About the Author

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn (she/her) is excited to join the NGPF team after 9 years of experience as a special education teacher and a tutor. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in policy analysis and management and has a master's degree in education from Brooklyn College. Kathryn is looking forward to bringing her passion for accessibility and educational justice into curriculum design at NGPF. During her free time, Kathryn loves embarking on cooking projects, walking around her Seattle neighborhood with her partner and dog, or lounging in a hammock with a book.

Author: Kathryn Dawson

Math Monday: Explore Financial Algebra

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Aug 22, 2021
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Math
Last Thursday, we released two units of the new Financial Algebra course - Checking & Linear Equations and Saving & Systems of Equations. Check out the curriculum now on NGPF’s Financial Algebra course page! At our launch event, teachers previewed upcoming topics, dove into lesson resources, and shared their ideas for implementation.  What are teachers saying? ...about the VPD session ..about the course Missed the launch event? Don’t worry, you can still attend...

Math Monday: Introducing Financial Algebra!

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Aug 08, 2021
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Math
The math team is so excited to be sharing our latest project with you - Financial Algebra! On August 19th, we’ll be releasing the first two units of this engaging and relevant semester-long math course. Register now to be the first to explore these new units: Checking & Linear Equations and Saving & Systems of Equations. In this session, you’ll hear more about the course structure, upcoming topics, and release dates, plus have the opportunity to explore the curriculum! What...

Math Monday: Solving Equations and Loans

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Jul 25, 2021
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Math
Solving equations is a high-leverage math skill that can take a lot of practice for students. In today’s Math Monday, we’ll cover one more activity for you to have ready the next time you need to review solving equations.  The Activity: In MATH: Loan Repayments Using Simple Interest, students practice identifying key values from word problems, substituting those values into equations, and solving for a variable.  In the Edpuzzle video, Abby breaks down how to calculate the...

Math Monday: Unit Price

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Jul 11, 2021
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Math
In this Math Monday, we’ll cover one of my favorite math activities - MATH: Unit Price. Calculating unit price is a practical skill that students can immediately use as a valuable shopping hack. It’s also timely, as the news is filled with stories about inflation, cost of living, and shrinkflation. By calculating unit price, students can keep an eye on how much their purchases really cost.  The Activity:  Students practice calculating unit price using real-world examples...

MATH MONDAY: Math Resource Directory

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Jun 27, 2021
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Math
With summer in full swing, you may be thinking about the big-picture for your classes, rather than tomorrow’s lesson plan. Today, we’ll look at the Math Resource Directory, which can help you plan for the year ahead.  The Math Resource Directory The Math Resource Directory links to all NGPF’s activities that include both math and personal finance. Using the Directory, you can browse activities by math topic, personal finance topic, and activity type.  To access the...

Math Monday: Summer Recommendations

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Jun 13, 2021
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Math
As the school year winds to a close, it’s often a time of celebration and reflection. Rather than exploring an instructional activity, this Math Monday will share a few recommendations for building your teacher toolkit, while still saving lots of time for summer relaxation.  Books Rethinking Mathematics by Eric Gutstein and Bob Peterson Power In Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians by Shelly M....

5 Ways to Build a More Inclusive Classroom

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Jun 08, 2021
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Advocacy
As teachers, we want all students to feel safe, seen, and celebrated. So how can we make sure our classrooms reflect those values? Here are 5 ways to start building schools and classrooms that meet the needs of our LGBTQ+ students. Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Identities and History Elevate diverse LGBTQ+ voices in your curriculum and classroom. Learning Justice has a useful guide to Integrating Queer Voices Into the Curriculum. Include LGBTQ+ history in your classroom. Whenever possible, uplift LGBTQ+...

MATH MONDAY: Compound Interest

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May 30, 2021
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Math
In the last two Math Mondays, we covered exponential growth and decay. This week, we’re shifting slightly to exponential functions’ fun neighbor - compound interest.  Compound interest is a rich topic with abundant real-world applications. Today, we’ll highlight three fun classroom activities that will help your students master compound interest, followed by some additional extension activities. Activity 1: Compound Interest in Savings Accounts The lesson MATH: Compound...

Math Monday: Two Real-World Applications of Exponential Decay

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May 16, 2021
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Math
It can be hard to make exponential decay relevant for students - there are only so many times you can talk about the half-lives of radioactive isotopes. Today, we’ll walk through how you can make exponential functions engaging with cars, money, and candy.  If you’re looking for activities on exponential growth, check out our last Math Monday, plus stay tuned for an upcoming post compound interest.  Activity 1: Car Depreciation In MATH: Depreciation of Car Value, students...

Math Monday: Exponential Growth in Investing

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May 02, 2021
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Math
Are you looking for a way to make exponential functions relevant for your students? Over the next three Math Mondays, we’ll cover how to use NGPF’s MATH activities to teach exponential growth, decay, and compounding interest with real-world applications.  In today’s math activity, students will learn to calculate the exponential growth of different investments using the formula y = abx. Check it out in MATH: Exponential Growth in Investments or view the MATH Collection...

2 Differentiated NGPF Lessons for Special Education Students

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Mar 02, 2021
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Activities, Personal Finance
We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn Dawson to our team (learn more about her here). What I’m particularly excited about is her background in working with special education students. Kathryn was kind enough to differentiate two popular NGPF activities.  Modified Activity: Fine Print Pay Stub Kathryn added two strategies to this activity: annotating the resource (shown below) and scaffolding questions.  --------------------- Modified Activity: Read 25 Investing Basics Kathryn added...

Money and Marshmallows

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Mar 01, 2021
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Personal Finance
Please join me in welcoming Kathryn Dawson to the NGPF team as our newest Curriculum Designer. Kathryn shares what motivated her to join the NGPF team in this essay.  ------------------------------ When talking about personal finance, my mother–tenacious and resourceful–brings to mind the Stanford marshmallow experiment. The experiment promised children they would receive two marshmallows if they could refrain from eating the first for 15 minutes; it concluded children who could...