Oct 03, 2022
Professional Development

Stiles-Nicholson and NGPF $1 Million Grant Program To Support Florida Personal Financial Literacy Educators

Florida high school students will now be guaranteed to complete a personal finance course prior to crossing that graduation stage as The Dorothy Hukill Financial Literacy Act was signed into law in March of 2022 by Governor Ron DeSantis. Starting with students entering grade 9 in the 2023-2024 school year, all Florida high schoolers will complete a one semester course that teaches them how to manage a bank account, file a tax return and to build long-term wealth through investing. Florida is now the largest state to guarantee a personal finance course to all high school students.

Next Gen Personal Finance is committed to supporting the implementation of this state-wide financial education program through:

  • A $1 million investment in teacher professional development through grants from the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation and Next Gen Personal Finance. This investment will ensure a successful implementation of the personal finance course guarantee. Up to 2,000 Florida teachers will receive $500 stipends for completing 20 hours of NGPF Certification coursesOn-Demand, and Virtual PD in any combination. Additional details about this grant program for educators is explained below. 
  • Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) curriculum and industry leading professional development provided at no cost to Florida educators. More than 70,000 personal finance teachers nationwide (more than 2000 in Florida) utilize NGPF curriculum, reaching more than 80% of high school students.

FAQ

Who is eligible to receive a professional development stipend? 
The first 2,000 currently active public high school teachers in the state of Florida who complete 20 hours of NGPF professional development are eligible to receive a $500 stipend.

If I complete 40 hours of PD, will I be eligible for an additional $500 stipend?
We encourage everyone to take as much PD as desired but because we want to reach as many high school teachers as possible, we are limiting stipends to one per teacher.

How much time will I have to complete these 20 hours of professional development and earn this $500 stipend?
The grant program is not time-based but rather teacher-based. Funding is available to provide stipends to 2,000 Florida high school teachers who complete 20 PD hours. We will update this page so you are aware of how many stipends are available.

I see that you offer swag for educators through the NGPF Academy. Will I also be eligible to receive those items?
Yes! You will be eligible to receive the items offered at the 10, 20, 30 and 40 hour levels.

How will the stipends be provided and when?
You will receive a $500 Amazon e-gift card as a stipend. NGPF will process these stipends on a quarterly basis with the following dates:

  • PD Period: Nov. 8, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022 (stipend to be received by Dec 15, 2022)
  • PD Period: Dec 1, 2022 - Feb 28, 2023 (stipend to be received by Mar 15, 2023)
  • PD Period: Mar 1-May 31, 2023 (stipend to be received by Jun 15, 2023)
  • PD Period: Jun 1-Aug 31, 2023 (stipend to be received by Sep 15, 2023)

You will NOT need to apply for these stipends as NGPF Academy automatically tracks your level of participation in NGPF PD. 

I already invested 20 hours in NGPF PD before the start of this program on November 8, 2022. Will I receive a $500 stipend based on this prior work?
No. The $500 stipend will only be given for hours completed on November 8, 2022 or later.

Are there costs for the professional development workshops?
NGPF offers all of its professional development at no cost. Over the past two years, 10,000+ educators nationwide have invested more than 250,000 hours in NGPF PD.

How can I sign up for these professional development workshops?
Registration is easy. Visit the Certification courseOn-Demand, and Virtual PD pages to get started today.

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.

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