About the Author

Laura Matchett

After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country. She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’. When Laura is not locating or creating high quality educational resources, you can find her mountain biking or searching for the best ramen in town!

Author: Laura Matchett

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 9

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Jul 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Student of the Year Award, Edition 8

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Jul 04, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 7

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Jun 27, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 6

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Jun 20, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 5

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Jun 13, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

Tech Tool Review: Google Sites

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Jun 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Jenna Derkoski (Newton South High School, MA) provides this awesome overview of how to use Google Sites in your classroom. Name of the Tool: Google Sites Cost: To access the integrations with other Google Apps that make Google Sites useful as an intranet site creator, you'll need a G Suite subscription, which comes in two forms: $5 per user per month and $10 per user per month, we have google as part of our district, so it is free for our students to access. Use Case: Allows...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 4

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Jun 06, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Student of the Year Award, Edition 3

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May 30, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

End of Year Culminating Project: Use a Personal Finance Challenge Case Study

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May 29, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Case Study, Featured Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of Derek D’Angelo, president of the Michigan Council on Economic Education and 2018 NGPF Fellow --- Each spring, teams from all over the country gather in more than 20 states to compete in a Personal Finance Challenge competition. Competition styles vary from state to state, but in Michigan we mirror the format of the national championship held in Nebraska. Each student team is given a hypothetical family scenario and then creates a meaningful...

How To Develop A Parent Workshop, by Brenda Martin-Lee

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May 27, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Personal Finance, Parent Conversations
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brenda Martin-Lee of Seneca High School in Tabernacle, NJ. ----- How-to of the event:  It was very informal. I actually interjected myself into an existing event at the local library. It was a Game Night event where parents and students were attending. The number in attendance was around ten. I presented Ten Financial Principles to get the audience thinking about how they are currently managing finances and to hopefully take some of the...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 2

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May 23, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

Classroom Management Tips - How I make My Class Engaging, Exciting, & Extra

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May 20, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Joy Tavano, of North Kingstown Senior High School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. ----- This year marks my 20th year teaching business and technology. Yes - I am forever learning about my content - things have changed quite a bit in the financial literacy world and technology is constantly changing - but my other focus is ALWAYS on improving my classroom management. Without that, the subject and skills I am teaching just will not make it...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award

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May 17, 2019
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Financial Literacy, NGPF Fellows
To acknowledge the efforts that teachers put into their classes, NGPF Fellows have the option to award a 'Personal Finance Student of the Year Award' to one student with outstanding contributions in their personal finance class. The Fellow selects a student based on the following criteria: The student has taken the Fellow's personal finance class in the 2018-2019 school year The student has demonstrated outstanding performance in the class based on their participation, academic...

Introducing 2019 NGPF Summer Institute Participants

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May 08, 2019
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Summer Institute, Featured Teachers
Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce its 2019 class of NGPF Summer Institute Fellows. The Institute brings together a passionate and talented group of educators who will create new activities, curate resources, collaborate and deepen their content expertise in selected topics — and have a lot of FUN in the process! Once again, we received an overwhelming number of applications for the Summer Institute, highlighting the hunger for quality professional development...

2019 Summer PD Opportunity: FinCamp PLUS

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Mar 05, 2019
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Professional Development
This year, as part of our 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, we've met many passionate, innovative, and enthusiastic educators who are bringing the very best in personal finance education to their students every day.So, now, what's better than spending one day devoted to personal finance education? Spending THREE days, of course!After our hosting our first 3-day FinCamp PLUS in Wisconsin in June 2018, educators identified their favorite parts as: The opportunity to see and...