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Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's February 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 are excited to announce the launch of the NGPF Activity Bank (see below for additional details), which we built after a teacher asked if we could make it easier for her to find classroom activities.   

Next Gen Personal Finance now provides the following free content to educators:
  • Lesson Library:  Over 70+ lessons and growing
  • Activity Bank:  Click the tab titled "Activity Bank" along the left-hand side to find 40+ interactive exercises.
  • NGPF Blog, updated dailyprovides you with case studies, questions of the day and finds 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 Ranzetta
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 activities to give you a flavor:
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. Here are a few lessons your students will enjoy:    
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 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:
NGPF Flash Survey:  What Is Your Ideal Professional Development?
Congratulations to Janine Burpulis, a Financial Literacy teacher at Overbrook High School (NJ), who won a $50 Amazon Gift card for her participation in the first NGPF Flash Survey.

This month our
Flash Survey asks for input on your professional development needs.  Why participate?
  • It will take you less than 1 minute
  • You will have a chance to win $50 Amazon Gift card
  • We will share the aggregate results of the survey with you.  You will find out what hundreds of other educators are doing about professional development.
Click here to start this one-minute survey.  Thank you!

Chart of the Month:  How Does The Average Household Spend Their Money?

Go to the
NGPF Blog post to find the bonus question for your students to answer.  
 

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)
Upcoming Events:
  • January-March, 2015: Pilot at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)
  • February 24, 2015: Common Ground Speaker Series and Educator Workshop (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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