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

Podcasts For Your Classroom: Professional Athletes' and Money

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Nov 30, 2020
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Podcasts
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a weekly activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) revolves around professional athletes' experiences with money and has incorporated 3-4 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Few ideas for implementation are to have students listen to ONE of the podcast clips and then complete the Google form. You...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 30-December 3)

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Nov 29, 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! New to NGPF? Be sure to check out Beginner...

NGPF Podcast: Carolyn Cooper and her student Pranav discuss the importance of financial education

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Nov 28, 2020
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Podcasts
This NGPF Podcast features an 11-year old student, Pranav, and his teacher, Carolyn Cooper. When you hear Pranav describe his investment philosophy, it becomes clear that he listened to his teacher. Carolyn shares her story coming to the U.S. as a middle-schooler, her career as a CPA and her passion for financial education. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:36 Introduction 1:36~17:55 Pranav 1:36~3:40 Pranav’s introduction 3:40~6:51 Pranav’s first business: Bun-Bun Bunny Sitting...

Continue Earning Academy Credits This Week Through NGPF On-Demand!

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Nov 22, 2020
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Professional Development
Note: The pilot period of NGPF On-Demand has closed. Although there are no NGPF Virtual PDs this week, you can continue earning Academy credits through NGPF On-Demand! We are offering 4 modules to build content knowledge in: Investing, Paying for College, Credit, and Behavioral Finance. Each self-paced module is designed to be completed in 45-60 minutes and you will earn 1 Academy credit per module you complete! Here's what teachers are saying about our On-Demand Modules:  "I...

NGPF Podcast: Bob Swift gives back by teaching the next generation about money management

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Nov 20, 2020
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Podcasts
As founder of a wealth management firm, Bob Swift noticed that many of his clients asked him to also educate their children about money. That led he and his wife to start a foundation and a program specifically designed to work with clients who lacked access to high quality advisory services. It's an inspiring story and one that demonstrates commitment, passion and impact. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:40 Introduction 1:40~5:01 Background in investing  5:01~8:06 What is a fiduciary?...

NGPF October Survey Results: What would you like the curriculum team to work on in 2021?

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Nov 17, 2020
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Flash Surveys, Survey Results
At NGPF we were curious about what NGPF materials teachers have been using and what teachers would like the curriculum team to work on in 2021. A special thank you to the 1,442 respondents - your feedback helps inform and shape the curriculum team's plans for next year! Here are the results: With this information, the curriculum team has retired the 8-Hour and 18-Hour workshops to concentrate our time and efforts on the Semester, Full Year, 9-Week, and Middle School Courses. The curriculum...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 16-19)

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Nov 15, 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! New to NGPF? Be sure to check out Beginner...

NGPF Podcast: Dina Isola and Scott Dauenhauer share insights on managing your 403(b) and 457 plans

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Nov 13, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy
Dina of Ritholtz Wealth Management) and Scott of Meridian Wealth have a shared goal: for every teacher to have access to high quality vendors for their 403(b) and 457 retirement plans. At a recent NGPF Speaker Series event, they shared insights gained from working with scores of teachers and analyzing thousands of plan documents. Listen to this podcast and walk away with practical knowledge you need to analyze your own plan as well as tips on how to advocate for better plans. Enjoy! Details:...

Podcasts For Your Classroom: What's the Relationship Between Money and One's Emotional Well-Being?

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Nov 09, 2020
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a weekly activity to fulfill that desire. This week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) focuses on the relationship between money and one's emotional well-being with 3-5 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Few ideas for implementation are to have students listen to ONE of the podcast clips and then complete the Google form. You could...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 9-14)

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Nov 08, 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! If you are interested in learning more about advocacy,...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (November 2-5)

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Nov 01, 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! Do you enjoy NGPF's Arcade Games and want to learn...

NGPF Podcast: Mark Schug and Dan Otter (403bwise.org) discuss financial fitness for teachers

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Oct 31, 2020
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Podcasts, Investing, Economics
This podcast was produced from an NGPF Speaker series event held in October of 2020 with guests Dan Otter of 403bwise.org and Mark Schug, President of Mark Schug Consulting Services and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Details: 0:00~1:42 Introduction 1:42~13:00 Dr. Mark Schug and Dr. Dan Otter introduce themselves 13:00~16:26 On writing books for teachers 16:26~18:18 Dr. Schug’s book structure: case studies 18:18~20:09 Teachers can be rich too...

My Classroom, Episode #6: Speaker Series

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Oct 28, 2020
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Teaching Remotely, Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Podcasts
The October 22nd Speaker Series marked the conclusion of the inaugural My Classroom Podcast series. The weekly series was 10-15 minutes long and followed the lives and classrooms of four rock star teachers and NGPF Fellows. Each teacher was from a different area of the country, a different type of school, and currently teaching in a different environment (virtual, face-to-face, hybrid) but remain determined to make their learning environment as great as it can be during COVID.   Kerri,...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 26-29)

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Oct 25, 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." Certification Course registrations are still open! Be sure to check out the Certification Course page where you can sign up for the new...

NGPF Podcast: Educators Tanya Battista, Jenny Trieu and Heidi Robison on the value of NGPF Certification Courses

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Oct 23, 2020
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Podcasts, Professional Development
This week I invited Tanya of International Institute of Minnesota, Jenny of Boston Community Leadership Academy (MA) and Heidi of King George High School (VA) to the NGPF Podcast. They shared something in common: each earned NGPF Certifications in 7 different content areas through their work this summer and into the fall. Certification courses are offered by NGPF in Credit, Investing, Advanced Investing, Insurance, Paying for College, Banking and Budgeting and Taxes. In this podcast, you will...