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

Virtual Adaptation: MOVE: Let's Make a Mutual Fund

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Jan 13, 2021
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Teaching Remotely, Investing, Activities
MOVE: Let's Make a Mutual Fund is a teacher favorite when it comes to the NGPF Investing Unit. But, how can teachers take the magic of this popular activity and move (pun intended) it to a virtual learning environment? NGPF's top virtual high-fiver Christian (if you've attended Christian's Virtual PDs, you know) has transformed this activity into a spreadsheet format that allows you and your students to still experience the magic and get those a-ha! moments.  Below you'll find a quick...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways to Use the Middle School Course with High School Students

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Jan 05, 2021
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Middle School Tips
As you may know, NGPF released its Middle School Course in 2020, and we were excited to receive many inquiries from high school educators on how they might be able to use the course with their students. Below, you'll find FIVE ways you can use the NGPF Middle School Course to supplement your personal finance curriculum with your high schoolers! (Bonus announcement at the end of the blog post!)    #1: REVIEW THE BASICS If your students are brand new to personal finance or...

Mini Interview with Anne O'Renick: 3 Week Personal Finance & Parent Engagement Sprint!

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Dec 15, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Anne O'Renick is a middle school civics teacher at Orange Park Junior High School in Orange Park, Florida. Earlier this fall, we 'Zoomed' with Anne to learn more about her classroom, how she fits personal finance instruction into her already packed civics curriculum, how she engages students and parents together, how she uses her favorite tech tools, and more. In a twist of fate (or did we plan this all along?), TODAY is the release of a new resource for which we owe inspiration in large part to...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Ways Teachers Customize the NGPF Middle School Course

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Dec 08, 2020
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Middle School Tips
We hosted two Virtual PDs over the last few weeks on customizing the NGPF Middle School Course. The ideas teachers shared were so good that we wanted to make sure YOU had access to them too! Below, we're sharing five key ways teachers are customizing the course to better meet their students' needs.    #1: Differentiating Teachers' responses showed that the Middle School Course isn't just for middle school students - it can be used for high school and elementary students as well!...

Middle School Teacher Billy Mills Mini Interview: I Quiz the Biz Wiz

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Dec 01, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Billy Mills is a long-time educator with 10 years of experience in his middle school business classroom at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ. Mr. Mills teaches a class called Biz Wiz where he engages his students in the wild, interconnected worlds of business and finance. I Zoomed with Billy for a mini interview, which was a treat! I'm thrilled to share his insights on the NGPF blog today for middle school teachers nationwide.   Sonia: What's the mix of in-person and...

Curriculum Insider: 5 Resources to Supplement the Middle School Course

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Nov 17, 2020
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Middle School Tips
As you're using NGPF's Middle School Course, you might be wondering how you can modify the material to better meet your students' needs. Whether you are looking to differentiate the content, dive deeper into specific units, or increase engagement, NGPF's high school curriculum is a great place to pull resources from to supplement the Middle School Course. Below, you'll discover FIVE specific resources we recommend you use!  #1: QUESTIONS OF THE DAY Questions of the Day are the perfect way...

Middle School Teacher Tawnya Smith: Super-Prepared Virtual PD All Star

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Nov 10, 2020
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Middle School Tips
Tawnya Smith is a 7th grade teacher in her second year at Mrachek Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. Tawnya teaches an elective course called Life & Careers, about 2/3 of which is dedicated to personal finance skills. Among many other superlatives, she's a prolific participant in NGPF Virtual PDs. I sat down for a Zoom session with Tawnya to hear about her classroom, how she's tackling the challenges of remote teaching, and how she's using NGPF's new Middle School Course. Here's a transcript...

NGPF's 8-Hour and 18-Hour Workshops Are Now Retired

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Nov 05, 2020
NGPF's 8-Hour and 18-Hour Workshops have been retired! While we're sad to see them go, NGPF has a lot of other courses and curriculum to choose from that can meet the needs of your students and class! Keep reading to find out more below.    What does "retirement" mean?  The 8-Hour and 18-Hour Workshops will no longer be available through the NGPF website or be actively maintained.    Why were they retired? Most educators primarily use the other NGPF courses, such as...

Curriculum Insider: 4 Parts of a Middle School Lesson

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Nov 03, 2020
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Middle School Tips
If you're accustomed to using NGPF's high school lessons, the different look and feel of the Middle School Course lessons may come as a pleasant surprise! We've been thrilled to hear that educators are loving the new structure as they're using the course with their students, so we thought we'd provide some more details on the four main components of a Middle School Course lesson! We'll be taking a look at MS-2.3 How to Read a Receipt as an example.  #1 INTRO The first section of...

Thank You And Welcome, Middle School Teachers!

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Oct 13, 2020
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Middle School Tips
What a whirlwind school year this has been so far... with teachers grappling with remote vs. in-person vs. hybrid learning models - not to mention the addition of a handful more titles to your overflowing job descriptions - you all are persevering through an immense nationwide challenge. In the face of it all, your grit and determination are some of the most inspiring examples of leadership we have ever seen! We wanted to take a special moment on today's NGPF Blog to welcome and thank a group of...

INTERACTIVE MONDAY: TurboTax Simulation

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Feb 02, 2020
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Interactive
NGPF is excited to announce the release of a new Taxes activity - INTERACTIVE: TurboTax Simulation! In this activity, students have the opportunity to file a fake tax return for numerous, fictional personas using an educational simulator of the TurboTax software developed by Intuit Education.  A few things to note:  The simulation does not collect any student data - students use a fake email address Many teachers like to do the popular CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 activity, in which...

What is a Mini-Unit?

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Dec 19, 2019
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New Products
One of the most exciting curriculum developments NGPF had in 2019 was the new mini-units! Wondering what a mini-unit is and how to use one? Just read below!  What is a mini-unit? How many are there?  There are currently 6 mini-units. A mini-unit generally consists of three to five 45-minute lessons (hence the name "Mini"!). Each mini-unit has the same components of any other NGPF lesson you might use in the classroom - a unit plan, lesson guides, student activity packets,...

TEACHER TIP - COMPARE: Types of Savings Accounts

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Jun 24, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
See how NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz uses the popular activity, COMPARE: Types of Savings Accounts, in this new Teacher Tip video! You'll learn all of her best tips and tricks on how to modify it for your classroom!     For all of NGPF's Saving resources, go to the Saving Unit Page....

TEACHER TIP - Using NGPF + EdPuzzle + Google Classroom

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Jun 17, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
You've probably noticed that NGPF has been releasing a lot of EdPuzzle videos lately. The great news is that if you use Google Classroom, you can integrate these two platforms together!  Watch this Teacher Tip video in which NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz shows you how you can combine the power of both platforms:     To find all NGPF EdPuzzle videos, go to the NGPF Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" in the search bar! To learn more about using EdPuzzle in your classroom, read this...

TEACHER TIP - INTERACTIVE: Get Basic with OnlineBank Sim (Short version)

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Jun 10, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF
Amanda Volz brings you another great Teacher Tip video on this popular Online Bank Simulation activity, INTERACTIVE: Get Basic with OnlineBank Sim (Short Version). Learn all about how Amanda implements this activity in her classroom with tips and tricks to help it run more smoothly in your classroom!      For all of NGPF's Checking resources, visit https://www.ngpf.org/curriculum/checking/...