Category: Entrepreneurship

Question of the Day: Are inventors born or made?

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Dec 10, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events
Answer: New research finds that surroundings matter more than genes.  Here are excerpts from the Economist article about this ground-breaking research "Who Becomes an Inventor?": Inventors come from all walks of life: "ARE inventors born or bred? Using tax, patent and academic records, a new study by a quintet of economists follows the lives of 1m American inventors in exceptional detail, including their parental circumstances, the neighbourhoods they grew up in and the colleges they...

Schools in the News

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Dec 06, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Career, Teaching Strategies
Financial literacy course added to Arkansas graduation requirements (News Channel 3) Arkansas students won’t be able to graduate from high school without some understanding of financial planning, taxes and household budgeting. A new law approved by lawmakers this year mandates that students receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The law, dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will...

Video: How Can We All Be Original Thinkers?

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Nov 28, 2017
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Video Resource, Entrepreneurship, Current Events
Hat tip to Big Picture Blog for posting Adam Grant's TED Talk, which I found inspiring as the clock neared midnight:):  A good video to include in your entrepreneurship lesson to help students identify the traits often found in "original thinkers" aka entrepreneurs.  Questions for students: What are the surprising habits that Prof. Grant found in original thinkers? Which of the habits that he identified did you find most surprising? Explain your answer.  What techniques can you...

How To Integrate Personal Finance Content Into Family and Consumer Science Courses

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Nov 15, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Credit Reports, Personal Finance, Credit Scores, Identity Theft, Investing
A few days ago, Leah Bratcher, Financial LIteracy Program Coordinator for FCCLA reached out to us with an interesting challenge. Leah helps Family and Consumer Science teachers discover ways to integrate personal finance into their courses, which can range from child development to fashion, interior design to hospitality, and more, all while adhering to different standards. As you can imagine, finding ways to weave personal finance into such a wide variety of subjects while meeting standards can...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Steve Frederickson, Executive Chairman of PRA Group

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Nov 06, 2017
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Credit Reports, Credit Cards, Entrepreneurship, Credit Scores, Podcasts
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Steve Frederickson of PRA Group. He just recently stepped down as CEO of PRA, a company he founded 20 years ago (Hat tip to Melissa at NGPF for connecting me with Steve) Looking back at his tenure, Steve shares the ups and downs (mostly ups!) that make entrepreneurial ventures so satisfying and so all consuming too. Steve shares that journey from developing an enduring strategy for PRA right out of the gate as a start-up, to taking the company...

Financial Education Explained by Danielle: Why Garage Sales are Great!

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Nov 03, 2017
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Article, Entrepreneurship, Activity, Personal Finance
When my family moved to a smaller house in a new city, my parents knew they would have to relinquish some possessions they either didn’t need any longer or ones that took up too much space. They decided to sell some of their old belongings so that we’d have a lighter load when we made the move. To do this, they had a garage sale, and, lo and behold, I was introduced to the world of the re-use economy. Our loss was someone else’s gain on the day of the garage sale. Parents,...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Entrepreneur Michael Lyons

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Oct 16, 2017
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Podcasts, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Steve Penley reached out to me a few weeks back and said, "I have this former student you need to have on your podcast because he has a great entrepreneurial journey to share with you." So, I reached out to Michael Lyons and this engaging conversation ensued. Michael shares how he came up with the idea for a business he started out of his dorm room, how he had to make a decision to turn down business in order to preserve his company's reputation for quality and how Steve's...

What's Trending On the NGPF Blog?

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Oct 12, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Parent Conversations, Career, Credit Reports, Paying for College
Here are some NGPF Blog posts (both old and new) that are trending based on pageviews: How Can My Students/Children Under the Age of 18 Check Their Credit Report? Why Are Soft Skills So Important in the Workplace? Let's Pick A Side Hustle One Strategy To Keep College Costs Down: Graduate in 4 Years! Blog posts categorized as "Parent Conversations" ...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jeff Desjardins, Founder and Editor of Visual Capitalist

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Sep 28, 2017
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Podcasts, Economics, Current Events, Entrepreneurship
I discovered Jeff's company, Visual Capitalist, a few years ago while surfing the web in my daily quest for material for the NGPF Blog. Since that first discovery, we have used their resources multiple times. Why? They have an extraordinary ability to use infographics and data visualizations to take complex ideas and make them simpler. Given that we live in a world where data analysis is more important than ever, I thought his work would be appreciated by educators looking for fun ways to...

Top 5 on NGPF Blog

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Sep 18, 2017
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Generosity, Identity Theft, Career, Economics, Employment, Compound Interest, Entrepreneurship
Here are the recent posts that have been attracting the most eyeballs: Steal of the Century: Equifax Hacked Looking for more on this event? Check out this list of links I came across today. Let's Pick A Side Hustle Infographic listing 25 "side hustles" which can make for an interesting classroom discussion How to Set Up A Mock Career Fair in Your School The NGPF team participated in this event at Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA. Thanks for John Rowe for inviting us into the...

Let's Pick A Side Hustle!

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Sep 06, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Current Events, Career
A great infographic from Quid Corner listing 25 "side hustles" that your entrepreneurial minded students might want to consider. Since the infographic is so ginormous, I'll put the questions ahead of it: Questions: In your own words, what is a "side hustle?" Have you ever had a "side hustle?" What was it and was it a positive experience?  Can you identify one "side hustle" from each of the five categories in the infographic below that you could do succesfully? Pick one of the five that you...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to FitMoney Executive Director, Robin Kahn

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Sep 05, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Parent Conversations, Entrepreneurship
I'm excited to share this conversation that I had recently with Robin Kahn, the executive director at FitMoney.  FitMoney recently celebrated their one year anniversary and Robin shares the progress that has been made at her non-profit as well as how her business career prepared her for this role.  She describes the lessons learned over the past twelve months and the the three core concepts that she integrates into the personal finance curriculum she has developed. Listen to this...

Schools in the News

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Aug 31, 2017
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Schools In News, Retirement, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Lesson Idea
From bike socks to clinical trials, Centennial students are solving real-world problems (philly.com) Making socks on a sewing machine was probably the last thing 17-year-old Shaina Gatton thought she would be doing when she signed up for CentennialX,  Centennial School District’s innovative summer program that promised to pair students with high-tech industry mentors to solve real-world problems. For Saint Andrew graduate, school experience adds up to a job with The First...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Innovative Financial Educator, Lothar Konietzko of Everett High School (Lansing, Michigan)

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Aug 22, 2017
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Podcasts, Investing, Savings, Entrepreneurship
From his first job delivering newspapers to assorted "side hustles" he had in high school and college, Lothar Konietzo learned early on the value of saving money. I became aware of Lothar's work as he was recently recognized by VISA as an Innovative Educator. You will enjoy hearing about the creative activities he has developed to engage his students. These include using sneaker culture to teach entrepreneurship and how he has adapted the stock market game to teach the importance of long-term...

For Your Listening Pleasure, The Top 10 NGPF Podcasts

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Jul 25, 2017
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Podcasts, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Index Funds, Investing, Mutual Funds, Current Events, Credit Reports, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
The NGPF Podcast started almost two years ago (and almost 100 podcast segments later) allowed me to “scratch my own itch.” To anyone who knows me, I love talking finance and since I was young I was always told that I had a voice (and a face) for radio. I thought why not try this “podcasting thing” and see what happens. My thinking was “How much fun would it be to reach out to interesting people, including educators, researchers, columnists, finance experts, authors,...

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