May 10, 2017

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF's Jessica Endlich and Sonia Dalal About Their New One-Semester Course

Today on the podcast we hear from NGPF’s Jessica and Sonia about the new One-Semester Course that they are creating. We often hear from teachers that NGPF has great content but also that there is SO much of it.  Given how busy you are, we wanted to make it easy for you by developing the “greatest hits” of NGPF that you could fit into a semester course. Putting their problem-solving hats on, Jessica and Sonia are in the process of developing a One-Semester Course of exactly 90 lessons (18 weeks) of exactly 45 minutes each that you can use to teach your course in the fall. They have created the first four units of this course, provided PD in webinar format, and now join me on this NGPF podcast. We will go under the hood to learn how this new curriculum is being developed, the timeline for its rollout and how they incorporated teacher feedback to continue to improve their product. Enjoy!


  • 0:00~0:55 – Introduction
  • 0:55~1:45 – Jessica and Sonia’s role at NGPF
  • 1:45~3:07 – Rationale behind NGPF’s One Semester Course
  • 3:07~6:09 – Process of building the course
  • 6:09~10:58 – How this course is different from existing NGPF curriculum
  • 10:58~13:41 – Use cases for this one semester course
  • 13:41~13:58 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 13:58~18:25 – New career projects
  • 18:25~20:23 – Roll-out schedule for the summer
  • 20:23~21:34 – Tracking the progress of the new curriculum
  • 21:34~24:31 – Early feedback about the product
  • 24:31~26:03 – Conclusion
Upcoming Events
  • Sign up for the August 3rd webinar, An Update on NGPF’s One-Semester Course here
  • Sign up for the August 8th webinar, (Re)Introducing NGPF’s One-Semester Course here
Notable Quotes
  • “Even if you have 80% of your curriculum already made, you can look at our semester long course and look at our units and even lessons to pick and choose the ones to use in your classroom” – Sonia
  • “Units from the semester course could be used as fillers, for example Sonia got an e-mail from an AP Economics teacher asking how they could teach personal finance during the few weeks after AP testing” -Jessica




About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

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.

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