Jun 05, 2017

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Dave Mancl About How Wisconsin Increased Access to Financial Education

I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Dave Mancl. He provided awesome insights about how actions at the state level can act as an accelerant to get financial education into more K-12 classrooms. Dave’s state, Wisconsin, has been an early adopter in seeing the value of this education and created a comprehensive and holistic approach to increasing access.  In this podcast, Dave shares his work as director of the Wisconsin Office of Financial Literacy in the Department of Financial Institutions and the keys to his success in driving financial education efforts.  You will also learn more about how to successfully manage a nightcrawler business. Enjoy!


  • 0:00~1:08 – Introduction
  • 1:08~1:52 – Dave’s day job
  • 1:52~3:41 – Interest in financial literacy
  • 3:41~6:13 – First job
  • 6:13~11:44 – Office of financial literacy
  • 11:44~15:23 – Increasing access to financial education
  • 15:23~20:37 – Strategies for success
  • 20:37~21:58 – Personal finance at the state level
  • 21:58~27:21 – Office of financial literacy’s resources
  • 27:21~27:38 – A word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 27:38~29:46 – Building curriculum
  • 29:46~34:47 – Making personal finance work
  • 34:47~37:28 – Goals
  • 37:28~38:21 – Best thing bought under $10
  • 38:21~39:15 – Favorite website
  • 39:15~41:25 – Favorite book
  • 41:25~42:24 – Biggest money question
  • 42:24~44:07 – Text to high school students
  • 44:07~45:28 – Conclusion
Notable Quotes:
  • “In-person training is important. Teachers are pretty good at what they do and when they meet together they share ideas and I think that is really good.”
  • “What do we want our community to look like in 20 years when our students are running this place? That kind of mentality drives us to increase financial education.”

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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