Frequently Asked Questions

Why is NGPF Free?

Why is NGPF Free?

We believe that everyone should have access to free, high quality resources to improve their financial capability. The resources that we have created, including our lessons and activities are FREE and will always be FREE. In addition, we know that teachers love high quality professional development and we are committed to providing these services at no cost to teachers also. The founder of NGPF is committed to funding the operations of NGPF and has developed an endowment to accomplish this goal. The life skills that personal finance education provides is too important to leave to budgetary whims or fickle funding sources.

Use NGPF in Your Classroom

Do you have any resources for English Language Learners (ELLs)?

We’ve heard your requests for ESL materials, and we’ve just begun translating our projects and activities into Spanish. We’re doing them in batches of 10, with new releases every 4-6 weeks, so check back often. You’ll know a resource is available in Spanish when you see the (Sp) demarcation after the activity title on our website. Access the Spanish version by opening the English version and clicking the link for Spanish in the upper right. More details here.

 

To receive an email each time a new batch of Spanish resources are available, join our Translation Mailing list.

We’re a small staff, so we’re not working on any other languages just yet.

Do you have any OTHER resources for English Language Learners (ELLs)?

Two helpful teacher-provided tips regarding English language learners and the NGPF curriculum:

 

  1. You can activate Spanish translation subtitles on the bottom of most YouTube videos. WARNING: These are computer-generated translations which do tend to have errors (examples: Credit cards can lead to death when they meant debt.) So, it’s not perfect, but a teacher who uses it frequently says it helps his ELLs follow along with videos.
  2. On a similar note, you can slow down the video/audio speed of a YouTube video. By decreasing speed to 75%, your students may be able to follow the English a little easier — this strategy can also help for slower note-takers.

How-Tos for both of those YouTube modifications are found in this video.

Can I add NGPF content to my classroom website or Google classroom?

Of course! If you are a public, private, or charter school teacher; a professor at a community college or university; or if you work for a nonprofit organization that does financial literacy work with young adults, we’d LOVE for you to include our resources on your site. Please leave our NGPF logo atop the worksheet pages and/or otherwise give us credit for our work, mostly so others know where to find more great NGPF resources.

At NGPF, we give all of our resources and PD away completely free of charge. If you work for a private company or intend to generate revenue by using our resources, please be in touch before proceeding in this manner.

How do I share NGPF resources electronically with my students?

  • If you want your students to complete just one of our NGPF documents, they can simply (1) open the Google doc on their computer, (2) go to File, Make a copy, (3) rename their version of the document, (4) edit to complete the answers, and (5) share the document with you by going to File, Share, and entering your email address in the “People” box.
  • If you want to share many NGPF documents with your students and collect their completed work digitally, there are software programs that facilitate this, such as Google Classrooms. Or, you can follow these two sets of directions:

Where do I find the Answer Keys for NGPF Resources?

After you made your Teacher Account and were verified as a Personal Finance Teacher, you received an email from one of our team members welcoming you to NGPF along with the link to NGPF Answer Keys. The email also includes an explanation of what you can find in the Answer Key document. 

Navigate Our Website

How do I find what I need?

How do I access the One-Semester Course assessments and answer key?

To access the One-Semester Course assessments and answer keys, you'll need to email Laura (laura@nextgenpersonalfinance.org). In your email, include your name, the high school you teach at, your city and state and a link to your school directory listing you as an educator.

The unit numbers and content seems different when going to the semester course vs the individual units on the main page. Is this the case?

Yes, that is the case.  We have organized all of our curriculum materials into Units with materials you can use in any way you see fit for your class. Those are the individual units you see on our page. If you click on any unit option, you will see many links for distinct lesson plans or activities, projects, etc for you to choose from that help teach that particular subject matter.
 
The Semester Course, however, has been organized for teachers based on the specific timing of that course. This helps teachers simply and directly plug our course into their class rather than having to do the legwork. You can find the organization of this course under "Curriculum"---> "Semester Course" from the drop-down menu. This will lead you to the Semester Course Map.

How do I access the general assessments on your website?

At teachers' requests, we’ve “protected” all of our assessments so that only verified teachers can access them on our website. Here’s how to become a verified teacher:

  1. Register for a free teacher account
  2. When asked, indicate you are a teacher
  3. Be sure to use your school email account, which Laura will then manually check against your school’s online directory
  4. Laura will change your account to “teacher” once she’s successfully verified your teacher status
  5. Log-in to our website with your username and password any time you want to access the assessments page

What is Gooru? Why do I get sent there to view lessons and activities?

Our mission at NGPF is to connect educators and their students with fantastic resources. Building a custom platform to host all those resources would require hiring a large, expensive engineering team; we’d rather spend our resources developing great content.

 

We’ve partnered with Gooru because they share our belief that educators are not customers of education technology, they’re creators. They offer a free platform to host our curriculum so we can continue to provide it freely to our community.

Get Started on Gooru

How do I set up a course in Gooru?

To begin using Gooru in your classroom, you first have to set up a three-tiered system for your course, your units, and your lessons. Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

How do I create a classroom in Gooru?

To begin using Gooru with your students, you first need to create a classroom (think of it like a grade book for each section). Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

How do my students join their class in Gooru?

Once you’ve got a course and a classroom set up in Gooru, you’ll want your students to add that material to their free Gooru account. Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

How do I add an NGPF lesson to my course on Gooru?

If you love our NGPF lesson and want to use them in Gooru with your students, you’ll need to “Remix!” Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

Do I have to add every lesson to Gooru, one-by-one? There must be a faster option!

If you’re using a lot of NGPF content, you may want a short-cut to add it all to your Gooru in one step. Beware, though! There are downsides to this method. Watch this video to learn more.

I like your lesson, but... How do I edit a lesson in Gooru?

We are happy you like our lessons enough to use them as a starting point: Here’s how to customize and make them your own (AND a handy tip about the Student Activity Packet).

I like your assessment, but... How do I edit an assessment in Gooru?

This video illustrates how to add or delete a question and how to change the settings for the assessment.

How do I move a lesson or assessment around in Gooru?

Maybe you prefer savings and investing to be taught in one unit. Or maybe you need to make changes to fit your pacing schedule. Watch this video to learn how to reorganize lessons in Gooru.

Other

I want NGPF to do professional development in my local area. What's my next step?

  • If you’re organizing a financial literacy conference and would like NGPF to present a workshop, we may be interested. Please email Laura with the date, the location, the topic/theme, how many personal finance educators at the high shool or college level you are expecting, and the workshop application (if required).
  • If you’d like NGPF to do a full-day PD at your state or district level and think you can generate enough interest for ~40 teachers to register, we are definitely interested. We need your assistance in choosing a date and location that would work for your group, and then we’ll handle all the other logistics, working with you (if desired) to choose specific topics to meet your teachers’ needs. Email Tim to discuss a full-day PD in your state or district.

All NGPF professional development is offered free of charge.

Have more questions?

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.