Jessica Endlich Winkler

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About Jessica Endlich

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.

The D-Word: Differentiation!

Just a few weeks back, NGPF Fellow Maureen Neuner and I had a great phone conversation (we’re always saying — “Contact us! We love to help!” Maureen can attest it’s true) about the “D” word. DIFFERENTIATION! Love it or hate it, every good teacher’s got to do it, and Maureen and I were discussing specifically how to differentiate in the fin lit classroom.

I spent 4 years teaching algebra and geometry, often to students who really struggled with math, and then I spent another 6 years as a school admin in a school with tons of challenges, so differentiation was always a priority. Here are two ideas I’ve seen work in my own classroom:

  • Run 3 table groups simultaneously, with an appropriately leveled activity at each one. The key: Each activity enforces the same learning concepts
    • As the teacher, start off sitting with the most struggling group so that you can model as needed and give no one the excuse of not working at all “because I don’t understand.”
    • Move on to the middle group to make sure they’re not stuck and struggling too much, and help them with trickier aspects of the activity, or use your time with them to review
By |March 21st, 2017|Teaching Strategies, Tips for Teachers|

Spanish Translations for Saving & Investing

Did you know that one of our most popular projects at the moment is Ravioli Den (technically called Joining the Market)? Did you know it is now available in Spanish (Unirse al mercado de valores)? NGPF is in the process of translating some of our best and most-used activities and projects into Spanish, so that teachers with English Language Learners in their classes can further support their students. This month we’re releasing 10 translations on the topics of Saving and Investing.

You can view our growing list of 30 translations here in our Spanish Translations Directory. Is there a topic you’d like us to tackle next? Email Jessica to have your favorite activity or project placed on the list. And to receive an automated email every time new resources are added, join our Spanish Translations mailing list.

Another helpful hint: You’ll know a resource is available in Spanish when you see an (Sp) after its title on our website. ¡Que bueno!

Spanish screenshot

By |March 19th, 2017|Activities, Investing, Savings|

Jill Lucero Thinks Our Career Unit Is AWESOME!

Jill Lucero is an NGPF early adopter, many time PLC participant, and all around well-loved educator here at our nonprofit organization. She’s also an outstanding business teacher at East High School in Cheyenne, WY. So, imagine my delight when I received this email in my inbox this morning, straight from Jill:

Jessica –

Just thought I would let you know that I just completed the entire Career unit.  It was awesome!!  Kept students very engaged and information was updated and relevant. I took out only a few parts.  I was even able to leave one section for a sub while I was gone and she was successful at following the instructions!  I was also able to get a teacher from another school on board teaching the same unit.

Tell your team THANK YOU!

Highlights of her email that make my heart sing:

  • Kept students very engaged — we all know teenagers aren’t easily impressed
  • Info was updated and relevant — I mean, does your curriculum have a lesson on Professional Profiles (examining your digital footprint, using social media to jumpstart your career search) and an activity AND a project on LinkedIn?
  • Able to leave one section for
By |March 8th, 2017|Career, Featured Teachers|

Thirty (30!) Spanish Activities Now Available

In case you missed it in January, NGPF has heard the call, and we’re beginning to translate our original activities and projects into Spanish for use with your English Language Learners. Don’t worry — we’re not relying on my own poor command of the Spanish language (muy malo) — we’ve hired an awesome translator who is working through our resources in batches of 10. With two batches now complete, we’ve got 30 activities/projects across Checking, Saving, Budgeting, Types of Credit, Managing Credit, and Investing, ready for use!

How to access the Spanish translations (3 methods):

  1. Bookmark this directory page for links directly to the Spanish and corresponding English versions of the Google docs
  2. On our website, look for activities and projects with (Sp) following their title — that denotes the resource is available in Spanish  Spanish screenshot
  3. On individual activities or projects, look for the words Spanish Version under the header and click to open the translation.   Spanish version

 

Are Spanish translations going to be a game changer in your classroom? Can you just not wait for us to release more?

New Curriculum: Our 8-Hour Workshop!

Asked to teach a 7-hour course at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, we polled the seniors at this high performing all-girls school to find out what personal finance topics they most wanted to learn, and they came back with:

  • How to budget during college and/or grad school
  • Understanding how credit cards and loans work
  • Buying a car
  • And how to invest

We rounded out their 5-class course with an hour on credit scores and, after working with the students, realized they also had a lot of questions about taxes. So, we turned our awesome Casti course into an 8-Hour Workshop to share with you.

Here are a few quick reasons I love this workshop:

  • It’s perfect if you don’t have a full semester course on Personal Finance. You can use part or all of the 8 hours in a senior seminar, an advisory, an after-school program, an intersession course, etc. Or, the individual lessons may be JUST what you’re looking to add into your full Fin Lit course.
  • It inspired us to create two new activities:
    • A whole-class, up-out-of-your-seats way to teach mutual and index funds (thanks, NGPF Fellow Andrea Stemper for the inspiration)
    • A new spin on our
By |March 6th, 2017|New Products, Personal Finance, Teaching Strategies|

Implementing “COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions” Amanda Volz-style

NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz took a fairly basic activity from our bank — COMPARE: Making Credit Decisions — and made it her own. Now, she’s sharing the strategy, guaranteed to liven up your classroom, with you. As an added bonus, the activity she’s referring to is now available in Spanish, too, so some of your English Language Learners can participate fully in this discussion-based fun. Read on for Amanda’s guest blog post…

By |February 20th, 2017|Activity, Credit Cards, Lesson Idea, NGPF Fellows|

What A ‘Modern Classroom’ Looks Like, & How NGPF Can Help

I’ve got such a backlog of “things I’d like to read” that I started putting 3 per week on my “to do” list and “assigning” the readings to myself. This article from EdSurge made its way into last week’s reading list — What Does a ‘Modern Classroom’ Look Like — and What Should Educators Leave Behind? While I’m not sure I agree 100% with ALL of their ideas, the introductory questions answered by the panel of “experts” had me thinking — NGPF has this! NGPF does this! NGPF is this! — over and over again. Here are a few excerpts:

By |February 9th, 2017|Activities, Featured NGPF Lesson, Teaching Strategies|

Teacher Submitted Question: What does being an “NGPF Fellow” entail?

Great question! If you’ve done any reading on our website, you may have noticed that last summer’s Inaugural Summer Institute participants became this academic year’s NGPF Fellows. Jill L from Wyoming wrote in to ask what exactly being an “NGPF Fellow” entails. The answer I gave Jill …

By |February 6th, 2017|NGPF Fellows, Summer Institute|