Category: Financial Literacy

Research: Champlain College Report, MAKING THE GRADE, Highlights State Level Efforts on Finance Education at High School Level

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Dec 14, 2017
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Personal Finance, Current Events, Financial Literacy, Research
John Pelletier of Champlain College is out with his biennial report which grades states based on their state-level policies on delivering personal finance education at the high school level. The takeaway from his research: We still have a long, long, long away to go to ensure that all students have access to a full semester personal finance course before they graduate from high school.  Here's a summary of the report:  Although there have been improvements made since our last report in...

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...

Press Release: Vermont Technical College Approves Financial Literacy for Dual-Enrollment Course Using Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) Resources

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Nov 17, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Current Events
Exciting news to share about our semester course being used for dual-enrollment in Vermont RANDOLPH, Vermont, November 9, 2017 - Vermont Tech  recently approved a dual enrollment personal finance course that will be offered in the spring of 2018. Wayne Goulet, the Randolph Technical Career Center teacher who has been approved to teach the course for Vermont Tech, will use resources from Next Gen Personal Finance for his instruction. The goal of this course is to remove the mystery from the...

Flash Survey Results: The Role of Math in Personal Finance

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Nov 07, 2017
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Research, Survey Results, Financial Literacy
Are you longing to add more math-based activities to your curriculum? Is the relationship between math and personal finance simply outside the scope of what you want or have time to teach?   Thanks to the respondents, we have some key findings to share with you: The majority (76%) of educators embed math content and skill development in their personal finance classes at least once per week The top challenges to including additional math-related personal finance activities are split...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Grace Deng, Project Manager for NGPF's Access To Financial Education Report

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Oct 29, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Current Events, Research, Financial Literacy
After evaluating 11,000 high school course catalogs, NGPF researchers found that 1 in 6 high school students attend a high school with a personal finance course requirement; the numbers are 1 in 12 in low-income communities. Without the work of Grace Deng and her team, we would not know about this huge gap between the need for financial education and what is actually happening in high schools across America. She and a team of researchers spent the summer combing through thousands of high school...

Schools in the News

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Oct 25, 2017
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Schools In News, Financial Literacy, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers
Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record) Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition. Highlands teacher named...

Are You Financially Literate?

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Oct 23, 2017
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Quizzes, Financial Literacy, Research, Personal Finance
Is this even the right question to be asking? Hat's off to Prof. Meir Statman of Santa Clara University (podcast here) for asks for the field to move beyond the three questions typically used to measure financial literacy. He makes the argument (that I agree with) in the Wall Street Journal [subscription] that knowing facts about how compound interest works or what diversification is provides no guarantee that good financial decisions will follow: We do good when we promote financial...

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...

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