Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's June 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the NGPF Newsletter (#20 for those of you scoring at home). Our focus this month is to show you some fun simulations your students will love and give you hours of listening pleasure with some podcast ideas. We just concluded ourinaugural NGPF Summer Institute. Thank you to the awesome NGPF Fellows who will be featured in our July newsletter!
We hope that you are enjoying your summer!
Tim and Jessica
Top 5 Interactives To Engage Your Students
Summer is a great time to update your curriculum with engaging interactives to supplement your lessons. We continue to add to our Interactive Library as we see more and more websites use these simulations as a means to hook readers to their websites. Here are five that your students will love (with suggested questions too)!:
Teachers rave about this game in which students experience life of living paycheck to paycheck and the financial stresses that come from that. Pair this simulation with this video, Spent: Looking for Change, which explores similar issues.
On the subject of investing, many of you have heard about "robo-advising" but don't know exactly how it works. In this simulation, students answer seven questions and have a customized portfolio created for them. Find out why these robo-advisors have such appeal to millenials.
Students type in the name of a college and graphically see how that college's net (or out-of-pocket) price will vary based on family income. Great opener to discussion about difference between sticker vs. net price and how financial aid varies based on family income.
Students input a job that they are interested in and see the probability that it will be done by a machine in the future. Great hook to start the conversation about how technology is changing the employment landscape and what types of jobs are safe from this disruption.
All of us include the power of compound interest in our lessons to demonstrate the importance of starting to save at a young age. How many of you explain the impact of compounding on investment fees? This interactive demonstrates how much of your investment returns are lost to fees. Indexing never looked so good!
Five Podcasts To Enjoy This Summer
NGPF podcasts provide great opportunities to build your content knowledge and also get new ideas about how to bring financial concepts to life in the classroom. I have conversations with experts who share their wisdom and ideas framed in a way that you can incorporate in the classroom.
Here are five that I wanted to highlight so you would have something to listen to on those long car rides or while lazing on the beach:
Yes, I know that credit scores and credit reports seem dry but John brings the topic to life and is the most widely quoted expert on the topic in the Universe. You will get ideas that you can apply to your life also!
Moving away from workbooks and textbooks and transitioning to a digital personal finance course? You won't want to miss learning the "ins and outs" based on this early pioneer in online course development.
What better person to describe the state of financial literacy in this country than Laura Levine, the President of the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy. Hear about where we are and what the future looks like for the movement.
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 $25,000 to support teacher professional development. If you organize or attend a workshop and are looking for sponsors, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming 2016 Events
August 1, 2016: Financial Education Boot Camp (northern NJ)
July 4, 2016: FCCLA National Leadership Conference (San Diego, CA)
June 13 - July 22, 2016: Teach at Summer Bridge Program at Eastside College Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)
Previous 2016 Events
June 27-29: NGPF Summer Institute (Palo Alto, CA)
June 22, 2016: Iowa Jump$tart Conference (Palo Alto, CA)
May 18, 2016: Workshop at Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA)
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)