Category: Professional Development

Podcast Review: The Indicator from Planet Money

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Jun 26, 2018
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Podcasts, Employment, Investing, Professional Development
I had an hour long drive and wanted to try a new podcast: The Indicator. Here's what I liked about it: Duration: It's short at 10 minutes  Topical: Lots of content that would interest a personal finance teacher Format: The two podcasters (Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia) have great rapport and make it entertaining. I also like the data that they share to buttress their key points. It will help me come up with good Questions of Day.  Frequency: it's daily so you have lots of...

Digging Deeper: The Value of “Professional” Professional Development

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Jun 18, 2018
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Professional Development
I know, just the words “professional development” usually makes you want to head for the hills! During my tenure as a high school mathematics teacher, my recollection of professional development opportunities and training sessions is a giant blur. Most addressed administrative requirements or curriculum changes—little of it inspiring. As a personal finance instructor at the college level, I participated in the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summits and found them to be...

NGPF Extra Mile Award: PLC Participants

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Jun 04, 2018
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Professional Development, Current Events, Personal Finance
NGPF's Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides educators with an opportunity to collaborate virtually on an artifact that they want to improve. Teachers meet for 30 minutes over a 3-5 week period until each member has received feedback on their resource. Here's what they tell us they love about PLCs: "I really enjoyed participating in the PLC. Not only did I get fresh ideas on how to revise my own project, but I got additional project ideas that I can use immediately in my class."...

NGPF Extra Mile Award: Webinars

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May 31, 2018
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Professional Development
 NGPF Webinars are a great way for teachers to dive deeper into topics that interest them. In the 2017-18 school year, our most popular webinars were (all have been archived here and can be watched at your convenience)... What's Trending in Personal Finance?  Teaching Through Interactives Using the NGPF Semester Course: Planning for Success Weaving Math and Personal Finance in the Classroom Teaching Soft Skills for the 21st Century  Teachers tell us they walk away from our...

NGPF's Extra Mile Award: Flash Surveys

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May 30, 2018
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Professional Development
NGPF Flash Surveys are a great way for teachers to find out what other teachers are doing about... Advocacy Social Media Role of Math Curriculum Technology and MORE We send out these surveys every other month. By tapping into the collective wisdom of educators, these surveys provide tremendous support for the "I'm the only personal finance teacher in my building." They also help us better tailor our products and services to your needs and help us identify gaps where we can help. With over 1700...

NGPF Sponsoring Summer Workshops for Finance Educators

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May 24, 2018
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Professional Development
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 23, 2018 - Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the financial skills needed to thrive in the future, is excited to announce summer workshops they are sponsoring for educators. NGPF recently announced a $25 million investment focused on teacher development over the next decade and these summer workshops represent a down payment.  "We are excited to be supporting teacher PD programs in six...

Why We Are Investing $25 Million in Teachers

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Apr 16, 2018
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Professional Development, Personal Finance
I had the good fortune of addressing JumpStart leaders at their recent Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. I announced that NGPF will be investing $25 million in teacher professional development over the next decade to ensure that  "every classroom has a highly qualified, confident educator to develop the financial skills so the next generation of students has a better future."  Why are we investing in educators? It's pretty simple. There is no other way to accomplish our mission...

In The Trenches: The Impact of Personal Finance Education

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Apr 10, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Case Study, Taxes, Professional Development, Interactive
Look for this new column, "In The Trenches," to become a regular feature on Tuesdays for the NGPF Blog. Teachers will share their experiences in the classroom and how they apply what they learned at NGPF PD events (FinCamps, FinCamps PLUS, Summer Institute and Summit). This week, we focus on how two NJ educators applied what they learned at the recent NGPF Summit. Kay Paolucci: Barringer Academy of STEAM (Newark, NJ) I wanted to share my experience with the 1040EZ activity. The activity supplies...

Schools in the News (late February)

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Mar 01, 2018
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Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy, Personal Finance
Here's what's happening with personal finance across the country: Will the state of Florida require a personal finance course? (Tampa Bay Online): Hukill, a Port Orange Republican, has been pushing to get this information into teens’ hands for five years. Her bill would remove the financial literacy material currently in the state’s basic economics course, and create a separate half-credit course that students would have to pass in order to graduate. NGPF Fellow, Jill Wilson,...

Schools in the News

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Dec 20, 2017
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Schools In News, Audio Resource, Activity, Current Events, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, This Week In Financial Literacy
Grading U.S. states on teaching financial literacy: Some earn A’s, while others flunk (The Washington Post) The third report card of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College highlights the mixed record around the country — including in the D.C. region, where the District earned an F, while Virginia aced it and Maryland received a B.  (See all grades below.) The grades are only a slight improvement from those given in 2015, when 24 percent of states and the...

Nov/Dec Survey: What Personal Finance PD Do You Attend?

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Nov 16, 2017
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Flash Surveys, Professional Development
At NGPF we want to know: What does personal finance professional development look like in your school, district, or state? What PD do educators have access to? What are PD opportunities that educators are seeking?   We'd love to hear your input about personal finance professional development, so thanks for taking our Flash Survey now! This is also your chance to inform our future professional development offerings!As always, survey respondents will be entered into a draw for...

NGPF Announces Scholarship Recipients for Jump$tart National Educator Conference!

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Oct 30, 2017
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Featured Teachers, Contest Previous, Professional Development, Front Page Spotlight, Schools In News
NGPF is excited to introduce the following recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, 2017!  Adrienne Deakins, William Penn High School (New Castle, DE)Adrienne teaches Economics/Personal Finance and AP Economics at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE.         Amy McCutchen, Holmen High School (Holmen, WI)Amy McCutchen has been a teacher at Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin since 2007.  She teaches business classes...

Schools in the News

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Sep 13, 2017
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Schools In News, Career, Professional Development, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance
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, Personal Finance, Flash Surveys, Financial Literacy, Professional Development
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...