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 Podcast: Dr. David Weill on restoring work-life balance after a career in transplant medicine

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May 14, 2021
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Podcasts, Career
I know that you will enjoy this conversation with Dr. David Weill who recently penned his memoir, Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant, about his experiences as a transplant doctor. This one was extra special for me since I know Dr. Weill as a former neighbor, as someone who entertained me for hours while cycling on Saturday mornings and as my go-to trusted medical advisor when family health issues arose (and an NGPF Board member too). I found this conversation and his memoir to be...

April 2021 Flash Survey Results: How do you get a new course approved?

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May 10, 2021
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Survey Results
After announcing Mission 2025, a grant program awarding $1,000 to schools implementing a new standalone personal finance elective course during or after the 2021-2022 school year, we were curious about how new courses are approved at schools across the country. A special thank you to the 644 respondents of the survey -- we were able to gain valuable insight into your school’s course approval process and we are excited to share the survey results with everybody. We also asked respondents...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 10-13)

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May 09, 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 liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!"...

NGPF Podcast: Bill Bernstein on his latest book, The Delusions of Crowds

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May 07, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Behavioral Finance
GameStop, cryptocurrencies, NFTs...and the list goes on of examples of speculation in today's financial markets. Who better to weigh in on these and other examples of financial speculation than Bill Bernstein. The full title of his new book, The Delusions Of Crowds: Why People Go Mad in Groups, captures the essence of our conversation. In this podcast, Bill discusses the power of narrative to fuel "bubbly" behavior and why social media (think sub-reddit groups like...

Podcasts In The Classroom: What Makes a Good Pitch?

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May 03, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use 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 what venture capitalists look for in a business and has incorporated 3-4 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to three venture capitalists, Colleen Poynton (Vice President at Core Innovation...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 3-6)

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May 02, 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 liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!" Can’t make...

Mission 2025 Update: Award Grantees

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Apr 28, 2021
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Advocacy
Earlier this month, NGPF announced Mission 2025: a grant program awarding $1,000 to schools implementing a new standalone personal finance elective course during or after the 2021-2022 school year.    We are pleased to announce that since our launch, 10 schools across the country have already been selected as grant recipients. Please join us in celebrating the educators of the first ten grantee schools where students will soon have access to a one-semester personal finance elective!...

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

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Apr 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 liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!" Virtual...

Podcasts In The Classroom: Finding Data on the Price of College

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Apr 19, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use 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 where the public can find data on the price of college and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Martin Van Der Werf (Associate Director of Georgetown's Center on...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (April 19-22)

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Apr 18, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers including our 2021 Virtual FinLit Conference on Saturday with 18 NEW! Virtual PD sessions planned and Amazon gift cards available in EVERY Session!  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...

NGPF Podcast: Dr. Mordecai Brownlee on the importance of financial education at community colleges

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Apr 17, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
  I know you will enjoy this conversation with Dr. Mordecai Brownlee, the Vice President of Student Success at St. Philip's College in San Antonio, Texas. We discuss his role at the college, why he cares so deeply about increasing financial capability and several inspiring student success stories. We also discuss the state of financial education in the U.S.; look for NGPF's 2021 State of Financial Education Report later this week. Enjoy!   Details: 0:00~10:13 Current Events with...

April 2021 Flash Survey: How do you get a new course approved?

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Apr 12, 2021
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Flash Surveys
NGPF recently announced Mission 2025 -- our community’s plan to guarantee access to a one-semester personal finance elective for ALL U.S. high school students by the 2024-2025 school year. To help us meet this goal, we want to know how new courses are approved at your school!  Tell us about your school’s course approval process by completing the Flash Survey: How do you get a new course approved?. Your input will provide valuable insight to both NGPF and educators across the...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (April 12-17)

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Apr 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 liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!" Virtual...

NGPF Podcast: Mary Clare Peate and Roman Hardgrave of Marginal Revolution University on the science of learning

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Apr 10, 2021
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Podcasts, Economics
Mary Clare Peate and Roman Hardgrave join the NGPF podcast this week with Tim to discuss their economics curriculum, a cool tool called EconInbox and their favorite resources to stay current in the fast changing world of economics. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~0:24 Introduction 0:24~7:27 Current Events with Missbehelpful: The Creator Economy 7:27~7:55 A word from NGPF 7:55~9:45 Introducing this week’s guests: Mary Clare and Roman from Marginal Revolution University 9:45~16:37 Early money...

Podcasts In The Classroom: Passion for Personal Finance

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Apr 05, 2021
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Podcasts In The Classroom
After more than 400 teachers expressed interest in bringing podcasts into the classroom, we decided to build out a ready-to-use activity to fulfill that desire. To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, this week's activity (you will be asked to Make a Copy when you click on the link) revolves around why personal finance is important and has incorporated 3-4 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Kavya Ravikanti (Founder of Young, Not Broke), Dr....