Category: Schools In News

Schools in the News: Transitioning to Teaching Remotely and Treasurer Visits

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Apr 07, 2020
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Schools In News, Personal Finance, Teaching Remotely
Triway Local teacher offering financial literacy class online to anyone in grades 8-12 (Wooster Daily Record):  Ryan Kline, a special education teacher at Triway Junior High School, is offering a financial literacy class on Monday via Zoom — and he’s opening it up to any student in eighth through 12th grades who wants to tune in. Since the district posted about the class on its Facebook page on Tuesday, Kline has received emails from about 40 people interested in joining the...

Schools in the News (week of 2/23/20)

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Feb 25, 2020
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Schools In News, Advocacy
Hat tip to Christian for compiling these news stories that show the momentum building across the country for increasing access to financial education. Esther Richardson, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn made such an eloquent case for financial education. She was asked by New York Times (Esther appears in the 2nd video): What would you change about your education? Her response: What I would change would be to incorporate more life skills that we would need...such as paying...

In the News: Financial Education in High Schools

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Feb 03, 2020
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Schools In News
Wording in financial literacy bill allows for unwanted leeway (The News Enterprise):  Alex Todd, financial literacy teacher at Eliza­beth­town High School, has been fighting for financial literacy in Kentucky for years. He said he was unaware of the how the inclusion of the word “program” affects the bill until last summer....“Nothing is going to be accomplished in a 30 minute or an hour long curriculum,” Todd said. “The state of Kentucky either has to...

Schools In News: November 2019

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Nov 12, 2019
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers
NGPF Fellow Courtney Poquette weighs in on the recent Vermont Jump$tart conference held in Killington (Rutland Herald): "Exposure to these topics and standards throughout the education system will help prepare students for the financial decisions they will make throughout the rest of their lives,” said Courtney Poquette, a business teacher at Winooski High School." NFL rookie Joejuan Williams credits his personal finance teacher for helping him understand how to invest (MSN.com):...

Schools in the News: October 2019

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Oct 17, 2019
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Schools In News
Teachers profiled recently in media stories:  NGPF Fellow Jill Wilson wins Financial Innovation Educator Honoree Award (Post Independent): "Students will often come back to visit Wilson a few years later and say hers was one of the most important classes they took in high school.“And, almost every adult I talk to, when I mention what I teach, will say they wish they would have had that,” Wilson said. “So, I think the message is sinking in.” A Next Gen Personal...

Schools in the News (January 2019)

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Jan 23, 2019
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Schools In News, Policy
Sauk Prairie School District partners with business community (The Sauk Prairie Eagle) “The Sauk Prairie Economic Empowerment Project was created about six years ago with the mission to help prepare youth for college, the job market and social interactions they are likely to encounter in the future. The two-day program is held in conjunction with Sauk Prairie High School economics teacher Joel Chrisler’s [Editor: Joel is an NGPF Fellow] unit on careers. The idea came after a...

Schools in the News (December 2018)

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Dec 27, 2018
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Schools In News
Cedar High students celebrate financial literacy course (Iron County Today) “Cedar High School students in LeAnn Leavitt’s (who is an NGPF user--can we note this somewhere?) financial literacy class marked the occasion on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with birthday cake and an extra serving of financial wisdom delivered by Zions Bank employee Megan Hutchinson. “As a nation, we often talk about the state of Americans’ finances in terms of negative news and the many ways people are...

Schools in the News (December 2018)

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Dec 14, 2018
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Schools In News
Here's what's been happening with financial education recently at schools across America:  Students at Grand Junction High School (CO) shared their financial savvy with parents, teachers and other students at a FinLit Night (NBC11 News).  Sioux City (IA) Career Academy Personal Finance teacher, Cody Jaminet, describes the "aha moments" that students experience in his class, ""I see it every time I teach this class," he explained. "Kids may feel a bit overwhelmed at first. Then, the...

Schools In The News (November 7, 2018)

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Nov 07, 2018
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Schools In News
Dubuque Community Schools (IA) speeding up implementation of the Iowa state personal finance requirement (KCRG):  Senior High School business teacher Jim Evans said that's a lot to pack into one semester, but that it's needed. "This class is needed by everybody," he said. He's currently teaching a financial literacy course. It's not required, but offered for students to take voluntarily. On Wednesday, his class was working on credit and interest rates. He said they cover many other...

PAYBACK Committee Created at City As School (New York City)

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Oct 25, 2018
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Paying for College, Schools In News, Teaching Strategies
During my visit to City As School in NYC last week, I discovered that an incredible group of teachers had come together to form the school’s very own “Payback Committee!” It was such a great idea - I knew I had to share it! With just 3 weeks left until the Payback Challenge submission deadline on November 14, 2018, 8 high school teachers at City As School sought to encourage more students to participate in our scholarship contest by sweetening the deal! They used school...

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...

Schools in the News: Custom High School Debit Cards, Reality Fairs and Live Personal Finance Shows

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Oct 10, 2018
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Schools In News, Debit Cards, Personal Finance
  Credit union issues school debit cards (Albany Democrat-Herald) “Central Willamette Credit Union… has issued special debit cards for West Albany, South Albany and Lebanon high schools, each bearing their name and logo. Anytime someone swipes the debit card, the credit union makes a 3-cent donation back to the specific school…. The company has long awarded mini-grants to teachers for classroom projects. Central Willamette employees also spend hundreds of hours...

Schools In the News: Board member extols virtues of personal finance and feature story on NGPF Fellow

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Sep 26, 2018
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Schools In News
Columbus School District (WI) Board member, Mary Arnold, had this to say about the local high school's personal finance course: “My daughter graduated last spring and she said the financial literacy course was very valuable,” said Board Member Mary Arnold. “It was one of the most helpful classes she took. I hope all the kids have access to that.” (Wisconsin News) NGPF Fellow, Brenda Martin Lee, recognized for her participation in the NGPF Summer Institute. Here is...

Schools in News: Adulting, Rock Music and that Age-Old Debate

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Sep 06, 2018
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Schools In News
NGPF Fellow Kelly-Anne Rush of Windham High School (Maine) created a new course, Life 101, to "teach “adulting skills” such as basic etiquette, how to change a tire, the do’s and don’ts of interviewing for a job, how to put together a resume, and more." From Kelly-Anne: "Basically, if you were to ask any adult on the street what they wished they had learned in school but they didn’t learn, that’s what we’re going to teach them,” she said. NGPF...

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,...