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Guest Post from Patricia Bealmear: Stats, Student Testimonials, FOMO, and a Supportive Principal

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Jun 30, 2020
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Advocacy
Patricia Bealmear is a Business teacher at New Oxford High School in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. Her school is the 32nd to receive an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for committing to ALL students taking at least one semester of personal finance prior to graduation. Here's Patricia in her own words on the challenges she faced, and how she found success over 10 years after she began advocating. Talk about staying power!   What was the timeline for your school's change to the Gold Standard?...

Guest Post from Jill Page: Make Time for Financial Education

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Jun 23, 2020
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Advocacy
Jill Page is a business teacher from Glasgow High School in Glasgow, Montana. Her high school is the 31st recipient nationwide of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for their formal commitment to ensure ALL their students take a semester-long personal finance course before graduation.   Here's Jill, in her own words, sharing how she made it happen:   I have been a business teacher for 17 years and I have always loved to teach personal finance. I knew that it was something ALL...

Guest Post From Dr. Diane Schumacher: the first multi-high school district to take on the Gold Standard Challenge!

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Apr 28, 2020
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Advocacy
Today's guest author Dr. Diane Schumacher is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Iowa City Community School District in Iowa City, IA. Dr. Schumacher's district is the first multi-high school district in the nation to receive a Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF. They did so by converting to what we affectionately call the "Gold Standard" in financial instruction: a comprehensive, standalone personal finance course of at least one semester that ALL students take...

Financial Literacy For Our Youth: A Marathon Not A Sprint!

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Apr 23, 2020
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NGPF Fellows
 Thanks for NGPF Fellow Jason-Lamont Jackson Sr. from West Orange HS in West Orange NJ for this guest post! --------------------- My rewarding career as both a teacher and a coach began simultaneously approximately 22 years ago.  I can vividly remember early experiences as if they happened just yesterday, both in the classroom and on the track.  Year after year I’ve added to my educational and athletic toolkit to improve in each area and I came to a quick conclusion back...

Guest Post from Patrick Kubeny: The Army Of Personal Finance Advocates That Helped My High School Earn The Gold Standard

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Apr 21, 2020
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Advocacy
Patrick Kubeny is this week's Guest Author for the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge. Patrick was instrumental in making personal finance a standalone graduation requirement at Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, thus earning a Gold Standard Challenge grant!  Here is Patrick in his own words on how he and an army of fellow advocates made the change happen! How long have you been advocating for personal finance to be required? As a new teacher way back in 1993, my colleague and I...

NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen: Why We Believe in Personal Finance Education for ALL Students

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Apr 16, 2020
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NGPF Fellows, Advocacy
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Karl Remsen, a math and personal finance teacher at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado for his inspired words and actions in his school community. He took this a step further and had an op-ed advocating financial education for all in his local paper, the Mountain Mail. ------------------------------- In 2017, Lake County High School reviewed and revamped our graduation requirements. As part of this process, we became one of the only schools in Colorado to...

Guest Post from Alana Eder: The Gold Standard Of Financial Education Is Common Sense!

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Apr 07, 2020
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Advocacy
Alana Eder is a dedicated 2nd year personal finance teacher from Oconto High School in Oconto, Wisconsin. OHS is the 19th high school nationwide to receive a Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF, because Alana partnered with her principal and school counselor to successfully persuade their school board to adopt a standalone semester-long personal finance course as a formal graduation requirement that ALL students take.    Here's Alana in her own words on why she made this push AND...

Grab some popcorn...20 Movies and Documentaries about Money That (You and) Your Students Will Enjoy

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Mar 29, 2020
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Video Resource, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page for curating this list that he describes as "NOT Movies or documentaries about economics or financial industry scandals that have very little pragmatic value for high school students." He's included a brief description of the video, the financial topics that are covered and the duration. He also created a form so that you can vote on your top 5. Vote by April 15th and he will tally the results and share on FinLIt Fanatics.  Here's a sampling of movies he included:...

Guest Post from Kevin Gartman: From Technical Ed Fanatic High Schooler to Gold Standard Challenge Grantee!

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Mar 25, 2020
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Advocacy
Kevin Gartman is a passionate personal finance teacher from Montezuma High School (Montezuma, IA), the 18th high school in the U.S. to receive an NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant for adopting a standalone graduation requirement for ALL students to cross its graduation stage.  Here's Kevin describing Montezuma's journey to the Gold Standard in his own words. How long have you been advocating for financial education in your school? As I reflect on the journey that the NGPF Gold Standard...

Your Toolkit for Teaching Remotely

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Mar 24, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Thanks to Brian Page and Stacey Roshan for collaborating on this one-pager + bonus video to help you transition to teaching remotely.  Here's the conversation that Brian had with edtech pioneer, Stacey Roshan about the keys to connecting with students in a virtual environment: Here's his one-pager which has the following elements: Provides "getting started" tips and the importance of creating routines Highlights tech tools Flipgrid and EdPuzzle while providing a step-by-step...

10 Practical Tips for Teaching Remotely

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Mar 22, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, Teaching Remotely
Thank you to Brian Page for sharing his insights after his first week of teaching remotely with his students at Reading High School (Reading, OH). You can also see Brian in a bonus video as part of our documentary project, The Most Important Class You Never Had.  ------------------------------- I just completed my first week of teaching online and I’m anxious to share with others what worked and what didn’t. This is not a curriculum or resource post, but if you’re seeking...

Guest Post from Mark Rairigh: The First Change To My District's Graduation Requirements In Over 60 Years

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Mar 18, 2020
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Advocacy
Mark Rairigh is the Director of Secondary Education at Bryan City Schools in Bryan, Ohio. The high school in Mark's district, Bryan High School, is the 16th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant funds of $10,000. Mark and his educator colleagues will be using the grant funds to implement a new personal finance graduation requirement beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Here's Mark in his own words on how Bryan City Schools got to the Gold Standard: How long have you been...

Activity Idea: Credit Builder Loans

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Mar 16, 2020
This is what makes the community of personal finance educators so awesome!  I received an email over the weekend from Jason Bartholomew (Nansemond River HS) that had an attachment with an activity that he created. The activity focuses on a financial product, the credit builder loan, that provides "thin file" consumers with an opportunity to establish credit. His message read in part..."You and your staff do so much for us that I thought I'd send you my draft in case you thought it was a...

Guest Post from Jill Clayton: How a State Legislative Change And NGPF Grant Opportunity Inspired A Rapid Shift In My District

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Mar 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Jill Clayton is a phenomenal personal finance teacher at Roxboro Community School in Roxboro, North Carolina. Her school's personal finance program is the 12th recipient of a $10,000 grant through NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge. Here's Jill in her own words describing how her school made the switch from a personal finance elective to a personal finance graduation requirement on short notice. What got you started advocating for personal finance to be a graduation requirement? I've been making...

Guest Post From Jim Hatfield: When The Stars Align For Personal Finance

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Mar 03, 2020
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Advocacy
Jim Hatfield is a dedicated personal finance teacher from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. In Jim's state, 'Personal Financial Responsibility' is required to be taught in high schools, but not all schools do so with fidelity according to their course catalogs. Jim wasn't about to let that happen in his school, first teaching the course as an elective and recently advocating for the course to become a local graduation requirement. As a result of this change, Mt. Vernon High...