About the Author
After graduating from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications in 2011, a documentary internship on master teachers led Tori into education. She taught English Language Arts for five years receiving high test results and accolades like Teacher of the Year. In 2017, Tori left the classroom and moved to the Bay Area to focus on helping school districts utilize technology to improve classroom instruction. While training educators on how to use learning management systems and educational software Tori discovered a passion for facilitating professional developments. This passion led her to Next Gen Personal Finance where she is excited to help spread financial literacy to teachers and students all over the country.
Last year NGPF announced the creation of the Financial Equity and Empowerment (FEE) Grant as a part of our commitment to anti-racism. With this grant, NGPF committed to investing $3 million into the largest urban high school districts in America to help build financial capability and institutional support. NGPF is committed to ensuring more students of color have access to personal finance education and through the FEE Grant, we aim to follow through with this commitment.
NGPF is excited to announce we are now awarding Nearpod license grants on a rolling basis! Applications are now open! As of today, over 1,300 personal finance teachers have taken advantage of this opportunity!
If you are chosen as a recipient you will get access to one Premium Plus level Nearpod license with all of the bells and whistles including access to Nearpod’s 8,500+ precreated Nearpod lessons. You’ll also have easy access to NGPF’s 9 Week, Semester course, and...
Mar 16, 2021
Teaching Strategies, PRO Tip from NGPF
NGPF’S 9 WK course, Semester Course and Middle School Course have all been "Nearpod-ized" for your instruction, but what if you want to make edits? Have no fear! You can customize NGPF’s Nearpod lessons by accessing our Google Slides templates! Learn more below.
1. Where can you find the Nearpod Google Slides Templates?
You can access the Google Slides templates for the 9 WK and Semester Course Nearpod lesson HERE!
For high school curriculum (9WK & Semester Course), the...
Feb 09, 2021
In the summer of 2020, NGPF began its partnership with Nearpod to provide over 1,000 personal finance teachers with 3-year Nearpod licenses! Since then, teachers have been creating and launching engaging Nearpod lessons with their students. We surveyed those teachers to get a better understanding of who NGPF’s Nearpod license grant is serving and how! There are currently 1,459 NGPF Nearpod license grant recipients, and we'll be offering license grants to another cohort this spring!
Jun 12, 2020
Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers, Advocacy
Want your personal finance course to count as an A-G approved course? NGPF has created two A-G course approval templates for teachers in California! We have provided both a Semester Course template and a Full Year Course template. Check out these new A-G course approval templates for California teachers below!
HOW TO USE THE TEMPLATES
1. Make a copy of the template you'd like by selecting to File > Make a copy
2. Insert your school name, and additional details into the...
Jun 12, 2020
Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Teachers in the state of Texas have been requesting for their state's personal finance curriculum standards to be aligned with NGPF's curriculum. Well, you ask and you shall receive! NGPF's semester course curriculum is now aligned with TEKS Money Matters standards! Check out our standards alignment document for Texas teachers below!
We hope this standards alignment assist in your personal finance classroom instruction and in your lesson planning! The resource aligns TEKS Money Matters...
Feb 18, 2020
Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers
Did you know? Our Teacher Toolkit is full of assessment and differentiation resources. To access our Teacher Toolkit from the menu at the top of our site, you will need to have created a teacher account and be logged in.
On an online PD recently a teacher asked for the lexile levels of our unit tests, so for this week’s lexile level blog post we are going to analyze SC-1.0 Taxes unit test! Before we dig in, remember that a lexile level is a text’s difficulty for the...
Jan 29, 2020
Tips for Teachers
A few weeks ago NGPF published our first lexile level blog post and we are back again with a look into the lexile levels found in SC-1.2 Teens and Taxes. Before we dig in, let's quickly review what a lexile level is and how to determine it.
What is a lexile level?
A lexile level is a text’s difficulty level for the reader. During our research, we used a mixture of the following lexile readability tests to determine the text’s grade level, reading level, and...
Jan 07, 2020
Tips for Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Teaching Strategies
What lexile level is NGPF’s curriculum? We’ve been getting this question a lot lately, so we are going to break down the different lexile levels in a NGPF lesson and give you teacher tips for differentiation along the way! NGPF’s curriculum is rigorous and we strive to prepare your students for college and adulthood, so our curriculum’s lexile levels have a wide range in the hope we are reaching all learners as they begin their personal finance journey.
What is a lexile...
Nov 14, 2019
Personal Finance, Advocacy, Financial Literacy
I began teaching in 2011 as an English Language Arts teacher in Houston, Texas. Every morning as I left my apartment in downtown Houston and got closer to my school I noticed payday lenders and check cashing institutions on every corner versus the Starbucks on every corner I saw in my neighborhood. I saw them so often that I remember calling my mother and asking her, “What are payday loans?” She quickly explained to me what they were and why they were not a financially responsible...