Category: Financial Literacy

Financially Underserved Communities Deserve Better: Here's Why

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Oct 20, 2017
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Article, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Current Events, Advocacy, Webinar
Just as food deserts unfortunately exist in abundance, so do bank deserts. The reality today is that so many Americans who live and work in financially underserved communities don’t have the time to go to the bank outside of their community because of their irregular work schedule. This issue cannot be ignored, as FDIC research has recently found that 67 million adults are unbanked, and this disadvantaged population has spent $141 billion in fees and interest rates in non-bank alternatives...

Credit for Life Fair by NGPF Fellow, Julie Giglia

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Oct 18, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Activity, Teaching Strategies
Thanks to Julie Giglia, an NGPF Fellow and Business/Technology teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School for this blog post. Julie strives to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning and make education innovative and fun for her students. Connect with her on Twitter @julegig or at julie.giglia@whrsd.org. -------- In six months, April 2018, it will be National Financial Literacy month and one thing schools can do is host a Credit for Life Fair. The...

Schools in the News

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Oct 12, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Employment, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy
New financial literacy standards for Illinois schools (Fox Illinois) Schools around Illinois are teaching students the ins and outs of spending and saving money. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, these standards are meant to better prepare students for college and careers. The new standards were required to be implemented this school year. High schools host rock concert/financial literacy events (Nebraska Radio Network) A touring Midwestern rock band will play concerts...

Infographic: Who Has Access to Financial Education?

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Oct 05, 2017
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Research, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
In case you missed our groundbreaking research report last week on access to financial education in high schools across the U.S., thanks to the folks at Visual Capitalist, you now have an infographic that summarizes our findings:    Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist...

What's the Latest in Financial Education Research?

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Oct 03, 2017
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Article, Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Financial Literacy, Policy
We like to bring you the most current information relating to financial education. From elementary school to college and beyond, financial education is not only a necessity, but a fundamental topic that educates students and teachers alike on how they can financially prepare for their future. Here are six recent academic journal papers from George Washington University’s online Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center that you might find helpful in thinking about your instruction: ...

NGPF Research Report Finds That Only 1 in 6 High School Students Nationwide Required to Take Personal Finance Course To Graduate

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Sep 28, 2017
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
NGPF Research Report Finds That Only 1 in 6 High School Students Nationwide Required to Take Personal Finance Course To Graduate Palo Alto, CA –September 27, 2017- Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit on a mission to bring effective and engaging financial education to all U.S. high school classrooms, today released a groundbreaking research report on the state of financial education. The report answers a fundamental question, Who has access to financial education in America...

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Professional Development, Career
Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect (Peoria Public Radio) Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015. Catoosa County developing career academy to prepare students for jobs (Times Free Press) Catoosa County education officials are developing a new, specialized high school,...

How to Teach Personal Finance with an Index Card. A Guest Post by Barbara O'Neill.

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Aug 28, 2017
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NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Barbara O’Neill is an NGPF Fellow and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. In addition to teaching, Barbara also organizes and facilitates professional development for high school personal finance educators in New Jersey. In August 2017, Barbara facilitated two Financial Education Boot Camps and had educators work through the following Index Card Activity. ------------- Back in March, I wrote a NGPF blog post about my three-month curation of financial...

Flash Survey Results: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance?

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Aug 28, 2017
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Survey Results, Professional Development, Financial Literacy, Flash Surveys, Personal Finance
We were curious: With the start of the school year just around the corner, and as personal finance education slowly becomes more prevalent at the high school level, we wondered: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance? Thanks to the 197 survey respondents we have some key findings to share (see charts below for additional detail): The top 5 units that you are teach are Budgeting (93% of respondents), Savings (89%), Credit Cards/Credit Scores (83%), Checking (83%) and Taxes (80%)  We were curious...

How do YOU teach personal finance?

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Aug 04, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Research, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Front Page Spotlight, Tips for Teachers
The start of school is just around the corner and we know that you’re beginning to think about your coming course load for the year. As personal finance education becomes mandated in a growing number of states, we’re curious: How do YOU teach personal finance? Create your own user feedback survey ...

Schools in the News

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Aug 02, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Schools In News, Tips for Teachers
Franklin Military Academy financial literacy course receives high marks (Richmond Free Press) The passionate discussion of Phyllis Jackson’s students can be heard long before reaching her classroom at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy. On a recent warm afternoon, Ms. Jackson’s students are divided into small groups to tackle an assignment in her economics and personal finance class: To figure out the cost of transportation to and from work and budgeting the money to cover it. At...

Tim Talks To: Allie Nault, Advocate for Financial Education and Miss America's Outstanding Teen

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Jul 30, 2017
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Advocacy, Podcasts, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Policy
I know you will enjoy my conversation with Allie Nault, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen for 2016. From working at a 24 hour diner to grilling presidential candidates about our nation’s debt, Allie has a level of composure and maturity well beyond her years. She uses her platform to advocate for financial literacy and she travels throughout the country talking to students, parents, and teachers about the importance of financial education. Listen to this podcast and you will learn...

Research: What's In Your Course Catalog?

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Jul 25, 2017
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Current Events
A team at NGPF is diligently scouring thousands of high school course catalogs this summer to answer the question, “Who has access to a personal finance course?” Look for our research results later this summer. I think that course descriptions are telling in that demonstrate 1) the topics covered in the course and 2) how the instructor is marketing the course to students. Here are 5 of the more dynamic personal finance course descriptions that our crack research team identified:...

The Retail Industry Changed Last Week...NGPF Has Resources Aligned To These Current Events

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Jun 18, 2017
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Current Events, Career, Index Funds, Investing, Financial Literacy, Stocks, Purchase Decisions, Economics
This has been a big week of news related to the Retail Industry in the U.S., with implications for the economy, jobs, shoppers, and investors. This post will explain the big events for the week, their implications for you and your students while also providing activities and lessons that are aligned to these current events. What’s Happening? US Retail Sales declined month-over-month in May, suffering its biggest decline in 16 months.  Coupled with lower inflation, this data suggests...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Dave Mancl About How Wisconsin Increased Access to Financial Education

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Jun 05, 2017
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Policy, Financial Literacy, Current Events, Podcasts, Advocacy
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Dave Mancl. He provided awesome insights about how actions at the state level can act as an accelerant to get financial education into more K-12 classrooms. Dave’s state, Wisconsin, has been an early adopter in seeing the value of this education and created a comprehensive and holistic approach to increasing access.  In this podcast, Dave shares his work as director of the Wisconsin Office of Financial Literacy in the Department of...

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