Category: Case Study

Case Study: Living In Poverty

Nov 09, 2017
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Case Study, Paying for College, Career, Budgeting, Research
Thanks to Brian Page of Reading High School in Reading, Ohio for this guest submission. Brian pointed out this "Cliff Effect" problem this summer and was determined to create a case that would demonstrate its impacts on financial decision-making and how it can trap people in poverty.  Here's Brian's description, with a link to this case study: In the United States, the poor are staying poor and the rich are staying rich at an alarming rate. A silver bullet solution does not exist, but many...

NGPF's Top 15 Activities, Courtesy of Jessica Endlich

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Jun 06, 2017
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Activities, Activity, Budgeting, Personal Finance, Savings, Stocks, Video Resource, Case Study, Interactive
Given the comprehensive nature of our website (full disclosure: Sometimes I forget that we have certain projects/activities/data crunches/blog posts….), teachers often ask us “OK, but what are the best resources that you can recommend?” At that point, we typically turn to Jessica and she always has a few ideas to recommend. So, this month, we asked Jessica to provide us with her “Best of NGPF” specifically for the last days of school. The responses we got from...

What's The Catch?: Student Loan Forgiveness Or...

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May 31, 2017
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Activities, Activity, Paying for College, Student Loans, Advertising, Current Events, Case Study
What if you were a student loan borrower struggling to make your monthly payment and saw this ad pop up on your computer screen one day: Or maybe this one:  When you called the customer service phone number, you hear assurances like… “Let me enroll you in a student loan forgiveness program and we will get your monthly payment reduced and even get your loan forgiven.” “We will get you pre-approved for Federal government programs that will forgive or eliminate your...

Resource Lists for Financial Educators (courtesy of Barbara O'Neill of Rutgers Cooperative Extension)

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Mar 28, 2017
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Activities, Credit Scores, Career, Paying for College, Research, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Identity Theft, Personal Finance, Investing, Mutual Funds, Savings, WebQuest, Financial Literacy, Student Loans, Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Payment Types, Stocks, Current Events, Insurance, Video Resource, Case Study, Credit Reports, Employment, Quizzes, Entrepreneurship
What does a distinguished professor do during her sabbatical? Curate personal finance resources, of course! In this blog post, Barbara O’Neill shares the fruits of her hundreds of hours of labor in putting together three awesome resource lists (see bottom of post for links to her lists), including what what she considered the “best of the best” from the NGPF library. As she describes below, the purpose of her odyssey was to replenish her “well” of creative...

Question: Who's Saving For Retirement?

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Jan 04, 2017
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Article, Career, Question of the Day, Research, Investing, Savings, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Case Study, Compound Interest
I had the Honorable John Ninfo on my podcast recently who described his “Scared Straight approach” to teaching young people about the perils of credit. He saw the consequences in the decades he served as a Bankruptcy Court judge in the state of New York. After looking at this infographic from the WSJ and the accompanying article, the overwhelming evidence is that we should be employing similar scare tactics to the topic of retirement planning because we better hope that the next...

What Do Students Know About Financial Aid?

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Dec 19, 2016
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Case Study, Paying for College, Research, Student Loans
Catching up on some reading over this break. Enjoying Sarah Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price which tracks six students in Wisconsin over six years and chronicles their triumphs and struggles in finding their way through college. She had a chart on page 56 that I found informative in highlighting what students know and don’t know about financial aid. Here’s what the 2,100 students participating in the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study (WSLS) who answered their first-year...

This Made Our Day Today...

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Sep 23, 2016
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Case Study, Teaching Strategies, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers
From Kathleen Brennan from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ: “I also want to let you know that Next Gen Personal Finance really has become my go-to source.  My class has just finished the lesson on savings.  I love to use case studies (hear Kathleen’s tips on implementing case studies). My students had great fun with the Save Me! Case study and had interesting recommendations for Juan Carlos.  I love the integration of the Excel spreadsheet into the lesson.  As part of...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Case Study Enthusiast, Kathleen Brennan of Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, NJ)

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Sep 20, 2016
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Case Study, Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Professional Development, Audio Resource, Teaching Strategies, Paying for College, Behavioral Finance, Tips for Teachers
Thank you to Kathleen Brennan of Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, NJ) for participating in the NGPF Podcast. Kathleen has won multiple teaching awards (she was the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year and 2013 Sloan Foundation Award winner to name must two) and loves using case studies in her classroom. Our conversation touches on the her favorite case studies (see Show Notes below), how she prepares for a case study discussion and the student engagement and...

Question: What Are The Building Blocks of Financial Capability?

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Sep 12, 2016
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Financial Literacy, Behavioral Finance, Policy, Question of the Day, Research, Budgeting, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Case Study, Parent Conversations
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) out with a new report “Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability.” Skimming through it quickly to bring you the highlights. Here are their three building blocks they identify as critical to financial capability: Here are some links to a few NGPF resources that map to the examples that they provide in the table above: Savings lessons and activities Our most popular budgeting activity Rules of thumb What’s the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With Brandon Jacobson, Copper Hills High School (UT) Teacher, On Why He Loves Case Studies

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May 01, 2016
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Budgeting, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Case Study, Featured Teachers, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
We received a nice email from Brandon Jacobson in mid-April discussing how much he enjoyed using our case studies in his classroom at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah. The quote in his email that that really resonated with me was “Great discussions lead to a more detailed and comprehensive learning.”  In my own practice, I have seen case studies generate great classroom discussion and now there was another teacher corroborating my experience. Shortly thereafter, we...

Join Us For The Inaugural NGPF Summer Institute from June 27th to 29th in Palo Alto, CA

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Mar 21, 2016
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Activities, Activity, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Case Study, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Summer Institute
Join us for the first Annual NGPF Summer Institute to be held in Palo Alto, California (located 30 miles south of San Francisco) from June 27th to 29th, 2016. What Can You Expect To Accomplish In Your 2 1/2 Days at The NGPFInstitute? Engage in a professional learning community with outstanding peers in the field of personal finance education to improve your own resources Learn the NGPF approach to creating engaging projects and compelling case studies; have the time and...

Evolution of a Case Study or Why We Love Feedback!

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Mar 17, 2016
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Budgeting, Savings, Case Study, Featured NGPF Lesson
At NGPF, we’re always signing off newsletters, product launches, and emails with some rendition of “Let us know how it goes in your classroom! We love feedback!” Here’s a little story highlighting why we crave feedback so much: Tim & I are teaching a two-month, 24-hour personal finance course at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto (where NGPF was born!), which is one of our limited times to try our materials LIVE, in person, with real students, as we play the...

Day 10 of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course: How Do I Budget? Case Study

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Mar 14, 2016
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Budgeting, Teaching Strategies, Case Study
Today was day 10 of the course and the final day of our 3-day budgeting unit. We did the How Do I Budget? case study from our regular NGPF curriculum. This was my first time (ever, in life) implementing a case study in my classroom, so it was a brand new experience — always a great way to kick off a Monday — and I figure you’re best served by hearing my after-the-fact implementation strategies.  Strategies I had the foresight to plan for: Eastside classes are 90 minutes, and...

Day 7 of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course: Save Me! Case Study

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Mar 06, 2016
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Paying for College, Savings, Student Loans, Case Study
The 90 minute class at Eastside last week focused on the Save Me! case study. Observations: Synopsis: Two friends have very different savings habits. The saver (Samuel) is dissatisfied for a number of reasons and the non-saver (Juan Carlos) is surprised to discover that he now needs to save $4,000 for each year of college Students spent first 45 minutes reading the case, answering the questions in the case and manipulating the savings variables (hours worked, pay per hour and savings rate)...

Day 5 of the 24 Hour Personal Finance Course: Checking Account Case Study

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Feb 11, 2016
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Behavioral Finance, Savings, Checking Accounts, Teaching Strategies, Case Study, Tips for Teachers
Closing out our checking unit yesterday, the students completed the NGPF case study, Bank On This. Here is how the 90 minute class proceeded: Two Google slides to prep the class Case study prep: how students should think about reading, analyzing, answering questions and discussing a case study Time allocations Work independently to read and answer questions in case (30 minutes, which was about right; those who finished early had a checking account reconciliation activity that wasn’t...

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