Odelia and Jennifer describe their innovative competency-based platform for teacher professional development
Financial Literacy, Professional development, micro-credentials. competency-based PD
John shares his insights gained from decades as a bankruptcy court judge and how that led to him founding a non-profit focused on financial education
Credit Cards, Budgeting, Student Loans, Bankruptcy, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE)
Elizabeth describes how she helps students reflect on and unearth their money values and beliefs that underpin their behaviors
Introduction to Personal Finance unit, Money beliefs, money values, curriculum selection process
Listen to Sean share the "inside baseball" on credit cards including the best reward programs, hacking your credit score and geting a start with a secured credit card.
Credit Cards, Secured credit cards, authorized signer, credit score, 0% APR
Gary provides a comprehensive look at the state of financial literacy in the US while describing the results of his team's 2015 National Financial Capability Study.
Financial Literacy, Checking, Budgeting, Credit Cards, Financial Literacy, Research, Financial Education, FINRA
We had a great conversation about a variety of topics from the highs and lows of her entrepreneurial journey as founder of Young Finances to providing ideas (and resources) on how to explain taxes and investing to young people.
Taxes, Investing, Entrepreneurship, Personal finance, motivation, selecting college majors, start-ups, building a web business
Mike shares the investing wisdom he has gained from his thirty years as an avid reader of all things investment-related, as an investor, an educator and author. You will walk away with some new ideas on how to simplify your investing lessons.
Investing, Index funds, system 1 and system 2 thinking, asset allocation, diversification
Bilal shares his global perspectives on financial literacy and financial capability that he has gleaned from his field studies in countries such as Indonesia, India, Brazil and South Africa.
Financial Literacy, Behavioral Finance, Research, Personal Finance Education, Outcomes
Terry, a well respected Berkeley professor, shares some great investing and teaching ideas. He shares his "big break" in getting access to account records of tens of thousands of individual investors. This data set went on to influence several of his research papers which provide critical investment strategies on how to outsmart our worst enemy, ourselves.
Investing, Behavioral Finance, investing, professor, strategies, financial advisor fees, system 1 vs. system 2 thinking, online learning
Nancy Labricciosa and Amanda Volz were recently honored as Teacher-Innovators based on the projects they submitted for our annual contest. Amanda discusses how she uses a “Shark Tank” format in her Company Competition project to provide students with a template to evaluate investing in publicly held companies. Also, Nancy shares details about her "Retirement Investing Project" and the hooks she uses to get high school students interested in investing for future goals.
Retirement, Investing, Project-based Learning, projects, investing, teaher innovators, publicly held companies, socia security
NGPF Teacher Innovator, Kerri Herrild, shares stories about her curriculum and award winning project which is designed to engage parents.
Project Based Learning, teacher innovator, parent engagement, financial goals, track spending, project
Brian Yanizeski is a Business Teacher from Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was recently honored as an NGPF Teacher-Innovator for his “Home Buying Project.” Brian illustrates how he started his personal finance project and how he believes online environments play a role in personal finance.
Online Learning, Blended Learning, mortgages, project, online environments, online courses, group projects
Bill Dwight, the founder of FamZoo, discusses how he started his company, how to raise financially responsible kids, and whether you should invest in index funds or individual stocks.
Budgeting, famzoo, budgeting, kids, prepaid cards, index vs. individual stocks, interest rates
Joel Chrisler describes the program that he built which sends high school students into the neighboring elementary schools to teach them core financial concepts. In this podcast, he explains the key lessons he wants to impart to young people through this program and how they measure success in the program.
Peer-to-Peer Financial Education, financial literacy programs, key lessons, curriculum integration, online curriculums
In honor of Financial Literacy Month, NGPF recognizes educators with innovative projects. We talked to 3 of them. Danielle uses her activity "Egg and Spoon Insurance and Probability" to bring the concept of insurance to life for her students. Lisa uses "Prepping for Success: Exploring College and Career" which takes a student-centered approach to career exploration. David uses celebrities as a hook to engage students in his "Celebrity Income Tax" project.
Project-Based Learning, innovative projects, financial literacy month, insurance, career, income tax
Brandon Jacobson is a teacher at Copper Hills High School and has a love for the use of case studies in his courses. In this podcast, Brandon explains how case studies can be used to break down socioeconomic barriers in the classroom along with certain habits that lead to financial success.
Case Studies, case studies, socioeconomic barriers, teaching methods, classroom diversity
John Ulzheimer, an expert in credit scores, provides tips on how students and adults can build and boost their scores. He also debunks common myths and provides a good history of credit scores and how they are calculated.
Credit Scores, credit scores, myths, tips, hacks, history, score calculation
Laura Levine, the President of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, discusses her short and long-term goals for Jump$tart as well as how the personal finance landscape has changed over time.
State of Financial Literacy, personal finance landscape, financial literacy month, paying for college, personal finance integration
Reece and D.J discuss their organization which serves several schools in Western Philadelphia by supplying a team of near-peer volunteer teachers teaching innovative personal finance curriculum. Their goal is to empower low-income kids to make sound financial decisions in the future.
Peer-to-Peer Financial Education, low-income students, volunteer teachers, innovative curriculum, impact
Eric Tyson, author of Personal Finance For Dummies, talks about the weight that should be given to the advice of personal finance "gurus" and discusses the meaning of "wealth" beyond one's bank account.
Personal Finance Basics, financial gurus, beginning advice, personal finance habits, financial advice
Pete Jordan, the creator of a popular personal finance simulation, describes the many benefits and process of using and creating simulations to give students real-world experiences about financial decisions.
Personal Finance Simulations, simulations, knowledge matters, capstone project, wide range of topics, improving curriculum
Helaine Olen believes all relevant personal finance knowledge can be condensed onto a single notecard. She discusses what she thinks the relevant information is from stocks to insurance to budgeting.
Personal Finance Basics, budgeting, index card, author and columnist, relevant information, fiduciary, investing, target date fund weakness
David Anderson, Executive Vice-President at w!SE (Working in Support of Education), explains how The Financial Literacy Certification program helps high school students acquire essential personal finance and knowledge
Financial Literacy Certification, financial literacy, financial literacy certification, "Blue Ribbon" schools
Emily Iverson, a teacher who presided over an amazing growth in personal finance enrollment, decided to create an online personal finance course in 2011 for students who could not schedule in the regular year. She goes on to discuss in detail how one could create their own online course.
Online Learning, online courses, next generation finance education, career, employment, tips for teachers
Barbara O'Neill, who has taught over 30,000 adults and has 37 years of experience with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, talks about the differences between teaching adults and college students as well as how personal finance teachers can be more confident while teaching.
Teacher training, Saving, finance education, confidence in teaching, compound interest, saving, utilizing social media
Brian McFall discusses his student-run coffee shop and the personal finance lessons that arise from it as well as his innovative blended learning curriculum
Career/Blended Learning, blended learning, finance lessons through experience, career skills
Lisa Bender discusses her focus on developing college and career readiness skills in her students along with her strategies to get personal finance added to her school’s curriculum.
College and Career Readiness, personal finance course integration, career readiness, college preparation
Major Brian Retherford discusses what happens when service academy participants get the opportunity for a $36,000 loan, key investment lessons for young people, and how to fill behavior gaps in future Army officer corps. Thoughtful responses by students on the loan program are included.
Investing, investing, $36,000 loan, army officers, blind spots, engaging teaching
Colin Ryan has participated in over 500 student workshops in which he uses a comedic facade to teach the importance of individual motivation and its effects on financial behavior. In this podcast, he discusses how he incorporates comedy and storytelling as means of teaching personal finance.
Psychology of Money, Comedy, storytelling, comedy in classrooms, student workshops, financial behavior, individual motivation
Our very own interns, Sid Sharma and Ren Makino, discuss money attitudes by parents, comfortability with payment methods, how to engage their age group (high school), and their own saving strategies
Budgeting/Saving, budgeting, payment methods, high school perspective, money attitudes, saving strategies
Robbin Lussier, a personal finance educator at Chicopee High School, discusses how to advance personal finance education by sharing her personal experiences through teaching.
Technology in classroom, high school teaching, technology, personal finance innovador, paying for college
Ash Cash, a former banking executive, transitioned to an entrepreneurial life educating and motivating others to make financially responsible decisions. He discusses how he engages and empowers a wide spectrum of audiences; from prisoners at Rikers Island to high school students to corporate executives.
Psychology, Careers, personal finance guru, financial empowerment, motivation, inner-city youth, banking, credit, side hustle
Through her Twitter account (@MrsPrester), Jacqueline Prester has created a global professional learning community. She also dives into how she uses technology and social media in her personal finance lessons.
Social Media, Technology in classroom, social media, twitter, mixed grade level classrooms, teaching
Darren Gurney, a recipient of the Sloan Teaching Champion Award, discusses his teaching style and enthusiasm for investing that has created several Wall Street careers, a stock market simulation, and frequent shout outs from Jim Cramer.
Investing, teaching for successful careers, Jim Cramer, Sloan Teaching Award, investing
Jonathan Clements, who has written over 1,000 columns for the WSJ, shares what he learned from being a writer, the power of storytelling, and how he plans to bring a more holistic approach to personal finance in the classroom when he teaches this fall.
Behavioral Finance, Investing, wall street journal, author's perspective, storytelling, power of writing, engagement in personal finance
As an outreach and education manager, Brian Page uses his experience as a high school teacher to explain how the Budget Challenge simulation can be implemented in classrooms.
Budgeting, budgeting, high school, teaching, Budget Challenge, real world implications
Michael Kania, a winner of the Governor's Financial Literacy Award, discusses how he brings financial literacy to life for his students and provides valuable classroom resources.
Investing, teacher, classroom tips, knowledge matters, credit, making personal finance interesting, investing