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 in the Classroom - Current Events Edition: Facebook’s Woes

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Oct 18, 2021
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Current Events, Podcasts In The Classroom
  This series is designed to bring together a variety of shorter, readily available podcasts to introduce a topic from recent headlines and inspire discussion. Events surrounding Facebook and its other platforms (Instagram and WhatsApp) made lots of headlines over the past week to ten days.  First, a Whistleblower appeared on “60 Minutes” and then went in front of Congress.  And then there was that six-hour outage on all of its platforms.   Here are some...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 18-21)

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Oct 17, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 11-14)

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Oct 10, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (October 4-7)

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Oct 03, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

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

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Oct 02, 2021
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Podcasts, Paying for College
The rebroadcast of this podcast seemed especially timely since the new FAFSA form hit on October 1st and high school seniors are starting to ponder life after high school. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:23 Introduction 1:23~2:07 On the new book, The Price You Pay for College 2:07~7:56 Ron’s own college experience 7:56~10:54 Appearing on the NYT while in college 10:54~18:30 The current financial aid system 18:30~23:13 Changes with the FAFSA and the effects of COVID 23:13~28:00 Asking for a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 27-30)

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Sep 26, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 20-23)

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Sep 19, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 13-16)

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Sep 12, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

NGPF Podcast: Kevin Matthews, author of Burning to Blueprint: Rebuilding Black Wall Street After a Century of Silence

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Sep 10, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
  What's clear from this conversation is that Kevin Matthews is an educator at heart. After spending several years in the classroom, he took his interest in finance and parlayed it into a financial advisor role. Ultimately, he realized that his interest lay in providing financial advice to educate a larger audience. This led to his current venture, Breaking Bread with the tagline "Investment education for people who look just like you." Listen to Kevin describe his entrepreneurial journey...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (September 7-10)

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Sep 05, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

NGPF Podcast: Eric Smith on his mission to help student-athletes learn to manage their money

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Sep 03, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
After a successful banking career, Eric Smith combined his financial acumen and his love of sports to his new career in serving student-athletes. As you listen to this podcast, you can just feel the energy and enthusiasm that Eric brings to his workshops. I hope that you enjoy learning about Eric's favorite ways to engage an audience, the most common questions he hears and his take on the new developments surrounding NIL (name, image and likeness), which provides an income stream to...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 30-September 2)

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Aug 29, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

NGPF Podcast: Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post reflects on her 30 year career as a personal finance columnist

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Aug 27, 2021
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Personal Finance
 During her 30 year career at the Washington Post, Michelle Singletary has helped millions of readers more effectively manage their finances. Michelle has used her platform as personal finance columnist to explain government programs in this age of pandemic, hold agencies to account for sloppy implementation of policy and describe finances in a way that people can understand. I know that you will enjoy this conversation with this incredible advocate.  Details: 0:00~1:40 Introduction...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (August 23-26)

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Aug 22, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! 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!"! "Each time I join the sessions, I come away with new knowledge, insights, and ideas on how to use this information with my students." "I was so nervous at the start of this school year, but with the training and resources provided by NGPF I was able to be more...

July 2021 Flash Survey Results: Help us shape the future of NGPF Professional Development!

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Aug 21, 2021
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Survey Results
At NGPF, we were curious about your thoughts and opinions on the Professional Development opportunities we offer. A special thank you to the 1,072 respondents, we were able to gain valuable insights into your attitudes towards PD. Here are the results: Survey respondents indicated that the hour-long Virtual PD sessions helped improve them the most. Be sure to check out all of the upcoming Virtual PD opportunities here. If you are looking for current and relevant content, check out the NGPF...