As we close the book on another school year, we wanted to take the time to recognize educators who committed to their own professional development through their participation in Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) webinars. NGPF FREE webinars occur monthly, are focused on topics that teachers care about and have two viewing options: live or through archived version on our website. Over 200 teachers attended at least one of these NGPF webinars in the 2016-17 school year:
I have been thinking a lot about this issue of how to make investing simpler. I hear from teachers that this is a real pain point for them. I can see in the NGPF podcast stats that the most popular guests tend to be conversations about investing (Mike Finley, Jonathan Clements and Vanguard’s Jim Rowley to name a few). Then this weekend the lightbulb went off. I was heading to the coast listening to Charlie Ellis on the Masters In Business podcast (kinda dorky I know). Those of you not familiar with Charlie Ellis, he is probably the best investment management thinker you have never heard of. Charlie has played a role in two of the juggernauts of modern day investing, the Yale endowment and Vanguard Investments (the king of indexers just crossed $4 billion (I mean TRILLION!)). Oh, and he was an early investor in Berkshire Hathaway too (Warren Buffett’s company)!
You may have seen this recent announcement: Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce a $120,000 challenge grant to Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy led by John Pelletier. This funding will enable dozens of Vermont financial educators to receive a graduate-level training program over the next three summers at the College. We are excited about restarting this program in Vermont which had great success earlier in the decade. Survey after survey shows teachers begging for more training to help boost their content knowledge and their confidence in the classroom. 2017 will see a dramatic increase in NGPF’s offerings to satisfy that demand.
Our ambitious plans over the next twelve months include:
On December 10, NGPF did something new! We cohosted a webinar with Molly Anderson of California State’s Business Education Leadership Project (BELP), during which Molly gave really compelling reasons that financial literacy should be taught in CA (and US) high schools. I (Jessica) then gave an overview of what we have to offer on our NGPF website:
Each month, we’re so impressed with the level of engagement (and customer satisfaction) from our webinar participants, but we want to be sure we’re not missing anyone. So, if you receive our monthly emails calling for you to register for our free webinar, but you’ve been hesitant to register because you’re not QUITE sure webinars are right for you, here are some FAQs that might help:
Register using this link.
Here are the details:
Our recent NGPF survey finds that investing is one of the most challenging topics for you to teach your students. With that thought in mind, attending this webinar will enable you to:
(1) Learn how to put students at the center of the investment decision-making process for maximum engagement and learning.
(2) Understand our investment project design process to make the planning and execution of investing activities easy and stress-free.
(3) See which existing NGPF investing projects and activities are right for your students before you start creating your own. From the parable of the $8 million janitor to the value of investing that $4 latte, NGPF creates projects and activities to engage your students.
You will leave this webinar with lots of activity ideas to implement in your classroom immediately, so sign up today!
For those who have perused our resources, you may have noticed our lessons, activities, videos, etc. are hosted on Gooru Learning, a completely free platform that helps students and teachers organize multimedia resources into collections.
If you plan to use NGPF resources next year in your high school classroom, but are worried about learning Gooru, here’s a chance to learn for free!