Category: Financial Literacy

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, Policy, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy
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...

What is Bitcoin and How Does Cryptocurrency Work? (A Primer)

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Jun 01, 2017
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Current Events, Identity Theft, Investing, Financial Literacy, Payment Types, Article, Math, Cryptocurrencies, Economics
Recently, Bitcoin, the most famous of the cryptocurrencies, has soared to all-time highs (Fortune, May 2017), increasing the amount of press attention and internet searches (Google Trends, May 2017) surrounding the little-known digital currency.  We’ve also heard this question from many of our users, “what is Bitcoin and what do my students need to know about cryptocurrencies”?  You are not alone!  83% of respondents in a 2015 survey conducted by PwC were “slightly...

We Are #7, We Are #7, We Are #7: When Is the U.S. Going to Commit To Financial Education?

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May 24, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Research, Personal Finance, Current Events
PISA Financial Literacy results are out and here are the standings (by country): Yes, there we are at 487, just below average of the 10 OECD countries tested. Note that these scores from the 2015 test (not sure why it takes 2 years to release these results but I digress). Have your students complete some of the sample questions from the test.   Strong linkage between bank accounts and test scores in this summary sheet about U.S. results: “In the United States, 53% of 15-year-old...

Bringing Financial Education To 1,200 Classrooms In 60 Days: What We Learned from Our DonorsChoose.org Partnership

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May 24, 2017
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Current Events, Financial Literacy, Schools In News, Featured Teachers
We set a goal this spring to bring Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) activities and projects into 1,000 new classrooms throughout the U.S. Our experience leading workshops at dozens of educator conferences all over the country had demonstrated the power of trial. That is, getting educators to spend 15 minutes “trying” out our website using a Scavenger Hunt had a powerful effect as we often heard: “I wish I knew about you sooner.” “There is so much here that I...

Schools in the News

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May 10, 2017
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Schools In News, Financial Literacy, Current Events, This Week In Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Inspiring Educator: Ami Amero (WCSH6) [Editor’s note: You can listen to Ami’s story on this NGPF podcast] This week’s Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Ami Amero. Amero has been teaching history at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman for the last 20 years. During her time there, she started a personal finance class to help students with real life finance after graduation. That class is now a requirement for all Forest Hill students to graduate. Amero...

Introducing NGPF's Summer Institute 2017 Participants!

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May 04, 2017
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Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Contest Previous
Session 1: June 2017 Brent Gostomski from Stevens Point Area Senior High School (Stevens Point, WI) After five years of working in the business world, Brent transitioned to teaching at the high school level.  He developed his passion for personal finance from his high school Personal Finance teacher. Brent teaches in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. In addition to teaching, he coaches multiple sports and enjoys spending time with his wife Alli and son Porter. Erin Johnson...

Schools in the News

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Apr 26, 2017
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Schools In News, Research, Financial Literacy, Teaching Strategies, This Week In Financial Literacy, Article, Featured Teachers
How Microlending Builds Financial Literacy Skills and Empowers Students (Education Week) Teachers understand that creating authentic, real-world learning experiences engage students in a way that improves learning and makes it more enjoyable. At Town School for Boys in San Francisco, 6th graders engage in a yearlong study of microfinance using project-based learning that explores what it means to run a business while developing meaningful success skills along the way. While global education...

A Day In The Life of The NGPF Website

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Apr 09, 2017
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Current Events, Financial Literacy
By now, you realize that I am a data geek, so it would only seem natural that I obsess over our website statistics and the story it tells about how educators, students, parents and others who stumble across our website use us. Please note that we don’t track individual users on our site and get our aggregate data from Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. I thought I would choose a day from last week. How about Wednesday, March 29th? Here is what I can tell you...

NGPF Featured as Key Resource in Right About Money

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Apr 03, 2017
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Teaching Strategies, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, This Week In Financial Literacy
Thanks to Brian Page for featuring us as a key resource on Dan Kadlec’s Right About Money media platform focused on financial literacy. I appreciated how Brian described the multitude of ways that he uses NGPF resources and content: As I construct lessons for my students, NGPF is always a go-to resource. NGPF podcasts are entertaining and informative, and feature top financial literacy experts. I enjoy listening to them on my drive home from work. The teaching resources can plug into...

T-2 Days...NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

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Mar 29, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Professional Development, Advocacy
With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss. Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I...

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