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

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...

Press Release: NGPF Announces 2018 National Winners in Inaugural PAYBACK Challenge

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May 02, 2018
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Personal Finance
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 3, 2018 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce the ten National Winners in their inaugural PAYBACK Challenge. This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the award-winning game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250 word essay with the following prompt:...

Schools in the News

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Apr 26, 2018
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Schools In News, Activities, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Virginia announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance (Augusta Free Press) Congrats to educators in the NGPF Community, Jason Bartholomew of Nansemond River High School and Patricia Adams of Glen Allen High School, whose students starred in this competition.  100 BEST W!SE HIGH SCHOOLS TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE (w!se) In 2013, W!se celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Financial Literacy Certification program and created the first...

NGPF Announces Honorable Mention Winners in Inaugural PAYBACK Challenge

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Apr 25, 2018
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Paying for College, Personal Finance, Interactive
PALO ALTO, California, April 26, 2018 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce the 150 honorable mention winners of their inaugural PAYBACK Challenge.  This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the award-winning game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250 word essay with the...

Schools in the News

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Apr 19, 2018
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Schools In News, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Activities
Banking on the Future: Winooski Teacher Primes Students for Financial Success (KidsVT) When it comes to teaching kids personal finance, Vermont gets a D. The 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools — put out by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy — dings the state for setting "modest levels" of personal finance education in state academic standards, providing no specifics on instruction and no oversight to the school...

Introducing NGPF Summer Institute 2018 Participants

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Apr 16, 2018
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Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
June 2018 Adam Cole, Needham High School (Needham, MA) Adam Cole is a dedicated educator who is passionate about preparing his students for life after high school.  After 8 years of teaching solely math, he added both personal finance and computer science to his schedule.  By connecting with local businesses and experts to make the material more engaging and meaningful, enrollment has doubled over the last 5 years.  In addition to teaching, he coaches both the Boys...

Schools in the News

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Mar 29, 2018
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Schools In News, Lesson Idea, Advocacy, Investing
Personal finance class at Lee Middle and High School a sound investment for the future (The Berkshire Eagle) This fall, Tom McCormack had seniors in his classroom at Lee Middle and High School who could make the honor roll, lead sports and community activities, and are all planning to graduate with colleges and careers in mind. But, many of them have been struggling to figure out how to do their own taxes, shop for an insurance plan and prepare for managing a student loan. Financial...

Flash Survey: Advocating for Financial Education

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Mar 29, 2018
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Flash Surveys, Advocacy
As more states move to increase access to financial education for their students, we are curious: What has your experience been in advocating for financial education? We'd love to hear your personal experience so we can better support the efforts of educators nationwide.Take our Flash Survey now and fill us in!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!     Create your own user feedback survey ...

Schools in the News (mid-March edition)

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Mar 14, 2018
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Career, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Teaching Strategies
State legislatures seem to be taking up the issue of financial education en masse as bills are being proposed in several states, hopeful signs, yes, but we know that it's when it becomes a law that it matters.  Kentucky State Treasurer Thinks Personal Finance Should Be Graduation Requirement (Courier Journal) as a bill moves through the legislature there: I believe students across our commonwealth need access to financial literacy lessons like Luci has had. That is why I am supporting HB...

NGPF Flash Survey Results: How Do Finance Teachers Use Social Media?

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Mar 08, 2018
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Survey Results, Flash Surveys
While most of your students LOVE social media, educators have mixed feelings about its place in the professional workplace. Now, with data in hand, here's a quick summary of the results: Over half (53%) of respondents indicate that they use social media to find teaching resources and to follow professional organizations Facebook is the most used platform for educators using social media for professional use, with Twitter following in second place Educators overwhelming report that they'd like...

Schools in the News (Feb. 15th)

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Feb 15, 2018
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Behavioral Finance, Personal Finance, Current Events, Career, Economics, Entrepreneurship
Financial literacy bill makes way through House (The News-Enterprise) Kentucky moved a step closer this week to making financial literacy a graduation requirement. The House Education Committee heard testimony Tuesday on House Bill 132, sponsored by state Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown. The bill requires all students to take a financial literacy course before graduating high school. Real life creates real money for area high school students (The Luminary) Remarkable play, good...