Category: New Products

CURRICULUM UPDATES: Classroom Activities

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Sep 20, 2021
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New Products
The world of personal finance is ever changing, and with that, so are our activities! Details regarding insurance, taxes, college costs, interest rates, and geographic information have all been updated in some of NGPF’s best resources. When those things are updated, we make sure to go through the question sets and narration to make sure the activities flow better than ever when you use them in the classroom. Take a look to see what’s new!   Recently Updated Activities MOVE:...

Curriculum Updates: Paying For College Unit Updates

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Sep 13, 2021
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New Products
Every year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period opens on October 1st. We’ve gone through our Paying For College Unit materials to make sure you’ve got the most up to date information that will help your students make the best decisions for their future.   What’s changed? Loan Rates - Every summer the Office of Federal Student Aid adjusts their loan rates. These figures are updated through all resources  for loans disbursed from...

Curriculum Updates: What happened to the Financial Pitfalls Unit?

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Sep 08, 2021
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New Products
Back in July, we announced that some major changes were coming to the Financial Pitfalls unit and promised to provide an update once they were made. Keep reading to find out more!    What happened? The brand new Behavioral Economics Unit replaced the Financial Pitfalls unit this summer in NGPF’s Full Year Course!    What does this mean?   1. Activities, Case Studies, and FinCap Fridays that were previously found on the Financial Pitfalls Unit Page can now be found...

Curriculum Updates: Where Are the Full Year Course Comprehension Questions?

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Sep 03, 2021
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New Products
If you've been using the NGPF Full Year Course, you may have noticed that the Comprehension Questions for each lesson are no longer available on the website. So, what happened and how can you still access them? Read more below to find out!    What happened to the comprehension questions?  Findings from one of our surveys showed that the comprehension questions are not nearly as widely used as we thought, so the NGPF Curriculum Team decided to retire these questions over the...

Curriculum Updates: What Happened to the Old Behavioral Finance Mini Unit?

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Aug 25, 2021
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New Products
You might be scratching your head while looking around on the semester course page.  Where did the Behavioral Finance Mini Unit go?  The popular mini unit that many teachers use to start the year hasn’t gone anywhere!  It’s now Money and Me.  As a part of the launch of our Behavioral Economics unit, we wanted to be clear that these units are different but equally important parts of the NGPF curriculum.   What’s the difference between these units? The...

Curriculum Updates: Financial Pitfalls is Moving

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Jul 13, 2021
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New Products, Behavioral Finance, Financial Scams
Updated 9/8/21 You may have seen our latest email campaign announcing some exciting new curriculum we're working on, but we also wanted to give you a heads up about another change that is happening this summer:    The Financial Pitfalls Unit is moving!    WHAT does this mean?  We'll be moving specific lessons from the Financial Pitfalls Unit (currently Unit 8 in the Full Year Course) to other units in the course, such as Types of Credit, Managing Credit, Budgeting,...

Best of 2020: Most popular NEW! NGPF webpages

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Dec 28, 2020
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Professional Development, New Products
Teachers continue to provide us with the best ideas for new products and PD opportunities. The popularity of these ideas is reflected in the stats for these new webpages. Here are the top 7: Certification Course page: In June, we added certifications to our PD line-up. The 8 courses we offered provided teachers with 9 hours of live instruction + a certification exam. As of December 2020, more than 3600 certifications have been earned! Thanks to all who have attended these courses for your hard...

Product Review: "Talking Cents" Cards

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Dec 10, 2020
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New Products
The University of Chicago’s Financial Education Initiative has just released a set of cards designed to be conversation starters with children aged 7 and up. The 108 Talking Cents cards come packaged like a thick deck of playing cards. The QR code provided links to a study guide for teachers (or parents) with suggestion for each of the 106 question cards.   (finEdge™ is the semester-long personal finance course for high school available from the University of Chicago and...

3 Newest NGPF Curriculum Products: Math, Middle School, & Nearpod!

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Nov 10, 2020
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New Products, Middle School Tips
Teachers deserve curriculum that is constantly improving, expanding, and updating to meet their needs. At NGPF, we take teachers' spirit of innovation so seriously that if you blink... you might miss a whole new curriculum product (or 3!) from our rockstar team of curriculum developers. Take a moment today to learn about NGPF's newest FREE curriculum products:   1. The NGPF Math Collection With personal finance skills becoming more and more relevant across the curriculum, so many math...

Million Bazillion, a kid's podcast about money, to launch on July 21st

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Jul 15, 2020
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New Products, Podcasts
NGPF is excited to support the latest podcast from Marketplace. Million Bazillion will engage, enlighten and educate as host Jed Kim answers those tricky questions that kids have about money. Early episodes include these topics: Who invented money? How might you get your parents to agree to buy something you want? How do advertisers make you want what they’re selling — and how do you take your brain back?  And why do things like pizza cost what they do? I got...

Summer Curriculum Updates!

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Jun 24, 2020
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New Products
As we head into the summer months, we hope you find some time to relax, recharge, connect with family & friends, attend a few online PDs, and reflect on an unprecedented school year. We know many of you use the summer months to plan ahead, so we wanted to give you some information on curriculum updates, new releases, and other curriculum-related projects the NGPF Team is currently working on.    Curriculum Updates The Curriculum Team will be updating several units this summer. The...

Top 10 Ways Teachers Plan to Use "The Most Important Class You Never Had" Documentary

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Feb 06, 2020
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Personal Finance, New Products
We released The Most Important Class You Never Had today. It's a documentary that tells the story of 8 extraordinary teachers and how personal finance education empowers their students, their families and even the teachers themselves. We hosted several screenings for teachers recently and this was their 'top 10" when it came to how they plan to use the documentary to support their program:  10. Show to admin to persuade them to add sections and increase access9. Share with a state...

NGPF Arcade Game, Money Magic, COMING SOON! [Released 1/24/20]

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Jan 08, 2020
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Interactive, New Products
Update (1/31/20): Money Magic is now released. Play it at www.playmoneymagic.com.  This game can be found in the NGPF Arcade here.  Enjoy! ----------------------------- "Learn the tricks of budgeting" is the tagline for this new NGPF Arcade Game.  Here's a short teaser video to whet your appetite: Mason and I had a lot of fun piloting Money Magic at a high school in San Mateo, California today. Here's what we heard from students:  What do I need to save to make it to Vegas...

Best of 2019..NGPF's Questions of the Day

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Dec 25, 2019
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Question of the Day, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Current Events, Investing, New Products
If you receive our daily blog updates, you know that we produce a Question of the Day every Mon-Thursday during the school year..which amounts to about 160 questions. Here are the 10 questions that garnered the most pageviews in 2019. See how many you can answer correctly: What's the average credit score needed to rent an apartment?  What percent of people age 75 and older are still working? What percent of U.S. millionaires are professional athletes? What percent of 18-34 year olds are...

What is a Mini-Unit?

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Dec 19, 2019
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New Products
One of the most exciting curriculum developments NGPF had in 2019 was the new mini-units! Wondering what a mini-unit is and how to use one? Just read below!  What is a mini-unit? How many are there?  There are currently 6 mini-units. A mini-unit generally consists of three to five 45-minute lessons (hence the name "Mini"!). Each mini-unit has the same components of any other NGPF lesson you might use in the classroom - a unit plan, lesson guides, student activity packets,...