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 (March 1-4)

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Feb 28, 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: Ty Allan Jackson and Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani and the story of Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire

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Feb 26, 2021
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship, Investing
Call it serendipity. Who knew that Ty Allan Jackson's son setting up a successful lemonade stand would set in motion an amazing sequence of events? A fruitless trip to a book store in search of a kid's book about money led to Ty writing that book. When outreach to 147 publishers came up empty, Ty persisted and went the self-publishing route. Later, Abdullah would reach out to Ty and the collaboration would lead to a curriculum built around the Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire book....

Podcasts In The Classroom: Dollar Cost Averaging

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Feb 22, 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 the concept of “Dollar Cost Averaging” and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Paul Merriman (Author of We're Talking Millions), Nick Maggiulli (COO of...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (February 22-25)

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Feb 21, 2021
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Professional Development
We have a full slate of LIVE professional development opportunities this week for teachers! Only 1 week remaining in NGPF Academy's Third Quarter so be sure to sign-up for Virtual PDs or complete On-Demand modules on your own schedule.  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...

NGPF Podcast: Armita Hosseini and Andrew Diep-Tran On Why Every Student Should Have Access to Financial Education

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Feb 19, 2021
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Podcasts
They are the next generation coming of age and they are passionate advocates for financial education and are taking action. Listen to Armita discuss why she wrote a book and hear from Andrew about his motivation to start a non-profit. Inspiring stuff! Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:11 Introduction 1:11~4:21 Armita and Andrew’s backgrounds 4:21~10:30 How Armita and Andrew learned about money 10:30~11:25 The story of how the two connected through LinkedIn 11:25~12:49 Andrew starting...

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

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Feb 14, 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: NY Times Columnist Ron Lieber on his new book, The Price You Pay for College

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Feb 12, 2021
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Podcasts, Paying for College, Student Loans
  Ron Lieber returns to the NGPF Podcast to discuss his latest book. This podcast is a must-listen for educators and counselors helping young people navigate the college and financial aid maze. Ron shares his insights into the current "merit aid" system, the emotional baggage many bring into the college decision-making process and also what to look for in a college. His advice will educate, empower and provide listeners with key questions they should be asking. Enjoy!    Details:...

February 2021 Flash Survey: Who Do You Teach?

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Feb 10, 2021
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Flash Surveys
Here at NGPF, we are always trying to be responsive to the needs of students, without actually knowing the students ourselves. As we add additional curriculum developers to our team, we want to be sure we’re creating resources that will meet the needs of both you and your students. Let us know more about the students you are teaching by completing the Flash Survey: Who Do You Teach?. Your input will provide valuable insight as we work to support the work you do with your students! Survey...

Podcasts In The Classroom: The Retail Speculator

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Feb 08, 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 the increased accessibility for retail investors to start investing (and speculating) through apps and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Jack Gecawich (High School...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (February 8-11)

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Feb 07, 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!" Certification...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (February 1-4)

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Jan 31, 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!" Are your students...

Podcasts In The Classroom: Score! Learn More About Credit

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Jan 25, 2021
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Podcasts, Credit Scores, 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 the topic of credit and has incorporated 2-3 minute audio excerpts from the NGPF Podcast. Students will have the option to listen to Demetria Gallegos (News Editor at the Wall Street Journal), Rod Griffin (Senior Director of Public...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (January 25-28)

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Jan 24, 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 any...

NGPF Podcast: NGPF Payback Challenge National Winners Alexandra Hovdestad and Andrew Tomlinson

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Jan 22, 2021
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Podcasts, Investing, Paying for College
  Each fall, the NGPF Payback Challenge provides students across the country with the opportunity to earn college scholarships with $50,000 awarded. This week, you will hear from our two National Winners, Alexandra Hovdestad of Lenape High School (Medford, NJ) and Andrew Tomlinson of Mora High School. They will share what they learned from the NGPF Arcade game, Payback, and how it has influenced their college plans in the future. In our Current Events section, Yanely discusses a financing...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (January 19-21)

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Jan 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 liked the facilitator modeling ways to teach virtually as well as suggestions from other motivated teachers!" NGPF is...