Category: Schools In News

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,...

Schools in the News...The Momentum Continues

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Aug 23, 2018
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Schools In News
Manson Northwest Webster teacher attends national training; features NGPF Fellow Matt Pohlman (The Messenger) Amanda Medina attends NGPF Summer Institute (Sharyland School News) More states bolstering financial education in their schools (Herald Dispatch) Pelham School District one of few in Massachusetts that requires personal finance (Eagle-Tribune) Kentucky Treasurer visited schools and saw lack of financial literacy; requirement kicks in for KY starting in 2020 (York Dispatch) Nebraska...

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...

Schools in the News: PD and Finance Camps

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Jul 23, 2018
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Schools In News
Several teachers recently were recognized for their participation in the Nebraska Personal Finance Institute (Grand Island Independent): Debra Stroh of Gibbon High School, Ann Purdy and Diane Rouzee of Grand Island Northwest High School, Joyce Sadd of Hastings Senior High School and Philip Zlomke of Westridge Middle School in Grand Island participated in the Nebraska Personal Finance Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business July 10 through 12 in Lincoln....

Schools in the News: Summer Edition

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Jul 08, 2018
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Schools In News, Advocacy, Current Events
The 4th R: Real Life is a student essay (NY Times) highlighting the reasons that personal finance should be a high school graduation requirement. Here's an excerpt: "When students graduate high school, they are thrust into adulthood, whether they join the work force or pursue higher education. They assume immense financial responsibilities almost immediately. How can the government expect 19-year-olds to complete tax forms if they’ve never learned about them in school? Young adults who...

How To Advocate for Financial Education...Student Voices Matter

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Jun 24, 2018
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Schools In News, Current Events
I stumbled across an amazing example of advocacy for financial education coming out of Roaring Fork High School in Colorado. Two high school students there, Stefan Platzer and Xio Alvarez, are working hard on a project to make the case for money management courses in their high school. As described in the article, their project is a great model on how to advocate for financial education.  Student voice drove the process as their survey results led them to the obvious conclusion that...

Schools in the News

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May 09, 2018
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Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News) Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in. Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...

Schools in the News

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Apr 26, 2018
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Schools In News, Activities, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Virginia announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance (Augusta Free Press) Congrats to educators in the NGPF Community, Jason Bartholomew of Nansemond River High School and Patricia Adams of Glen Allen High School, whose students starred in this competition.  100 BEST W!SE HIGH SCHOOLS TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE (w!se) In 2013, W!se celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Financial Literacy Certification program and created the first...

Schools in the News

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Apr 19, 2018
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Schools In News, Entrepreneurship, Teaching Strategies, Current Events, Activities
Banking on the Future: Winooski Teacher Primes Students for Financial Success (KidsVT) When it comes to teaching kids personal finance, Vermont gets a D. The 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools — put out by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy — dings the state for setting "modest levels" of personal finance education in state academic standards, providing no specifics on instruction and no oversight to the school...

Schools in the News

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Mar 29, 2018
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Schools In News, Lesson Idea, Advocacy, Investing
Personal finance class at Lee Middle and High School a sound investment for the future (The Berkshire Eagle) This fall, Tom McCormack had seniors in his classroom at Lee Middle and High School who could make the honor roll, lead sports and community activities, and are all planning to graduate with colleges and careers in mind. But, many of them have been struggling to figure out how to do their own taxes, shop for an insurance plan and prepare for managing a student loan. Financial...

Schools in the News (mid-March edition)

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Mar 14, 2018
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Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Career, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Teaching Strategies
State legislatures seem to be taking up the issue of financial education en masse as bills are being proposed in several states, hopeful signs, yes, but we know that it's when it becomes a law that it matters.  Kentucky State Treasurer Thinks Personal Finance Should Be Graduation Requirement (Courier Journal) as a bill moves through the legislature there: I believe students across our commonwealth need access to financial literacy lessons like Luci has had. That is why I am supporting HB...

Schools in the News (late February)

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Mar 01, 2018
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Schools In News, Professional Development, Policy, Personal Finance
Here's what's happening with personal finance across the country: Will the state of Florida require a personal finance course? (Tampa Bay Online): Hukill, a Port Orange Republican, has been pushing to get this information into teens’ hands for five years. Her bill would remove the financial literacy material currently in the state’s basic economics course, and create a separate half-credit course that students would have to pass in order to graduate. NGPF Fellow, Jill Wilson,...

Schools in the News

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Jan 23, 2018
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Schools In News, Current Events, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy
Financial literacy a key to readying high school students for life (The Frederick News-Post) A $2 Slurpee once cost John Yoho $35. A young man not much older than the students he now teaches, Yoho found out the difficulties of personal finance the hard way: by making mistakes. “A lot of it was by trial and error,” Yoho said. “You don’t know what over drafting your bank account is until you go buy a $2 Slurpee and find out you don’t have the money in your...

Schools in the News

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Jan 04, 2018
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Schools In News, Employment, Lesson Idea, Behavioral Finance, Career, Financial Literacy
'Adult for a day' — non-profit's simulated town hands kids the keys to a city (CommercialAppeal) Like any good mayor, Rosalinda Macario Rivera always knows what's happening in her town. "I have to watch everyone at the same time," she says, darting around her City Hall office and her town attending to issues both logistical and financial.  And if you work for her, don't think for a minute the smile that covers half her face means you're off the hook for not doing your job....