Aug 31, 2018

NGPF Podcast: Tim's Back to School Conversation with Amazing Educator Brian Page (Reading, Ohio)

As the start of the new school year approaches, here is this week’s podcast on how one enthusiastic teacher spent his summer preparing curriculum and new teaching strategies to start the 2018-2019 school year on the right foot. Brian Page, a Passionate (that's with a capital P) NGPF Fellow, teaches at Reading High School in Ohio and this marks his third appearance on the NGPF Podcast.

He shares how he both led and attended professional development sessions this summer that modeled engaging instructional strategies and used feedback to capture teacher thinking. He discusses the countless hours he spent revamping his curriculum. What key changes did he make? He is allowing for more student choice as well as building in more immediate feedback for students who take his assessments. Finally, Brian discusses the importance of timeliness when it comes to delivering content on financial aid to high school seniors. He wants them to have the opportunity to take a critical look at student loans and created an activity so they could experience the consequences of over borrowing. Brian will inspire energize you.  He believes that HE has one of the best jobs collaborating with other bright and high achieving education leaders. We think that WE do! Enjoy!


  • 00:00 - 1:15 Introduction
  • 1:15 - 4:05 Examples of delivery and instructional strategies
  • 4:05 - 8:50 Captivating PD sessions by keeping teachers engaged
  • 8:50 - 11:20 JumpStart conference
  • 11:20 - 15: 10 Providing student choice in learning methods
  • 15:10 - 17:10 Effectiveness of infographics
  • 17:10 - 18:18 A quiz is not an end-goal, but a step in learning process
  • 18:18 - 18:50 Word from NGPF
  • 18:50 - 20:45 Giving immediate quality feedback to students after exit tickets
  • 20:45 - 23:05 Consequences of student loan mistakes - Case Study
  • 23:05 - 27:13 Helping high school seniors prepare for FAFSA and financial award letters
  • 27:13 - 30:00 Authenticity at the NGPF Summer Institute Experience
  • 30:00 - 31:30 Peeling the onion with design thinking
  • 31:30 - 34:27 Gift-giving solutions
  • 34:27 - 36:00 Helpful tech tools
  • 36:00 - 37:28 Incorporating financial literacy in computer classes
  • 37:28 - 40:02 Recommended Reading: Predictably Irrational and info on left digit bias
  • 40:02 - 40:47 Conclusion

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  • "So my takeaway is that you should always change up your methods because there’s no perfect method. I feel that you need to be really deliberate in your methods to stick to it and to hone in on that specific way of teaching. When it at all possible, give students voice in the direction that they go.
  • “My hope is that when we start the school year on Monday, I am able to convince the students that a quiz is a step in the learning process, not a conclusion of it. I’m practicing what I’m preaching by spending a lot of time and energy on providing really good quality and timely feedback for you once your done with the exit slip (in Google Forms)


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About the Authors

Abby Alcala

After graduating with a statistics major at UC Davis, Abby set off to Massachusetts to teach algebra 1 and geometry and enjoyed working with the curious and creative minds of high school students. She is passionate about helping students recognize and develop their strengths and leadership skills. She was instrumental in taking the high school cheer team to regional competitions, as well as elevating school spirit and pride through creating unity amongst the study body and educators. Back in the Bay Area, Abby is excited to work with other educators to build and share content to enhance the teaching experience in applied math and finance.

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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