Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's January 2015 Newsletter

Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is a non-profit organization that believes all young people deserve a free, quality education to develop their financial capability.

We hope you enjoy our first newsletter of the New Year. My goal is that you will find at least one engaging idea (and hopefully more!) that you can use in your classroom immediately.

This idea might be a lesson from our FREE Lesson Library (60+ lessons and growing) or an activity, question of the day, lesson idea or current events analysis that comes from the NGPF Blog.

Please send me an email ( and let me know how we can help provide you with the resources you need to succeed in the classroom.   


Tim Ranzetta, founder
NGPF Featured Unit: Paying For College
With college acceptance letters and financial aid packages right around the corner, there is no better time to announce the launch of NGPF's Paying For College unit!
Here are a few of the engaging activities students will complete during NGPF's Paying for College unit:
Activity Ideas/Case Studies
Research tells us that students learn by doing. Here are some activity ideas that will engage your students:
Popular NGPF Lessons
At Next Gen Personal Finance, we find and curate engaging videos, articles, activities and performance tasks and package them into full lessons. These lessons provide your students with both the practical knowledge and application to develop their financial capability. Looking back at 2014, here were the top lessons:    
  1. Budgeting Basics
  2. Credit Card Basics
  3. Reading Your Pay Stub
  4. Checking Basics
  5. The Costs of Not Paying Off Your Credit Card Bill
What's the Catch?: Creating Savvy Consumers
We have to create savvy consumers to navigate the minefield called the financial services industry. Our What's the Catch? posts provide students with opportunities to develop their financial savvy:
Video Resources
You know students love videos but you also know finding great video resources can take time. At NGPF, we spend hundreds of hours looking for resources so you don't have to. Here are a few video (and one audio) resources that we uncovered the past month that we thought your students would enjoy:
Questions of the Day
Here are questions to engage your students in current events and serve as great ways to catalyze classroom discussions before you jump into your lesson:

Chart of the Month
We often see stock market returns described in media reports in nominal terms, such as the S&P500 returned over 13% in 2014.  Well, it turns out as a result of expenses, taxes and inflation, the REAL returns are often much lower.  Which of these can investors control to maximize their real returns?  See this NGPF blog post and find out.   

Community Activity
Next Gen Personal Finance actively supports the financial literacy community through workshops, conference sponsorships and volunteer teaching. We are based in the Bay Area but travel constantly so e-mail me at if you are interested in discussing a speaking or sponsorship opportunity.

Previous Events:
  • October 18, 2014: FBLA Conference (Santa Clara, CA) - NGPF provided a workshop for FBLA Advisors and students
  • November 8-10, 2014: Jump$tart Conference (Los Angeles, CA) - NGPF participated as an exhibitor
  • November 15, 2014: CBEA State Conference (Monterrey, CA) - NGPF exhibited and conducted a workshop for personal finance educators
  • November 19-21, 2014: AFCPE (Bellevue, WA) - Exhibitor
  • December 9-12, 2014: Pilot at Palo Alto High School (Palo Alto, CA)

Upcoming Events:
  • January 21-23, 2015:  Collaboration with Harvard University Winter Session Personal Finance Course (Cambridge, MA)
  • January-March, 2015: Pilot at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)
  • February 28, 2015: Common Ground Speaker Series (Princeton, NJ)
  • February 28, 2015: FBLA Bay Section Conference (Daly City, CA)
  • April 10, 2015: FBLA California State Conference (Santa Clara, CA)

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