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Schools in the News

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Beating the odds – that’s what we live and breathe at NLA. With that mindset, Mrs. McNamara, our Financial Literacy teacher, submitted an application to the Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) Summer Institute.  We are happy to report that Lady Mac, as she is known here, was invited as one of only 12 teachers nationwide [editor’s note: NGPF is hosting two sessions, each with 12 teachers, this summer in Palo Alto] to the all expenses paid June event in Palo Alto, California.

  • Teacher Nick Simmons of Hopkins Academy (MA) Succeeds in Making Personal Finance A Graduation Requirement (Amherst Bulletin)

By |April 14th, 2017|Advocacy, Schools In News|

Schools in the News

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  • High school students taught financial literacy lessons (WWLP.com)

Chicopee Comprehensive High School students are learning real life lessons, such as how to stay out of debt when they grow up. Every year for the last nine years, the school has been setting aside an entire day to educate 11th graders on financial literacy. It is called the “Financial Literacy Day Challenge.” They learn about making a household budget; paying the mortgage, the grocery bills, and when they marry, the cost of day care.

By |March 31st, 2017|Schools In News|

T-2 Days…NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss.

Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar

We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I could teach all of your units in my one-semester course; how do I choose?” We’ve heard your requests and are excited to launch our One-Semester Course! Join us on Tuesday, April 25, as we unveil this new Course Map. Register today!

Attend this webinar and you WILL:

Laura’s Insights: NGPF in the Classroom!

This year, NGPF took our show on the road and taught personal finance workshops in several local schools.  These experiences included a 3 day workshop at the Nueva School (San Mateo), a four session workshop at Castilleja school (Palo Alto), seven sessions with an AVID classroom at Mountain View High School (Mountain View) and our intensive 6 week workshop at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto). In this post, I will share my experiences at the Castilleja School, an all-girls school just down the road from our office.

Given the time constraints (only 4 sessions), I modified our recently released 8-Hour Workshop and focused on Paying for & Budgeting During College, Understanding Debt & Credit, Why Credit Scores Matter and finishing with a Crash Course in Investing.

In each of the sessions, the girls engaged with the content and asked many great questions. Here were some of my highlights:

Schools in the News!

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Northfield Community School math teacher Karen Schroeder’s wish list includes owning a boat someday. On Thursday morning, she and school Principal Kevin Morrison took 45 seventh-graders to the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show at the Convention Center and put them to work on a real-life financial literacy problem: Could they find a boat that met both Schroeder’s wish list and her budget, between $20,000 and $40,000?

  • Seventh-graders from USM win Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation (North Shore Now)

By |March 16th, 2017|Schools In News|

Win an NGPF Scholarship to Jump$tart 2017 in Washington D.C.!

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is awarding 25 scholarships, worth $425 each, for classroom teachers to attend the National Educator Conference in Washington, D.C.! To apply for your chance at one of these scholarships:

  1. Select an NGPF resource from the list below
  2. Use the resource with your students and collect 5 student work samples
  3. Complete the NGPF Jump$tart Application Form

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 14, 2017.

 

By |March 15th, 2017|Contest Current, Front Page Spotlight, Uncategorized|

NGPF Summer Institute

Thank you to everyone who applied to the NGPF Summer Institute.  We were humbled by the overwhelming response that we received this year and by the commitment to financial education you demonstrated in your personal statements. The selection process was extremely difficult this year. We have notified all who submitted an application of their status and will post those who are accepting their offers shortly.

We also recognize that the large response rate demonstrates the strong demand for additional professional development opportunities. Given your interest in professional development, we thought you would want to know that NGPF is significantly increasing our commitment to serve you:

  • We are planning a series of NGPF FinCamps this year. These are day-long professional development workshops to be held throughout the country. We will be looking for groups of 25-30 teachers interested in an engaging, interactive and teacher-centric professional development experience. Please email Tim on tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org if you are interested in learning more details.

  • We will be offering scholarships for a cohort of teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator conference this fall in the Washington, D.C. area. Look for an email describing the details about this scholarship program later this

By |March 15th, 2017|Contest Current|

What does YOUR typical personal finance class look like?

Here at NGPF we’re always looking to learn more about our educators and their personal finance classes. This month we’re curious to know more about how you format your day-to-day lessons. Do you start off of with a Bell Ringer? Do you end with a question or Exit Ticket? Let us know in this month’s flash survey below!

Create your own user feedback survey

By |March 9th, 2017|Flash Surveys|