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 (July 26-30)

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Jul 25, 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: Prof. Burton Malkiel on Random Walk Down Wall Street (Classic)

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Jul 24, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing
With animal spirits and speculation running rampant on Wall Street (SPACs, bitcoin, meme stocks to name a few) it seemed an ideal time to rebroadcast my conversation with Professor Malkiel, whose 1973 classic, Random Walk Down Wall Street, remains a must-read for investors. Enjoy!  ...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (July 19-23)

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Jul 18, 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...

Help us shape the future of NGPF Professional Development!

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Jul 17, 2021
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Flash Surveys
During the last school year over 6,400 educators nationwide participated in nearly 140,000 hours of NGPF Professional Development. Here at NGPF, we’re constantly working to improve our Professional Development opportunities and we’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. This Flash Survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete -- your input will help us shape and plan for the upcoming fall semester.  PS: Survey respondents will be entered into a raffle for a chance...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (July 12-16)

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Jul 11, 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: Kelly Lannan of Fidelity on Gen Z Investing Trends

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Jul 09, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing
  NGPF Podcast welcomes back Kelly Lannan from Fidelity to talk Gen Z and their increased interest and access to the world of investing (see Fidelity study here). The past year has seen increased stock market participation with the meme stock craze, new trading platforms with no fees and low minimums and the influence of social media (TikTok and WallStreetBets come to mind). Kelly shares what she is seeing in her role at Fidelity and how her company is embedding education into their apps...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (July 6-9)

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Jul 04, 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: Author and Gen Zer Ella Gupta on money lessons for her generation

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Jul 02, 2021
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Podcasts
Continuing on the theme of incredible young people channeling their passion for personal finance, this week on the NGPF podcast you will hear from high schooler Ella Gupta. We discussed her book, Gen Z Money $ense, which is best described as "a framework for anyone looking to build wealth and make their dreams a reality through investing and taking charge of their financial future." Ella shares her motivation for writing the book and why she focused so much attention in the book on investing....

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 28-July 1)

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Jun 27, 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: Meet Rishi Vamdatt:, the 11-year-old founder of Easy Peasy Finance

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Jun 25, 2021
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance
  WOW! Have you ever had a conversation with an 11-year-old about the wisdom of index funds, the power of compounding returns and the process of opening a brokerage account? Nope, neither had I until I had the opportunity to talk to Rishi Vamdatt earlier this week. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:04 Introduction 1:04~2:07 What is Easy Peasy Finance?  2:07~3:10 Interest in personal finance 3:10~5:07 Creating a YouTube channel and a website 5:07~6:31 The power of starting early 6:31~10:48...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 21-24)

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Jun 20, 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 (June 14-17)

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Jun 13, 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 (June 7-10)

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Jun 06, 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...

Continue Earning Academy Credits This Week Through NGPF On-Demand! (May 31-June 4)

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May 30, 2021
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Professional Development
Although there are no NGPF Virtual PDs this week, you can continue earning Academy credits through NGPF On-Demand, Each self-paced module is designed to be completed in 45-60 minutes and you will earn 1 Academy credit per module you complete! All modules completed before 11:59 Pacific Time on 5/31 will be counted towards the 2020-2021 Academy year!  Click below and get started today on a new NGPF On-Demand module:  Popular Budgeting Methods & Strategies...

NGPF Podcast: Julie Beckham of Rockland Trust (MA) is Ms. Money & The Coins

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May 28, 2021
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Entrepreneurship
How does an Acting major from NYU apply her skills to the financial education world? She creates an interactive, musical presentation that teaches elementary-aged students about money. What a fun conversation this was with Julie Beckham! Hear about her award-winning program, the questions she hears most often from students and how to establish presence in the classroom. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~6:56 Current Events with MissBeHelpful: Pandemic Savings Boost 6:56~8:24 Introducing this Week’s...