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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 of Mt. Vernon High School: 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 of Lidgerwood High School: 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 of Sam Rayburn ISD: 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 of Reedsville High School: 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 of Menasha High School: 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 of West Central High School: 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...

Guest Post from Dan Clement of Somers High School: The Best Answer To "Why Isn't This Course A Requirement?"

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Jan 16, 2020
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Advocacy
Dan Clement is an enthusiastic personal finance teacher from Somers High School in Somers, CT. Dan's school is the 11th in the country to be awarded a $10,000 grant for their personal finance program.  He earned this by moving his school to NGPF's Gold Standard by adopting a one semester standalone personal finance course that ALL students will take prior to graduation. Kudos to Dan for his dogged determination to support his students with comprehensive financial education. Here's Dan in...

Guest Post from Lana Main: Using NGPF for Computer Technology Instruction

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Jan 15, 2020
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Teaching Strategies, NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Lana Main of West Central High School (Sioux Falls, SD) for this guest post! --------------------- In addition to my role as a Personal Finance teacher, I also teach a Computer Applications course for freshmen. For several years I’ve used NGPF's phenomenal, free resources in my Personal Finance course. As I’ve become more familiar with NGPF resources, I’ve realized that many of them fit well into many other courses too. Here are some engaging lessons and...

Guest Post from Barbara Angelicola-Manzolli of Lewis S. Mills High School: 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...

Guest Post from Sue Comparato of Swampscott High School: 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...