NGPF Podcast: Kiara Slaton on launching a new personal finance course
This week's podcast starts with Yanely describing what high schoolers need to know about LinkedIn. Next, I talk to Kiara Slaton of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School (FL). She stepped up to lead the new personal finance course at her school. She shares why she cares so much about personal finance, her approach to grabbing students' attention and why she weaves an aspirational tone to her teaching. Enjoy!
- 0:00~0:30 Introduction
- 0:30~6:59 Current Events with Yanely: Level Up Your LinkedIn
- 6:59~7:30 A word from NGPF
- 7:30~9:02 Introducing this week’s guest: Kiara Slaton
- 9:02~10:29 Teaching at Palm Beach Gardens High School
- 10:29~11:43 Favorite entrepreneurial student idea
- 11:43~15:00 Growing up collecting pennies and old bills
- 15:00~16:39 The personal finance elective at the school
- 16:39~17:23 Most engaging personal finance topics
- 17:23~18:23 How to talk about the Gamestop frenzy
- 18:23~21:36 Stories from the classroom
- 21:36~22:35 Importance of being culturally aware when teaching
- 22:35~25:07 Making investing interesting through chicken nuggets
- 25:07~26:09 The aspirational nature of personal finance classes
- 26:09~27:15 Looking to expand the elective
- 27:15~28:31 On coaching basketball and owning a league
- 28:31~29:38 Conclusion
- FinCap Friday: Level Up Your LinkedIn
- Kiara’s Basketball League: She Hoops Elite
“At the end of the day, the dollar is green and it spends like it spends. And we need to know how to manage it.”
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About the Authors
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full time with a focus on teacher onboarding. He is also the editor of the NGPF podcast and makes sure it is accessible to teachers on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world and try out new brewing methods, even though personal finance gurus tend to caution against buying a cup of joe.
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