This Week In Financial Literacy

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  • Inspiring Educator: Ami Amero (WCSH6) [Editor’s note: You can listen to Ami’s story on this NGPF podcast]

This week’s Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Ami Amero. Amero has been teaching history at Forest Hills Consolidated School in Jackman for the last 20 years. During her time there, she started a personal finance class to help students with real life finance after graduation. That class is now a requirement for all Forest Hill students to graduate. Amero is now asking local representatives to draft legislation to have the personal finance course a statewide requirement for all high school graduates.

  • Twin Falls High School personal finance class learns about home buying (KMVT11.com)

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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:

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:

Flash Survey Results! Differentiation

Differentiation.  You know the word, you hear the buzz, but what are other educators doing?

We surveyed many educators to find out how they incorporate differentiation into their personal finance lessons.

Some key findings from our survey:

  1. 61% of survey respondents reported that they plan lessons incorporating differentiation at least one per week
  2. Activities, assessments and reading texts were the most commonly identified resources for differentiation 
  3. 80% of survey respondents reported that they had limited time to plan for differentiation

A Weekly Round Up: Schools In The News

 

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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

A Weekly Round-Up: Schools in the News

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Students at Provine High School will soon be able to open up accounts with Hope Credit Union right in their own hallway. The project started as a partnership between Provine High School’s Business and Finance Academy and Hope Credit Union. In the program, students participated in workshops, learning about financial literacy, how credit unions work and the importance of saving money from staff at Hope as well as their own teachers who received training from the credit union.

A Weekly Round-Up: Schools in the News

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  • “It’s about time”: Students in Lisa Holland’s class at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School being equipped with financial savvy so they don’t get into debt later (HeraldNet):

It was payday in Lisa Holland’s classroom at Mount Pilchuck Elementary School.   Two young bankers handed out colorful slips of currency bearing the image of a stately frog.  Students were paid in the Froggy dollars according to their Pond 20 workplace expectations, such as coming to school on time.  In a few months, they’ll use those earnings to become entrepreneurs. They’ll write business plans. Jockey for prime real estate. Hire employees. Follow health codes. Advertise their wares. Pay taxes.

  • Mount Saint Mary Academy teacher Kathleen Brennan inspires her students to be financially knowledgeable and capable (mycentraljersey.com):

A Weekly Round-Up: Schools in The News

  • Jennifer Jordan of Abilene High School (Abilene, TX) received a grant to start a personal finance program at her school (BigCountry):