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Schools in the News



  • Making sense of dollars: Susan Lidholm paces students through personal finance basics (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Susan Lidholm’s personal finance students at Rock Bridge High School have a track record of competing and placing in national competitions. So, it’s no surprise that Blaine Forshee describes Lidholm as an effective, “super approachable” teacher.

  • UD alum, global economic educator Kasman workshops with master’s students (UDaily)

When searching for solutions to the world’s most serious problems, many would agree that education is a clear choice. But few could explain specifically how education can help solve issues like poverty, governmental instability and social inequality. Working to find those answers is Romina Kasman, an educational consultant for the Department of Social Inclusion at the Organization of American States (OAS), a partnership between all 35 independent nations of the Americas.

  • Helping high schoolers manage money (IowaNow)

Artisha Norris signed up for a debit card so she wouldn’t ruin her credit. Jazzy Jones started budgeting her expenses. Quenisha Wood is more careful about where she spends her money. This wasn’t the case for the three Iowa City High School seniors before last year when, they admit, they knew

By |January 18th, 2017|Schools In News|

How do you use technology?

For long-time fans of NGPF, you’ll notice that we distributed this survey in July 2015. We’re curious: In the last 18 months, has technology in the classroom changed?



Create your own user feedback survey

By |January 9th, 2017|Flash Surveys|

Insanely Useful Websites College Students Need

I received an email from Pinterest outlining what is trending in education this week.  After reading the email, I honed in on the Budgeting section listed under “50 Insanely Useful Websites for College Students”.



Questions for students: (first select one of the websites listed above)

  • Why is the company listed under the budgeting section?
  • How does the selected company make money?
  • How might the product or service be useful for students?
  • Now that you’ve found out more about the company, are you more likely to use it’s product or services?  Why or why not?
By |January 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Schools in the News


  • Conference helps Holmen teacher enhance money management curriculum (La Crosse Tribune):

A Holmen High School business teacher recently had the opportunity to acquire more tools for guiding her students in money management. Amy McCutchen received a scholarship to attend the 2016 Jump$tart National Educator Conference Nov. 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.

For Appleton high schoolers, there are moments when it clicks. Plotting out their futures, they add up the cost of college tuition and living expenses. They look at the projected income of their prospective career. They calculate the weight of student loans attached to their plans. It sinks in.

By |January 4th, 2017|Schools In News|

Flash Survey Results! Differentiation

Differentiation.  You know the word, you hear the buzz, but what are other educators doing?

We surveyed many educators to find out how they incorporate differentiation into their personal finance lessons.

Some key findings from our survey:

  1. 61% of survey respondents reported that they plan lessons incorporating differentiation at least one per week
  2. Activities, assessments and reading texts were the most commonly identified resources for differentiation 
  3. 80% of survey respondents reported that they had limited time to plan for differentiation

Survey Results:

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Congratulations to Walt Petig from Exeter High School, Exeter (NH) who has received a $50 Amazon Gift Card for participating in the Differentiation Survey!

Schools in the News



  • State of Delaware creating its first-ever K-12 financial literacy standards (UDaily)

Thanks to a task force including the University of Delaware’s Bonnie Meszaros, Delaware students in grades K-12 will receive mandated financial literacy education for the first time.

Previously, the state of Delaware had only recommended financial literacy standards for grades 9-12, and had not mandated standards for any grade.

The Think.Tank.Challenge incorporates financial literacy programming for participating students throughout the process. The contest, designed to teach students the importance of setting goals and avoid distractions, also provides students with skills as they transition to college and beyond.

Over 1,000 students in three northern New Mexico cities had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with personal finance and money management through Guadalupe Credit Union’s CU 4 Reality™ Financial Education Fair recently. Guadalupe Credit Union received support for this project from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) through a grant this year.

  • New financial literacy program launches for West Virginia students (Metro News)

A junior political science major at

By |December 21st, 2016|Schools In News|

A Weekly Round Up: Schools in the News


Many college students graduate without an understanding of personal finance and issues like credit. The University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) is working to change that, one classroom at a time.

  • Hamilton teacher receives Financial Literacy award (Northwest Now):

Working in Support of Education (w!se) awarded Hamilton High School computer science and business education teacher Brenda Savic its Gold Star Teacher Award. Savic is one of only 600 teachers in the country to earn the award and has earned it for the second consecutive year.

By |December 7th, 2016|Current Events, Schools In News|

A Weekly Round Up: Schools In The News



GARY, IN.  The bleating of a pair of goats has been added to the clucking of hens at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy’s urban farm. Nearly two dozen students at the high school are taking the Entrepreneurship and Personal Finance class, which oversees the farm.

  • Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students (Ontario)

November is Financial Literacy Month and Ontario is highlighting the various resources and supports provided to students across the province to improve their financial literacy.

A Florida-based teen financial literacy program led to a set of free suits for one of the state’s famed high school football programs as part of a partnership that aims to improve the lives of talented young athletes off the field, no matter how successful they may become on it

  • Affinity Plus Foundation and Cookie Cart join forces to provide teens personal finance, life skills (CU Insight)

ST. PAUL, MN — Teens will participate in financial literacy workshops as a part