About the Author
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.
Jul 16, 2019
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...
May 21, 2019
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.
May 09, 2019
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...
Apr 02, 2019
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...
Mar 04, 2019
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...
Feb 19, 2019
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...
Jun 11, 2018
Advocacy, Personal Finance, Math, Article
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...
May 22, 2018
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...
Apr 05, 2018
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...
Mar 28, 2018
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
#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...
Mar 27, 2018
Career, Current Events, Interactive, Paying for College, Employment
FINAL: Uber Driver Advances to Final Four in Low Scoring Struggle With Earnings by College Major; Final Score: 45-26
Update at 2pm Wednesday: Uber Driver Leads Earnings by College Major 36-22
MAKE YOUR SELECTION FOR TODAY’S GAME HERE
Two teams have punched their ticket to Friday’s NGPF FINAL FOUR matchups. Who will join them in the semifinal round, and a case to be made for NGPF’s 2018 Resource of the Year? Players will play. Ballers will...
Mar 23, 2018
Personal Finance, Activities, Investing, Interactive, Credit Scores, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
The two weekend tilts are upon us! Who will join the 6 other Sweet Sixteen winners from the week? Time (and YOUR social media influence) will tell. Let ‘em hear your voice in the rafters, baby!
Vote in Today’s Tilts:
#4 Joining the Market vs. #13 FICO Score Simulator
#5 Spent vs. #12 Think You Can Beat The Stock Market?
FINAL Update on Sunday, March 25 at 7AM
In a major upset, #13 FiCO Score advances to the Elite 8 with a 27-11 trouncing of Joining the Market. Pundits wonder...
Mar 22, 2018
Mutual Fund stretched their early lead and advanced to the Elite 8 with a win over Taxes Kahoot by a final of 71-56.
Two Credit Scores took down $8 Million Janitor by an identical 71-56 score.
Update on Friday at 10AM PT
Both matches are neck and neck with Mutual Fund up 36-35 over Taxes Kahoot and Two Credit Scores leading $8 Million Janitor by the score of 38-33. A few votes can tip the balance in determining who advances to the Elite 8.
A well-placed source...
Feb 22, 2018
Advocacy, Personal Finance
At Next Gen we’ve been hearing rumblings from Vermont all semester. Students and teachers have been rallying to get the State Board of Education to adopt more comprehensive personal finance standards there, and Vermont’s progress is encouraging!
Central to this statewide advocacy effort is Business Teacher Courtney Poquette, who successfully advocated for a required course at Winooski High School in Winooski, VT.
I called Courtney to learn more.
CS: What was the...
Jan 17, 2018
Advocacy, Teaching Strategies
This post comes to you from Christian Sherrill, our Director of Advocacy here at NGPF.
Christian interviewed Julius Prezelski, previous NGPF Podcast guest, last week over the phone. Their exchange was part of NGPF’s #FinHero Advocacy Push, where Julius earned the prestigious title of FinHero of the Month for January 2018.
Why? For 21 dogged years, Mr. Prezelski has been advocating for comprehensive personal finance education, first at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD and...