Category: Professional Development

4 steps educators can take today to implement Florida's newly required personal finance elective for fall 2019

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May 21, 2019
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Advocacy, Professional Development
A shift in Florida's education policy demands a quick turnaround for high schools   If you follow the Florida legislature closely (as we do at NGPF), you may have seen that House Bill 7071 passed on May 2nd, and is currently awaiting signature on Governor Ron DeSantis's desk. One of the key provisions of this new workforce readiness law is, "requiring school districts to offer one-half credit in financial literacy as an elective." You can read the full text of the law here.  ...

We LOVE Feedback: NGPF's Year-End Survey

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May 20, 2019
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Professional Development
As your thoughts begin to turn towards summer, please take a moment to let us know how your year with NGPF resources and professional development activities went by completing this brief survey. We read every response and our best ideas come from educators! Thank you for your commitment to financial education! ...

May Virtual PDs: Credit and Investing Resources, Differentiating Instruction and Games

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May 19, 2019
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Professional Development
Here's what teachers tell us they value in our one-hour Virtual PDs: 'I ventured into areas of NGPF that I have not had time to do before. That was super valuable to me!!' "Fabulous ideas from other teachers on how to implement some of the resources that are available." "I love this format - this was my first but it will not be my last! What a great way to get some excellent PD!!!!!" Attend one (or more) of our remaining VPDs this May and your name will be entered into a drawing for $50 Amazon...

New PD Offering for Summer: NGPF Virtual FinCamps

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May 15, 2019
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Professional Development
Take our in-person FinCamps and deliver them virtually? What a crazy idea, right? That can't possibly turn out well...or can it? Well, we found out after a late spring snowstorm barreled down on the Dakotas and threatened to cancel our FinCamps planned for Sioux Falls and Fargo. We needed to act quickly to develop an alternative. So NGPFers Abby and Laura developed a Virtual FinCamp overnight! As they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention!" With an average rating of 9.8 out of 10 (same as...

2019 NGPF Changemakers Summit: Reflections (and Results!)

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Apr 25, 2019
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Professional Development
It's been over a month since 100 educators inspired us in San Francisco at the 2019 ChangeMaker Summit. We have just concluded our first set of post-conference conversations. Teacher have been busy in the last month fine-tuning their courses and advocating for more access to financial education at their school, district and state levels. They are truly making change happen!  --------------------- Here are the contemporaneous impressions of the summit from Beth Tallman:  I was charged...

2019 Summer PD Opportunity: FinCamp PLUS

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Mar 05, 2019
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Professional Development
This year, as part of our 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, we've met many passionate, innovative, and enthusiastic educators who are bringing the very best in personal finance education to their students every day.So, now, what's better than spending one day devoted to personal finance education? Spending THREE days, of course!After our hosting our first 3-day FinCamp PLUS in Wisconsin in June 2018, educators identified their favorite parts as: The opportunity to see and...

What's the difference between a FinCamp and FinCamp Plus?

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Feb 21, 2019
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PRO Tip from NGPF, Professional Development
THE PROBLEM: What's the difference between a FinCamp and FinCamp Plus? And can I attend FinCamp Plus outside my state?  THE ANSWER: Watch this short video for a quick explainer on how these two professional development options differ.  Want to receive a weekly PRO Tip to your inbox? Sign up here. ...

Summer 2019: FinCamp PLUS

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Jan 30, 2019
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Professional Development
This year, as part of our 50 FinCamps in 50 States initiative, we've met many passionate, innovative, and enthusiastic educators who are bringing the very best in personal finance education to their students every day.   So, now, what's better than spending one day devoted personal finance education? Spending THREE days, of course!After our hosting our first 3-day FinCamp PLUS in Wisconsin in June 2018, educators identified their favorite parts as:   The opportunity to see and...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Colorado Changemakers Debbie Pierce and Alyssa Wooten

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Jan 11, 2019
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Podcasts, Policy, Professional Development
States legislators and education leaders make decisions to emphasize financial education but then what? Anyone experienced in education or business, for that matter, knows that success requires keen attention to detail when it comes to implementation of a new program. Debbie Pierce from Economic Literacy Colorado and Alyssa Wooten from the Colorado Dept. of Education have teamed up to both increase access and improve the personal finance instruction taught in Colorado schools. Listen as they...

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.  Want 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...