Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's
September 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the NGPF Newsletter (#23 for those of you scoring at home). We love the excitement that comes with the new school year! This month, the newsletter will share with you lots of NEW developments at NGPF:
  • NEW Product Releases (with more to come this Fall!)
  • NEW NGPF Team Members Laura and Sonia
  • NEW Website Design
  • NEW Featured Teacher column

The NGPF Team

P.S.: Time is running out..we still have LOTS of scholarships available so you can attend the Jump$tart conference in Dallas in November. Details here.
NGPF New Product Releases

We have ambitious plans to bolster our comprehensive suite of resources to support your work in the classroom. Last week we rolled out an upgraded Assessment Bank with over 800 comprehension questions. Here are the details of what you will find:
  • Ten (10) questions for each NGPF Lesson
  • Fifty (50) question pre and post-tests  
  • Twenty-five (25) question unit assessments
  • All assessments available as a Google Doc for easy customization OR in Gooru which grades the responses for you:)
Look for more new releases coming this fall, including:
Have an idea for a new product or service that we should offer? We are here to serve you, so please let us know your idea. Email me at

The Next Gen Personal Finance Team is Growing!
We are excited to announce two new additions to the NGPF Team: 
  • Laura Matchett, Director of Teacher Engagement
After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country.   She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’.
  • Sonia Dalal, Curriculum Developer
Sonia has always been passionate about instruction and improving students’ learning experiences. She has helped students as a K-12 tutor, worked in several EdTech startups in the Bay Area, and recently completed her Ed.M in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her favorite part about working with students is helping them understand a concept they are struggling with and witnessing that “Aha!” moment. This energy is what drives her to create compelling content that engages students and allows them to apply what they have learned in a meaningful way in their own lives.

Here's how Laura and Sonia responded to a few of my favorite questions that I ask my podcast guests:
Best thing you ever bought for under $10:

Bright yellow sunglasses I keep in my car (Laura) and Silly Putty (Sonia)

Best financial advice you ever received:

Laura: Was when a friend created a table that showed the power of compounding interest for a 401(k) account over 30 years. I have been contributing to a 401(k) ever since!

Sonia: If i can, pay more than the minimum requirement for my monthly student loan payments. Also, allocate more money towards the loan that has the highest interest rate! That way, my principal amount goes down and I'm paying less in interest in the long run!

First job:

A supermarket cashier (Laura) and Target cashier (Sonia)

Why the passion for financial literacy?

Laura: Having an understanding of one's financial situation allows individuals to make educated decisions about their future. 

Sonia: I wish I had someone sit me down and say "Hey, when you're older, these are the things you're going to hear about and manage (IRA, student loans, car loans, insurance, interest, etc.). I wouldn't have had to learn things on the fly!
What's Trending On the NGPF Blog?

Teachers on the hunt for engaging activities made these the most popular posts on the NGPF Blog:
Check Out Our Website Enhancements!

Jessica and team worked diligently over the summer to improve your experience on the website (with more changes coming later this fall too!). You may have noticed the following:
  • Our Video Library has a tabular format now with more succinct descriptions and is easily searchable
  • Now when you PREVIEW a document, you link directly to a Google Doc so you can quickly customize the document and/or make copies
  • It's easier for you to discover our Professional Development activities as it now has its own place on the navigation bar:
  • We have added several new pages under our Community section:
    • Our NGPF Fellows page identifies our 2016 cohort and provides updates throughout the year on their activities
    • Our Contest Page highlights our current contest (Win A Scholarship to 2016 Jump$tart Conference) 
Featured Teacher: Jill Lucero

High School: East High School (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Years teaching: 24

Favorite Personal Finance topic: Taxes and Insurance 

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Teaching my Money 101 class - which is the financial literacy class that I teach. I feel like I can honestly tell my kids that I'm not going to teach them anything that they're not going to use. 

What have you learned about teaching personal finance? 
Students want to know about my personal experiences. I show them everything about my personal life in regards to my personal finances!

How did you decide what to include in your personal finance course?
I have created my personal finance course from personal experience - what I wish I knew when I was in college, renting my first apartment or purchasing my first house. It is helpful to be able to draw from personal experience when teaching topics such as budgeting or purchasing a home.

How do you use NGPF resources?
I use NGPF in all different ways! I have used NGPF curriculum in its entirety from the beginning to the end. Sometimes I use the video resources (see
Video Library) or just an activity. I like being able to adjust the content to only touch on the biggest points that I want to make.

Words of wisdom for educators?
Network with other finance teachers to get ideas about activities and topics they teach in their classes - because more than likely they're willing to share what they've already done. 
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 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

Upcoming 2016 Events
  • September 27, 2016: San Francisco Unified School District training (San Francisco, CA)
  • September 27, 2016: Oklahoma Jump$tart Association (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • October 5-8, 2016: Council of Economic Education (Phoenix, AZ)
  • October 10, 2016: Virginia Financial Literacy Summit (Richmond, VA)
  • October 21, 2016: Federal Reserve of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  • October 22 and 29, 2016: DC Public School Teacher Training (Washington, DC) 
  • November 5-7, 2016: Jump$tart National Educators Conference (Dallas, TX)
  • November 8, 2016: Working in Support of Education (WISE) Conference (New York, NY)
  • November 11, 2016: Vermont Jump$tart Educators Conference (Burlington, VT)
Previous 2016 Events
  • August 4, 2016: Financial Education Bootcamp (Westampton, NJ)
  • August 1, 2016: Financial Education Bootcamp (Branchburg, NJ)
  • June 27-29, 2016: NGPF Summer Institute (Palo Alto, CA)
  • June 22, 2016: Iowa Jump$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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