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Schools in the News

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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:

Article: Financial Advice From The Stars

We know how much young people look up to, mimic and try and emulate the stars. That’s why I thought this article might grab your students’ attention. Here are a few of the 11 stars that were mentioned (I have to admit that I am having a lot of “who’s that?” moments as I skim through the article, your students probably won’t).

From Bloomberg

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Prof. Meir Statman About Behavioral Finance

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I enjoyed my recent conversation with Finance professor Meir Statman of Santa Clara University, which is just down the street from the NGPF offices. Meir conducted some of the earliest research in what we now know as behavioral finance. He discusses his book, Finance for Normal People, and shares his insights about how investing should be taught in school (spoiler alert: Keep It Simple!). He also describes his approach to playing the stock market game and why fees matter so much when comparing investment options. You will know more about investing after you listen to Prof. Statman. Enjoy!
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What Are We Watching? Three Of Our Latest Curated Videos

The NGPF Team is always scouring the web for videos to add to our Video Library. Here are the latest that the team has uncovered:

Pay Day 101: Direct Deposit (from Young Illinois Saves), duration of 3:48, provides a good description of how direct deposit works from the perspective of young adults:

NGPF Launches 3rd Annual Teacher Innovator Contest

Here are the deets:

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?
  • COMPLETE THIS FORM to submit details about your favorite personal finance lesson or activity that demonstrates an innovative approach to teaching a personal finance concept. 
WHAT IS CONSIDERED “INNOVATIVE?”
  • Creation of an original lesson plan or activity with a personal finance focus
  • Modification of an existing lesson or activity (e.g., creating an extension activity to challenge your high performers, finding additional resources to supplement your lesson/activity, creating a differentiated lesson/activity to meet the various learning styles of your students)
  • Modification of an existing lesson or activity to meet the needs of a specific student population (e.g., English Language Learners (ELL), Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), Special Education)

Keep in mind: your submission should be replicable for other educators and not reliant on outside partnerships. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To NGPF Fellow Amy McCabe of Culpeper High School (Virginia)

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Thanks to Amy McCabe for taking the time to participate in this recent NGPF Podcast. I got to know Amy during our inaugural Summer Institute in 2016 and was struck by her passion for teaching and for ensuring her students get the skills they need to succeed in their financial lives. In this podcast, you will learn from Amy what it’s like to teach in a state with a personal finance mandate. She discusses her approach to teaching challenging topics, such as investing and insurance and how she injects story-telling into her lessons. You will also discover what Amy bought for $10 recently that brought great joy into her life. Enjoy!

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NGPF Featured as Key Resource in Right About Money

Thanks to Brian Page for featuring us as a key resource on Dan Kadlec’s Right About Money media platform focused on financial literacy.

I appreciated how Brian described the multitude of ways that he uses NGPF resources and content:

T-2 Days…NGPF Has Contests, PD, Resource Ideas Planned for Financial Literacy Month

With Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2017, #FinLit, #afinlitfuture) right around the corner, we wanted to share with you our plans! NGPF has a full slate of activity planned for the month of April with contests, PD opportunities and resources that you won’t want to miss.

Get A Sneak Peak at NGPF’s One-Semester Course; Register for our April 25th Webinar

We hear it all the time — “Your website has SO many great resources, I don’t know where to start.” Or, “There’s no way I could teach all of your units in my one-semester course; how do I choose?” We’ve heard your requests and are excited to launch our One-Semester Course! Join us on Tuesday, April 25, as we unveil this new Course Map. Register today!

Attend this webinar and you WILL: