Frequently Asked Questions

We believe that everyone should have access to free, high quality resources to improve their financial capability. The resources that we have created, including our lessons and activities are FREE and will always be FREE. In addition, we know that teachers love high quality professional development and we are committed to providing these services at no cost to teachers also. The founder of NGPF is committed to funding the operations of NGPF and has developed an endowment to accomplish this goal. The life skills that personal finance education provides is too important to leave to budgetary whims or fickle funding sources.

At teacher request, we’ve “protected” all of our assessments so that only verified teachers can access them on our website. Here’s how to become a verified teacher:

  1. Register for a free teacher account
  2. When asked, indicate you are a teacher
  3. Be sure to use your school email account, which Laura will then manually check against your school’s online directory
  4. Laura will change your account to “teacher” once she’s successfully verified your teacher status
  5. Log-in to our website with your username and password any time you want to access the assessments page
Our mission at NGPF is to connect educators and their students with fantastic resources. Building a custom platform to host all those resources would require hiring a large, expensive engineering team; we’d rather spend our resources developing great content.

We’ve partnered with Gooru Learning because they share our belief that educators are not customers of education technology, they’re creators. They offer a free platform to host our curriculum so we can continue to provide it freely to our community.

To begin using Gooru in your classroom, you first have to set up a three-tiered system for your course, your units, and your lessons. Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

To begin using Gooru with your students, you first need to create a classroom (think of it like a grade book for each section). Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

Once you’ve got a course and a classroom set up in Gooru, you’ll want your students to add that material to their free Gooru account. Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

If you love our NGPF lesson and want to use them in Gooru with your students, you’ll need to “Remix!” Watch this video to see step-by-step directions.

If you’re using a lot of NGPF content, you may want a short-cut to add it all to your Gooru in one step. Beware, though! There are downsides to this method. Watch this video to learn more.

We are happy you like our lessons enough to use them as a starting point: Here’s how to customize and make them your own (AND a handy tip about the Student Activity Packet).

This video illustrates how to add or delete a question and how to change the settings for the assessment.

Maybe you prefer savings and investing to be taught in one unit. Or maybe you need to make changes to fit your pacing schedule. Watch this video to learn how to reorganize lessons in Gooru.

We’ve heard your requests for ESL materials, and we’ve just begun translating our projects and activities into Spanish. We’re doing them in batches of 10, with new releases every 4-6 weeks, so check back often. You’ll know a resource is available in Spanish when you see the (Sp) demarcation after the activity title on our website. Access the Spanish version by opening the English version and clicking the link for Spanish in the upper right. More details here.

To receive an email each time a new batch of Spanish resources are available, join our Translation Mailing list.

We’re a small staff, so we’re not working on any other languages just yet.

Two helpful teacher-provided tips regarding English language learners and the NGPF curriculum:

  1. You can activate Spanish translation subtitles on the bottom of most YouTube videos. WARNING: These are computer-generated translations which do tend to have errors (examples: Credit cards can lead to death when they meant debt.) So, it’s not perfect, but a teacher who uses it frequently says it helps his ELLs follow along with videos.
  2. On a similar note, you can slow down the video/audio speed of a YouTube video. By decreasing speed to 75%, your students may be able to follow the English a little easier — this strategy can also help for slower note-takers.

How-Tos for both of those YouTube modifcations are found in this video.

Of course! If you are a public, private, or charter school teacher; a professor at a community college or university; or if you work for a nonprofit organization that does financial literacy work with young adults, we’d LOVE for you to include our resources on your site. Please leave our NGPF logo atop the worksheet pages and/or otherwise give us credit for our work, mostly so others know where to find more great NGPF resources.

At NGPF, we give all of our resources and PD away completely free of charge. If you work for a private company or intend to generate revenue by using our resources, please be in touch before proceeding in this manner.

  • If you want your students to complete just one of our NGPF documents, they can simply (1) open the Google doc on their computer, (2) go to File, Make a copy, (3) rename their version of the document, (4) edit to complete the answers, and (5) share the document with you by going to File, Share, and entering your email address in the “People” box.
  • If you want to share many NGPF documents with your students and collect their completed work digitally, there are software programs that facilitate this, such as Google Classrooms. Or, you can follow these two sets of directions:
  • If you’re organizing a financial literacy conference and would like NGPF to present a workshop, we may be interested. Please email Laura with the date, the location, the topic/theme, how many personal finance educators at the high shool or college level you are expecting, and the workshop application (if required).
  • If you’d like NGPF to do a full-day PD at your state or district level and think you can generate enough interest for ~40 teachers to register, we are definitely interested. We need your assistance in choosing a date and location that would work for your group, and then we’ll handle all the other logistics, working with you (if desired) to choose specific topics to meet your teachers’ needs. Email Tim to discuss a full-day PD in your state or district.

All NGPF professional development is offered free of charge.

Have any unanswered questions? Email Laura at