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Sep 23, 2016
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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 the Savings Unit, I also assigned the Savings Account Analysis as a group project.  The groups handed in their work today, and at first glance, they all did a great job.  My next unit is Investing— I’m looking forward to it.

 I’m not sure whether I mentioned it to you before, but I love the cross-curricular aspect of the curriculum.  Although my class is technically a math class, I’m really enjoying the ability to infuse writing, public speaking, marketing, technology, and other critical thinking features into the class.  I also love the fact that the material is so easy to access.  I must admit that I haven’t transferred my course into the Gooru environment just yet, but that will come.”

Thank you Kathleen for your specific feedback. We love supporting your work in the classroom!




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.