$1 million in grants to spur adoption of personal finance education

 

Create and execute a plan that ensures ALL students take a personal finance course before they graduate.

Earn a $10k grant for your school or up to a $30k grant for your district.

 

 

Rationale:

  • To encourage high schools to adopt standalone personal finance graduation requirements of at least one semester, focusing on the planning and coalition-building that take place throughout the journey.
  • Grant funds will be awarded to grantees who plan and execute steps to successfully spur adoption of standalone personal finance graduation requirements in their schools or districts.

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • Teachers at public high schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who as of September 10th, 2019, have NOT received school board approval that would achieve the NGPF Gold Standard designation.
  • Excludes high schools in states that currently have state-wide NGPF Gold Standard designation requirements: Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. 

Proposal Timeline

  • Proposal Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2019
  • Proposal Decision Notification: December 6, 2019

 

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Sep 13, 2019
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Current Events, Advocacy, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Investing, Insurance, Paying for College
Advocacy Many of you have seen this one, featuring a quote from BrianPage, but in case you missed it: (USA Today) "School probably didn't teach you much about money, here are 4 things you should know". A national survey by Experian of Gen Z found that 76% of them agree that a personal finance class should be offered in high school. (PRN Newswire) (CNBC) Michigan is considering legislation to allow practical math options to Algebra II, including personal finance. (thecentersquare)  ...

Reading List for September 6-8

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Sep 06, 2019
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Current Events, Advocacy, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Advocacy Liz Frazier pens a compelling piece for Forbes magazine listing five reasons personal finance should be taught in schools. She is preaching to the choir here, but perhaps her approach will get through to the general public, and one might find this a concise source of supporting arguments and statistics for your personal quest. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz explains her efforts as President of the Charles Schwab Foundation to promote financial literacy (Yahoo Finance) An academic study out of...

Reading List for Labor Day Weekend, 2019

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Aug 30, 2019
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Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Paying for College, Credit Cards, Retirement, Parent Conversations
The Labor Day reading list covers a range of topics, but starts off with two articles by folks well known in the FinLit community. Advocacy Annamaria Lusardi’s most recent article in Education Week discusses how transformative a personal finance class can be for a teenager, but warns that it only works if the teachers themselves are truly fluent in the content and comfortable delivering the information. Can’t disagree with that! A CNBC piece by Billy Hensley (NEFE) explains how...

NGPF Podcast: Barbara O'Neill Discusses the Financial Education Landscape

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Aug 30, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
On this NGPF podcast, Barbara O'Neill, a returning guest on the NGPF Podcast, describes the momentum to increase access to financial education in K-12 on the national level and also in the state of New Jersey. She shares her thoughts on best practices for implementing finance education that every legislator interested in the issue should listen to. Listen and be inspired by this incredible advocate!  Details: 0:00~1:12 Introduction 1:12~3:58 Barbara’s background and work 3:58~5:50...

Reading List for August 23-25

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Aug 23, 2019
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Advocacy, Economics, Investing, Retirement, Insurance, Parent Conversations, Paying for College
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NGPF Podcast: Trisha DeBacco discusses increasing access to financial education in the Webster School District (NY)

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Aug 23, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
What started as a trickle of students in a few Personal Finance sections at her high school has turned into a deluge. Trisha DeBacco shares her story of how personal finance evolved from an elective to a graduation requirement in her school district. Learn about her board presentation and how she made it a "hands-on" experience as well as her FAVE activities when it comes to student engagement. Enjoy!  Details: 0:00~2:05 Introduction 2:05~2:43 School community in Webster 2:43~5:18...

Kareem Shakoor – Why I’m Passionate About Personal Financial Education

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Aug 13, 2019
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Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Personal Finance
My commitment to personal financial education comes from working with adults. Most of my knowledge of personal finance has been self-taught. However, I’ve been fortunate to have access to people who were very knowledgeable in all aspects of personal finances while living in New York City such as roommates who were financial advisors and by being involved in local networking groups with people who’ve received formal education in personal finance that were able to provide some...

Dan O'Connell - Why I'm Passionate About Financial Education

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Aug 07, 2019
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Advocacy
After working over 30 years in the Financial Services Industry in Manhattan I decided to make a career transition to teaching. I felt it was time to apply my skills to educating the next generation of leaders and took a position in a New York City Charter High School with students from primarily low income, underserved communities. Given my background I quickly transitioned from teaching Math to starting a Business Program. A Financial Literacy class served as its cornerstone but I also started...

North Carolina Becomes 7th State To Prioritize Financial Education By Making It a Graduation Requirement - Here's 5 Ways That NC Teachers Can Prepare!

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Jul 16, 2019
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Advocacy, Policy, Personal Finance
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NGPF Podcast: Student Advocates Jack Gecawich and Nick Sanzi of East Greenwich High School (RI)

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Jul 12, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
All too often, the legislative efforts and policy debates about personal finance education leave out an all important voice: the student. That's why I was so happy for the opportunity to talk to Jack and Nick about their efforts to move the state of Rhode Island forward in improving access to financial education. In this podcast, you will hear about the motivation behind their advocacy efforts, their "elevator pitch" to legislators and what they have personally gained by taking Pat Page's...

Reading List June 28-30

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Jun 28, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Student Loans, Investing, Financial Literacy, Advocacy
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NGPF Podcast: Advocates for a Financially Capable America, Anna Sofio and Carly Laknahur of Reading High School (OH)

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Jun 21, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
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Reading List for June 21-23

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Jun 21, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Employment, Paying for College, Insurance
Happy Summer! It is officially here! And here is a list covering a wide range of topics for your reading pleasure this weekend.   Financial Literacy The US Treasury (specifically, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission) is calling for colleges and universities to require financial literacy classes. Looks like $1.5 trillion in student debt has some folks worried. (CNBC)  Here is the actual report. Does it help your students to hear about sports stars ultimately making better...

NGPF Podcast: Alex Todd Describes His 10 Year Journey to Bring Financial Education to All Kentucky High School Students

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May 31, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance
Alex Todd likes challenges. Whether that means building a financial education program from scratch at Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky or coaching the boy's basketball team to another winning season. His love of challenges and his passion for financial education created what many may have thought was an unattainable goal. That goal, to ensure that ALL high school students in Kentucky would take a personal finance course before leaving high school, became a personal quest. In this podcast,...

NGPF Podcast: Gene Natali, Author of the Missing Semester, Advocate for Financial Education For ALL Students

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May 24, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Advocacy
 Investment consultant to large institutions by day and author, educator and advocate by night aptly describes Gene Natali and the multiple hats he wears. I first met Gene at the JumpStart National Educator Conference where he delivered a rousing keynote address that captured the audience's attention. Pulling from the best of behavioral finance, he frames financial issues in a manner that demonstrates the long-term impact of decisions. This will make even the most impulsive young person...