Category: Schools In News

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,...

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...