Jill Lucero is an NGPF early adopter, many time PLC participant, and all around well-loved educator here at our nonprofit organization. She’s also an outstanding business teacher at East High School in Cheyenne, WY. So, imagine my delight when I received this email in my inbox this morning, straight from Jill:
Just thought I would let you know that I just completed the entire Career unit. It was awesome!! Kept students very engaged and information was updated and relevant. I took out only a few parts. I was even able to leave one section for a sub while I was gone and she was successful at following the instructions! I was also able to get a teacher from another school on board teaching the same unit.
Tell your team THANK YOU!
Highlights of her email that make my heart sing:
- Kept students very engaged — we all know teenagers aren’t easily impressed
- Info was updated and relevant — I mean, does your curriculum have a lesson on Professional Profiles (examining your digital footprint, using social media to jumpstart your career search) and an activity AND a project on LinkedIn?
- Able to leave one section for
Here are the top 5 posts from January:
- Question: How Much Does It Cost To Raise a Child Born in 2015?
- Chart: How Does the Typical American Household Spend Their Money (and How Has It Changed Over Time)?
- Videos: 4 Simple Rules of Investing from Marginal Revolution University
- Videos: What Was Considered Good Financial Advice in the 1940s and 1950s?
- Chart: How Strong Are Americans Problem-Solving Skills Using a Computer?
We saw the popularity of #1 (it was 3X more popular than #2) and created a Question of the Day so educators could use it to engage their students. This is a great example of how we use the research that goes into writing daily blog posts to inform our curriculum to ensure that we stay relevant and current. The Marginal Revolution University videos (#3) are a new source that I came across during my travels to Rhode Island in December. I will be reviewing more of those in the weeks ahead.
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Interesting interactive from Flowing Data demonstrating how income in various occupational categories has changed since 1960. Here’s what income distribution looked like in 1960 for several occupations (more occupations included on the website):
Student can click on the SELECT YEAR button and see how these income distributions change over time.
Questions for your students (be sure they go to the interactive to answer the questions):
The Equality of Opportunity Project released a vast trove of data last Wednesday focused, as its name suggests, on identifying characteristics in communities that foster upward mobility. In looking at over 700 metro and rural areas in the U.S., the researchers defined upward mobility in terms of a children’s chances of reaching the top 20% in income distribution given parents in the bottom 20%.
Here’s the results from crunching lots of data (note the legend that indicates lighter areas as having more upward mobility):
- An obvious question when one looks at a map like this is “what factors drive upward mobility?” Here’s what the researchers found:
Answer: Meh (or about average for OECD countries with about 33% of adults classified in the “High” category).
This Economist article focused on the need for retraining of low-skilled workers as the pace of automation accelerates and many of their jobs go the way of the buggy whip. As for how to accomplish this, Singapore has a promising example:
I had the Honorable John Ninfo on my podcast recently who described his “Scared Straight approach” to teaching young people about the perils of credit. He saw the consequences in the decades he served as a Bankruptcy Court judge in the state of New York. After looking at this infographic from the WSJ and the accompanying article, the overwhelming evidence is that we should be employing similar scare tactics to the topic of retirement planning because we better hope that the next generation is better prepared for taking on this responsibility:
Two in one week! A second NGPF Fellow, Charles Kafoglis, has submitted a guest blog spot, and we’re happy to have it. Charles is a teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Houston, TX — Incarnate Word Academy — and they’ve got a really unique leadership model that weaves throughout their entire school culture and course curricula. Charles shares that outlook, as it pertains to the personal finance class he teaches, as well as two interesting videos, in the guest post below: