Category: Professional Development

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, Advocacy, Professional Development, Career
Illinois Financial Literacy Standards Take Effect (Peoria Public Radio) Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year. The Illinois State Board of Education adopted revised social science standards in 2015. Catoosa County developing career academy to prepare students for jobs (Times Free Press) Catoosa County education officials are developing a new, specialized high school,...

Sep/Oct Survey: The Role of Math in Personal Finance

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Aug 31, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Professional Development
Are you longing to add more math-based activities to your curriculum? Is the relationship between math and personal finance simply outside the scope of what you want or have time to teach?  We'd love to know about you incorporate math into your personal finance class - take our Flash Survey now! This is your chance to inform our future product releases!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!   Create your survey...

Flash Survey Results: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance?

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Aug 28, 2017
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Survey Results, Professional Development, Financial Literacy, Flash Surveys, Personal Finance
We were curious: With the start of the school year just around the corner, and as personal finance education slowly becomes more prevalent at the high school level, we wondered: How Do YOU Teach Personal Finance? Thanks to the 197 survey respondents we have some key findings to share (see charts below for additional detail): The top 5 units that you are teach are Budgeting (93% of respondents), Savings (89%), Credit Cards/Credit Scores (83%), Checking (83%) and Taxes (80%)  We were curious...

NGPF "Webbies" Recognize Teachers Devoted to Professional Development

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Jun 28, 2017
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Webinar, Featured Teachers, Professional Development
As we close the book on another school year, we wanted to recognize educators who committed to their own professional development through their participation in Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) webinars. Announcing our first NGPF “Webby” awards for those educators who participated in the most NGPF webinars over the past school year (Thanks to Sid Sharma, NGPF intern for this analysis). Each of the educators recognized below will be receiving a $100 Amazon gift card. And the envelope...

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces 2017 NGPF Summer Institute Fellows

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Apr 17, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Summer Institute
Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce its 2017 class of NGPF Summer Institute Fellows. Due to the success of last year’s Institute, we increased our investment and will be hosting TWO Summer Institute sessions – which means 24 outstanding educators will be joining us in Palo Alto this summer! The Institute brings together a passionate and talented group of educators who will create new activities, curate resources, collaborate and deepen their content expertise in selected...

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces 2017 Jump$tart Scholarship Recipients

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Apr 17, 2017
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Contest Previous
NGPF is excited to announce the recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to attend Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C. from November 3-5, 2017! Each scholarship winner will receive a $425 scholarship to cover the cost of the conference and accommodations and will be feted at a NGPF reception prior to the conference.  Our scholarship winners hail from 22 different states, teach in rural, urban and suburban settings and have experience ranging from one year to over twenty...

T-2 Days...NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

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Mar 29, 2017
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Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Professional Development, Advocacy
With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss. Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to FinLit Mover and Shaker Brett Burkey

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Feb 21, 2017
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Podcasts, Investing, Current Events, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
He’s written personal finance workbooks, successfully lobbied Florida legislators, trained hundreds of teachers and taught thousands of students in his career. Oh, he also was a pioneer in bringing a blended learning model into his classroom. Who’s “he”? That would be educator Brett Burkey who took time to appear on the NGPF podcast to share insights from his incredible career. From the statehouse to the classroom, Brett describes how he was able to engage his...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to NGPF Fellow Charles Kafoglis About His Four Principles to Teaching Personal Finance

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Feb 15, 2017
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Professional Development, Investing, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers, Summer Institute
Thanks to Charles Kafoglis of Incarnate Word in Houston, Texas for sharing his insights recently on the NGPF podcast. I got to know Charles through his participation in our Summer Institute in 2016. I saw firsthand his passion for financial education and have enjoyed our ongoing dialogue about different approaches to teaching investing. In this podcast, Charles shares the four key principles that serve as the foundation for his personal finance course as well as how his course ties into the...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Odelia Younge and Jennifer Kabaker About Micro-Credential Program At Digital Promise

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Feb 09, 2017
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Professional Development, Teaching Strategies, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
Many personal finance teachers don’t feel confident teaching the subject. There are often hurdles to participating in effective professional development including distance, dollars and relevance. The good news is that there are innovative organizations creating solutions to this problem. I spoke with leaders at one of these innovative companies, Digital Promise, about their micro-credentialing platform, which is designed to build finance educator competencies. Thanks to Odelia Younge and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Blended Learning Aficionado Steve Penley

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Jan 31, 2017
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Podcasts, Lesson Idea, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Thanks to Steve Penley of Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, Illinois) for coming on the NGPF podcast recently. Steve came to our attention through his participation in the NGPF Professional Learning Communities (PLC) program that Jessica (from NGPF) facilitates. In Jessica’s words, “Steve provides tons of great feedback to other participants and stays abreast of new technologies and tools which is incredibly valuable to the group.” In this podcast, Steve shares the...

My Summer Institute Experience: A retrospective from NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner

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Jan 26, 2017
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Summer Institute, Professional Development, NGPF Fellows
When you’re selected as an NGPF Summer Institute participant, you not only join us for 3 days in the summer but also commit to being an NGPF Fellow for the following school year. Fellows have a menu of actions they can complete to earn points, with the goal of earning 100 points by the end of the school year and receiving a stipend for their extra efforts. I can say, from our side, the Fellows have been instrumental this school year in shaping what NGPF does, so we love having them! One...

NGPF's Steps Up Commitment to Professional Development in 2017

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Jan 23, 2017
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Professional Development, Current Events, Webinar, Podcasts, Tips for Teachers
You may have seen this recent announcement: Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce a $120,000 challenge grant to Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy led by John Pelletier. This funding will enable dozens of Vermont financial educators to receive a graduate-level training program over the next three summers at the College. We are excited about restarting this program in Vermont which had great success earlier in the decade. Survey after survey shows teachers...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To HS Educator Jonathan Joseph About Weaving Sports into His Economics Course

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Jan 02, 2017
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Podcasts, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
Happy New Year! I am excited for another year of podcasts (and hope that you are too). This week’s guest, Jonathan Joseph, is an award-winning Economics and personal finance teacher at his alma mater, White Plains High School in White Plains, New York (proving that you CAN go home again!). He shares his secrets to engaging ALL students through an innovative curriculum he built which uses examples from sports to demonstrate economic principles. Who knew the NFL salary cap would find its...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With "Rock Star" Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (OH)

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Dec 15, 2016
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Podcasts, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Current Events, Audio Resource, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Tips for Teachers
What does an extraordinary educator do during their one-year sabbatical away from the classroom? If you are Brian Page, star educator at Reading High School in Ohio, the answer is “a lot of things.” In his return visit to the NGPF podcast, Brian shares how he spent his year away from his beloved classroom. You will learn why he has come back to the classroom even more energized (which, for those of you who know Brian, is saying something) and eager to implement new ideas to engage...

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