Category: Professional Development

Calling All Change Makers: NGPF 2019 Summit

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Oct 24, 2018
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Teaching Strategies, Advocacy, Behavioral Finance, Professional Development, Schools In News
Are you passionate about increasing access to personal finance education? Motivated to affect change in your class, school, district or community? Apply for NGPF's Summit today!   Who You Are: You understand the importance and value of personal finance education. You acknowledge that students must learn to manage money, create budgets, and build good credit habits to become financially secure adults in the 'real world'. You are committed to improving financial education in your...

Where is FinCamp being held near me?

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Sep 13, 2018
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Professional Development
THE PROBLEM: I am SO excited about your 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, but when I click to the FinCamp in the city nearest me, there's no specific location. Can you tell me where, exactly, each event will take place?    THE ANSWER: Watch this short video to hear our PRO Tip for figuring out which FinCamp is most convenient for you.  What to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up for the blog digest on the upper right of our blog page. ...

NGPF Announces Scholarship Recipients for National Jump$tart Conference

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Sep 04, 2018
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Contest Current, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Schools In News
 NGPF is excited to announce the following NGPF Scholarship recipients who will attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH on November 3-5, 2018. Many will also be attending an NGPF FinCamp to be held prior to the conference on November 3rd. We were impressed with the number of high-quality applicants and found it challenging to select the following recipients from over 250 applications! Congratulations to: Aaron Shaffner, East High School (Denver, CO) Abigail Lugo,...

Schools in the News: State policies, teacher PD and Wise Students

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Aug 08, 2018
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Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy
TN Treasurer visits Elizabethton to launch financial literacy program (Elizabethton Star):  Through the program, each classroom sets up their own mini-economy where the children take on different roles such as merchants, bankers, and other professions to learn about earning and spending money. Students will also learn about evaluating expenses from a needs versus wants perspective, as well as financial topics such as loans, interest, and inflation. In the classrooms where the program has...

NGPF Jump$tart NEC Scholarships!

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Jul 27, 2018
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Contest Current, Financial Literacy, Professional Development
Are you passionate about building financial capability and find yourself constantly brainstorming and conjuring up ways to bring personal finance education to more students? If so, we have an amazing professional development opportunity for you! Next Gen Personal Finance is awarding 20 scholarships for classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH from November 3-5, 2018!To apply for a scholarship, submit a response to the...

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...