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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

What does that cute, cuddly, adorable pet actually cost you?

Today, we’ve got a special treat — a guest blog post AND a teacher-generated resource — straight from NGPF Fellow Sue Suttich of Tigard High School (OR). Read on for a great activity on calculating the true cost of pet ownership!

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Each year in my Wealth Management class I have the students make a vision board. We talk about goals and what they want in life. Then they each write some short, medium and long-term goals and turn those goals into a vision board with pictures and prices that match these goals. We share them out in class and discuss how similar and different each person is in class with their “vision” of their life. One thing I noticed is a lot of students want to have a pet some day. But, the price they put down for pet ownership is really unrealistic! So I decided that it was time to make up a lesson where they could do some research on what a pet might really cost them! I shared my lesson with Jessica and she gave some advice and ideas on what else might be added or changed. The result is what looks like a fun, yet

By |April 4th, 2017|Activity, Budgeting, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, NGPF Fellows|

Amanda Volz & Her (Soon-to-be) Classroom of the Future

NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has made her local newspaper yet again, this time for the “Classroom of the Future” she’s designed and will have in place in less than two weeks at St. Clair High School in St. Clair, MI. Though Amanda is certainly an innovative educator across the board, this particular grant she received allowed her to design a new classroom layout, complete with flexible furniture and a “mini business setting.” The new classroom setup will perfectly accompany her use of real world applications, case studies, and simulations — key components of her financial management class.

Check out the article here on The Times Herald. Note that if you squint closely, you can see Amanda was using NGPF’s 1040EZ activity during the photos! AND, note that if you read closely, you’ll see NGPF 2016 Jump$tart Scholarship winner Laurie Gardner (Marine City High School) is ALSO getting a classroom of the future.

Updated: Here’s the proposed layout for Laurie’s new classroom, too — so cool:

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NGPF LOVES ambitious educators!

 

By |March 27th, 2017|Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows, Schools In News|

Jill Lucero Thinks Our Career Unit Is AWESOME!

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:

Jessica –

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
By |March 8th, 2017|Career, Featured Teachers|

Amanda Volz, NGPF Fellow, celebrates another big win in Budget Challenge

NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz has been teaching for 15 years and is now celebrating her students’ THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR of winning BIG ($20,000 big) in the H&R Block Budget Challenge. Amanda’s students not only benefit from her amazing, innovative teaching style but also from their school’s prioritizing financial literacy enough to offer a full year Financial Management course.

By |January 25th, 2017|Featured Teachers, NGPF Fellows, Schools In News|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To HS Educator Jonathan Joseph About Weaving Sports into His Economics Course

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Happy New Year! I am excited for another year of podcasts (and hope that you are too). This week’s guest, Jonathan Joseph, is an award-winning Economics and personal finance teacher at his alma mater, White Plains High School in White Plains, New York (proving that you CAN go home again!). He shares his secrets to engaging ALL students through an innovative curriculum he built which uses examples from sports to demonstrate economic principles. Who knew the NFL salary cap would find its way into a high school classroom? You will also learn how he develops empathy for his students starting on day one and how he uses this to create a class that addresses their economic anxieties.

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