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Schools in the News

  • Chatham teacher pockets $5K for ‘teacher excellence’ (News Windsor)

Anneke Gretton from Chatham Christian School won in the John Rozema Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching category, which also nets her a $5,000 prize. Gretton’s award was in part thanks to a Grade 11 math lesson, where she had her students put their skills to use in researching poverty and creating personal financial plans for a young person living on their own.

Taste of Immokalee will soon have a tang of Naples in its spicy products.  And soon, its coordinators hope, business will prove a game changer, creating a more unified Collier as students from both ends of this sprawling county lead the way, working together on product development for the sauce-and-salsa producer. Twenty-six students filled the Naples YMCA conference room Monday morning with one ostensible goal: to make more money for Taste of Immokalee.

  • FHS student receives national finance award (FauquierNOW)

A rising senior at Fauquier High School has received a national award for financial literacy. Finn Cook, 17, received the Centurion Award at a scholars reception

By |June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

NGPF FinCamp Coming to Nashville in September!

We are excited to be bringing NGPF FinCamp to Kentucky and Tennessee educators in September. Read below for more details about this event and how you can bring NGPF FinCamp to your region.


NGPF will be delivering a one-day workshop for personal finance educators at the Tennessee Education Association, in Nashville, Tennessee from 8:00am to 3:30pm on Thursday, September 14th. Thanks to Natasha Bishop of Tennessee Jump$tart and Kelly May of Kentucky Jump$tart for being such great partners in the planning and marketing of this event.

Space is limited to 40 educators, so be sure to register today!

A teacher-centric workshop focused on what YOU want to learn to improve your craft. Check out this video to see an NGPF FinCamp in action.

The agenda won’t be finalized until we get your responses in our pre-conference survey, but you can expect the following:

By |June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

NGPF Recognizes Outstanding Educators Dedicated to Building Financial Capability

As part of a Financial Literacy Month initiative, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) partnered with to bring engaging, easy-to-implement personal finance resources to classrooms across the nation (see links below for activities completed).

We would like to thank all of the educators who took part in this opportunity for bringing financial education to your students. As you can read here, these 1,200 educators delivered essential financial skills to over 26,000 students (in just 60 days). Thank you!

We intended to award additional credit to ten teachers, but ultimately selected 25 teachers, whose responses to survey questions both inspired us and demonstrated the creative and engaging ways they are developing financial skills in classrooms across the country. These teachers will each receive $500 in additional credits.

And the winners are…

By |June 13th, 2017|Activities, Activity, Featured Teachers|

Schools in the News

  • Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (

Lorraine Rapp’s personal finance class went to an open house Thursday and visited with two real estate agents and a mortgage loan officer. The real estate agents gave them a tour and provided information on the property.

  • Newark’s Teacher Of The Year Is A Master Internship Matchmaker (Newark Patch)

The Newark Public School District honored Brian Klasner as its “Teacher of the Year” on Tuesday at East Side High School for his “exceptional teaching abilities and the impact he has made on his students,” administrators announced….Klasner currently teaches world history and financial literacy to ninth and twelfth graders at East Side Big Picture Academy (ESBPA), a student-centered learning academy within East Side High School.

  • Jefferson High students learn real-world budgeting firsthand (Daily Union)

Ninety Jefferson High School students experienced the trial of real-life household budgeting Thursday during the high school’s annual Reality Day. The results were eye-opening. The students were assigned a certain scenario based on a career they’re interested in entering and their potential income from that job.

  • Washington College students

By |June 8th, 2017|Featured Teachers|

Schools in the News

A community event was held May 22 at Tosa East to showcase a new program at the high school — one that helps students prepare for college and build an appealing resume at the same time. Under the guidance of teacher Megan Sampson, Advanced Placement students at East displayed research work for parents, faculty and other members of the community.

Some area high school students spent the day learning more about the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management program on Wednesday. They also learned business fundamentals such as accounting, finance, human resources and labor relations, international management, marketing and supply chain management.

  • Minnesota and Pennsylvania High Schoolers Win National Economics Challenge 2017 (Investopedia)

“an exciting culmination of the final round of 17th Annual National Economic Challenge, conducted by Council for Economic Education (CEE), Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minn., emerged winners in the Adam Smith category for students who took advanced economics courses while North Penn High School, Lansdale, Penn., took the crown for students who took a single course in the subject.”

  • Westchester

By |May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Schools in the News

  • Inspiring Educator: Ami Amero (WCSH6) [Editor’s note: You can listen to Ami’s story on this NGPF podcast]

This week’s Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Ami Amero. Amero has been teaching history at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman for the last 20 years. During her time there, she started a personal finance class to help students with real life finance after graduation. That class is now a requirement for all Forest Hill students to graduate. Amero is now asking local representatives to draft legislation to have the personal finance course a statewide requirement for all high school graduates.

  • Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (

Flash Survey Results: How Do Educators Structure Their Personal Finance Class?

Here at NGPF, we’re always looking to learn more about educators and their personal finance classes. For this survey, we wanted to learn more about how educators structure their day-to-day lessons. Do they start off with a Bell Ringer? Do they end with a question or Exit Ticket? How do they assess student performance?

Now, with data in hand, we wanted to share the results from the 212 educators who responded (thank you!):

By |May 4th, 2017|Survey Results|

Share YOUR Experience With NGPF

What do you love? What do we need to improve?  
With the end of the school year fast approaching, we wanted to ask for your help in assessing our work over the past year. Some of you are faithful users. Others are new to the NGPF community. Whoever you are, we want YOUR feedback so we can continue to improve!

Create your own user feedback survey


By |May 4th, 2017|Flash Surveys|