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

A Fond Farewell

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Nov 18, 2020
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Personal Finance
I never thought I would find myself writing this blog post, but here I am. I am saying goodbye to a team (NGPF) and community (you!) that welcomed me with open arms over four years ago. Many of you have become like my second family. Your emails just to say hi, friendly chat box comments, and smiling faces during FinCamps, VPDs and conferences always brightened my day.   In my final blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to let you in on some of the magic that is NGPF! Not a...

Join us for a Virtual FinCamp - Saturday sessions now available!

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Oct 08, 2020
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Professional Development
Are you looking for a collaborative PD environment where you can learn more about NGPF AND upskill your content knowledge? Then you’re in the right place! NGPF Virtual FinCamps are 3-hour virtual PDs with teachers from around the country focused on collaboration and growth. Each Virtual FinCamp is comprised of 2 x 3hr sessions. You may attend one or both of these sessions, in either order.   Join us on Saturday, October 17 for: Virtual FinCamp: Foundations (6am PT / 9am ET) Virtual...

PAYBACK Challenge 2020 Now Open!

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Sep 30, 2020
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Featured NGPF Lesson
Want to give your students the opportunity to earn scholarships while simultaneously teaching them to make better money decisions about college? Enter the Payback Challenge! Watch the 90-second video below for details:     How to participate in the PAYBACK Challenge STEP 1: Teachers Register Intent Once you've filled out this Intent to Participate form, you will receive the prompt for your students as well as next steps. Teach Middle School? The Payback...

Recognizing NGPF Certification Course Gurus; Last Week to Sign Up for Next Cohort of Certification Courses

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Sep 22, 2020
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Professional Development
There are still a few days left to register to be part of a Cohort 6 Certification Course! NGPF Certification Courses focus on deepening your content knowledge and increasing confidence as you head back to your (virtual) classroom. The courses align with NGPF courses and utilize active learning strategies where you will be reading articles, completing engaging activities, and collaborating with fellow educators. Courses are 10 hours in duration consisting of 2 hour sessions that occur on the...

Virtual Adaptation - Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?

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Apr 22, 2020
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Career, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Project: Who Aced the Interview Challenge?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.   Synchronous Learning Environment Interview Challenge via Verbal Response Pre Work:  Use a Google Form to have students identify which general field of employment they are most...

Virtual Adaptation - Debate: Should College Students Have Credit Cards?

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Apr 13, 2020
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Credit Cards, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Remotely
NGPF crowd favorite, Debate: Should College Students Have Credit Cards?, was highlighted in the 2020 FinLit Month Calendar. At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we’ve listed some adaptations that may work for your current classroom environment.   Synchronous Learning Environment Split students into an even number of small teams and assign which side of the debate they will cover. Students identify and list arguments (either...

NGPF Hosting Summit for Passionate Personal Finance Educator-Advocates

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Feb 18, 2020
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Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Palo Alto, CA - Feb 11, 2020 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a financial education non-profit, is hosting their 3rd annual Summit in San Francisco, California, from March 13-15, 2020.  The Changemaker Summit brings together 91 personal finance educators and administrators from high schools in 28 states who are all working to achieve the Gold Standard in personal finance education in their schools and districts. As part of Mission:2030, schools achieving the Gold Standard ensure that all...

Calling All Changemakers: NGPF 2020 Summit

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Nov 04, 2019
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Financial Literacy, Advocacy
Update: Deadline for applications for 2020 Summit was November 22, 2019. Please check back in October/November of 2020 for news about NGPF's Changemaker Summit 2021.  ---------------------- 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...

NGPF Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2019 National Jump$tart Conference

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Oct 30, 2019
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
NGPF is excited to announce the following NGPF Scholarship recipients who will attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Washington, DC on November 1-3, 2019. Many will also be attending an NGPF FinCamp to be held prior to the conference on November 1st. We were impressed with the number of high-quality applicants and found it challenging to select the following recipients from over 250 applications! Adriane Tyler, Klein Collins High School (Klein, TX) Angel Sliger, Central...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Edition 15

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Aug 29, 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 14

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Aug 22, 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 13

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Aug 15, 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 12

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Aug 08, 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 11

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Aug 01, 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 10

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Jul 25, 2019
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Featured Teachers, 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...