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Barbara Angelicola-Manzolli: my 10 year journey to create a high school personal finance graduation requirement

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Dec 03, 2019
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Advocacy
The following is a guest post from Barbara Angelicola, Lewis S. Mills High School, Burlington CT. Barbara's school is the fourth to convert to the Gold Standard and earn a $10,000 grant from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge! ------------------ The spark that ignited my passion for teaching personal finance In 2008, my school received a small grant from the State of Connecticut to start a Personal Finance class for the 2009-2010 school year. From the moment the first class ran, I knew that my...

Sue Comparato: how I advocated for 15 years to make Personal Finance a graduation requirement… and finally won.

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Nov 19, 2019
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Advocacy
The following is a guest post from Sue Comparato, Swampscott High School (Swampscott MA). Sue's school is the third to convert to the Gold Standard and earn a $10,000 grant from the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge!  -------------------------- What sparked my desire to advocate for personal finance to become required? My journey to implement a personal finance graduation requirement at Swampscott High School began about 15 years ago when I submitted a proposal to add a new elective class called...

Guest Post from Mark Fiedorczyk: Blazing a FinLit Trail (Part 3): Mission 2030 Accomplished In 2019!

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Nov 08, 2019
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Advocacy, Personal Finance
Inspiring words from Mark...Congratulations on being one of the first recipients of the NGPF Gold Standard Challenge grant of $10,000!  -------------------- All graduating seniors from Lenape Valley High School will now be required to take a Personal Finance course.   On October 15th the Lenape Valley Board of Education approved a curriculum change from Financial Literacy to Personal Finance and also made Personal Finance a graduation requirement. I am very excited to share this...

Videos: Careers that don't require a 4-year degree

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Nov 05, 2019
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Video Resource, Career
Thanks to Brian Page for spending 20+ hours combing through and sharing this with the community!  He created a spreadsheet of careers that don’t require a 4 year degree, aren’t in a declining career field, and in most cases pay more than $30K. He did this for classes filled with non-college bound students and showed a 90 second career video to begin most of these classes and dubbed it "Career of the Day." He linked to the YouTube videos (click here) because the Career One...

It's Official!!! Personal Finance now Required at Mt. St. Joseph (MD)

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Oct 21, 2019
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Advocacy
Blog post written by NGPF Fellow, Julius Prezelski of Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland. His school will be receiving a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF.  ----------------- Background on my advocacy journey I actually started teaching Personal Finance back in the mid-90’s at DeMatha Catholic High School when I stumbled upon a book from Beth Kobliner called “Get a Financial Life”.  After reading the book I became committed to teaching the...

Guest Post from Mark Fiedorczyk: Blazing a FinLit Trail (Part 2)

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Oct 15, 2019
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Advocacy, Personal Finance
Updated (10/27/19):  On October 15, 2019, The Board of Education for the Lenape Valley Regional High School District (NJ) approved Mark's proposal. Congratulations Mark on ensuring that all high school students in the district will graduate having taken a one semester personal finance course! ---------------------- Mark shares an exciting 2nd step in his FinLit Journey in the post below [Read his first post here] So….the next step in my journey occurred last week when I presented to...

Guest Post from Mark Fiedorczyk: Blazing a FinLit Trail

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Oct 07, 2019
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Advocacy
This is my first attempt at blogging, but my involvement with NGPF has helped me embrace many new experiences. It all started with the State of New Jersey requiring middle school students to have coursework in Financial Literacy effective for the 2019-2020 school year. As a Regional Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction my next thought was “ How will I make this happen?” Relevant curriculum is extremely hard to generate, and even working in collaboration with teachers, “Who...

Activity Idea: The Car Buying Skit

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Sep 25, 2019
Thanks to Kathy Mahony of Seneca Valley Senior High School for sharing this activity:  I found the idea for a car buying skit somewhere else a couple of years ago, wish I could remember where, and I wrote this one based on that one.  I use this as an intro to car buying/leasing. The students have fun acting it out, and then we have a discussion about sales tactics. Here's the script used for the skit.  The first time I used the skit I let the students volunteer, and the...

Sending Home Dinner Table Questions in Your Family Newsletter

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Sep 24, 2019
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Parent Conversations
Thanks to 2019 Fellow, Laura Schoenike, for sharing this great practice as October 1st is just a week away! _______________________________________________   In case you missed it, yesterday was the last day of summer 2019! And in case your daily grind and social media pics haven’t reminded you enough...back to school season is in full force! Something that families in my district LOVE, is keeping tabs on what their students have been up to in class. One way I accomplish keeping...

8 Best MATH Resources (Aligned to the Core Standards for Mathematical Practice)

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Sep 15, 2019
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Math
 Thanks to NGPF Fellow Tara Kelley of Harwood Union High School (Stowe, VT) for sharing her favorite math resources:  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Number Chug: Break Even with Soap All of the Number Chugs work great for this practicing perseverance in problem solving!  With an entry point for many levels of math, students can use their work as a stepping stone to the next level. Students could choose to graph their answers to this particular...

Guest Post: Jason Brush of Yucaipa High School (CA) on how 1:1 computing has changed his classroom

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Sep 05, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance
 Of the 13 high schools that are within a 40 mile radius of Yucaipa High School [where he teachers] 10 offer a Personal Finance class. About half of those have a semester course and the other half a full year.  Yucaipa High is the only school that offers Personal Finance for MATH or Elective Credit. It is also University of California approved as an Advanced Math course. This is huge because our school requires 3 years of math to graduate and as you are well aware not every student is...

The Rise of the Robocall: Do Not Answer That Call!

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Aug 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Scams, Current Events
Thanks to Renee Hochanadel, who recently attended Summer Institute and is now an NGPF Fellow, for sharing this blog post which was originally shared on her blog. _______________________________________________ The phone rings, you look at the number and you go through your mental checklist before deciding to answer or not. Is this one of my contacts? Is it a local number? Have I made an outgoing call to set an appointment and it might be them? If you have a cell phone, you do this dance an...

Teaching Strategies: Case Study Tips

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Jun 12, 2019
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Teaching Strategies, Case Study
Hat tip to Brian Page for sharing this article from Harvard Business which highlights teaching strategies when using case studies:   TIPS: When students are not prepared… If too many students come to a case discussion unprepared, ask why – don’t assume it’s laziness. Do they know how to prepare? Were your expectations clear? If the issue is only poor preparation, reinforce your expectations and the responsibility students have towards each...

Interactive Monday: Are You A Credit Score Guru?

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Jun 09, 2019
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Interactive, Credit Cards, Credit Scores
Thanks to Brian Page for finding this interactive and developing this set of reflection questions to accompany it. Interactive: Up My Score: Million Dollar Challenge Cheat Sheet: Adobe Flash Player is required There are four skill levels players should play in order: Clueless, Consumer, Expert, UpMyScore Guru Each level requires the player to respond correctly to 15 questions As you can see from the question dashboard: The player has 120 seconds to answer each question The player chooses from...

Advocacy In Action: Inspiring Testimony from Brett Burkey of Florida

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advocacy
Here's the video with Brett's testimony starting around 27:30: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2019031383&Redirect=true Good Afternoon. My name is Brett Burkey, I’ve taught high school in Palm Beach County for nearly 35 years and I’m the Assistant Director of the FAU Center for Economic Education, providing professional development for teachers of Economics and Personal Finance in South Florida and around the state.  I thank you for the...