NGPF's Extra Mile Award for 2018-19: Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

Jun 05, 2019
Professional Development

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."
  • "I am the only Financial Literacy teacher in my building, and having the opportunity to network with other teachers who are teaching the same subject matter has truly been a delight." 

We want to recognize the following educators who participated in multiple PLCs during the past school year. Drumroll please...the winners of the NGPF Extra Mile Award for PLCs are:

  • Matt Pohlman of Manson Northwest Webster Junior-Senior High School (Manson, IA)
  • Brett Shifrin of Gould Academy (Bethel, ME)
  • Kathleen Brennan of Mount Saint Mary Academy (Watchung, NJ)
  • Holly McWilliams of Winfield High School (Winfield, KS)
  • Brian Johnson of Forest Hills Northern High School (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Patrick Kubeny of Rhinelander High School (Rhinelander, WI)
  • Susan Comparato of Swampscott High School (Swampscott, MA)
  • James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (Plymouth, MN)


Each Extra Mile Award winner in the PLC category will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Please note that for 2019-20 school year, we will be focusing our online PD efforts on Virtual PDs and Virtual FinCamps. Thanks to everyone who has collaborated and participated in NGPF PLCs over the years! 



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.