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Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's March 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 have continued to build out the NGPF Activity Bank (see below for additional details), and now have over 85 FREE activities that are engaging, educational and extend the learning for your students.  

Next Gen Personal Finance now provides the following FREE content to educators:
  • Lesson Library:  Over 70+ lessons with lesson plans, assessments and student activity guides
  • Activity Bank:  Click the tab titled "Activity Bank" along the left-hand side to find over 80 interactive exercises
  • NGPF Blog, updated dailyprovides you with case studies, questions of the day and creative ways to incorporate current events into your classroom  
Please send me an email (tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org) and let me know how we can help provide you with the resources you need to succeed in the classroom.   

Regards,

Tim 
NGPF New Product Feature: The Activity Bank
Check out our latest product innovation, the
NGPF Activity Bank (click on "Activity Bank" on the left side of the screen):
  • 30-45 minute activities to supplement your current lessons
  • Easy to implement in your classroom
  • Develop critical thinking and decision making skills through research, comparison of alternatives, analysis and mathematical calculations
Oh, and we created Answer Keys (yes, they are free!) to make life easier for you. Please contact Jessica at jessica@nextgenpersonalfinance.org and let her know what you need.  

Here are just a few new activities that you should check out:
Activity Bank Faves
Research tells us that students learn by doing. Here are the top five activities in the NGPF Activity Bank (as of 3/9/15):
Sign Up for Our Upcoming Webinar!  

"How To Find Personal Finance Resources (using NGPF)"

How many of you have suffered through hours of fruitless Google searches looking for that video, activity or article to engage your students?  If you are nodding your head now, you will not want to miss our March 24th webinar (oh, and it's FREE!).  

You will walk away from this webinar with ideas, resources, lessons and activities that you can use in your classes immediately.  

It will be offered at two times on the 24th so be sure to register for the time that works best for you:
Want To Get A Good Job?  Better Learn Excel!
A recent
WSJ Blog post highlighted research that found a key skill in most jobs is the ability to work your way around a spreadsheet.  Here are some Excel activities to hone your students' spreadsheet skills:  
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 resources that we uncovered the past month that we thought your students would enjoy:

 
It's National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month. We know that finding high quality, interesting, and student-friendly articles about personal finance for a high school audience can be time consuming. All month, Jessica is highlighting one nonfiction article from our library each day. She's selecting her favorites for immediate use in your classroom. Celebrate #NationalReadingMonth with NGPF!  

Here are three articles that your students will enjoy:
 
Post Your Favorite Personal Finance Article, Win A $50 Amazon Gift Card
For National Reading Month, we want to know what personal finance articles you love to share with your students. Here's how to take home that prize:
  1. Like us on Facebook 
  2. Post YOUR favorite personal finance article to our Facebook page. 
  3. Get your family, friends and colleagues to "Like" your article.  The poster of the article with the most likes by Friday will win the $50 gift card.  
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:  What's the Cost of College for 2014-15?

Be sure to check out this NGPF blog post for discussion points that accompany this chart.  
 

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
tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org, 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)
  • January 21-23, 2015:  Collaboration with Harvard University Winter Session Personal Finance Course (Cambridge, MA)
  • February 24, 2015:  Common Ground Personal Finance Workshop for Educators and Panel Discussion With Parents (Princeton, NJ)
  • February 28, 2015:  FBLA Bay Section Conference (Daly City, CA) - NGPF provided two workshops for FBLA Advisors and students
Upcoming Events
  • March 24, 2015: Free Webinar "How To Find Personal Finance Resources" offered at two times:  1pm PT and 4pm PT
  • January-March, 2015: Pilot at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)
  • April 10, 2015: FBLA California State Conference (Santa Clara, CA)

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