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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!

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Credit for Life Fair by NGPF Fellow, Julie Giglia

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Oct 18, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Activity, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Julie Giglia, an NGPF Fellow and Business/Technology teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for this blog post. Julie strives to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and make education innovative and fun for her students. Connect with her on Twitter @julegig or at julie.giglia@whrsd.org. -------- In six months, April 2018, it will be National Financial Literacy month and one thing schools can do is host a Credit for Life Fair. The...

Schools in the News

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Oct 12, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Employment, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy
New financial literacy standards for Illinois schools (Fox Illinois) Schools around Illinois are teaching students the ins and outs of spending and saving money. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, these standards are meant to better prepare students for college and careers. The new standards were required to be implemented this school year. High schools host rock concert/financial literacy events (Nebraska Radio Network) A touring Midwestern rock band will play concerts...

Don't Forget The Parents!

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Oct 10, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Activities, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild: -------- There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats.  Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents.  By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...

Developing Future Mindedness in Students

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Oct 06, 2017
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Employment, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, NGPF Fellows
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post: According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...

Contests Coming in 2018!

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Oct 06, 2017
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Contest Current
We have no contests currently active.   However, watch this space for more awesome contests and opportunities coming in 2018!    ...

Creativity and Collaboration in Financial Literacy Courses

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Oct 04, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Taxes, Featured Teachers, Advertising, Lesson Idea
Guest post from NGPF Fellow, Kayla Bousum of Johnston High School, Iowa: While grading tests covering paystubs and earnings, I noticed that a large proportion of students were still very confused about the differences between a Form W-2 and a Form W-4. I realized then that everything we were doing—a thorough explanation of the forms, showing them the two forms, and filling out a practice W- 4—was not enough to cement in their minds the differences between these two forms....

Schools in the News

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Sep 27, 2017
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Schools In News, This Week In Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea, Career
Schools, colleges partner to get students ready for careers, life (Green Bay Press-Gazette) When Eric Cardona graduates from high school next year, he will leave with more than a diploma. Cardona will also take with him a full year's worth of credits toward an automotive technician diploma from Northeast. He did it by taking courses through City Stadium Automotive at Green Bay East High School in conjunction with an apprenticeship with an area mechanic. Ohio Official...

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Professional Development, Career
Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect (Peoria Public Radio) Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015. Catoosa County developing career academy to prepare students for jobs (Times Free Press) Catoosa County education officials are developing a new, specialized high school,...

Schools in the News

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Aug 31, 2017
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Schools In News, Retirement, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Lesson Idea
From bike socks to clinical trials, Centennial students are solving real-world problems (philly.com) Making socks on a sewing machine was probably the last thing 17-year-old Shaina Gatton thought she would be doing when she signed up for CentennialX,  Centennial School District’s innovative summer program that promised to pair students with high-tech industry mentors to solve real-world problems. For Saint Andrew graduate, school experience adds up to a job with The First...

Sep/Oct Survey: The Role of Math in Personal Finance

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Aug 31, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Professional Development
Are you longing to add more math-based activities to your curriculum? Is the relationship between math and personal finance simply outside the scope of what you want or have time to teach?  We'd love to know about you incorporate math into your personal finance class - take our Flash Survey now! This is your chance to inform our future product releases!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!   Create your survey...

How to Teach Personal Finance with an Index Card. A Guest Post by Barbara O'Neill.

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Aug 28, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Barbara O’Neill is an NGPF Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. In addition to teaching, Barbara also organizes and facilitates professional development for high school personal finance educators in New Jersey. In August 2017, Barbara facilitated two Financial Education Boot Camps and had educators work through the following Index Card Activity. ------------- Back in March, I wrote a NGPF blog post about my three-month curation of financial...

Flash Survey Results: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance?

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Aug 28, 2017
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Survey Results, Professional Development, Financial Literacy, Flash Surveys, Personal Finance
We were curious: With the start of the school year just around the corner, and as personal finance education slowly becomes more prevalent at the high school level, we wondered: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance? Thanks to the 197 survey respondents we have some key findings to share (see charts below for additional detail): The top 5 units that you are teach are Budgeting (93% of respondents), Savings (89%), Credit Cards/Credit Scores (83%), Checking (83%) and Taxes (80%)  We were curious...

Schools in the News

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Aug 16, 2017
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Behavioral Finance, Personal Finance, Career
Showing Students it’s OK to Not to Have it All (Jump$tart) For MaryBeth, personal finance is – personal. She began her career as a credit union teller and saw that some of her customers lacked basic financial knowledge. To help, she worked to build relationships with her customers and help them be more financially secure. She did this by explaining the difference between debit and credit, helping customers with checkbook reconciliation and loan counseling. Innovative Educator...

Interactive Handouts Courtesy of Barbara O'Neill and Kerri Herrild!

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Aug 11, 2017
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Interactive, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Investing, Lesson Idea, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute, Teaching Strategies
As part of our Summer Institute session, educators had the opportunity to take an engaging personal finance interactive resource and create a handout to accompany it.  Hat tip to Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ) and Kerri Herrild of De Pere High School, De Pere (WI) who shared their finished products with us. For those of you looking for high quality, engaging, resources guaranteed to get your students thinking about their financial mindset, look no further than...

How do YOU teach personal finance?

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Aug 04, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Research, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Front Page Spotlight, Tips for Teachers
The start of school is just around the corner and we know that you’re beginning to think about your coming course load for the year. As personal finance education becomes mandated in a growing number of states, we’re curious: How do YOU teach personal finance? Create your own user feedback survey ...

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