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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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Schools in the News

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Dec 06, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Career, Teaching Strategies
Financial literacy course added to Arkansas graduation requirements (News Channel 3) Arkansas students won’t be able to graduate from high school without some understanding of financial planning, taxes and household budgeting. A new law approved by lawmakers this year mandates that students receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The law, dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will...

NGPF Featured Activity: ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit

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Nov 16, 2017
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Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Activities, Featured NGPF Lesson
The following post is courtesy of Lois Stoll, Benjamin Logan High School (Bellfontaine, OH). In this post, she discussed how she incorporated manipulatives into the ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit lesson! Directions for adding manipulatives to the ANALYZE: Categorizing Credit lesson. To make this lesson more interactive, print labels and make cards for each group of students. The Yellow cards represent the different categories of credit: I = Installment S = Secured V = Variable R = Revolving U =...

Nov/Dec Survey: What Personal Finance PD Do You Attend?

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Nov 16, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Professional Development
At NGPF we want to know: What does personal finance professional development look like in your school, district, or state? What PD do educators have access to? What are PD opportunities that educators are seeking?   We'd love to hear your input about personal finance professional development, so thanks for taking our Flash Survey now! This is also your chance to inform our future professional development offerings!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for...

Schools in the News

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Nov 08, 2017
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Schools In News
Highland teacher Marlee Barton is KY’s Financial Literacy Teacher of Year, uses project-based learning (Northern Kentucky Tribune)  From balancing a checkbook to making a budget to planning for retirement, the lessons of personal finance can stay with students for a lifetime. At the October meeting of the Fort Thomas Independent School Board, Marlee Barton, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Highlands High  and Highlands Middle schools, was honored for her work...

Flash Survey Results: The Role of Math in Personal Finance

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Nov 07, 2017
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Research, Survey Results, Financial Literacy
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?   Thanks to the respondents, we have some key findings to share with you: The majority (76%) of educators embed math content and skill development in their personal finance classes at least once per week The top challenges to including additional math-related personal finance activities are split...

NGPF Announces Scholarship Recipients for Jump$tart National Educator Conference!

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Oct 30, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Schools In News, Front Page Spotlight, Professional Development, Contest Previous
NGPF is excited to introduce the following recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, 2017!  Adrienne Deakins, William Penn High School (New Castle, DE)Adrienne teaches Economics/Personal Finance and AP Economics at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE.         Amy McCutchen, Holmen High School (Holmen, WI)Amy McCutchen has been a teacher at Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin since 2007.  She teaches business classes...

Schools in the News

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Oct 25, 2017
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Schools In News, Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers
Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record) Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition. Highlands teacher named...

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,...

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