Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's March 2016 Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the NGPF Newsletter (#16 for those of you scoring at home).
With Financial Literacy Month just days away, we have been finalizing new resources including new Data Crunches, Assessment Questions, Case Studies and Projects. While many of you know NGPF for our content, thousands of teachers have also benefited from our professional development offerings. They appreciate the variety, frequency and high quality of our PD (and it's FREE!).
This newsletter is "chock-full" of the best of our PD offerings and catalogs what you can expect in a typical month from NGPF. Monthly webinars focused on teaching strategies, newsletters and surveys, weekly podcasts with expert teachers and (almost) daily blog posts to help you stay current (and I almost forgot the Q&A Forum!). Refer back to this newsletter often when looking for ways to further develop your craft.
Please drop me a note at email@example.com to let me know how we can continue to serve you better.
Tim and Jessica
NGPF Offers Two New Opportunities for Teachers!
We are excited about two exciting opportunities for personal finance educators that we recently announced:
Participate in the 2nd Annual NGPF Teacher-Innovator contest by sending along an activity or project that you have created by the April 19th deadline. $3,000 in cash prizes available. More details available here.
We are hosting our Inaugural NGPF Summer Institute from June 27-29 in Palo Alto, California. Walk away with new case studies, projects and resources while networking with other personal finance educators. Application deadline is April 15th. More details here.
NGPF Q&A Forum
We launched the NGPF Q&A Forum in mid-January and have been gratified to see the level of teacher engagement to date: over 300 teachers registered, 69 questions asked, 260 answers and thousands of teacher visits.
You know that we love contests here at NGPF, so this month we would love to see more answers added to the Q&A Forum (of course, if you want to ask a question that is fine too!). Everyone who asks a question or answers a question on the Forum between now and April 1st will participate in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card (2 will be awarded!). Register or Reply here.
Here are three questions currently on the Forum that we would love to have you answer:
Teach Budgeting Through Student-Centered Projects and Activities
Using the Case Study Method To Teach Personal Finance
What's Trending in Personal Finance Now?
NGPF podcasts, started in August, are 30-40 minute conversations with expert educators, innovators, journalists and students who share their expertise in these weekly conversations.
Wondering what a podcast is? Here goes: "a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically."
Who are some of the guests that have appeared on the NGPF podcast?
NY Times "Your Money" columnist Ron Lieber
Financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz
Personal finance educators, including Barbara O'Neill, Brian Page, Lisa Bender, Emily Iverson and Jackie Prester
Want to appear on an NGPF podcast?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the topics that you want to discuss on the show. Time commitment of less than an hour!
Our online flash surveys take 2-3 minutes to complete and then we crunch the data to provide you with valuable insights on what your peers think about topics like professional development, technology and personal finance curriculum. These surveys have also been helpful to us at NGPF in identifying new ways for us to support your work.
A word about flash survey participation: Thousands of teachers view the results of these surveys which are typically completed by hundreds of teachers. Help fix this imbalance and please commit to completing at least three NGPF surveys this year to support the community! Your investment of 2-3 minutes per survey will make these surveys even better and ensure your feedback is heard.
Next Gen Personal Finance actively supports the financial literacy community through workshops, sponsorships of conferences and teacher professional development events. See below for a representative sample of events that we attended in 2015 and early 2016. Please stop by and say hello if you plan to be at any of our upcoming events!
In 2016, we are committing $25,000 to support teacher professional development. If you organize or attend a workshop and are looking for sponsors, please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com.
Upcoming 2016 Events
May 13, 2016 - New Hampshire Jump$tart Classroom Connections (Merrimack, NH)
April 8, 2016 : MBEA 2016 Conference (Natick, MA)
April 5, 2016: Jump$tart 2016 Hill Day (Capitol Hill, Washington DC)