Jan 11, 2016

NGPF Podcast: Lisa Bender, Developer of College And Career Readiness Skills

Thanks to Lisa Bender, Personal Finance educator at Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Maryland for recently joining the NGPF podcast to discuss her focus on developing college and career readiness skills in her students.

Lisa shares her insights from her 29-year teaching career (which includes a Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year Award in 2014) and discusses:

  • The strategy she utilized to get personal finance added to her school’s curriculum
  • How she uses the career experiences of recent alumni as motivation for her students
  • How she used grants to outfit a spare classroom to teach her students valuable interviewing skills
  • What factors students should consider when figuring out how much debt they will need to take on

Resources mentioned:


0:00~0:56: Intro
0:56~2:55 : Background on Southern Garrett High School
2:55~6:45 : Lisa’s Background
6:45~10:30 : How did you get Personal Finance added to your school’s curriculum?
10:30~14:47 : Any sense where students get information about paying for college?
14:47~20:31 : How much student debt is too much?
20:31~23:56 : What do you think are important skills to develop “career readiness” in your students?
23:56~29:02 : Tell us about your “Boardroom”
29:02~32:33  : How do your students prepare for the interviews/ teleconference?
32:33~35:07 : Final Thoughts
35:07~ : Outro

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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