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It was great to have Jill Thompson, an NGPF Fellow and teacher at Kelly Walsh High School (Casper, WY), on the podcast recently. She has a real passion for preparing her students for careers and shares the activities and projects she uses to educate and engage her students. She also discusses how she was able to transform personal finance from an elective course to a graduation requirement at her high school. Enjoy the conversation with an inspiring educator!

Details:

  • 0:00~1:04 – Introduction
  • 1:04~1:52 – Jill’s day job
  • 1:52~4:00 – How to turn personal finance from an elective to a graduation requirement
  • 4:00~5:28 – Differences in class enrollment
  • 5:28~6:54 – Building a course for all students
  • 6:54~11:02 – First activity of the year
  • 11:02~14:00 – Organizing a job shadow in her community
  • 14:00~ 17:14- Partnership with the community college
  • 17:14~19:06 – Mock application and interview
  • 19:06~21:00 – Creating LinkedIn Accounts
  • 21:00~25:45 – Making project-based learning work
  • 25:45~26:48 – Alums coming back to class
  • 26:48~32:31 – Favorite project
  • 32:31~32:54 – Word from our sponsor, Next Gen Personal Finance
  • 32:54~36:43 – Student blind spots
  • 36:43~37:25 – Right amount of student debt
  • 37:25~38:01 – Index funds versus stocks
  • 38:01~38:11 – Best financial habit
  • 38:11~38:47 – Billboard in front of every high school
  • 38:47~39:05 – Best item bought under $10
  • 39:05~39:58 – Advice to younger self
  • 39:58~40:59 – Motivation to teach personal finance
  • 40:59~41:57 – Conclusion

Quotes:

  • “Live on cash: have a budget, follow a budget, make adjustments if necessary.”
  • “If teachers have the chance to network, [personal finance] curriculum will get better.”

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