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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 (KMVT11.com)

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|

Introducing NGPF’s Summer Institute 2017 Participants!

Session 1: June 2017

Brent Gostomski 
Brent currently teaches at Stevens Point Area Senior High in Stevens Point, WI. After five years of working in the business world, Brent transitioned to teaching at the high school level.  He developed his passion for personal finance from his high school Personal Finance teacher. Brent teaches Personal Finance in face-to-face, online and blended formats. In addition to teaching, he coaches multiple sports and enjoys spending time with his wife Alli and son Porter.



Erin Johnson

Erin has been teaching for 8 years in Memphis, TN. She has a passion for building online learning communities to provide students more choice in how they learn critical Personal Finance concepts and skills.  Erin also believes that students should be active in their communities, sharing the knowledge they have learned with others.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and home design. 

 

 

Jeffrey Snyder
Jeff Snyder has been teaching personal finance, financial literacy, and accounting for the last 9 years. He is passionate about empowering his students to believe in their

Press Release: Announcing 2017 Next Gen Personal Finance Teacher Innovator Award Winners

Palo Alto, CA –May 2, 2017 — Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit with a mission to provide a free personal finance education to all young people, is pleased to announce the winners of the Third Annual NGPF Teacher Innovator Award.  This award recognizes outstanding teachers who have developed their own projects and activities to engage and educate their students. NGPF received dozens of innovative and creative project submissions from high school and college educators. These projects were judged based on their creativity, the skills they developed and the ease with which other teachers could implement them in their own classrooms. 

Each of the winners of the 2017 NGPF Teacher Innovator Award will be receiving $1,000 from NGPF and will appear in an upcoming NGPF podcast to discuss their projects:

  • Tara Kelley, Personal Finance Educator at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury, Vermont, submitted “Spring Break Project” which allows students to explore the cost of using a credit card to pay for their Spring Break vacation. They learn through this exercise the impact that changing their monthly credit card payments has on the total interest paid.
  • Jesse Peterkin, a Personal Finance Educator at Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Connecticut, uses celebrities and avatars as hooks to engage students

Schools in the News

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  • How Microlending Builds Financial Literacy Skills and Empowers Students (Education Week)

Teachers understand that creating authentic, real-world learning experiences engage students in a way that improves learning and makes it more enjoyable. At Town School for Boys in San Francisco, 6th graders engage in a yearlong study of microfinance using project-based learning that explores what it means to run a business while developing meaningful success skills along the way. While global education initiatives have traditionally focused on humanities and science classes, the boys find many lessons of mathematics complement their journey while partnering with nonprofit Kiva.org, which is headquartered in San Francisco.

First period at Bennett High School was interrupted Monday by a rock concert. At least it started out that way. The Nashville-based, Kansas-bred band GOODING rocked the high school’s auditorium for four or five songs before the band’s lead singer and namesake turned teacher and gave the howling crowd of students a lesson on a subject they don’t often hear about in the classroom:

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces 2017 NGPF Summer Institute Fellows

Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce its 2017 class of NGPF Summer Institute Fellows. Due to the success of last year’s Institute, we increased our investment and will be hosting TWO Summer Institute sessions – which means 24 outstanding educators will be joining us in Palo Alto this summer! The Institute brings together a passionate and talented group of educators who will create new activities, curate resources, collaborate and deepen their content expertise in selected topics — and have a lot of FUN in the process!

Once again, we received an overwhelming number of applications for the Summer Institute, highlighting the hunger for quality professional development opportunities. To meet this need, NGPF is underwriting the cost for TEN FinCamps to be delivered throughout the U.S. in 2017. What’s a FinCamp? Check out the details (including a video) here. We currently have four FinCamps already on the calendar, so please contact Laura, our Director of Teacher Engagement at laura@nextgenpersonalfinance.org, if you are interested in learning more.

We are extremely pleased to announce The 2017 NGPF Summer Institute Fellows:

Next Gen Personal Finance Announces 2017 Jump$tart Scholarship Recipients

NGPF is excited to announce the recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to attend Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C. from November 3-5, 2017! Each scholarship winner will receive a $425 scholarship to cover the cost of the conference and accommodations and will be feted at a NGPF reception prior to the conference. 

Our scholarship winners hail from 22 different states, teach in rural, urban and suburban settings and have experience ranging from one year to over twenty years. For half of the group, this will be their FIRST Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Here were just a few of the reasons they gave for why they wanted to attend this conference:

  • “I am always looking for new ways to implement interactive methodologies and new materials into my classroom. Going to the Jump$tart NEC each year is a great opportunity to learn about what’s available from colleagues around the country and from business professionals who are dedicated to financial literacy.”
  • “I plan on taking information learned during Jump$tart NEC 2017 to teach the first ever Year Long Financial Literacy to be offered here at my high school. I will also incorporate this curriculum into my Accounting and Business classes, so that more of our