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

What Would You Do With An Extra $5,000? Compounding Your Students' Interest In A Custodial Roth IRA

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Jan 15, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Retirement
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brett Shifrin, of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. ----- Recently, a student captured the imagination of my class. It stemmed from a comparison of Money Market Deposit Account(MMDA) and Certificate of Deposits (CD).  It was suggested that one of these accounts could be very useful for graduation gifts this spring. One of my students, Phil, asked,  “Mr. Shifrin, what would you do if you unexpectedly received $5,000?”...

The Skinny on Student Loans

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Nov 28, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Student Loans, Paying for College
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Deborah Kerby, of Tobyhanna Elementary Center in Pocono Pines, PA. ------ During my 17 years teaching high school students, I observed that many considered taking out student loans to pay for college to be an expected part of life. Many of their teachers share this expectation.  As an experienced personal finance educator, I believe it is important to show students that they have alternative options to assist them in paying for...

Tech Tool Review: QR Codes, Vocaroo Website, Snapchat

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Nov 26, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Summer Institute, 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 Tech Tool Review from Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School in Windham ME. Here's what Kelly-Anne has to say... Tech Tool: QR Codes, Vocaroo Website, Snapchat Cost: Free Use Case:  Students are asked to research various consumer...

Tech Tool Review: DocHub Google Extension

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Nov 19, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, 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 Tech Tool Review from Jacqueline Prester of Mansfield High School in Mansfield MA. Here's what Jacqueline has to say...   Tech Tool: DocHub Google Extension   Cost: Free   Use Case: Teachers often have PDF documents...

Tech Tool Review: Kahoot's spreadsheet integration with Google Forms

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Nov 08, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Quizzes
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 Jacqueline Prester of Mansfield High School in Mansfield MA. Here's what Jacqueline has to say... Tech Tool: Kahoot's spreadsheet integration with Google Forms Cost: Free Use Case: Students love to play Kahoot...

Calling All Change Makers: NGPF 2019 Summit

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Oct 24, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Professional Development, Schools In News
Are you passionate about increasing access to personal finance education? Motivated to affect change in your class, school, district or community? Apply for NGPF's Summit today!   Who You Are: You understand the importance and value of personal finance education. You acknowledge that students must learn to manage money, create budgets, and build good credit habits to become financially secure adults in the 'real world'. You are committed to improving financial education in your...

A Reflective: My Five Favorite Fellow Lessons

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Sep 19, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brian Page, of Reading High School, OH. --------- What I really wanted to write was “My 146 Favorite Fellow Lessons”, but folks would likely shy away from an article that long, so I stuck with five. This July, a small group of us met at the NGPF Summer Institute to kick off a Fellowship. With only 12 of us, and numerous NGPF staff, the intimate setting led to learning that could not be scripted. Note taking was an ongoing process...

NGPF Announces Scholarship Recipients for National Jump$tart Conference

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Sep 04, 2018
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Contest Current, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Schools In News
 NGPF is excited to announce the following NGPF Scholarship recipients who will attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH on November 3-5, 2018. Many will also be attending an NGPF FinCamp to be held prior to the conference on November 3rd. We were impressed with the number of high-quality applicants and found it challenging to select the following recipients from over 250 applications! Congratulations to: Aaron Shaffner, East High School (Denver, CO) Abigail Lugo,...

NGPF Flash Survey: What Does Personal Finance Look Like In Your Classroom?

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Aug 08, 2018
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Flash Surveys
It feels like summer just flew by! From the looks of our FinLit Fanatics Facebook page, many of you seem to be gearing up and updating your Personal Finance materials for the 2018-19 school year! We're curious: What Does Personal Finance Look Like in Your Classroom?As always, survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!          Create your own user feedback survey ...

NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarships!

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Jul 27, 2018
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Contest Current, Financial Literacy, Professional Development
Are you passionate about building financial capability and find yourself constantly brainstorming and conjuring up ways to bring personal finance education to more students? If so, we have an amazing professional development opportunity for you! Next Gen Personal Finance is awarding 20 scholarships for classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH from November 3-5, 2018!To apply for a scholarship, submit a response to the...

Tech Tool Review: MyKidsBank.org

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Jun 05, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Activities, Checking Accounts, Interactive, Personal Finance
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 Jill Wilson of Glenwood Springs High School in Glenwood Springs, CO. Here's what Jill has to say... Tech Tool: MyKidsBank.org  (Artificial online, electronic banking tool)  Cost: Free, no advertising Use...

Pineland Dollars - A Classroom Economy At Work!

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Jun 03, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Teaching Strategies
Teachers will share their experiences in the classroom and how they apply what they learned at NGPF PD events (FinCamps, FinCamps PLUS, Summer Institute and Summit). This week, we focus on NGPF Fellow, Maureen Neuner, from Pinelands Regional High School, Little Egg Harbor (NJ), who explains her 'Pineland Dollars' (named after her school) classroom economy! -------- Another project we do since we are in the money unit of our class is our "Pinelands Dollars." I set up a simulated saving, earning...

Schools in the News

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May 09, 2018
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News) Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in. Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...

Flash Survey: End of Year (2017-18) NGPF Usage

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May 06, 2018
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Flash Surveys
Wiith the end of the school year fast approaching, we wanted to ask for your help in assessing our work over the past year. Some of you are faithful users. Others are new to the NGPF community. Whoever you are, we want YOUR feedback so we can continue to improve!     Create your own user feedback survey ...

Flash Survey Results: Advocating for Financial Education

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May 04, 2018
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Survey Results, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Personal Finance
As more states move to increase access to financial education for their students, we were curious: What has your experience been in advocating for financial education? Now, with data in hand, here's a quick summary of the results: 81% of respondents indicate that they have advocated for a personal finance class or content in their school, district, or state Administration (64%), students (62%), colleagues (61%), and parents (60%) are the most reported supporters of financial education advocacy...