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

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. ...

What can I do on low attendance days?

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Jan 23, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Lesson Idea
THE PROBLEM: Snow days, 2-hour delays, and final exam schedules have my sections out of whack, or only 1/3 of my students are braving the elements to make it to school. What can I use that will provide engaging, meaningful lessons but not leave missing students behind on essential content?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear Jessica's best suggestions for what to do when half your students aren't in class.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up...

Question of the Day: What percent of U.S. millionaires are professional athletes?

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Jan 14, 2019
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Question of the Day
Answer: About 1% of U.S. millionaires (those earning $1 million/year) are professional athletes We often hear from teachers that students are convinced that professional sports are the road to riches but besides the challenge of making it to this pinnacle (only 0.03% of high school seniors playing basketball ultimately get drafted after playing college ball), almost 99% of millionaires have generated their wealth outside of professional sports. Then again, athletes who suddenly come into...

Essential Financial Literacy Tools for Graduates -- from Fellow Kelly-Anne Rush

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Jan 10, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
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 blog post from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham, ME. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... _____________________ Over the past 6 years I’ve taught 12 semester's worth of seniors in my personal finance course, a...

What are the new tax changes in 2019?

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Jan 09, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Taxes
THE PROBLEM: I know taxes are changing in a major way, but I'm not sure of the specifics. What are the basics I need to know to teach my students?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to learn the teen-specific impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. *Please note that none of this constitutes tax advice and should not be used in the personal handling of anyone's taxes.* Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

Updated Tax Materials -- an NGPF timeline

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Jan 02, 2019
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Taxes
Our NGPF community is so helpful, we've been flooded with emails or online chats asking when we'll have updated tax materials to reflect tax changes this year, with many of you providing links to drafts of new forms, press releases, etc. THANK YOU! Here's what we have planned:  In January, we'll do minor updates to our existing materials, such as updating the tax bracket charts, standard deductions, getting rid of the 1040EZ, etc. We'll make sure these are up-to-date in our full...

Do you have rubrics for the NGPF projects?

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Jan 02, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
THE PROBLEM: I'm trying to find rubrics -- not answer keys, but rubrics -- for the NGPF projects. THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to learn NGPF's suggestions regarding rubrics.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...