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

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award, Part 2

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May 23, 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...

Classroom Management Tips - How I make My Class Engaging, Exciting, & Extra

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May 20, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Joy Tavano, of North Kingstown Senior High School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. ----- This year marks my 20th year teaching business and technology. Yes - I am forever learning about my content - things have changed quite a bit in the financial literacy world and technology is constantly changing - but my other focus is ALWAYS on improving my classroom management. Without that, the subject and skills I am teaching just will not make it...

NGPF Fellows: Personal Finance Student of the Year Award

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May 17, 2019
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Financial Literacy, 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...

Introducing 2019 NGPF Summer Institute Participants

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May 08, 2019
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Summer Institute, Featured Teachers
Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce its 2019 class of NGPF Summer Institute Fellows. The Institute brings together a passionate and talented group of educators who will create new activities, curate resources, collaborate and deepen their content expertise in selected topics — and have a lot of FUN in the process! Once again, we received an overwhelming number of applications for the Summer Institute, highlighting the hunger for quality professional development...

2019 Summer PD Opportunity: FinCamp PLUS

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Mar 05, 2019
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Professional Development
This year, as part of our 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, we've met many passionate, innovative, and enthusiastic educators who are bringing the very best in personal finance education to their students every day.So, now, what's better than spending one day devoted to personal finance education? Spending THREE days, of course!After our hosting our first 3-day FinCamp PLUS in Wisconsin in June 2018, educators identified their favorite parts as: The opportunity to see and...

Using Correspondence From Former Students to Inspire and Motivate Your Current Students

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Mar 05, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Patrick Kubeny, of Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, WI. --- If you are looking for ways to motivate and inspire your current students to actually implement some of the financial strategies you are teaching in your classes, try using some correspondence from some of your former students--IT WORKS! I received the following email from a former student and shared it with my personal finance classes:   Hello Mr. Kubeny (Coach K!):...

Tech Tool Review: Honey

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Feb 11, 2019
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Budgeting
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. I'm excited to feature a Tech Tool Review from Aric Weiker of Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. Here's what Aric has to say... Tech Tool: Honey or Honey.com Cost: Free, but requires registration Use Case:  Honey is a coupon and...

Applications Open: NGPF Summer Institute 2019!

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Jan 30, 2019
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Summer Institute
We are excited to announce that applications for our Summer Institute 2019 are now open! In previous years, we have hosted 2 Summer Institute sessions. Due to an increase in the number of FinCamp PLUS events we're hosting, in 2019, we'll be hosting just one Summer Institute between June 23 - 26, 2019. Here’s what you can expect from the Summer Institute 2019 Session: An opportunity to network with eleven other passionate, dedicated, innovative personal finance teachers from around the...

Summer 2019: FinCamp PLUS

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Jan 30, 2019
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Professional Development
This year, as part of our 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, we've met many passionate, innovative, and enthusiastic educators who are bringing the very best in personal finance education to their students every day.   So, now, what's better than spending one day devoted personal finance education? Spending THREE days, of course!After our hosting our first 3-day FinCamp PLUS in Wisconsin in June 2018, educators identified their favorite parts as:   The opportunity to see and...

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...