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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|

Flash Survey Results! Technology in Schools

Long-time fans of NGPF will have noticed that we distributed this survey in July 2015. We were curious to compare the results: how has technology in schools changed in the last 18 months?

By |March 7th, 2017|Flash Surveys, Survey Results|

Schools in the News

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  • ‘Credit for Life’ teaches Wallingford students how to manage personal finances (myrecordjournal.com)

Managing money isn’t a skill many high school students learn before graduating. Recent studies indicate the majority of American teens do not know how to solve basic financial problems. “When you’re younger, you don’t really see money as a precious thing. You just go to your parents for money,” Sheehan High School sophomore Gavin Sparks said. The school district held an event Wednesday that gave high school sophomores a simulated experience with personal finances.

A Catholic school system in Bismarck is planning to build a financial education center for students, after receiving a $2 million donation. Officials at Light of Christ schools and the head of Choice Financial announced the construction of the new center Thursday, The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2lV5xYJ ) reported. The center aims to improve financial literacy and foster business skills among the school’s students. “Personal finance or financial literacy teaches lessons on credit cards and loans. This is so useful for upcoming college students such as myself that will be on their own in the future,” Madison Baumgartner,

By |March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Schools in the News

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  • Altoona teacher awarded for her work with personal finance (Leader Telegram)

An Altoona High School teacher won a statewide award Thursday for her work as a personal finance instructor and involvement in a financial literacy program for high school students. Kelly Ostrander, in her 27th year at Altoona High School, received the 2016 Financial Literacy Award in the legacy category. 

  • What high school freshmen are learning could save you thousands of dollars (WBAY)

It’s easier than ever to find your credit score–an important number that could save you thousands of dollars over time. That’s why high school freshmen in Ashwaubenon are learning a lesson about building good credit as a requirement for graduation. Students in Mr. Lotto’s Career and Financial Planning Class live and work in a virtual world via an online personal finance program.

Pelham High School’s freshman class got a taste of what it’s like to be an adult on Friday, Feb. 10, during Keeping it Real, a program created by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of

By |February 15th, 2017|Schools In News|

Earn DonorsChoose Credits For Teaching Your Students Essential Financial Skills (Updated)

It’s Financial Literacy Month and Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) wants to demonstrate our commitment to expanding access to high quality personal finance educational content. Through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org, we will be bringing our engaging and easy to implement activities to thousands of classrooms. We know that you understand the importance of financial literacy, so we developed a list of our most popular resources for you to use with your students (see list below). To thank you for bringing this gift of financial literacy to your class, we are offering DonorsChoose.org funding credits which you can apply to a classroom project of your choosing. All teachers who work with students in grades 6-12 are eligible for this rewards program. 

Three Steps Is All It Takes!

  1. Sign up for the Next Gen Personal Finance program. We only have 2,500 spaces available so be sure to sign up ASAP. 
    • We’ll close the signup form and update this page once all the slots have been filled, so rest assured that if you’re able to sign up, spaces are still available. 
By |February 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Schools in the News

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  • Hall, Gainesville schools put renewed focus on teaching personal finance (Gainesville Times)

Eighth-graders in Janet Roland’s business and computer science class at Gainesville Middle School got a dose of what so many Americans appear to have a tough time doing — putting together a budget and sticking to it. Roland handed out a sheet that explained a recent class exercise for her students.

By |February 2nd, 2017|Current Events, Personal Finance, Schools In News|

NGPF Application Tips For Summer Institute 2017!

We are excited to start the process for the Summer Institute 2017. Last year, we planned to invite SIX applicants for NGPF’s Inaugural Summer Institute. However, due to an incredible response of qualified candidates, we selected TWELVE! In that same spirit, we have even better news this year! Due to the success of last year’s Institute, we have decided to increase our investment and host TWO Summer Institute sessions – which means 24 outstanding educators will be joining us in Palo Alto this summer!

By |January 30th, 2017|Contest Current, Front Page Spotlight, Summer Institute|