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  • Making sense of dollars: Susan Lidholm paces students through personal finance basics (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Susan Lidholm’s personal finance students at Rock Bridge High School have a track record of competing and placing in national competitions. So, it’s no surprise that Blaine Forshee describes Lidholm as an effective, “super approachable” teacher.

  • UD alum, global economic educator Kasman workshops with master’s students (UDaily)

When searching for solutions to the world’s most serious problems, many would agree that education is a clear choice. But few could explain specifically how education can help solve issues like poverty, governmental instability and social inequality. Working to find those answers is Romina Kasman, an educational consultant for the Department of Social Inclusion at the Organization of American States (OAS), a partnership between all 35 independent nations of the Americas.

  • Helping high schoolers manage money (IowaNow)

Artisha Norris signed up for a debit card so she wouldn’t ruin her credit. Jazzy Jones started budgeting her expenses. Quenisha Wood is more careful about where she spends her money. This wasn’t the case for the three Iowa City High School seniors before last year when, they admit, they knew

By |January 18th, 2017|Schools In News|

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  • Conference helps Holmen teacher enhance money management curriculum (La Crosse Tribune):

A Holmen High School business teacher recently had the opportunity to acquire more tools for guiding her students in money management. Amy McCutchen received a scholarship to attend the 2016 Jump$tart National Educator Conference Nov. 5-7 in Dallas, Texas.

For Appleton high schoolers, there are moments when it clicks. Plotting out their futures, they add up the cost of college tuition and living expenses. They look at the projected income of their prospective career. They calculate the weight of student loans attached to their plans. It sinks in.

By |January 4th, 2017|Schools In News|

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  • State of Delaware creating its first-ever K-12 financial literacy standards (UDaily)

Thanks to a task force including the University of Delaware’s Bonnie Meszaros, Delaware students in grades K-12 will receive mandated financial literacy education for the first time.

Previously, the state of Delaware had only recommended financial literacy standards for grades 9-12, and had not mandated standards for any grade.

The Think.Tank.Challenge incorporates financial literacy programming for participating students throughout the process. The contest, designed to teach students the importance of setting goals and avoid distractions, also provides students with skills as they transition to college and beyond.

Over 1,000 students in three northern New Mexico cities had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with personal finance and money management through Guadalupe Credit Union’s CU 4 Reality™ Financial Education Fair recently. Guadalupe Credit Union received support for this project from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) through a grant this year.

  • New financial literacy program launches for West Virginia students (Metro News)

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By |December 21st, 2016|Schools In News|

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Many college students graduate without an understanding of personal finance and issues like credit. The University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) is working to change that, one classroom at a time.

  • Hamilton teacher receives Financial Literacy award (Northwest Now):

Working in Support of Education (w!se) awarded Hamilton High School computer science and business education teacher Brenda Savic its Gold Star Teacher Award. Savic is one of only 600 teachers in the country to earn the award and has earned it for the second consecutive year.

By |December 7th, 2016|Current Events, Schools In News|

NGPF: Tim Talks to Pat Page, Award-Winning Educator and Passionate Advocate for Financial Education

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Thanks to Pat Page for the great conversation we recently had on the NGPF podcast. Pat shared her insights and expertise on many topics that financial educators will find helpful. You will learn about Pat’s approach to using technology in her classroom, teaching spreadsheets, using pithy phrases to focus student attention and telling stories that bring financial topics to life. You will also hear the inspiring story of how a group of students at her high school lobbied the Rhode Island legislature to make financial literacy a priority in the state. Enjoy!

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GARY, IN.  The bleating of a pair of goats has been added to the clucking of hens at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy’s urban farm. Nearly two dozen students at the high school are taking the Entrepreneurship and Personal Finance class, which oversees the farm.

  • Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students (Ontario)

November is Financial Literacy Month and Ontario is highlighting the various resources and supports provided to students across the province to improve their financial literacy.

A Florida-based teen financial literacy program led to a set of free suits for one of the state’s famed high school football programs as part of a partnership that aims to improve the lives of talented young athletes off the field, no matter how successful they may become on it

  • Affinity Plus Foundation and Cookie Cart join forces to provide teens personal finance, life skills (CU Insight)

ST. PAUL, MN — Teens will participate in financial literacy workshops as a part

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

NGPF Visits Williamsburg Charter High School (Brooklyn, NY)

Thanks go NGPF Fellow Cheryl Williams, I had the opportunity to visit her school, Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, while I was in in town for the w!se conference. Cheryl is the social studies department leader, and while I didn’t get the chance to see Cheryl’s teaching in action, she set me up for two class visits with other members of her staff. Here are the highlights:

  • I visited Curtis Jacquemain’s Financial Algebra class, where he was leading his senior students through a worksheet about reading a credit card’s Schumer Box: CALCULATE: Understand Your Credit Agreement.jacquemains-schumer-box
  • I was pleased to see Mr. Jacquemain also had some photocopies of one of our Data Crunches on his shelf by the door!
  • I also visited Bridget Sanfilippo’s Economics class, where students had recently completed a large budgeting project, which Ms. Sanfilippo had constructed from our own budgeting resources as well as others she’d found or created. cheryl-students-working
  • What I loved is that, as a post-project assignment, she was having students do two column charts: Tips for Budgeting and Ways to Improve the Project.