Dec 28, 2020
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...
Dec 10, 2020
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...
Nov 10, 2020
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...
Jul 15, 2020
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?
Feb 06, 2020
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...
Jan 08, 2020
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...
Dec 25, 2019
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...
Dec 19, 2019
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,...
Apr 05, 2018
Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, New Products
Cash or No Cash?
Have you noticed your favorite businesses going cashless? How much cash do you carry? Read how David Gelles of the New York Times decided to give the cashless lifestyle a try.
If we are moving to go cashless, then this news about cardless ATMs may have a limited lifespan.
Checking Account Fees and Features
You are not imagining it: checking account fees are on the rise.
You may have to search harder, but free checking accounts still exist.
As fintech evolves...
Feb 23, 2018
Podcasts, Checking Accounts, Interactive, New Products, Personal Finance
The NGPF podcast's first international guest, Kendall Flutey, is one hard-working entrepreneur—she set aside time on a Saturday (NZ Time) to talk to us! She saw a gap in financial literacy education in primary schools through her brother's eyes, and decided to change things for the better. Fueled by her passion for business, the former accountant signed up for coding bootcamp, and 6 months later she was equipped to bring the vision of her startup to life. Banqer was born in 2015, and...
Oct 03, 2017
Paying for College, Interactive, Current Events, Student Loans, New Products
Take the Payback Challenge to learn how much college majors pay and how to minimize that pesky student debt.
One of the frustrating insights from our recent research report, Who Has Access To Financial Education In America Today? was how infrequently "paying for college" (or some variant) was covered in a personal finance course. Yes, while scouring 11,000 websites and 18,000 course descriptions, college was far down the list of terms that were most frequently cited. Yet,...
Aug 10, 2017
New Products, Personal Finance
I'm so proud of the NGPF team (Jessica, Sonia, Amanda, Laura, Ren, Sid and Niko) and the way they came together to achieve great things, namely launching our One-Semester Course, just in time for the school year. It was a marvel to witness the collaboration and choreography required to complete such a monumental task in such a short period of time. Kudos to this amazing team who kept their commitment to educators to deliver this curriculum in time for the 2017-18 school year.
Jun 26, 2017
Question of the Day, New Products, Insurance, Article
Answer (from NY Times; subscription): 78% or $671!
More from the Times article:
An annual analysis by insuranceQuotes.com, a rate comparison site, found that adding a teenager still increased annual premiums substantially, but the magnitude of the increase has been falling over the past few years.
Adding a single teenager to a policy caused annual premiums to increase an average of 78 percent, or $671. But rate increases have been decreasing since 2013, when the average increase was 85 percent....
Jun 25, 2017
Credit Cards, Credit Scores, New Products, Podcasts
I really enjoyed the recent conversation I had with Marla Blow who is not your typical credit card executive. She runs a start-up credit card company (FS Card, Inc.) focused on helping subprime customers get their “sea legs” to establish a positive credit history. In a sense, she has been preparing for this role for her entire career. You will hear about her odyssey from modeling losses in credit card portfolios during the Great Recession to signing on as an early team...
Jun 22, 2017
Article, Question of the Day, Research, New Products, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Chart of the Week
Interesting WSJ article (subscription) highlights how dramatically the concept of car ownership is changing in light of current ride-sharing trends and the potential for autonomous vehicles in the future. Here’s a graph that shows how new car buying has slowed dramatically among younger Americans:
Other key points from this article (about a 5 minute read):
1/4 of miles driven may be through shared, self-driving vehicles by 2030: “Car ownership, for a long time, has symbolized...