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

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...

NGPF Elite Eight (Game 3): It's Wednesday War Zone as #2 Uber Driver Takes on #10 Earnings By Major

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Mar 27, 2018
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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...

NGPF Sweet Sixteen Day #4: Saturday Skirmish

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Mar 23, 2018
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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...

NGPF Sweet Sixteen Day 3: The Madness Multiplies in Matches 5 & 6!

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Mar 22, 2018
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Personal Finance
   FINAL 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...

FinHero of the Month February 2018: Courtney Poquette, Winooski High School, Winooski VT

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Feb 22, 2018
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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...

FinHero of Month for January 2018: Julius Prezelski of Mt. St. Joseph High School (Baltimore, MD)

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Jan 17, 2018
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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...

NGPF Advocacy Podcast: Christian Talks With Personal Finance Advocate, Jill Thompson

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Dec 04, 2017
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Advocacy, Podcasts
NGPF Gold Standard teacher Jill Thompson of Casper, WY joined us for a special advocacy episode of the NGPF Podcast this week. Jill was an NGPF Fellow for the 2016-17 School Year. Kelly Walsh High School, where Jill has taught Business for all of her career, is one of the latest additions to the NGPF Gold Standard Schools list from the month of November. Christian, NGPF’s Advocacy Director, chatted with Jill about how she persevered to ensure that ALL students at Kelly Walsh HS got...