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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|

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|