About the Author

Sonia Dalal

Sonia has always been passionate about instruction and improving students' learning experiences. She's come a long way since her days as a first grader, when she would "teach" music and read to her very attentive stuffed animals after school. Since then, she has taught students as a K-12 tutor, worked in several EdTech startups in the Bay Area, and completed her Ed.M in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about bringing the high quality personal finance content and instruction she wished she'd received in school to the next generation of students and educators. When she isn't crafting lesson guides or working with teachers, Sonia loves to spend her time singing, being outdoors, and adventuring with family and friends!

Author: Sonia Dalal

Sketchplanations: Behavioral Economics

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Aug 09, 2021
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Behavioral Finance
We just released a NEW! full Behavioral Finance unit with seven engaging lessons full of hands-on activities. While building out the lessons, we were particularly impressed with this collection of visuals, designed by Sketchplanations. These would be perfect complements to our Behavioral Economics lesson: I Saw it On Social Media. ...

NEW! Course Introduction Parent Newsletter and Letter

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Jul 14, 2021
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Parent Conversations
  Last winter we introduced customizable parent newsletters for each unit. In previous months we have held NGPF Virtual PD sessions to review how to customize them and give teachers time to customize their own. We were given feedback that a course introduction newsletter would be helpful -- so voila! We also created a course introductory letter! Course Introduction Parent Newsletter Course Introduction Parent Letter Parent Newsletters for Every NGPF Unit Save the Dates for Virtual...

Curriculum Updates: Financial Pitfalls is Moving

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Jul 13, 2021
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New Products, Behavioral Finance, Financial Scams
You may have seen our latest email campaign announcing some exciting new curriculum we're working on, but we also wanted to give you a heads up about another change that is happening this summer:    The Financial Pitfalls Unit is moving!    WHAT does this mean?  We'll be moving specific lessons from the Financial Pitfalls Unit (currently Unit 8 in the Full Year Course) to other units in the course, such as Types of Credit, Managing Credit, Budgeting, etc. Any...

Curriculum Insider: 3 Middle School Lessons for the End of the School Year

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Jun 02, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As the school year is winding down, you might be on the search for fun and engaging lessons to do with your students that don't require tons of background knowledge and can provide meaningful information and interactions before the summer. Well, look no further! Below are THREE lessons from NGPF's Middle School Course that will do just that! #1: MS-8.1 Preparing for High School Before your graduating 8th graders leave middle school behind, prepare them with the need-to-knows so they're equipped...

Curriculum Insider: 3 Middle School Lessons if You're Teaching In-Person Again

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May 12, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Many teachers are returning back to the classroom to teach their students in person or in a hybrid fashion. We know how challenging this transition can be, so here are THREE lessons we recommend using from the NGPF Middle School Course that are perfect for in-person or hybrid facilitation!  #1: MS-1.1 Personal Finance Decision Making As the first lesson in the NGPF Middle School Course, this lesson has students explore the behaviors and reasoning behind their money decisions. It's a great...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Money In Our Lives Unit

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Apr 21, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Before diving into core personal finance content, it's always helpful for students to first examine their relationship with money and the factors that influence their personal finance decisions. That's why NGPF's Middle School Course kicks off with a foundational unit called Money in Our Lives.  This unit is unique in that it's the only unit in the course that has THREE lessons (all the other units in the course have five each). This is because the unit is meant to lay a strong...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Prepare for Success Unit

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Mar 10, 2021
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Middle School Tips, Teaching Remotely
Teachers using NGPF's Middle School course teach more than the tangible financial skills and concepts their students need to thrive - they also develop key mindsets and habits for school and career success!   One of its most unique units, Prepare for Success is the 8th of 9 Units in NGPF's Middle School Course. Through the course of the Unit, middle school students learn: What skills are necessary to successfully transition from middle to high school [MS-8.1 Preparing For High...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Michelle Singletary, Columnist for the Washington Post

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Feb 26, 2021
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Activities, Retirement
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this final post of the month, we are highlighting the work of Michelle Singletary, who writes “The Color of Money,” a twice-weekly column in the Washington Post and published in dozens of other papers nationwide. She’s also the author of 3 personal finance books and appears regularly on TV and...

Celebrating Black History Month: The Impact of Housing Policy on Communities of Color

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Feb 24, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Unlike a lot of our earlier posts where we highlighted the work of a specific Black financial leader, today we are putting a spotlight on how housing policies segregated America and the lasting impact they have on communities of color today.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: Video - How Home Loans Segregated America TwoCents, a series by PBS, recently released a...

Curriculum Insider: Top 5 Teacher Favorite Middle School Lessons

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Feb 24, 2021
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Middle School Tips
The NGPF Middle School Course was fully released in August 2020, and since then, we've heard from many teachers which lessons they've loved to used with their students.  Whether you've already used a few lessons or you're just getting familiar with the course, we hope this list of teacher favorites will help you find your next favorite lesson in the course!    #1: MS-1.3 Your Future Life This lesson, found in Unit 1: Money in Our Lives, has repeatedly come up amongst teachers...

Celebrating Black History Month: Black Experts Weigh in on What’s Missing from the Wealth Gap Conversation

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Feb 19, 2021
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Activities, Current Events
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  Deviating from our previous posts featuring the work of one individual, today we draw your attention toward this interview conducted by Courtney Stith for Acorns + CNBC on the Grow website.  Featured Resource and Activity Idea: This is the ‘most obvious’ thing missing from the racial wealth gap...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar

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Feb 17, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  With this fifth post, we are highlighting the work of Marsha Barnes, creator of The Finance Bar! Marsha is a Certified Financial Social Worker, Official FICO Brand Ambassador, and was named GOBankingRates’ 2018 Best Money Expert in the Net-Worth Category. This week, we were inspired by The Finance Bar Instagram...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance

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Feb 12, 2021
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Activities
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.    With this fourth post, we are highlighting the work of Tonya Rapley, whose website myfabfinance.com describes her as “an entrepreneur, wife, co-founder, domestic violence survivor, and citizen of the world.” You can find her website and learn more about her here, and she’s also got a popular...

Curriculum Insider: Deep Dive Into The Middle School Investing Unit

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Feb 10, 2021
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Middle School Tips
Imagine middle schoolers talking to their parents about how compounding returns can be a tool to help build a brighter future together... or imagine 8th graders heading off to high school knowing how to start investing... or imagine high schoolers bringing a working knowledge of stocks and bonds into class on Day 1 so you can host rich discussions about diversification...   You're imagining students who have taken a personal finance course in middle school from a teacher using NGPF's Middle...

Celebrating Black History Month: Highlighting Malcolm “MJ” Harris

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Feb 10, 2021
Twice weekly, NGPF is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black financial leaders and educators via dedicated posts and student activities on the NGPF blog.  With this third post, we are highlighting the work of Malcolm “MJ” Harris. Harris is the CEO and founder of National Care Financial Group, an enterprise  that he started from his dining room table and is now one of America’s largest African-American owned financial services firms! You can learn more...