Jan 07, 2024

Start the New Year with Assessment Ideas & FAFSA Facts

The first week of Virtual PD of 2024 is kicking off with a bang. Get project ideas, tips for using Chat GPT in your classroom, and join for a special session about the Penn State/NGPF Financial Literacy Progress & Efficacy Assessment to measure your students' growth. Don't miss Thursday's Speaker Series with New York Times finance journalist Ron Lieber, who recently wrote about the messy rollout of the new FAFSA. He'll provide insights for you to share with your students on how to navigate the often confusing landscape of scholarships and financial aid.


This week's NGPF Virtual PD sessions guarantee to provide resources ready for immediate implementation.  

Join us for: 

  • Innovative ideas for assessing students and creating project-based learning that recaps learning in creative ways
  • Learning how to find what you need quickly on the NGPF website and understand where the various resources types are housed within the curriculum
  • See a short demo of Chat GPT and discuss ideas with other educators on how you might use in your classroom
  • Get your questions answered about the classroom-based research effort measuring the efficacy of financial literacy education (see below)


Sign Up for this Week's Virtual PD Sessions

January 8

4pm PT / 7pm ET

Alternative Assessments & Project Ideas

January 9

2pm PT / 5pm ET

Beginner Series: Navigating the NGPF Website

January 10
No Sessions


January 11

4pm PT / 7pm ET

Speaker Series: Ron Lieber on Merit Aid

See all upcoming Virtual PD


Special Info Session: Introducing the Financial Literacy Progress & Efficacy Assessment 

This school year, we launched the Financial Literacy Progress & Efficacy Assessment, a classroom-based research effort measuring the impact of financial literacy education, with over 17,000 students participating.

Your participation provides you with valuable information on student growth to share with your administrators and also helps promote access to personal finance education for all U.S. high school students. 

Have more questions? Join us this Tuesday, January 9th at 4pm PT/7pm ET for a Virtual PD Session with details about the assessment.


Certification Courses Start This Week

Cohort 40 starts this week (and runs through February 8th) with Investing, Insurance, and Paying for College offering live sessions and Banking & Budgeting available On-Demand.

It's not too late to register! Visit the NGPF Certification Course webpage to learn more and sign up.


About the Authors

Amanda Volz

Amanda joins the NGPF Team with over 20 years of experience teaching personal finance. During that time, she led her students to hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, won multiple awards, and most importantly, impacted the financial lives of thousands of high school students. Amanda prides herself on being an educational leader and is constantly looking for innovative ways to make the classroom relevant, rigorous, and fun. She is a passionate advocate for financial education and has been a long-time member of the NGPF community. Fun fact - Amanda was NGPF’s first teacher account! When Amanda isn’t working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling with her husband and two children.

Hannah Rael

As NGPF's Marketing Communications Manager, Hannah (she/her) helps spread the word about NGPF's mission to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans.

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