December 2016
Newsletter #26
Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's
December 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the NGPF Newsletter (#26 for those of you scoring at home). We closed out the year on a high note as you will see in this monthly recap. More Data Crunches, a webinar with great ideas on how to update your curriculum, an update on past and future PD activities and an engaging podcast highlighting the passion of Rhode Island educator, Pat Page. What more could you ask for? 

Thank you for the work you do everyday to provide your students with the skills to be financially capable. We are honored to serve you. 

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

The NGPF Team
Jessica, Laura, Sonia and Tim
Want To Bring Math Into Your Classroom?
Here's More Data Crunches!

NGPF Data Crunches teach your students key personal finance concepts while also honing their analytical skills.  Here are 5 NEW Data Crunches ready for immediate use in your classroom:
"Looking to Update Your Curriculum in 2017? Watch "What's Trending in Personal Finance?"


After reviewing a year's worth of NGPF Blog posts for this NGPF webinar, I was struck by how much had changed over the past year. Pick any financial topic, from banking to paying for college, investing, careers, shopping (and others) and the pace of innovation seems to be quickening. 

This webinar (
view handouts here) not only describes these changes but also provides you with ideas on lessons, activities and other resources to engage your students in better understanding their financial world.

But don't listen to me, here is the feedback we received from teachers: "Awesome webinar. I can't wait to incorporate this info into my classes."

Here are just a few of the questions answered in this webinar:
  • Who's winning the active vs. passive investment management battle?
  • What are the most popular mobile finance apps?
  • What are changes in the college financial aid process? 
  • How should you teach your students about the changing career landscape?
Featured Educator Podcast:
Pat Page of East Greenwich H.S. (Rhode Island)

I had an opportunity to see Pat Page (and Dr. Margaret Brooks) in action this past weekend at the Third Annual Financial Capability Conference at Rhode Island College. They put together a wonderful program for over 100 educators, students, non-profit leaders, government officials and community members.  Pam has galvanized the Rhode Island community around the importance of financial education. Thank you Pat!

I know that you will enjoy our conversation in this recent
NGPF podcast in which she shares her insights on:
  • Teaching students about 401(k)s
  • Mentoring her students who advocated for financial education at the Rhode Island statehouse
  • Using storytelling to engage students and teach valuable lessons
  • Her favorite resources and tech tools
What's New With NGPF Professional Development?

Even with the holidays upon us, December's been a busy month for professional development here at NGPF including:
  • We did local PD for the Plan Ahead teachers of San Francisco Unified School District as well as a smaller session for the Economics teachers at Palo Alto High School.
  • Nine teachers from around the country participated in the "Thanksgiving" round of PLCs with Jessica -- they each had the opportunity to share a resource, receive feedback, and network with their colleagues from coast to coast.
  • Tim flew out to Rhode Island to present a workshop at the 3rd Annual Financial Capability Conference at Rhode Island College and then finished up our PD initiatives for the month with yesterday's webinar, "What's Trending in Personal Finance?" 
All of this means, in the busy month of December, we provided over 100 hours of professional development to teachers across the U.S. Not a bad way to wrap up 2016!

If you're interested in PD for the New Year, we've got three events ready for your participation: 
  • New Years round of PLCs -- deadline to register is TOMORROW, Dec 16 for PD starting the 2nd week of January
  • Gooru in the New Year! -- Jan 5 webinar to get started on using NGPF on the Gooru learning platform
  • NGPF Comes to Brooklyn -- If you're in the greater NYC metro area, email Jessica today to register for this one-day session hosted by Williamsburg Charter High School 
Where's NGPF Headed in 2017?

As we close the books on 2016, we are excited about our major initiatives in 2017. What can you expect from NGPF in the New Year? 
  • Repackaging of the NGPF curriculum for those of you that have a fixed period to deliver your financial lessons (from several hours to a semester-long course)
  • Translating our projects and activities for Spanish speaking students 
  • Updating our website to make it even easier for to find the resources that you are looking for (and yes, there will be a Search bar!)
  • Increasing our professional development efforts
    • Doubling the number of educators in our Summer Institute
    • Hosting regional Boot Camps throughout the US 
  • Doubling down on our support for the financial literacy community
    • We look forward to increasing our sponsorship of JumpStart affiliate events (we supported ten this year!)
    • Increasing the number of teachers we sponsor at the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in 2017 
These initiatives started with your suggestions, so please keep the new ideas flowing in 2017! 
Thanks for the Feedback!

We love getting feedback from our educators (and students too!). Why? Quite simply, it ensures that our resources continue to get better and meet the needs of you and your students. This feedback ranges from new product ideas, to links to awesome articles, recaps of how an NGPF lesson worked in your classroom to a heads-up that the formatting in one of our documents isn't working as intended.

Here are a few of the awesome educators whose timely and specific feedback made us better as an organization:
  • Charles Kafoglis of Incarnate Word Academy (Houston, TX)
  • Connie Pauly of Conway Springs High School (Conway Springs, KS)
  • Deana Marie Turner of Warren Hills Regional High School (Washington, NJ)
  • Elizabeth Justema of Summit High School (Bend, OR)
  • Janet Kaback of East Side High School (Newark, NJ)
  • Patricia Mete of Pomperaug High School (Southbury, CT)
  • Vince Roeshink of University High School (Orange City, FL)
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 have attended in 2016. Please stop by and say hello if you plan to be at any of our upcoming events!  

In 2016, we have provided financial support of over $30,000 to support teacher professional development. We are committed to doubling that in 2017, so If you organize or attend a workshop looking for sponsors, please email me at

Upcoming 2017 Events
  • January 20, 2017: Business Education Resources Group (Sacramento, CA)
  • January 25, 2017: Orange Public Schools Teacher PD (Orange, NJ)
  • January 30, 2017: New York City PD (Brooklyn, NY)
  • April 7, 2017: Massachusetts Business Educators Association (Natick, MA)
  • April 28, 2017: Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference (Augusta, ME)
Previous 2016 Events
  • December 10, 2016: Rhode Island Financial Capability Conference (Providence, RI)
  • November 11, 2016: Vermont Jump$tart Educators Conference (Burlington, VT)
  • November 8, 2016: Working in Support of Education (WISE) Conference (New York, NY)
  • November 5-7, 2016: Jump$tart National Educators Conference (Dallas, TX)
  • October 22nd and 29th, 2016: DC Public School Teacher Training (Washington, DC) 
  • October 10, 2016: Virginia Financial Literacy Summit (Richmond, VA)
  • October 5-8, 2016: Council of Economic Education (Phoenix, AZ)
  • September 27, 2016: Oklahoma Jump$tart Association (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • August 4, 2016: Financial Education Bootcamp (Westampton, NJ)
  • August 1, 2016: Financial Education Bootcamp (Branchburg, NJ)
  • June 27-29, 2016: NGPF Summer Institute (Palo Alto, CA)
  • June 22, 2016: Iowa Jump$tart Conference (Ankeny, IA)
  • June 13 - July 22, 2016: Six Week Summer Bridge Program at Eastside College Prep (East 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) 
  • 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)
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