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

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...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways Teachers Customize the NGPF Middle School Course

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Dec 08, 2020
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Middle School Tips
We hosted two Virtual PDs over the last few weeks on customizing the NGPF Middle School Course. The ideas teachers shared were so good that we wanted to make sure YOU had access to them too! Below, we're sharing five key ways teachers are customizing the course to better meet their students' needs.    #1: Differentiating Teachers' responses showed that the Middle School Course isn't just for middle school students - it can be used for high school and elementary students as well!...

Middle School Teacher Billy Mills Mini Interview: I Quiz the Biz Wiz

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Dec 01, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Billy Mills is a long-time educator with 10 years of experience in his middle school business classroom at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ. Mr. Mills teaches a class called Biz Wiz where he engages his students in the wild, interconnected worlds of business and finance. I Zoomed with Billy for a mini interview, which was a treat! I'm thrilled to share his insights on the NGPF blog today for middle school teachers nationwide.   Sonia: What's the mix of in-person and...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Resources to Supplement the Middle School Course

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Nov 17, 2020
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Middle School Tips
As you're using NGPF's Middle School Course, you might be wondering how you can modify the material to better meet your students' needs. Whether you are looking to differentiate the content, dive deeper into specific units, or increase engagement, NGPF's high school curriculum is a great place to pull resources from to supplement the Middle School Course. Below, you'll discover FIVE specific resources we recommend you use!  #1: QUESTIONS OF THE DAY Questions of the Day are the perfect way...

3 Newest NGPF Curriculum Products: Math, Middle School, & Nearpod!

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Nov 10, 2020
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New Products, Middle School Tips
Teachers deserve curriculum that is constantly improving, expanding, and updating to meet their needs. At NGPF, we take teachers' spirit of innovation so seriously that if you blink... you might miss a whole new curriculum product (or 3!) from our rockstar team of curriculum developers. Take a moment today to learn about NGPF's newest FREE curriculum products:   1. The NGPF Math Collection With personal finance skills becoming more and more relevant across the curriculum, so many math...

Curriculum Insider: 4 Parts of a Middle School Lesson

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Nov 03, 2020
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Middle School Tips
If you're accustomed to using NGPF's high school lessons, the different look and feel of the Middle School Course lessons may come as a pleasant surprise! We've been thrilled to hear that educators are loving the new structure as they're using the course with their students, so we thought we'd provide some more details on the four main components of a Middle School Course lesson! We'll be taking a look at MS-2.3 How to Read a Receipt as an example.  #1 INTRO The first section of...

Middle School Teacher Linda O'Dwyer Mini Interview: Socio-emotional learning and personal finance

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Oct 27, 2020
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Middle School Tips
The following mini interview is part of the NGPF Middle School Tips Blog Series. We're here to support middle school educators with advice directly from fellow educators, curriculum highlights straight from the curriculum team at NGPF, and engaging virtual PDs just for the middle school teacher audience. Oh, and the new NGPF Middle School Curriculum is, in teachers' words. "Engaging," "Fun," "Helpful," "Current," and "Comprehensive," to name a few superlatives. Enjoy!...

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: 90 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: Jan 5, 2021 - 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 90 schools that are groundbreaking recipients of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grants. Together, these schools serve over 70,000 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...