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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
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
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
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...

Guest Post from Katie Kohoutek: How My Own Kids Inspired Me To Get My School To The Gold Standard In Personal Finance Education

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Feb 26, 2020
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Advocacy
Katie Kohoutek is a veteran business, computer and personal finance teacher from Lidgerwood High School in Lidgerwood, North Dakota. Her school's personal finance program is the 13th in the nation to receive a $10,000 grant from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant program, which awards grant dollars to schools when they adopt standalone graduation requirements for personal finance. Here's Katie in her own words on the process of getting it done in her small, rural setting! When did you begin...

Guest Post from Jen Jones: Ending The Cycle of Passive Support

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Feb 19, 2020
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Advocacy
Jennifer Jones ("Jen") is a business and personal finance teacher from Sam Rayburn ISD, a small school district in the far northeast Texas town of Ivanhoe. Sam Rayburn High School is the 6th school in the nation, and the first in Texas, to earn a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge grant from NGPF for successfully adopting a graduation requirement for personal finance.  What was the timeline by which you made the change happen? I started requesting a personal finance class be required six years...

Guest Post from Melissa Wiese: My 1-year Sprint to the Gold Standard in Personal Finance

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Feb 11, 2020
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Advocacy
Melissa Wiese is a Personal Finance teacher from Reedsville High School in Reedsville, WI. Melissa's personal finance class is the 14th recipient of NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge grant of  $10,000, which will aid implementation of Melissa's school's new Personal Finance graduation requirement. What got you excited to teach and advocate for personal finance? Earlier in the fall of 2019, I attended a local NGPF FinCamp. As this was going to be my 1st year teaching Personal Finance at my...

Hook Students with Commercials in the Classroom! by Renee Nelson

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Feb 10, 2020
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Advertising, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Thanks for Renee Nelson, an NGPF Fellow teaching at KIPP NYC Prep High School in the Bronx, for submitting this guest blog post: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  It only takes thirty to ninety seconds to get someone’s attention and to convince them to make a big purchase or persuade them to try something new. Wrap your mind around that fact because it hasn't ever gotten the recognition it deserves. There’s only one category in the Primetime...

Guest Post from Joe Russom: The Journey From Bronze to Silver to Gold in 3 Years

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Feb 05, 2020
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Advocacy
Joe Russom is an energetic personal finance teacher from Menasha High School in Menasha, WI. Mr. Russom is the 5th educator in the country to earn a $10,000 grant for his school through the Gold Standard Challenge for successfully converting his school to require a standalone personal finance course for all students to graduate. Here's Joe in his own words: What got you started advocating for the graduation requirement? It was the students! Our previous personal finance program was combined into...

Tech Tool Review: Closed Captioning in Google Slides

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Jan 30, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Tara Kelly (Harwood Union High School, VT) provides this great overview of how to use closed captioning for google slides in your classroom. ---------------------- Name of the Tool: Closed Caption for Google Slides Cost: Free with Google Slides Use Case:  This tool allows presentations using google slides to be closed captioned by using the computer’s microphone or an external microphone paired with the computer.  The captions will auto-generate anything in the range...

Guest Post from Lana Main: Every Student Needs Personal Finance In High School

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Jan 27, 2020
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Advocacy
Blog post written by NGPF Fellow, Lana Main of West Central High School in Hartford, South Dakota. Her school will be receiving a $10,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant from NGPF.  -----------------  “I wish I’d had this class when I was in high school!”  How many times have you heard this from a parent at conferences or elsewhere? One of my favorite parts of parent-teacher conferences has always been having the opportunity to share with parents what their...