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: 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...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 24-27)

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May 23, 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...

NGPF Podcast: Don O'Neal of the Capital Group on the value of investing for the long-term

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May 21, 2021
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Investing, Podcasts, Stocks
  Don O'Neal of Capital Group joins the NGPF podcast this week. The Capital Group manages more than $2 trillion in assets and is considered one of the top "active" investment managers. Don shares with us the insights from his 35 years in the business, including the analytical process that goes into picking stocks, the value of having a long-term time horizon and how he overcomes the common cognitive biases that plague investors.He also shares the unique organizational structure at the...

NGPF Usage Survey 2020-21

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May 19, 2021
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Flash Surveys
With the end of the school year fast approaching, we wanted to know how you have been using NGPF’s resources this past year. Some of you have been using NGPF for years while others are new members of the NGPF community. Wherever you may fall in this spectrum, we want YOUR feedback so we can continue to improve! The data that we collect from this survey will be extremely helpful as we plan new content and opportunities to better serve you in the next school year. We thank you in advance...

Collaborate with Educators At NGPF Professional Development This Week (May 17-20)

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May 16, 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...

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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Flash Surveys, 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...