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Introducing NGPF’s Summer Institute 2017 Participants!

Session 1: June 2017

Brent Gostomski from Stevens Point Area Senior High School (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 in face-to-face, online and blended learning formats. In addition to teaching, he coaches multiple sports and enjoys spending time with his wife Alli and son Porter.



Erin Johnson from The Soulsville Charter School (Memphis, TN)

Erin has been teaching for 8 years and has a passion for building online learning communities to provide students more choice in how they learn critical 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 from Wayne Valley High School (Wayne, NJ)
Jeff Snyder has been teaching personal finance, financial literacy, and accounting for the last 9 years. He is passionate about empowering his students

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

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

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: