Category: Podcasts

Podcast: Tim Talks Tech Tools with Educator Jackie Prester (Mansfield High School, MA)

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Dec 17, 2017
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Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers, Current Events, Podcasts, Interactive
It had been almost two years since I last checked in to talk tech with Jackie Prester of Mansfield High School (listen to our first podcast here). Jackie is one of those passionate personal finance teachers always looking to hone her craft by staying abreast of tech tools to boost student engagement and enhance their learning experience. She attends the conferences, demos the products and if a tech tool makes her Top 5 Short List you know that it has passed her "classroom test" too. Oh, and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Alexis Poggio, a Hollywood High School Student

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Dec 10, 2017
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Podcasts, Student Loans, Checking Accounts, Parent Conversations, Employment
Alexis reached out to me via email a few weeks back and wanted to talk money. She had a high school research project that she was working on and had a few questions for me about financial education. Based on the depth of her questions and her resourcefulness in getting sources for her report (this was a first!), I had my own questions. Listen to the podcast to get answers to these and more: Why is she interested in personal finance? How did a personal finance course that she took her junior...

NGPF Advocacy Podcast: Christian Talks With Personal Finance Advocate, Jill Thompson

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Dec 04, 2017
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Advocacy, Podcasts
NGPF Gold Standard teacher Jill Thompson of Casper, WY joined us for a special advocacy episode of the NGPF Podcast this week. Jill was an NGPF Fellow for the 2016-17 School Year. Kelly Walsh High School, where Jill has taught Business for all of her career, is one of the latest additions to the NGPF Gold Standard Schools list from the month of November. Christian, NGPF’s Advocacy Director, chatted with Jill about how she persevered to ensure that ALL students at Kelly Walsh HS got...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Educator Extraordinaire Julius Prezelski of Mt. St. Joseph's High School (Baltimore, MD)

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Dec 03, 2017
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Podcasts, Investing
It was great to run into Julius at a few conferences recently and learn more about the program he has developed at Mt. St. Joseph's. As someone who has advocated and developed personal finance programs at two different schools over the last 20 years at two different schools, Julius has a wealth of experience to share. You will hear him describe the one book that became the cornerstone of his course in the early years. From the power of story-telling to making investing fun and understandable...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Passionate Educator Barbara Angelicola-Manzolli of Mills High School (Burlington, CT)

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Nov 26, 2017
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Teaching Strategies, Budgeting, Podcasts, Current Events
It was great to see Barbara recently at the JumpStart National Educator Conference in D.C. We had a few conversations there about her favorite classroom activities and I encouraged (pleaded?) for her to come on the podcast and share them with the community. So, you will learn about ideas that work in Barbara's classroom as well as her earliest money lessons and how she incorporates morals, values and ethics into her course. I know that you will walk away with ideas by listening to this...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Enterprising Educator, Dan LaSalle of Olney High School (Philadelphia, PA)

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Nov 19, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Savings, Parent Conversations, Teaching Strategies, Career
Want a radical approach to teaching financial education? How about creating jobs for your students at school and paying them for their efforts...then standing back and watch how they manage THEIR money. Dan LaSalle, educator at Olney High School in Philadelphia came up with this idea, received a grant to fund it and shares his observations after one year of running the IF (Identity and Finance) Project. His belief: to teach kids about money they need to have money to manage. Listen to the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Fred Selinger, Personal Finance Educator At Cal Berkeley

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Nov 12, 2017
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Personal Finance, Podcasts, Stocks, Budgeting, Investing
Thanks to Fred Selinger, Personal Finance instructor at Berkeley's Haas School of Business for joining me recently on the NGPF podcast. Fred shares his exciting story of how he went from a successful business career in corporate finance to taking on the challenge of building a personal finance program at one of America's flagship universities, the University of California at Berkeley. He describes the meteoric rise of the program: from the the first day of class when he didn't know if anyone...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Steve Frederickson, Executive Chairman of PRA Group

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Nov 06, 2017
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Credit Reports, Credit Cards, Entrepreneurship, Credit Scores, Podcasts
I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Steve Frederickson of PRA Group. He just recently stepped down as CEO of PRA, a company he founded 20 years ago (Hat tip to Melissa at NGPF for connecting me with Steve) Looking back at his tenure, Steve shares the ups and downs (mostly ups!) that make entrepreneurial ventures so satisfying and so all consuming too. Steve shares that journey from developing an enduring strategy for PRA right out of the gate as a start-up, to taking the company...

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...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Michael Carter, Founder of Strive for College

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Oct 22, 2017
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Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Paying for College, Student Loans
How can we get more first-generation students to consider college when they don't have parental role models experienced in the process? Michael's non-profit organization has the answer by providing trained mentors to guide and encourage students so they can achieve their college dreams. Listen to Michael's story on how he has built Strive for College from his dorm room at Washington University (St. Louis) to an organization serving tens of thousands of students. Enjoy the journey of this...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Entrepreneur Michael Lyons

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Oct 16, 2017
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Podcasts, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies
NGPF Fellow Steve Penley reached out to me a few weeks back and said, "I have this former student you need to have on your podcast because he has a great entrepreneurial journey to share with you." So, I reached out to Michael Lyons and this engaging conversation ensued. Michael shares how he came up with the idea for a business he started out of his dorm room, how he had to make a decision to turn down business in order to preserve his company's reputation for quality and how Steve's...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Ted Benna, "Father of the 401(k)"

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Oct 08, 2017
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Podcasts, Index Funds, Investing, Retirement, Compound Interest
401(k) plans have gone from 0 to about $5 trillion in assets in just 35 years. They have become THE dominant way that people save for retirement today as pensions have become a thing of the past. Today on the NGPF Podcast, you will hear from the "Father of the 401(k), Ted Benna." You will hear about his "aha moment" that led to the birth of the 401(k), the challenges of getting employers and employees to adopt the program in the early years and his opinion of 401(k) plans today. Enjoy! Details:...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jenny Nicholson, Creator of College Simulation Game, PAYBACK

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Sep 30, 2017
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Paying for College, Student Loans, Career, Podcasts, Parent Conversations, Interactive
I am excited to welcome Jenny Nicholson, Creative Director at McKinney, back to the NGPF podcast (here was our earlier discussion about the game Spent). I have gotten to know Jenny quite well over the past six months as we collaborated on a game called PAYBACK (check out the NY Times article about the game here). The goal of this online simulation is to immerse students into the college experience so they can hone their decision making skills to successfully navigate the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Jeff Desjardins, Founder and Editor of Visual Capitalist

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Sep 28, 2017
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Podcasts, Economics, Current Events, Entrepreneurship
I discovered Jeff's company, Visual Capitalist, a few years ago while surfing the web in my daily quest for material for the NGPF Blog. Since that first discovery, we have used their resources multiple times. Why? They have an extraordinary ability to use infographics and data visualizations to take complex ideas and make them simpler. Given that we live in a world where data analysis is more important than ever, I thought his work would be appreciated by educators looking for fun ways to...

NGPF Podcast: Back To School Special With Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (Reading, OH)

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Sep 15, 2017
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Budgeting, Behavioral Finance
It's our back to school special with Brian Page, educator at Reading High School in Reading, Ohio. It's becoming a rite of passage on the NGPF podcast with Brian making his third appearance to discuss his summer activities (he did some great advocacy work for us) and the new honors course he developed. He shares some of his favorite activities and how a new book has made him rethink how personal finance should be taught. Oh, and listen closely to hear how a cologne purchase brought happiness to...

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