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.

NGPF is always at the ready…

You know we here at NGPF are always happy to help, which is why we didn’t think twice about responding to a unique email we received through our website. Dorothy was trying to solve a problem involving her church group: It’s got members who have joined at various points, anywhere from the past year to being a charter, founding member of the organization. They wanted to buy funeral flowers, as the members pass away, at varying price points based on length of membership. Dorothy turned to NGPF for a solution for keeping account of these flower purchases.

Now, this is not typically the type of support NGPF is in the business of offering, but, as mentioned before, we love to help! So, I created a quick spreadsheet so that Dorothy and her group can track their funeral flower spending. I love spreadsheets, so it was a perfect project for a Friday morning!

And, it ties in nicely to a little teaser promo here — NGPF surveyed earlier this year about spreadsheet usage in your classrooms, and we’ve identified it as an area where teens (and some teachers) could use a little support. That’s why one of our focuses for Spring semester will

By |December 13th, 2016|Excel activities, New Products|

Do your students know more about money than a 29-year-old?

I meant to strike while the iron was hot, while this NY Times article, I’m 29 and I never learned how money works. It’s time to fix that., was all over my social media feed in mid-October. Whelp — It’s 7 weeks later, and here I am. Better late than never I suppose (that’s why Tim is the master blogger around NGPF, not me).

I like that the article exists, but I don’t like the idea of just giving it to my (hypothetical) students to read. It covers FAR too many topics in too much detail to be a concentrated “intro to personal finance,” and it seems silly to have your students read and take notes on it if they’ve never learned any of this stuff before (how will they even know what is “important?) or if they’ve learned it all before (why are they taking notes if they already know all this?). So, what would picky Jessica do with this awesome article? Here are a few of my ideas:

  1. Pull out the questions (sometimes they have follow-up questions embedded), and use it as a pre-test at the beginning of the term and a post-test at the end. Of

Sue Suttich’s Students Learn to Save

NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich let us know she’d just finished teaching a unit on savings, she’d utilized some of our NGPF resources, and her students had generated some creative work! Sue had her students (shout out, Tigard High School in Tigurd, OR — we see you!) create posters and catchy slogans to impress upon others the importance of savings. Sue, herself, is a big fan of slogans — she screen prints her own Financial Literacy-themed t-shirts, though that’s a whole different story — and it’s clearly taking off with her students, too. Below are just a few of her students’ posters and videos.

By |December 8th, 2016|NGPF Fellows, Savings, Teaching Strategies|

NGPF Visits City-As-School (New York, NY)

NGPF Fellow Tony Montgomery not only co-facilitated our workshop at the w!se MoneyPOWER conference on November 8, AND helped field teacher questions at our Exhibitor’s Booth, but he ALSO invited me to visit his classroom the following day, Nov 9, at City-As-School in Manhattan.

I visited Tony’s class which, this cycle, is focused on Paying for College. The school calendar is organized into cycles, where students learn intensely in one narrowly focused class, rather than having many units spread over a semester. Tony uses our curriculum, on the Gooru platform, as the main content for his class, supplementing with his own resources, too. Speaking of, check out these two recommended articles from Tony: Is College Tuition Really Too High? (NY Times) and Career Earnings of Low-income Graduates Lag, Study Says (Chicago Tribune).

Anyway, back to the visit — While I was there, Tony’s students were on their second to last class period, and they were researching the net price of three different colleges of their choosing. Tony slightly modified this NGPF activity, which the students worked on independently: CALCULATE: How Much Should I Borrow for College. I was really impressed with how well his students navigated the

NGPF Visits Williamsburg Charter High School (Brooklyn, NY)

Thanks go NGPF Fellow Cheryl Williams, I had the opportunity to visit her school, Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, while I was in in town for the w!se conference. Cheryl is the social studies department leader, and while I didn’t get the chance to see Cheryl’s teaching in action, she set me up for two class visits with other members of her staff. Here are the highlights:

  • I visited Curtis Jacquemain’s Financial Algebra class, where he was leading his senior students through a worksheet about reading a credit card’s Schumer Box: CALCULATE: Understand Your Credit Agreement.jacquemains-schumer-box
  • I was pleased to see Mr. Jacquemain also had some photocopies of one of our Data Crunches on his shelf by the door!
  • I also visited Bridget Sanfilippo’s Economics class, where students had recently completed a large budgeting project, which Ms. Sanfilippo had constructed from our own budgeting resources as well as others she’d found or created. cheryl-students-working
  • What I loved is that, as a post-project assignment, she was having students do two column charts: Tips for Budgeting and Ways to Improve the Project.

Current Event: Voters reject funding NFL Chargers stadium

As you may or may not know, NGPF has a team of hardworking high school interns that help us with all manner of business. Today, a hat tip goes to Sid, who found this article from the NY Times — San Diego Voters Reject Funding of New Chargers Stadium.

By |November 14th, 2016|Current Events, Taxes|

Tell us how you DIFFERENTIATE personal finance instruction

You know the term, you’ve heard the buzz, but now we want to hear from you. How do you differentiate your personal finance instruction? What strategies do you use, and what makes it difficult? Tell us in this month’s survey and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be our $50 gift card winner.

By |November 6th, 2016|Flash Surveys|

Sue Suttich wins Personal Finance Teacher of the Year (Financial Beginnings Organization)

NGPF Fellow & Tigard High School business marketing teacher Sue Suttich stopped by our Palo Alto offices recently, and we got to chatting about the recent Financial Beginnings Conference in Salem, OR. NGPF wasn’t able to make it up for the conference, unfortunately, but Sue was there AND won Personal Finance Teacher of the Year from the Financial Beginnings Organization.

You can read a brief article from a local newspaper here, though we do believe they confused our NGPF Summer Institute in June in Palo Alto with something else entirely… Either way, congrats, Sue! We love that you are one of our Fellows, and we love that your hard work and excellent teaching continues to be recognized!

 

 

By |October 31st, 2016|Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows, Schools In News|