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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 tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org to let me know how we can continue to serve you better.

Enjoy!

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:
Webinars
 

We started our monthly webinar series last May and are happy to see that hundreds of teachers have already benefitted from them. 
  • When's our next webinar? March 29th and the topic is "Updating Your Checking Account Unit for the 21st Century." Register here!
  • What have been our three most popular webinars (all of our webinars are archived here)?
    • Teach Budgeting Through Student-Centered Projects and Activities
    • Using the Case Study Method To Teach Personal Finance
    • What's Trending in Personal Finance Now?
Podcasts

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 tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org with the topics that you want to discuss on the show. Time commitment of less than an hour! 
Flash Surveys
 

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. 

Here are the five most popular flash surveys:
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.
Community Activity
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
tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org

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) 
Previous 2016 Events
  • March 4, 2016 : Annual Economic Literacy Conference (St. Louis, MO) 
  • February 13, 2016: Sponsor at Rhode Island Financial Capability Conference at Rhode Island College (Providence, RI)
2015 Events
  • November 18-20, 2015: AFCPE Conference (Jacksonville, FL)
  • November 20-21: FBLA - Fall National Leadership Conference (Baltimore, MD)
  • November 6, 2015: JumpStart National Educator Conference (National Harbor, MD)
  • October 22, 2015: Moolah Palooza: Financial Literacy Educator Fest (Edinburg, TX)
  • October 7, 2015: Council for Economic Education (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • August 10, 2015: Financial Beginnings Financial Literacy Conference (Portland, OR)
  • July 30, 2015: California Financial Literacy Summit (San Jose, California)
  • June - July, 2015: Summer Bridge Personal Finance at Eastside Prep. (East Palo Alto, California)
  • June 28, 2015:  FBLA National Leadership Conference (Chicago, IL)
  • June 28, 2015:  National Summit on Collegiate Financial Wellness (Bloomington, IN)
  • June 22, 2015:  Summit Public Schools Summer Challenge Course (San Francisco area)

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