators can take today to implement Florida's newly required personal finance elective for fall 2019

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May 21, 2019
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Advocacy, Professional Development
A shift in Florida's education policy demands a quick turnaround for high schools   If you follow the Florida legislature closely (as we do at NGPF), you may have seen that House Bill 7071 passed on May 2nd, and is currently awaiting signature on Governor Ron DeSantis's desk. One of the key provisions of this new workforce readiness law is, "requiring school districts to offer one-half credit in financial literacy as an elective." You can read the full text of the law here.  ...

NGPF Analysis: Florida Financial Literacy Bill Will Reduce Number of Students Receiving Financial Education

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May 09, 2019
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Research, Advocacy
Much ink has been spilt recently about the legislation in Florida that is awaiting the Governor's signature. With headlines like this, "Legislature approves mandatory financial literacy classes in honor of late senator," you might be surprised to discover that this bill actually REDUCES the number of students receiving financial education in the short-term and potentially the long-term too. So, while legislators are taking victory laps and touting their talking points that celebrate this...

FinHero of the Month: Bryan Fritz (Plymouth, OH)

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Apr 02, 2019
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Advocacy
Celebrating the commitment of FinHeroes everywhere Brave, hard-working teachers (if you're reading this, you're likely one of them!) all across this country are making strides towards a day when ALL young people have access to personal finance instruction in school, no matter the obstacle. In their honor, and with our sincere gratitude, we bring you April 2019's FinHero of the Month... April FinHero: Bryan Fritz (Plymouth High School, Plymouth, OH) One of the many ways a teacher-advocate...

FinHero: Renee Nelson

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Mar 04, 2019
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Advocacy
In January 2019, NGPF released 11 Advocacy Case Studies featuring teachers’ brave efforts to expand access to personal finance instruction in their schools, districts and states. Today, we’re thrilled to recognize one of the 11 featured teachers as FinHero of the Month: Renee Nelson!   Ms. Nelson is a financial math teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, where many of her high school students earn transferable college credit...

Thank You!: NGPF By the Numbers in 2018

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Feb 19, 2019
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
Thanks to Christian for pulling together an awesome infographic to capture the various ways that the community of personal finance educators used NGPF in 2018. As many of you know, 2018 represented a year where many in the community discovered NGPF for the first time. Thanks to all who have recommended our resources or professional development activities to their colleagues as "word of mouth" was the #1 way that teachers found us last year. By spreading the word about NGPF, you brought more than...

The case for a practical math class: Personal Finance

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Jun 11, 2018
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Advocacy, Personal Finance, Math, Article
The Scoop Last month, Edsource and The National Council for Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM) published an article making the case that high school math instruction needs an overhaul. In the piece, the NCTM calls for math course offerings that allow students to be “prepared to use math to understand the world around them and [have] an appreciation for the important role math plays in society.” NCTM President Matt Larson goes on, “we hope students will come to understand the beauty...

Looking for engaging, end-of-year activities for your students? Here are 5 that will improve their financial futures!

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May 22, 2018
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Activities, Credit Scores, Investing, Paying for College, Student Loans
It’s that time of year again! Echoes of Alice Cooper jolt you from your bed. Schoooool’s OUT… a little while longer! You wolf down 3 cups of coffee and schlep to school. The hallways are abuzz before first period. State testing has wrapped. Sunshine and summertime beckon from just beyond, and students seem to be itching to do anything but learn. You have to summon everything in your power to keep your students engaged this deep into the waning school year. NGPF is here to...

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP: #1 PAYBACK vs. #5 SPENT

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Apr 05, 2018
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Budgeting
  Update (9:30PM PT): PAYBACK Leading SPENT 129-63 BE HEARD! VOTE HERE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND VOTING ENDS FRIDAY AT 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME   The savagery! The demagoguery! The calamity! The Championship Game is upon us. Respectively, #1 PAYBACK and #5 SPENT just threw down two MASSIVE statement wins over energetic championship hopeful #2 Can You Make It As An Uber Driver and gritty underdog #11 Tale Of Two Credit Scores. As we know, respectively does not mean the same thing as...

NGPF Elite Eight (Game 4): Thursday Throwdown as #4 FICO Score Simulator battles #5 Spent

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Mar 28, 2018
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Credit Scores, Interactive, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
FINAL SCORE: Spent Edges FICO Score Simulator, 35-28, in Defensive Struggle MAKE YOUR SELECTION FOR TODAY’S GAME HERE Today’s Tilt: #4 FICO Score Simulator vs. #5 Spent All but 1 of NGPF’s FINANCIAL FOUR resources have been decided. Today’s Marquis Matchup of FICO Score Simulator and Spent proves to be an absolute dogfight for the last spot in the FINANCIAL FOUR. Then, tomorrow - tune in and let your voice be heard to decide who will compete on Monday, April 2 for the...