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Welcome to Next Gen Personal Finance's April 2015 Newsletter:  It's Financial Literacy Month!

To celebrate Financial Literacy Month (#FLM2015), NGPF has been planning the following initiatives:
  • Awarding $1,500 in prizes to teachers.  All you need to do is share your favorite online resources (video, article or interactive) and/or original classroom activity with an email to tim@nextgenpersonalfinance.org.  Click here for details.  
  • Hosting a webinar on April 21st titled "How Do I Implement an NGPF Lesson in My Classroom?" Click here for details.  
Please don't forget that we continue to provide the following FREE content to educators:
  • Lesson Library:  Over 70+ lessons with lesson plans, assessments and student activity guides
  • Activity Bank:  Check out our engaging interactive exercises (over 80 available)
  • NGPF Blog:  Updated dailyprovides you with case studies, questions of the day and 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.   

Finally, I want to apologize for the email that was sent yesterday in error titled "This Is Our Fake Newsletter." I am happy to send you our real April newsletter today and wish you a wonderful month!

Regards,

Tim 
The NGPF Activity Bank
We continue to garner positive teacher feedback regarding our latest product, the
NGPF Activity Bank.  What do they like about the activities?
  • Short 30-45 minute activities to extend your current lessons
  • Easy to implement in your classroom
  • Develops 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 some of our most popular activities:
Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on April 21st:  "How Do I Implement an NGPF Lesson in My Classroom?"
You've seen our newsletter, clicked on links for our lessons, but wondered how you would implement them in your classroom.  Attend this webinar and you will:
  • Understand the 4 C's of NGPF lessons - Curated, Cohesive, Customizable, and Current
  • Become familiar with our lesson format and navigation
  • Learn teacher-tested implementation strategies 
Click here for additional details and to register for this webinar that you won't want to miss.   
Questions of The Day
We love when we get comments like this one from Christie, who participated in our recent webinar:

"The Questions of the Day are already prepared and spark interest as well as research skills.  I don't have to spend hours coming up with a meaningful list.  Love it!"  

Here are Questions of the Day that have been trending on the NGPF Blog:
Featured Teacher:  Lisa Bender (Southern Garrett High School, Maryland)



This marks our first column featuring insights from a personal finance educator. Thanks to Lisa Bender from Southern Garrett High School (Maryland's Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year in 2014!) for sharing her insights on strategies that work for her in the classroom.  This interview has been edited due to space constraints (full interview here):
  • What is your favorite activity with students?  "Would you believe me if I told you my favorite activity is teaching students about Taxes?  Without some planning and creativity, this could easily be a contender for the world’s most boring high school lesson, but when I use Take Charge Today’s “The Basics of Taxes” curriculum my classroom comes alive!"
  • What is the most common misconception that you find among your students when it comest to money?  "I don’t think high school students see themselves as economic decision makers;  they’re still at the stage and age of life where they relate to the more simplistic idea that they fall into either the category of a Saver or a Spender. I think their misconception is that it’s alright to spend money without ever thinking about the consequences of their actions. When I poll them, it’s clear that many spend every dollar they have and don’t look to save."
  • What concept do you find most challenging to teach your students?  "Certainly investing can be considered one of the most challenging set of concepts to teach high school students. They have such little background knowledge on this subject, with few students ever having paid attention to the stock market. All of these lead to a challenging task for the classroom teacher. After implementing some traditional teaching strategies for getting students familiar with the vocabulary and content, an ideal way to allow students to fully engage in learning about investing is to have your class compete in the Council for Econ Ed Stock Market Game."
 

Chart of the Month:  What Do College Frosh Worry Most About?

Be sure to check out this NGPF blog post for discussion points that accompany this chart.  
 

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.

Upcoming Events
  • April 10, 2015: FBLA California State Conference (Santa Clara, CA)
  • May 18, 2015: Personal Finance Workshop at Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA)
Previous 2015 Events
  • January 21-23, 2015:  Collaboration with Harvard University Winter Session Personal Finance Course (Cambridge, MA)
  • February 24, 2015:  Common Ground Personal Finance Workshop for Educators and Panel Discussion With Parents (Princeton, NJ)
  • February 28, 2015:  FBLA Bay Section Conference (Daly City, CA) - NGPF provided two workshops for FBLA Advisors and students
  • March 24, 2015: Free Webinar "How To Find Personal Finance Resources"
  • January-March, 2015: Pilot at Eastside Prep (East Palo Alto, CA)

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