Category: Financial Literacy

A Reflective: My Five Favorite Fellow Lessons

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Sep 19, 2018
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NGPF Fellows, Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Brian Page, of Reading High School, OH. --------- What I really wanted to write was “My 146 Favorite Fellow Lessons”, but folks would likely shy away from an article that long, so I stuck with five. This July, a small group of us met at the NGPF Summer Institute to kick off a Fellowship. With only 12 of us, and numerous NGPF staff, the intimate setting led to learning that could not be scripted. Note taking was an ongoing process...

Reading List for September 15-16

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Sep 14, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Paying for College, Financial Literacy, Identity Theft, Retirement
Included a few extra articles this week as we recognize the ten-year anniversary of the Lehman failure and start of the Great Recession.....and a collection on paying for college as we start the new school year. Ten Year anniversary of Lehman failure What have we learned? Neil Irwin in his UpShot article compares current times to the 1990s looking for lessons. The WSJ looks back at how the Great Recession changed our relationship with risk. This WSJ/The Outlook discusses if the Fed has new...

Greg Livingston: One Teacher's Journey to Financial Education

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Aug 27, 2018
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
The NGPF Team continues to grow...Join me in welcoming Greg Livingston who will be focusing our professional development efforts. Expect to see him soon at a FinCamp near you. I know you will enjoy reading about why he's so passionate about financial education. --------------------- I started my first full time teaching job in 2011 as an Earth Science teacher in Brooklyn, New York.  The opportunity to explore the history of the Earth and Universe with my students - exciting and important...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Tireless Advocate and Educator Tiffany Zachmeier

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Aug 17, 2018
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Podcasts, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, Advocacy
  Tiffany Zachmeier has greatly expanded the financial education efforts at Bay Federal Credit Union in Santa Cruz, California. What she and her credit union have accomplished in a little over a decade is nothing short of amazing. Since 2005, their program has reached over 20,000 people  in 1,000 workshops delivered at local schools, employers and non-profits in the community. As the BayFed CEO noted: "Tiffany has truly helped make a real difference in the financial lives of those in...

Yanely Espinal: Why I'm Passionate About Personal Finance Education

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Aug 16, 2018
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Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
The NGPF Team is growing...Join me in welcoming Yanely Espinal who will be leading our efforts in New York City, the largest school district in America. She shares her passion for financial education below. Hear more about Yanely's inspiring journey in this NGPF podcast from March.   ------------- Last year, NGPF conducted a nationwide study of 13 million students across 11,000 high schools to find out how personal finance is being taught across America. The results showed that only 1...

NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarships!

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Jul 27, 2018
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Contest Current, Financial Literacy, Professional Development
Are you passionate about building financial capability and find yourself constantly brainstorming and conjuring up ways to bring personal finance education to more students? If so, we have an amazing professional development opportunity for you! Next Gen Personal Finance is awarding 20 scholarships for classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH from November 3-5, 2018!To apply for a scholarship, submit a response to the...

The "States" of Financial Capability

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Jul 16, 2018
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Policy, Advocacy, Financial Literacy
Last December, the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College issued a report card on U.S. states and their personal finance education offerings in high schools. At that point, only Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Utah received “A’s,” signifying that they require 60+ hours of personal financial instruction for graduation. Utah got an “A+” because they also require students to pass a state test on the subject.  However, there has been progress...

Just One Resource - PROJECT: Create a Scam Guidebook

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May 23, 2018
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Just One Resource, Financial Literacy, Identity Theft
        In this new weekly blog post, Jessica will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.    [The Resource]  PROJECT: Create a Scam Guidebook The Gist: Financial scams are everywhere, out to get you if you're not vigilant. As the school year draws to a close, why not have your students deep dive into the nitty-gritty of how different scams work...

Schools in the News

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May 09, 2018
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News) Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in. Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...

Flash Survey Results: Advocating for Financial Education

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May 04, 2018
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Survey Results, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Personal Finance
As more states move to increase access to financial education for their students, we were curious: What has your experience been in advocating for financial education? Now, with data in hand, here's a quick summary of the results: 81% of respondents indicate that they have advocated for a personal finance class or content in their school, district, or state Administration (64%), students (62%), colleagues (61%), and parents (60%) are the most reported supporters of financial education advocacy...

In The Trenches: The Impact of Financial Education

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May 01, 2018
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance
Musings from a group of high school students in Michigan about the value of their personal finance course:    Sam:  We learned a lot about saving money, budgeting, and banking. My classmate Sophia and I are also both involved in DECA, a business organization. We were enjoying what we learned in class and decided to use it as a basis for our Financial Literacy DECA project. We spent lots of time on this project and learning about the importance of financial literacy. Everything we...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Financial Education Researcher, Melody Harvey

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Apr 27, 2018
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Podcasts, Research, Financial Literacy, Current Events
Far too often, we read in the media articles with titles like "Does Financial Education Really Work?" that take a skeptical view of the work that we do. Yet, every day, we seem to be seeing more evidence that it does. Today on the podcast you will hear from Melody Harvey, a current PhD candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her dissertation focuses on the question of whether financial education impacts usage of alternative financial services (a.k.a. payday borrowing and other high cost...

What I'm Reading This Weekend (April 28-29)

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Apr 27, 2018
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Current Events, Economics, Employment, Behavioral Finance, Financial Literacy
What I’m Reading This Weekend (April 28-29) April has brought us Financial Literacy/Capability Month and "Equal Pay Day."  This week's list starts with the first and ends with the last, and we cover global economics, news for teachers, and Amazon was in the headlines so many times they get their own heading this week. Financial Capability  Do you live in one of the five states that received and A from the Champlain College Financial Literacy Center?  Here are the top ten...

Introducing NGPF Summer Institute 2018 Participants

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Apr 16, 2018
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Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
June 2018 Adam Cole, Needham High School (Needham, MA) Adam Cole is a dedicated educator who is passionate about preparing his students for life after high school.  After 8 years of teaching solely math, he added both personal finance and computer science to his schedule.  By connecting with local businesses and experts to make the material more engaging and meaningful, enrollment has doubled over the last 5 years.  In addition to teaching, he coaches both the Boys...

Financial Education: Teaching Up as well as Down

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Apr 02, 2018
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Retirement, Financial Literacy, Parent Conversations, Teaching Strategies
We focus daily on preparing younger generations to manage their financial futures.  It is a noble cause. But as educators, we can be the key to helping a parent who has never been responsible for major financial decisions navigate some of the most critical financial decisions of their lives. A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of attending my mom’s 90th birthday celebration.  As I scanned the room filled with octogenarians and nonagenarians in various states of health, I...