NGPF Visits Williamsburg Charter High School (Brooklyn, NY)
Thanks go NGPF Fellow Cheryl Williams, I had the opportunity to visit her school, Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, while I was in in town for the w!se conference. Cheryl is the social studies department leader, and while I didn’t get the chance to see Cheryl’s teaching in action, she set me up for two class visits with other members of her staff. Here are the highlights:
- I visited Curtis Jacquemain’s Financial Algebra class, where he was leading his senior students through a worksheet about reading a credit card’s Schumer Box: CALCULATE: Understand Your Credit Agreement.
- I was pleased to see Mr. Jacquemain also had some photocopies of one of our Data Crunches on his shelf by the door!
- I also visited Bridget Sanfilippo’s Economics class, where students had recently completed a large budgeting project, which Ms. Sanfilippo had constructed from our own budgeting resources as well as others she’d found or created.
- What I loved is that, as a post-project assignment, she was having students do two column charts: Tips for Budgeting and Ways to Improve the Project. It’s refreshing to see a teacher asking for student feedback on the process so it can be improved for next semester.
- Finally, the coolest part about the visit to Cheryl’s school was I got to meet her principal AND start the planning phases for a full day professional development workshop we’re going to host with Williamsburg Charter High School on January 30th. Check back later for more info!
THANKS, Cheryl & WCHS for hosting me for the morning.
If you know for a fact NGPF is coming to your neighborhood to offer PD, invite one of us to come visit your class. We LOVE seeing NGPF resources in action and meeting your students!
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When I started working at Next Gen Personal Finance, it's as though my undergraduate degree in finance, followed by ten years as an educator in an NYC public high school, suddenly all made sense.