About the Author

Ren Makino

Ren is currently a student at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Thanks to going through the NGPF curriculum multiple times, he is able to be financially aware while at college.

Author: Ren Makino

NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 19-23, 2019)

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Aug 18, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Thom Gibson and Mike Franz Discuss Classroom Economies

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Aug 16, 2019
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Podcasts, Economics, Activities
Thom and Mike share a common passion: creating classroom economies to bring economics and personal finance to life for their students. Thom and Mike share their different approaches to bringing this engaging tool into middle and high school classrooms. Enjoy! Details 0:00~2:20 Introduction 2:20~7:31 Thom’s YouTube video class and tips to building engagement 7:31~13:07 Mike’s method of bringing economics to life 13:07~22:39 Tom’s middle school classroom economy 22:39~26:40 How...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 5-9, 2019)

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Aug 04, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual Professional Development: a...

NGPF Podcast: Don Dutkowsky, Professor of Economics at Syracuse University

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Aug 02, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Professional Development
Don Dutkowsky has lots of great insights to share after nearly four decades in the classroom as a college Economics Professor with a keen interest in personal finance. In this wide-ranging conversation, Don discusses his passion for financial education, how he incorporates personal finance concepts into his economics work and his work with high school teachers in New York state. He's also a master storyteller and clearly knows how to bring personal finance to life for his students. Enjoy! ...

NGPF Podcast: Founder of FinMango Scott Glasgow

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Jul 26, 2019
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Podcasts
In this engaging podcast, Scott shares his inspiration for FinMango and the early successes his organization has seen.   Details 0:00~1:57 Introduction 1:57~3:35 Source of passion for personal finance 3:35~6:39 What is FinMango?   6:39~11:15 The first days of FinMango 11:15~11:38 A word from NGPF 11:38~14:42 Countries FinMango has a presence in 14:42~17:03 Ideas and projects coming out of the incubators 17:03~23:53 Work in the US 23:53~26:11 Considering professional...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (July 22-26, 2019)

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Jul 21, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers are saying about our new Virtual PDs: "Keep it up. NGPF has been the most engaging PD I've attended in years." "I am absolutely inspired...I am more prepared to teach my students in the fall." "Great session! Loved it and will be back for more." We have a full slate of professional development opportunities this week for teachers. Each will help you earn credit towards NGPF Academy. All times listed below are Pacific Time.  Virtual FinCamps: a hands-on, engaging...

NGPF Podcast: Young Professional Preenon Huq Describes Tremendous Impact Of His Finance Class in High School

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Jul 19, 2019
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Podcasts
It's conversations like these that provide such clear evidence about the impact that finance education can have on young people's lives. Preenon Huq benefited greatly from taking NGPF Fellow's James Redelsheimer's class while he was a student at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School  (MN). It's a course that is still paying dividends for him today (sorry but I couldn't resist). Listen to how Preenon has navigated his way to a rewarding career path and how he's giving back to the school...

NGPF Podcast: Student Advocates Jack Gecawich and Nick Sanzi of East Greenwich High School (RI)

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Jul 12, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
All too often, the legislative efforts and policy debates about personal finance education leave out an all important voice: the student. That's why I was so happy for the opportunity to talk to Jack and Nick about their efforts to move the state of Rhode Island forward in improving access to financial education. In this podcast, you will hear about the motivation behind their advocacy efforts, their "elevator pitch" to legislators and what they have personally gained by taking Pat Page's...

NGPF Podcast: Alero Awoyemi, Executive Director of Nigerian-based Proshare Foundation

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Jul 05, 2019
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Podcasts
The NGPF Podcast goes international in this conversation with Alero Awoyemi, the passionate leader of a financial education non-profit called Proshare Foundation. You will learn about the current state of financial education in Nigeria and Alero's role on improving it. It was intriguing to learn about the similarities and differences when it comes to the key concepts that Proshare is seeking to teach Nigerian youth as well as the typical financial products that are used by consumers in this...

NGPF Podcast: Churchill Fellow Phil McGilvray shares lessons from his three country financial education tour

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Jun 28, 2019
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Phil reached out to me about a year ago via email to schedule a meeting during his trip to the States from Australia. Our paths crossed at the Dover, Delaware FinCamp this spring which was fortuitous given the logistical challenges he encountered while en route. As a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship, Phil chose to investigate innovative methods of equipping teenagers with essential financial skills for life in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. In this podcast, he shares what he...

NGPF Podcast: How Iowa Student Loan Team Members Marc Hendel, Julie Cahalan and Gary Adams Served Their Local Community

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Jun 14, 2019
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Podcasts, Teaching Strategies
Marc, Julie and Gary share their experiences running four personal finance workshops at Harding Middle School in Des Moines. "The sooner the better" is a great answer to the question, "what is the right age for students to receive financial education?" Listen to the highlights of their work in the classroom as well as their observations about what middle school students are most interested in when it comes to money. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:54 Introduction 1:54~5:02 What Mark, Gary, and Julie do...

NGPF Podcast: Doug Lynam Describes His Transition from Monk to Money Manager

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Jun 07, 2019
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Investing, Podcasts, Behavioral Finance
Monk, personal finance educator, Marine and financial advisor. That's just part of Doug Lynam's CV which makes for a fascinating podcast. Doug shares how each of these experiences has shaped him and ultimately led to his current role as money manager. You will also learn about the motivation and key insights from his current book, From Monk to Money Manager. Enjoy!   0:00~1:12 Introduction 1:12~6:46 Early experiences with money 6:46~9:27 First job and lessons learned 9:27~15:14...

NGPF Podcast: Alex Todd Describes His 10 Year Journey to Bring Financial Education to All Kentucky High School Students

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May 31, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
Alex Todd likes challenges. Whether that means building a financial education program from scratch at Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky or coaching the boy's basketball team to another winning season. His love of challenges and his passion for financial education created what many may have thought was an unattainable goal. That goal, to ensure that ALL high school students in Kentucky would take a personal finance course before leaving high school, became a personal quest. In this podcast,...

NGPF Podcast: Gene Natali, Author of the Missing Semester, Advocate for Financial Education For ALL Students

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May 24, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Advocacy
 Investment consultant to large institutions by day and author, educator and advocate by night aptly describes Gene Natali and the multiple hats he wears. I first met Gene at the JumpStart National Educator Conference where he delivered a rousing keynote address that captured the audience's attention. Pulling from the best of behavioral finance, he frames financial issues in a manner that demonstrates the long-term impact of decisions. This will make even the most impulsive young person...

NGPF Podcast: Evan Marwell of EducationSuperHighway on the challenge to bring high-speed broadband to all schools

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May 17, 2019
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Entrepreneurship, Podcasts
  Evan Marwell was a man on a mission when he founded EducationSuperHighway in 2012. A data driven entrepreneur he analyzed technology at K-12 schools and didn't like what he saw. While many assumed that schools had adequate bandwidth to deliver new technology tools into classrooms, what he found was a huge difference between that perception and reality. Then he created a non-profit to tackle this problem. Evan will take us on his entrepreneurial journey over the past 7 years, his lessons...