Jun 01, 2017
Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Video Resource, Credit Reports, Featured NGPF Lesson, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner is consistently in touch with us here at NGPF, which we love love love! Her most recent feedback seemed worth sharing, as it might entice some of you to check out our credit units for use next year. Here’s Maureen’s email [with comments from Jessica in brackets]…
Happy Friday! I just wanted to give you some feedback on the credit unit I just completed. Every year I feel like I redo my lessons for credit because there is so much information out there...
May 24, 2017
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
In March, we blogged about a news article profiling NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz’s upcoming “Classroom of the Future” remodel at St. Clair High School in Michigan. If you’re a Facebook user, you can see beautiful pictures of her classroom (and her students in action)! And, now that we’ve announced our Summer Institute participants for 2017, we’re pleased to share classroom pictures from Laurie Gardner’s newly redone Classroom of the Future at Marine City High...
May 21, 2017
Career, Lesson Idea, Employment, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Andrea Stemper’s one of our NGPF Fellows who integrates personal finance into her economics classes (but not for long — she’s also advocating at her district to make personal finance its own elective course, which we’d LOVE to see happen). Adept at integrating financial capability into econ, Andrea’s written in with this suggestion for a lesson on job prospects and supply & demand:
When we think about our jobs, it is important to consider what might be in...
May 04, 2017
Teaching Strategies, Video Resource, Featured NGPF Lesson
In case you missed it in late March, NGPF’s diving in deep to spreadsheet work. Read on…
A recent study from Burning Glass Technologies reveals that:
78% of middle-skill jobs include spreadsheets as a baseline requirement
Digitally intensive jobs are growing 2.5 times more rapidly than non-spreadsheet required jobs
Digitally intensive jobs pay 18% higher than non-digital jobs
Your students need these skills!
THE NGPF SOLUTION
We’re always looking to...
Apr 04, 2017
Activity, Budgeting, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows
Today, we’ve got a special treat — a guest blog post AND a teacher-generated resource — straight from NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (OR). Read on for a great activity on calculating the true cost of pet ownership!
Each year in my Wealth Management class I have the students make a vision board. We talk about goals and what they want in life. Then they each write some short, medium and long-term goals and turn those goals into a...
Mar 27, 2017
Featured Teachers, Schools In News, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has made her local newspaper yet again, this time for the “Classroom of the Future” she’s designed and will have in place in less than two weeks at St. Clair High School in St. Clair, MI. Though Amanda is certainly an innovative educator across the board, this particular grant she received allowed her to design a new classroom layout, complete with flexible furniture and a “mini business setting.” The new classroom setup will perfectly...
Mar 21, 2017
Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Just a few weeks back, NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner and I had a great phone conversation (we’re always saying — “Contact us! We love to help!” Maureen can attest it’s true) about the “D” word. DIFFERENTIATION! Love it or hate it, every good teacher’s got to do it, and Maureen and I were discussing specifically how to differentiate in the fin lit classroom.
I spent 4 years teaching algebra and geometry, often to students who really struggled with...
Mar 19, 2017
Savings, Investing, Activities
Did you know that one of our most popular projects at the moment is Ravioli Den (technically called Joining the Market)? Did you know it is now available in Spanish (Unirse al mercado de valores)? NGPF is in the process of translating some of our best and most-used activities and projects into Spanish, so that teachers with English Language Learners in their classes can further support their students. This month we’re releasing 10 translations on the topics of Saving and Investing.
Mar 08, 2017
Career, Featured Teachers
Jill Lucero is an NGPF early adopter, many time PLC participant, and all around well-loved educator here at our nonprofit organization. She’s also an outstanding business teacher at East High School in Cheyenne, WY. So, imagine my delight when I received this email in my inbox this morning, straight from Jill:
Just thought I would let you know that I just completed the entire Career unit. It was awesome!! Kept students very engaged and information was updated and...
Mar 07, 2017
New Products, Activity, Credit Cards, Teaching Strategies, Credit Scores
In case you missed it in January, NGPF has heard the call, and we’re beginning to translate our original activities and projects into Spanish for use with your English Language Learners. Don’t worry — we’re not relying on my own poor command of the Spanish language (muy malo) — we’ve hired an awesome translator who is working through our resources in batches of 10. With eleven batches now complete, we’ve got 83 activities/projects across Checking,...
Mar 06, 2017
New Products, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies
Asked to teach a 7-hour course at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, we polled the seniors at this high performing all-girls school to find out what personal finance topics they most wanted to learn, and they came back with:
How to budget during college and/or grad school
Understanding how credit cards and loans work
Buying a car
And how to invest
We rounded out their 5-class course with an hour on credit scores and, after working with the students, realized they also had a lot of questions about...
Feb 20, 2017
Activity, Credit Cards, Lesson Idea, NGPF Fellows
NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz took a fairly basic activity from our bank — COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions — and made it her own. Now, she’s sharing the strategy, guaranteed to liven up your classroom, with you. As an added bonus, the activity she’s referring to is now available in Spanish, too, so some of your English Language Learners can participate fully in this discussion-based fun. Read on for Amanda’s guest blog post…
As a personal...
Feb 09, 2017
Activities, Teaching Strategies, Featured NGPF Lesson
I’ve got such a backlog of “things I’d like to read” that I started putting 3 per week on my “to do” list and “assigning” the readings to myself. This article from EdSurge made its way into last week’s reading list — What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like — and What Should Educators Leave Behind? While I’m not sure I agree 100% with ALL of their ideas, the introductory questions answered by the panel of...
Feb 06, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Summer Institute
Great question! If you’ve done any reading on our website, you may have noticed that last summer’s Inaugural Summer Institute participants became this academic year’s NGPF Fellows. Jill L from Wyoming wrote in to ask what exactly being an “NGPF Fellow” entails. The answer I gave Jill …
Everyone who attends Summer Institute automatically becomes an NGPF Fellow for the following school year as part of the Summer Institute commitment. In 2016-17, the program...
Feb 01, 2017
Featured NGPF Lesson, Investing, Activities
Way back in August of 2015 I created what remains one of my favorite projects — “Joining the Market,” also known as “Ravioli Den” among friends. I started off just wanting to create something that simulated the buying and selling of shares, but it rapidly morphed into an awesome, whole-class game that teaches roughly 10 investing concepts in two class periods: It’s truly one of my finest works at NGPF. So, I brag about it all the time, but recently, teachers...