About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.

Author: Ren Makino

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 14-19)

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Sep 13, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

NGPF Podcast: The Math Summer Team Introduces the Math Collection

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Sep 11, 2020
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Podcasts
On this special edition podcast, NGPF Team Member Abby Alcala and NGPF Fellow Tara Kelley (Harwood Union High School) introduce NGPF's new Math Collection. Abby and Tara discuss what they wanted to accomplish with the Math Collection, what teachers can expect from it, and the creative process behind the scenes in order to produce this great resource. (Huge shout out goes out to the entire Math Summer Team, which consists of Abby Alcala, Tara Kelley and JaRhondaLynn Cameron!) Details:...

NGPF Podcast: Morgan Housel discusses his new book "The Psychology of Money"

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Sep 11, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Investing, Index Funds
Morgan Housel is back for an encore performance on the NGPF Podcast to talk about his new book, The Psychology of Money. Morgan has that rare talent of making financial lessons memorable through incredible storytelling that weaves in history, psychology, sociology and even medicine. In fact, his book is a compilation of 19 of his favorite stories. Listen to this podcast and learn about his creative process, his favorite stories and the money lessons they teach and COVID-19's long-term impact on...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 7-12)

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Sep 06, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students."   Be sure to check out the new events listed as well as our first FinCamp of 2020-2021 school year and Saturday's first...

NGPF Podcast: NY Times Columnist Ron Lieber on his upcoming book, The Price You Pay for College

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Sep 04, 2020
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Podcasts, Paying for College, Student Loans
We welcomed the NY Times columnist Ron Lieber to the NGPF Speaker Series on August 28, 2020 to share details about his forthcoming book (expected Jan. 2021), The Price You Pay for College. In this conversation, Ron describes the reasons students go to college and what factors determine the price that students and their families pay for it. You will learn about valuable online tools and resources to help you answer that all important question too. Finally, he shares his perspective on the impact...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 31-September 4)

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Aug 30, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

NGPF Podcast: Lexington High School (MA) students Vidula and Angie on advocating for financial education

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Aug 28, 2020
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Podcasts, Advocacy
Student voice is critical when it comes to increasing access to financial education. Angie Leung and Vidula Mannem share their advocacy journey in this NGPF podcast. Their focus is on ensuring that any financial education must include behavioral finance since knowledge is not enough when it comes to money. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~2:00 Introduction 2:00~3:36 Vidula’s experience with money and her school’s Economic and Finance Club 3:36~5:23 How Angie learned about personal...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 24-28)

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Aug 23, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

Fall 2020 Planning Survey: How will you be teaching this fall?

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Aug 20, 2020
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Flash Surveys
The ongoing COVID-19 situation has forced educators across the country to pivot, adapt, and innovate to work through and around the pandemic. NGPF, as always, will continue to support teachers through the fall with up-to-date curriculum, professional development, and advocacy support. Let us know how you and your school are approaching the upcoming fall by completing the Fall 2020 Planning Survey - your input will provide valuable insight as we work to support you. Create your own user...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 17-21)

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Aug 16, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

NGPF Podcast: Jack Gecawich on the dangers of apps that "gamify" investing

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Aug 14, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Stocks
Jack is a repeat guest on the podcast. He's currently a student at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. When we last spoke with Jack earlier this year he was advocating for financial education alongside Treasurer Magaziner. In this podcast, Jack discusses his work this summer leading a group of students through a series of investing lessons. Well, that's what I thought we were going to talk about. Instead our conversation took a detour as we talked about the speculative nature of today's...

NGPF Flash Survey Results: Preparing to Teach Personal Finance

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Aug 10, 2020
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Survey Results, Flash Surveys
At NGPF we were curious about how teachers prepared to teach personal finance and what kind of professional development (PD) opportunities educators nationwide took advantage of. Thanks to the 1,777 respondents, we have some key findings to share with you all: On average, respondents had 8 years of experience teaching personal finance 81% of respondents have attended PD in personal finance since starting to teach personal finance As you can see above, 69% of respondents were either...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 10-14)

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Aug 09, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...

NGPF Podcast: Mark Salisbury of TuitionFit on increasing transparency of college pricing

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Aug 09, 2020
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Podcasts, Paying for College
Let's face it, figuring out how much a college costs is an incredibly opaque process that most don't discover until that aid award letter arrives sometime in April. Mark Salisbury was all too familiar with that process as an admissions officer where he worked directly with families trying to figure out this out. He knew there had to be a better way which led him to found TuitionFit. Hear the journey that Mark has taken as an entrepreneur while also learning more about the cost of college and...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 3-7)

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Aug 02, 2020
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Professional Development
 Here's what teachers are saying about our Virtual PDs: "Honestly, these sessions have all been amazing! I have used so much due to the PDs!"! "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights and ideas on how to use this information with my students." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF...