Category: Entrepreneurship

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Entrepreneur Michael Lyons

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Oct 16, 2017
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Podcasts, Entrepreneurship, Employment, 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,...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Social Entrepreneur Ted Gonder, Co-Founder of Moneythink

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Jul 24, 2017
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Podcasts, Paying for College, Student Loans, Current Events, Entrepreneurship
I had a great time talking with social entrepreneur, Ted Gonder, who co-founded Moneythink. Moneythink is a non-profit organization helping firstgen high school students navigate “to and through” college. Ted shares what he has learned since starting Moneythink out of his college dorm room at the University of Chicago and his personal odyssey to pursue the “road less traveled.” He discusses the thinking behind the new service delivery model for Moneythink and why the...

Videos, Videos, Videos

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Jul 23, 2017
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Cryptocurrencies, Career, Stocks, Current Events, Video Resource, Entrepreneurship, Retirement
Stumbled upon this video trove on Ozy this morning that had some short, relevant and engaging videos that I thought your students might enjoy. Many of them ask provocative questions that can be good entry points for a class discussion: Future of Money (3:03) In your own words, what is bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? Why is it popular? What is an example of an “intermediary” in the money business that bitcoin is trying to eliminate? Where do you think that you will keep your...

Question: Why Are So Many Successful People College Dropouts?

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Jul 19, 2017
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Entrepreneurship, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week
Answer: As the data below shows, most successful people are NOT college dropouts. Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg. I imagine you’ve heard just a few students over the years come in and question the value of going to college by noting that these great tech innovators left their college before graduating (Reed College, Harvard and Harvard respectively). Well, now you have some data to counteract this myth of the successful college dropout (hat tip to CB Insights who included this chart in their...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose.org

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Jul 09, 2017
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Front Page Spotlight, Podcasts, Entrepreneurship
Today, you will hear from an amazing social entrepreneur, Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. Ask any teacher about his organization and you will see their eyes light up and inevitably hear these words “I love DonorsChoose.org” Why? They have channeled hundreds of millions of dollars from citizen-philanthropists to support teacher projects in classrooms throughout the country. He was crowdfunding for public schools long before it became “a thing.” Here are some...

Interactive: What Are The Wages For Jobs In Your State?

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Jun 20, 2017
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Career, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week, Math, Entrepreneurship
Another great interactive from Flowing Data allows users to see top jobs and salaries by state (and for the entire U.S. of A. also). This static chart that I copied from the site displays job and salary information for the U.S. The green areas in the chart are jobs where the Median Annual Salary is $60,000 or more. What’s cool is that you can set the Median Annual Salary slider (see above) to a certain Median Salary level and you will see what job categories have most of those jobs....

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Teacher-Innovator Jesse Peterkin of Ridgefield High School (CT)

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Jun 11, 2017
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Podcasts, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship
It was great to have NGPF Teacher Innovator Award winner Jesse Peterkin on the podcast recently. Jesse teaches at Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, Connecticut). His project Create a Budget and Financial Plan uses celebrities and avatars as hooks to engage students to develop comprehensive financial plans for their “clients.” Hear Jesse share the trials and tribulations of his first job, learn how his career in the private sector informs his teaching and hear his ideas on how...

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