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Laura Matchett

Author: Laura Matchett

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 ...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...

Schools in the News

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Jul 21, 2017
Immokalee High School students Win Cash Prizes for Apps They Created (Naples Daily News) When asked to create an app to solve a community need in Immokalee, Alex Hernandez and Angelina Grimaldo didn’t have to think too hard. The 16-year-olds remembered their mothers’ frustrations when they saw their children sitting around doing nothing after school, with no activities to keep them busy. So they developed an app to inform area parents and children about clubs, sports, and...

Schools in the News

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Jul 06, 2017
At Arbutus Middle School, students gain insight on personal finance (The Baltimore Sun) Want to know the difference between disposable and discretionary income? Ask these eighth-graders. “Disposable income is what you have left after you pay taxes and before you pay your bills,” said Justin Maddox, an eighth-grader at Arbutus Middle School who lives in Baltimore Highlands. “Discretionary income is what you have after you get the taxes off and you pay your bills. It’s...

Schools in the News

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Jun 22, 2017
Chatham teacher pockets $5K for ‘teacher excellence’ (News Windsor) Anneke Gretton from Chatham Christian School won in the John Rozema Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching category, which also nets her a $5,000 prize. Gretton’s award was in part thanks to a Grade 11 math lesson, where she had her students put their skills to use in researching poverty and creating personal financial plans for a young person living on their own. Immokalee, Naples students learn...

NGPF FinCamp Coming to Nashville in September!

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Jun 15, 2017
We are excited to be bringing NGPF FinCamp to Kentucky and Tennessee educators in September. Read below for more details about this event and how you can bring NGPF FinCamp to your region. ——————– NGPF will be delivering a one-day workshop for personal finance educators at the Tennessee Education Association, in Nashville, Tennessee from 8:00am to 3:30pm on Thursday, September 14th. Thanks to Natasha Bishop of Tennessee Jump$tart and Kelly May of...

NGPF Recognizes Outstanding Educators Dedicated to Building Financial Capability

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Jun 13, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Activity, Activities
As part of a Financial Literacy Month initiative, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) partnered with DonorsChoose.org to bring engaging, easy-to-implement personal finance resources to classrooms across the nation (see links below for activities completed). We would like to thank all of the educators who took part in this opportunity for bringing financial education to your students. As you can read here, these 1,200 educators delivered essential financial skills to over 26,000 students (in just 60...

Schools in the News

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Jun 08, 2017
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Featured Teachers
Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (KMTV11.com) Lorraine Rapp’s personal finance class went to an open house Thursday and visited with two real estate agents and a mortgage loan officer. The real estate agents gave them a tour and provided information on the property. Newark’s Teacher Of The Year Is A Master Internship Matchmaker (Newark Patch) The Newark Public School District honored Brian Klasner as its “Teacher of the Year” on Tuesday...

Schools in the News

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May 24, 2017
East students showcase college prep work (Wauwatosa Now) A community event was held May 22 at Tosa East to showcase a new program at the high school — one that helps students prepare for college and build an appealing resume at the same time. Under the guidance of teacher Megan Sampson, Advanced Placement students at East displayed research work for parents, faculty and other members of the community. High school students learn business fundamentals (Lethbridge Herald) Some...

Schools in the News

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May 10, 2017
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Schools In News, Financial Literacy, Current Events, This Week In Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Inspiring Educator: Ami Amero (WCSH6) [Editor’s note: You can listen to Ami’s story on this NGPF podcast] This week’s Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Ami Amero. Amero has been teaching history at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman for the last 20 years. During her time there, she started a personal finance class to help students with real life finance after graduation. That class is now a requirement for all Forest Hill students to graduate. Amero...

Flash Survey Results: How Do Educators Structure Their Personal Finance Class?

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May 04, 2017
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Survey Results
Here at NGPF, we’re always looking to learn more about educators and their personal finance classes. For this survey, we wanted to learn more about how educators structure their day-to-day lessons. Do they start off with a Bell Ringer? Do they end with a question or Exit Ticket? How do they assess student performance? Now, with data in hand, we wanted to share the results from the 212 educators who responded (thank you!):   ‪ ...

Share YOUR Experience With NGPF

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May 04, 2017
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Flash Surveys
What do you love? What do we need to improve?   With 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   ...

Introducing NGPF's Summer Institute 2017 Participants!

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May 04, 2017
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Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Contest Previous
Session 1: June 2017 Brent Gostomski from Stevens Point Area Senior High School (Stevens Point, WI) After five years of working in the business world, Brent transitioned to teaching at the high school level.  He developed his passion for personal finance from his high school Personal Finance teacher. Brent teaches in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. In addition to teaching, he coaches multiple sports and enjoys spending time with his wife Alli and son Porter. Erin Johnson...

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