NGPF Changemaker Summit 2020!

 
Are you passionate about increasing access to student access to personal finance education?
 
Have you been advocating at your class, school, district, or state level for more students to take a personal finance class prior to high school graduation?
 
Then the NGPF Changemaker Summit is looking for you! Collaborate with 100 personal finance educators as we work together to increase access to personal finance education nationwide.
 
The next Changemaker Summit will be held in San Francisco, CA in March 2020.


Here’s what attendees can expect from the NGPF Changemaker Summit:

  • Meaningful, relevant workshops from NGPF staff as well as special guest presenters
  • An opportunity to network with other passionate, dedicated, innovative personal finance teachers from around the country
  • A lot of hard work and a lot of fun!
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals (limited need-based travel scholarships are available)

Complete the link below to be notified when the application is available for the NGPF Changemaker Summit 2020.

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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
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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
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No Textbook Required

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May 22, 2019
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Advocacy
Saw this in a financial education bill filed in South Carolina (that ultimately died).  $4.35 million dollars for materials and textbooks and funded on a six-year cycle.  Our one-semester personal finance course is used by thousands of teachers and costs $0. It's also updated frequently so it has accurate information on student loan interest rates, tax law changes and new financial products. There are plenty of other non-profit providers (NEFE and Take Charge to name two) that also...

4 steps educators can take today to implement Florida's newly required personal finance elective for fall 2019

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May 21, 2019
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Advocacy, Professional Development
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NGPF Turns 5! Thanks to the amazing educator community!

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May 16, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy
Five years ago, Jessica and I opened the doors at NGPF with a mission to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance in all schools and to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans. Ok, not really. It actually started with more modest ambitions. Think experiment. We would build some curriculum to engage a community of educators so we could learn more about what they need, then make more curriculum, engage more teachers, rinse and repeat. We knew the field was crowded....

Reading List for May 11-12

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May 10, 2019
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Investing, Stocks, Advocacy, Credit Cards, Mortgages, Retirement
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NGPF Analysis: Florida Financial Literacy Bill Will Reduce Number of Students Receiving Financial Education

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May 09, 2019
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Research, Advocacy
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Advocacy In Action: Inspiring Testimony from Brett Burkey of Florida

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advocacy
Here's the video with Brett's testimony starting around 27:30: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2019031383&Redirect=true Good Afternoon. My name is Brett Burkey, I’ve taught high school in Palm Beach County for nearly 35 years and I’m the Assistant Director of the FAU Center for Economic Education, providing professional development for teachers of Economics and Personal Finance in South Florida and around the state.  I thank you for the...

Why We Do What We Do - April 2019

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Apr 07, 2019
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Employment, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Career
This email from a Delaware teacher greeted me yesterday. It came from a student of hers [Bold is mine]: I wanted to inform you that after we learned about pay cards in class I let my friend who was threatened with termination after being offered a pay card know that it was in his legal rights to decline that method of pay. He was extremely excited and wanted to let you know that he is very thankful. He says that Kansas City is not an easy place to find a teen job. After finding out that he is...

FinHero of the Month: Bryan Fritz (Plymouth, OH)

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Apr 02, 2019
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Advocacy
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