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

NGPF Flash Survey: How did you prepare to teach personal finance?

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Jul 07, 2020
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Flash Surveys
At NGPF we want to know: How did you prepare to teach personal finance? What kind of PD opportunities did you take advantage of? We’d love to hear your input about your experiences with personal finance-related professional development, so please take our Flash Survey! Your response will inform us about what we can do to further develop our future professional development offerings! Survey respondents will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (July 6-10)

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Jul 05, 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: Tara Falcone of ReisUp on the financial education that every college student needs

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Jul 03, 2020
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Podcasts
She left the lucrative world of hedge funds to pursue her passion and founded ReisUp. Her mission: help others understand the complex world of finance. In this podcast, Tara will share her experiences on Wall Street and her motivation to choose the (entrepreneurial) path less traveled. Hear Tara's perspectives on what college students need to know to succeed in their future financial lives in this engaging conversation. Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:48 Introduction 1:48~5:51 Early money lessons...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 29-July 3)

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Jun 28, 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 Academy....

NGPF Podcast: Winston Justice on the transition from the NFL to the world of finance

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Jun 26, 2020
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Podcasts
Winston Justice is always thinking ahead and preparing for the future...whether it was choosing football despite his basketball ambitions in high school or planning for life after the NFL. He's also someone who has a strong ethos of "giving back." As the winner of the prestigious Walter Payton Philadelphia NFL Man of the Year award, Winston was recognized for his contributions off the field which he shares in our conversation. Finally, Winston details why he cares so much about financial...

UPDATE: New Professional Development Opportunities Today and Tomorrow! (June 24-25)

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Jun 24, 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...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 22-26)

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Jun 21, 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 Academy....

NGPF Podcast: Matt Frankel of The Motley Fool on personal finance in age of pandemic

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Jun 20, 2020
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Podcasts, Personal Finance
Details: 0:00~1:39 Introduction 1:39~2:45 Origin story of Motley Fool 2:45~3:43 Writing process 3:43~5:15 Most popular articles 5:15~9:31 Teaching background as a math teacher 9:31~12:15 Incorporating personal finance lessons into math classes 12:15~15:13 The stock market and the economy today 15:13~17:26 The increase in investors during the pandemic 17:26~22:26 Racially responsible investing 22:26~22:50 A word from NGPF 22:50~24:56 Types of socially responsible investing 24:56~27:36 Impact of...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (June 15-19)

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Jun 14, 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 Academy....

NGPF Podcast: Kartik Adimulam and Gautam Rajan are high schoolers on a mission to develop fiscally responsible individuals

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Jun 12, 2020
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Podcasts
Kartik and Gautam's non-profit, Financing the Future, has a powerful mission: To foster a community of self-reliant, independent, fiscally responsible individuals. In the podcast, Kartik and Gautam share how they learned about personal finance (including their favorite books), their entrepreneurial journey, and why they believe that ALL students should learn finance in high school. Inspiring stuff!  Details: 0:00~1:04 Introduction 1:04~3:03 The two students’ backgrounds...

NGPF Podcast: Bolun Li of Zogo Finance on getting the incentives right to encourage financial literacy

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Jun 06, 2020
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
  Details: 0:00~0:55 Introduction 0:55~1:41 What Bolun does for his day job 1:41~2:20 On attending classes online 2:20~3:36 Early money lessons 3:36~4:07 Favorite personal finance book 4:07~7:20 Cultural differences in approaches to personal finance 7:20~8:51 Bolun’s first job 8:51~10:29 Idea for Zogo 10:29~11:44 Zogo’s business model 11:44~12:02 A word from NGPF 12:02~13:50 How the modules work and what they teach 13:50~16:06 Levels of user engagement 16:06~17:13 Impact Zogo...

Ren Makino - Why I'm Passionate About Financial Education

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Jun 05, 2020
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Advocacy
In October of 2014, when I was still a high school student, I applied for my first ever job as a student tester for NGPF. This was my initial introduction to the world of personal finance education. At the time there weren’t many people using the NGPF curriculum and there were only three full-time employees. My tasks were to go through the student activity packets as if I was a student in a class that used NGPF material. As I went through it, I was supposed to leave some feedback from a...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 25-29)

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May 24, 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 Academy....

NGPF Podcast: Meredith Curry on navigating the financial aid process in age of pandemic

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May 22, 2020
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Podcasts, Paying for College, Student Loans
Meredith "Mer" Curry has a commitment to serving first-gen college students that comes from a very natural place. She was once in their shoes and benefited greatly from the support of others as she pursued her educational dreams. Mer shares her story and her passion to serve others as well as some timely tips and online tools to help families navigate the college financing process during these uncertain times. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~1:13 Introduction 1:13~2:38 Working as a social justice...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 18-22)

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May 17, 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 with many new workshops added for this next 6-week...