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

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Michelle Singletary, Columnist for the Washington Post

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Feb 26, 2021
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Activities, Retirement
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this final post of the month, we are highlighting the work of Michelle Singletary, who writes “The Color of Money,” a twice-weekly column in the Washington Post and published in dozens of other papers nationwide. She’s also the author of 3 personal finance books and appears regularly on TV and...

Celebrating Black History Month: The Impact of Housing Policy on Communities of Color

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Feb 24, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Unlike a lot of our earlier posts where we highlighted the work of a specific Black financial leader, today we are putting a spotlight on how housing policies segregated America and the lasting impact they have on communities of color today.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: Video - How Home Loans Segregated America TwoCents, a series by PBS, recently released a...

Celebrating Black History Month: Black Experts Weigh in on What’s Missing from the Wealth Gap Conversation

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Feb 19, 2021
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Activities, Current Events
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Deviating from our previous posts featuring the work of one individual, today we draw your attention toward this interview conducted by Courtney Stith for Acorns + CNBC on the Grow website.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: This is the ‘most obvious’ thing missing from the racial wealth gap...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar

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Feb 17, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  With this fifth post, we are highlighting the work of Marsha Barnes, creator of The Finance Bar! Marsha is a Certified Financial Social Worker, Official FICO Brand Ambassador, and was named GOBankingRates’ 2018 Best Money Expert in the Net-Worth Category. This week, we were inspired by The Finance Bar Instagram...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance

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Feb 12, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this fourth post, we are highlighting the work of Tonya Rapley, whose website myfabfinance.com describes her as “an entrepreneur, wife, co-founder, domestic violence survivor, and citizen of the world.” You can find her website and learn more about her here, and she’s also got a popular...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Malcolm “MJ” Harris

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Feb 10, 2021
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  With this third post, we are highlighting the work of Malcolm “MJ” Harris. Harris is the CEO and founder of National Care Financial Group, an enterprise  that he started from his dining room table and is now one of America’s largest African-American owned financial services firms! You can learn more...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista

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Feb 05, 2021
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Activities, Teaching Strategies
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this second post, we are highlighting the work of The Budgetnista, Tiffany Aliche -- an award-winning teacher, bestselling author, and blogger + podcaster. You can find her website and learn more about her here, but in this blog post we’re going to feature one of Tiffany’s blog posts that we think...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Bola Sokunbi

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Feb 03, 2021
During the month of February, NGPF will be celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog!  We’re kicking off our blog post series by highlighting the work of Bola Sokunbi, a Certified Financial Education Instructor, money expert, and the CEO, best-selling author, and founder of Clever Girl Finance. Bola’s main goal, as found on the CGF website, “is to help women become...

Best of NGPF: Top 10 Non-Tech Activities for the Personal Finance Classroom

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Mar 19, 2020
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Activities, Teaching Remotely
We have heard from many teachers over the past week about the need for no-tech personal finance activities given the reality that not all students will have access to technology in their homes. Jessica wracked her brain this afternoon to develop this top 10 list of NGPF resources that don't require technology. This list ranges the gamut in topics covered as well as in types of activities.  CARTOONS: Why is it So Hard to Save Money?: Choose a cartoon and analyze how it portrays the...

A Reflection on Teaching and Learning, According to My 5-Year-Old

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Jan 21, 2020
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Teaching Strategies
My oldest daughter is in Transitional Kindergarten, a class full of five-year-olds with fall birthdays who were too young to start actual kindergarten in September. Each day this week, when I picked her up from extended care, she hit me with some new details of their learning about Martin Luther King Jr -- timely, with the holiday approaching and all. Now, I haven't requested to view any lesson plans or asked the teacher for details about learning objectives so I can't tell if the students...

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/...