About the Author

Jessica Endlich

When I started working at Next Gen Personal Finance, it's as though my undergraduate degree in finance, followed by ten years as an educator in an NYC public high school, suddenly all made sense.

Author: Jessica Endlich

NGPF Turns 5! Thanks to the amazing educator community!

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May 16, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy
Five years ago, Jessica and I opened the doors at NGPF with a mission to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance in all schools and to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans. Ok, not really. It actually started with more modest ambitions. Think experiment. We would build some curriculum to engage a community of educators so we could learn more about what they need, then make more curriculum, engage more teachers, rinse and repeat. We knew the field was crowded....

Teach Students to "Share to Save"

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May 02, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Lesson Idea, Math
This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of NGPF Fellow Aric Weiker of Interlake High School (WA). I personally love this lesson idea because, I think, too often we focus on teaching students to "give up" their favorite spending habits entirely. How many times have you heard, "If you only saved that latte money"? Aric's got the good start of a lesson idea to teach students how they can still have their favorite coffee drink and still reduce their spending. For those who teach math or...

Tech Tool Review: Quizlet Live

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Apr 18, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Interactive
NGPF Fellow Joy Tavano (North Kingstown Senior High School, RI) provides this awesome overview of how to use Quizlet Live. And don't forget, NGPF has a bank of prebuilt Quizlet sets you can use on our Quiz Games Library.  Name of the Tool: Quizlet Live Cost: Free when creating random teams; $3 per month to customize teams Use Case: Quizlet Live is great to use when you want students to work together to learn vocabulary words. Implementation Guidance: Quizlet is a great tool for a...

Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…”

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Apr 15, 2019
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Career, NGPF Fellows
This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of NGPF Fellow Aric Weiker of Interlake High School (WA).  ______________________________ Student Resume Whine: “But I don’t have ANY experience…” Templates and checklists are great, but students still struggle to include examples of relevant work experience and leadership when crafting resumes. In a typical class, more than three quarters are starting resumes from scratch and these are the same students who need the most...

Teacher Tip - COMPARE: Find an Apartment

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Apr 11, 2019
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Budgeting, Interactive
If you've attended a FinCamp this school year, you've participated in the NGPF Fan Favorite project Budgeting with Roommates. As a perfect accompanyment, NGPF Fellow Adam Cole (Needham High School, MA) explains how he uses and modifies NGPF budgeting activity COMPARE: Find an Apartment in his classroom. Watch for some great tips on how to implement this activity in your classroom.   For all of NGPF's budgeting resources, visit https://www.ngpf.org/curriculum/budgeting/...

If NGPF updates a resource, can I still use my old version?

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Apr 04, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
THE PROBLEM: I know NGPF updates their personal finance resources often in order to stay fresh and high caliber. Can I still use the old version if I like it better?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to learn when you should and should not use an outdated version of an NGPF resource.    Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

Teacher Tip -- CALCULATE: Completing a 1040

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Mar 21, 2019
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Taxes, Activity, Tips for Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, no one can complete the 1040EZ anymore. We're all doing the 1040 this year. NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz explains how she uses this essential NGPF resource CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 in her classroom. BONUS: This activity is available in Spanish, too, and if you haven't reviewed the resource lately, we've added a new 5th scenario! Watch for some great tips on how to implement this activity in your classroom.   For all of NGPF's tax resources,...

Teacher Tip -- COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose

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Mar 17, 2019
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Taxes, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Activity, NGPF Fellows
To accompany our newly released lessons on taxes, NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz explains how she uses this popular NGPF resource COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose in her classroom. Watch for some great tips on how to implement and modify this resource so that it can best fit the needs of your classroom!   For all of NGPF's tax resources, fully updated for 2019 with all changes in effect as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, visit https://www.ngpf.org/curriculum/taxes/...

What resources do you have for personal finance spreadsheets?

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Mar 07, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Math
THE PROBLEM: Does NGPF have any resources that utilize spreadsheets? If so, where do I find them?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a treasure trove of resources, activities, and just-in-time how-to videos for spreadsheets in the Next Gen Personal Finance catalog.    Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

How do I best use the Interactive Library?

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Feb 28, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Interactive
THE PROBLEM: What's the best way to use the NGPF Interactive Library? And where do I find the worksheets?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a quick overview and some tips on best utilizing our Interactive Library and accompanying worksheets.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

What's the difference between a FinCamp and FinCamp Plus?

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Feb 21, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Professional Development
THE PROBLEM: What's the difference between a FinCamp and FinCamp Plus? And can I attend FinCamp Plus outside my state?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a quick explainer on how these two professional development options differ.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

Why Can't My Students Edit the Docs Inside a Student Activity Packet?

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Feb 14, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Activities
THE PROBLEM: I've created my own copy of the Student Activity Packet, and my students have their own copies in my LMS, but they can't edit any of the activities INSIDE the Student Activity Packet. Why not?   THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a quick life hack to those pesky activities that say View Only.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

What are my options for using the Exit Tickets?

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Feb 06, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Teaching Strategies
THE PROBLEM: I'm thinking about using the lesson plans in your Semester Course, but I don't understand why the Exit Ticket is offered in so many formats. What's up?   THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear Jessica's PRO Tips on effectively using Exit Tickets. Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

Tech Tools Review: Smart Board & Notebook Software

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Feb 01, 2019
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NGPF Fellows
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Here's what James has to say...   Tech Tool:   Smart Board / Smart Board Notebook Software   Cost:  Varies:...

What can I find on an NGPF Unit Page?

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Jan 30, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
THE PROBLEM: I'm coming upon the Checking unit in my personal finance curriculum, and I'd love to add some NGPF resources or even full lesson plans. What's the best place to start while navigating your website?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear Jessica's PRO Tips for using the Unit Pages.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...