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

Just One Resource - CREATE: Monthly College Budget

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May 16, 2018
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Just One Resource, Paying for College, Budgeting
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  CREATE: Monthly College Budget The Gist: Think of this as a precursor to Payback but less focused on tuition costs and more focused on the day-to-day budgeting decisions a college freshman will make. Each slide presents a new decision: Will...

Does NGPF have a full year course?

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May 15, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, FAQs
THE PROBLEM: Does NGPF offer a curriculum to last a full school year? Find out in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 2-minute video to learn more! What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

We've got Bitcoin!

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May 13, 2018
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Cryptocurrencies, Current Events
Raise your hand if you've got a nagging feeling "I should really be talking about Bitcoin in class" but a sinking feeling, "I'm not sure I'm an expert on the topic." For your convenience, here's everything NGPF's got on Bitcoin, all in one handy blog post:  Is Bitcoin a Bust? [Lesson] This lesson was created by two teacher members of our NGPF community, Amanda Volz (St. Clair High School, St. Clair, MI) and Brian Page (Reading Community High School, Reading, OH). It's got all the...

NGPF 2018 Summit: FinTech Panel with RaiseMe, FamZoo and Stockpile

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May 11, 2018
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Podcasts, Current Events, Investing, Savings, Paying for College, Behavioral Finance
What follows is the FinTech Panel from the 2018 NGPF Summit in San Francisco, California. As educators, we know how challenging it can be to keep up with all of the innovation occurring in the financial sector. To help make sense of it all, we invited Namrata Ganatra from Stockpile, Bill Dwight from FamZoo and Thea Lee from RaiseMe to this panel moderated by NGPF's own Jessica Endlich. You will learn about their innovative products which help students manage their spending, start investing and...

Just One Resource - What If You Played the Lottery?

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May 09, 2018
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Just One Resource
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  INTERACTIVE: What If You Played the Lottery? The Gist: The Texas lottery website allows you to select your Powerball numbers and then "check your ticket" to find how much you have won over the past half a year. To illustrate the odds of...

Where are the answer keys?

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May 08, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF
THE PROBLEM: Where do I find the answer keys? Find out in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 1-minute video to learn more! What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

Just One Resource - With Whom Should I Network?

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May 02, 2018
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Just One Resource
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ROLEPLAY: WIth Whom Should I Network? The Gist: You're a junior in college, searching for an internship before senior year. You've got a network of 10 people -- former Little League coach, roommate's mom, your aunt -- who work in a variety...

Should My Students Create an NGPF Student Account?

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May 01, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, FAQs
THE PROBLEM: Not sure if your students should create an NGPF account? The quick answer is NO NO NO! But more details in our new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 1-minute video to learn more! ...

Just One Resource: Saving for Retirement

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Apr 25, 2018
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Just One Resource
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ANALYZE: Saving for Retirement The Gist: Three very different graphs tell basically the same story -- save early and often for retirement, kids, or you'll end up in trouble! Graph 1 shows how savings compound and grow over time, Graph 2...

What's up with an 18-Hour Workshop?!?!?!

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Apr 22, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Personal Finance
THE PROBLEM: We know -- it's sort of weird -- how in the world did we choose 18 HOURS for a workshop time? So random! Well, let me tell you as part of a new VLOG initiative called PRO Tip from NGPF...    THE ANSWER: Watch this 1-minute video to find out! ...

Just One Resource - Understanding Amortization

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Apr 18, 2018
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Just One Resource, Math, Activity
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  ANALYZE: Understanding Amortization The Gist: Young Janet decides to treat herself to 6 weeks of South American travel before starting her first post-college job, and she's going to finance the trip using a $3500 personal loan. Her credit...

Teacher Feedback on our Credit Units -- Thanks, Maureen!

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Jun 01, 2017
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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...

Amanda and Laurie's Classrooms of the Future

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May 24, 2017
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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...

Careers of the Future! A Guest Post from Andrea Stemper

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May 21, 2017
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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...

A New Way to Teach Spreadsheets

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May 04, 2017
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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… WHY SPREADSHEETS? 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...