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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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NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Retired Bankruptcy Judge John Ninfo About His Passion For Financial Literacy

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What does a retired bankruptcy judge do to fill his “golden years?” If you are Hon. John Ninfo, you write a weekly column and visit hundreds of classrooms in upstate New York to teach young people about what it means to be financially responsible. If that isn’t enough, he also created a non-profit, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), to bring bankruptcy professionals into classrooms throughout the U.S. to share their experiences. Storytelling has an important place in the personal finance classroom (it is personal after all!) and John’s years on the bench in western New York provide him with lots of material to share about the causes of financial distress. In this podcast, you will also hear from the CARE team of Anna Flores and Ian Redman about how you can bring CARE to your classroom. Enjoy!

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NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks With “Rock Star” Educator Brian Page of Reading High School (OH)

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What does an extraordinary educator do during their one-year sabbatical away from the classroom? If you are Brian Page, star educator at Reading High School in Ohio, the answer is “a lot of things.” In his return visit to the NGPF podcast, Brian shares how he spent his year away from his beloved classroom. You will learn why he has come back to the classroom even more energized (which, for those of you who know Brian, is saying something) and eager to implement new ideas to engage his students. I encourage you to keep up with Brian on his Twitter feed @FinEdChat. Enjoy!

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  • 0:00~2:25 – Introduction
  • 2:25~4:05 – Brian’s role at Budget Challenge
  • 4:05~8:57 – Instructional design/lessons
  • 8:57~10:13 – Finding scholarships
  • 10:13~11:55 – His creative process
  • 11:55~15:59 – A week in Brian’s class
  • 15:59~18:03 – Explaining the FAFSA
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What Words Come To Mind When You Think of Next Gen Personal Finance?

We asked this question of the 20+ scholarship-winning teachers at the recent JumpStart National Educator Conference in Dallas and here’s what they said:

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Note: Word clouds don’t do so well with answers of more than one word such as “problem solving” and “real world.”

Look for more real-world, relevant and engaging content coming this Thursday with our latest product release! Or should I say releases? Stay tuned.

By |November 30th, 2016|Featured Teachers, Question of the Day|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF Fellow Laura Falk About Developing Career Readiness Skills

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I had the pleasure of talking to educator Laura Falk recently on the NGPF podcast. Laura participated this summer in the inaugural NGPF Summer Institute and we met up again at the recent Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Laura has this infectious energy and passion for her work at Fairbanks High School in Milford Center, Ohio. In the podcast, Laura shares how she develops career readiness skills in her students through job shadowing, career exploration and a project-based learning method. She provides awesome examples of the power of developing partnerships in the local business community that go far beyond bringing guest speakers into the classroom. You will walk away with great ideas to bolster your career unit. Enjoy!

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NGPF Visits City-As-School (New York, NY)

NGPF Fellow Tony Montgomery not only co-facilitated our workshop at the w!se MoneyPOWER conference on November 8, AND helped field teacher questions at our Exhibitor’s Booth, but he ALSO invited me to visit his classroom the following day, Nov 9, at City-As-School in Manhattan.

I visited Tony’s class which, this cycle, is focused on Paying for College. The school calendar is organized into cycles, where students learn intensely in one narrowly focused class, rather than having many units spread over a semester. Tony uses our curriculum, on the Gooru platform, as the main content for his class, supplementing with his own resources, too. Speaking of, check out these two recommended articles from Tony: Is College Tuition Really Too High? (NY Times) and Career Earnings of Low-income Graduates Lag, Study Says (Chicago Tribune).

Anyway, back to the visit — While I was there, Tony’s students were on their second to last class period, and they were researching the net price of three different colleges of their choosing. Tony slightly modified this NGPF activity, which the students worked on independently: CALCULATE: How Much Should I Borrow for College. I was really impressed with how well his students navigated the