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2019 Fall Conference

ENGAGING AND EDUCATING FINANCIAL CHAMPIONS”

The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition cordially invites you to our Fall 2019 Conference: Engaging and Educating Financial Champions. The day begins early with a hot, nourishing breakfast, followed by an agenda packed with inspiring speakers and educators from all over New England. Here’s a preview our 2019 Conference Agenda.

Join Us:
Monday, October 28, 2019
Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center
7:30 – 3:30 PM

The cost is $45.00 per person. Register here. To complete the registration, first click on Ticket and then complete the payment information before clicking on Check Out. Once you complete the short registration form, click Register and you’re all set.

We will send a confirmation email including conference details, directions, and parking. For questions, please contact us by email.

We look forward to seeing you in Killington!
The Jump$tart Conference Committee

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:

If you require overnight accommodations an “individual call-in” is necessary to reserve your room. The phone number is 1-800-282-9955. For the group rate, please reference “The Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy Meeting.” The room rate will be $145.00 with an additional 17% service fee added. The room rate is available in the Vermont Jump$tart block through September 26, 2019.

Financial Literacy Champion Award

Financial Literacy Champion Award Presented to Wanda Whittemore

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Springfield, VT: Wendy Rea Co-President of the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition awarded Wanda (JJ) Whittemore the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition Financial Literacy Champion Award at the 2019 Office of the State Treasurer Financial Literacy Awards Ceremony. 

This award is given to an individual to recognize their leadership and outstanding achievements in the effort to advance Financial Literacy of Vermont youth.  Whittemore was nominated by Patricia Reixach, Instructional Coach at Riverside Middle School Springfield Vermont.

Whittemore grew up in Alstead Center, New Hampshire and attended Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH. She attended Keene State College, majoring in education and graduated with a BS in Home Economics. Whittemore has been teaching at the Riverside Middle School Springfield Vermont for over 30 years.

When asked about when she first became interested in teaching financial literacy Whittemore said “Home economics now called Family & Consumer Science, always had a financial component, though mostly at the secondary level. In the 1990’s I started to add more and more consumer elements to my curriculum. I developed a game that was very hands-on to encourage a greater depth of learning and then a Canadian company released a commercially made game that was even better.  At the middle school level, students explored careers, monthly budgets, consumer issues and other components that helped them further their knowledge. Additionally, I decided to have students “earn” FACS dollars every class to navigate minimum wage, taxes, savings, and spending. At the end of 3 years, if students saved money they could calculate 10% of their FACS balance. That amount was turned into real money and would be donated to a charity of their choice. The Humane Society was often the #1 selection, though they donated to the Red Cross after the Haiti earthquake, Save the Seas and more. They could also bequeath FACS money to younger siblings. The funds would wait for those students to get to my class.”

Whittemore explained that we are a society that functions with money. She thinks that as a nation we are not as thoughtful about preparing for the future through saving or investing. She said “Some adults struggle with debt and money management. Many students have not considered connections to college and loans. Somewhere students need to learn options to help manage their money.” She attended the Vermont JumpStart Coalition Conferences and last summer the Champlain College Financial Literacy course that ignited her drive to wrap more around the FACS class for middle-level students! Her administrators were extremely supportive in offering a brand-new enrichment course for students. She chose an Entrepreneurship program. Whittemore explained that her students wrote business plans and had the chance to set up a booth with their business products at the community holiday fair in 2018. A few businesses continued filling orders into 2019. They are exploring Farmer’s Markets as a future venue. Since the fair, students have been coming up to her to see if they can sign up for the entrepreneur class next year. High school students have emailed her that they are so glad that they learned about money as they get jobs or open checking/debit accounts. Whittemore thinks that students enjoy learning about real-world finances.

Whittemore said, “I am thankful to the Vermont JumpStart Coalition for this delightful honor and it suggests that both students and colleagues find value in my offering financial literacy at the middle school level.”

To learn more about the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition and the 2019 Financial Literacy Conference on October 28 at the Killington Grand Hotel and Conference Center contact Nancy Zorn at vtjumpstart@comcast.net

Financial Literacy Day at The State House

Financial Literacy Day at The State House in April!

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Margaret Ferguson, VT Jump$tart Coalition Board Member at a display in the Card Room at the State House.

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Margaret Ferguson, VT Jump$tart Coalition Board Member pointing out the high schools that require Financial Literacy courses

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Margaret Ferguson,  VT Jump$tart Coalition Board Member, and Kit Ardell a volunteer at the State House.

NGPF Academy

NGPF Academy

NGPF Academy

– Diversify Your PD Portfolio –

In our work at NGPF, we see examples daily of the dedication and commitment of personal finance educators. In fact, when we ran the numbers for the last twelve months, you completed over 25,000 hours of professional development with NGPF. That’s impressive!!!!

Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious asset: your time. It’s time for you to receive the recognition and rewards that you deserve which is why we are launching NGPF Academy today.

We look forward to seeing you at an NGPF PD event soon!

Regards,

NGPF Team

Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD
Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD
Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD
FAQs

1. What is NGPF Academy? 

NGPF Academy recognizes and rewards teachers for participating in NGPF Professional Development activities. For each hour of professional development, a teacher earns one NGPF Academy credit. Teachers receive rewards for attaining certain credit levels.

2. How can I register for the events that will help me earn NGPF Academy credits?  

Click on the chart below to register for the specific events:

Note:

  • NGPF FinCamp PLUS events are currently at capacity for summer of 2019
  • NGPF may add additional PD opportunities/formats during the year

3. Is there a cost to participate in any NGPF Professional Development activities?

No. We are committed to providing curriculum and professional development at no cost. Our mission is to ensure that ALL students receive this education. NGPF is supported by an endowment created by its co-founder.

4. What are the rewards for participating in NGPF Academy?

Other than what teachers call “the best PD that I have ever attended?”  Educators will receive NGPF swag such as stickers, FinCap Friday hats, NGPF tote bags, and NGPF Swell water bottles as they achieve each of these credit levels:

  • Freshman (10 credits)
  • Sophomore (20 credits)
  • Junior (30 credits)
  • Senior (40 credits)

In addition, all educators who achieve Senior status by May of 2020 will be entered into a drawing to attend NGPF’s First User Conference planned for the summer of 2020. NGPF will cover the travel and hotel costs for the 100 educators selected through this drawing process.

5. When can I start earning credits for NGPF Academy?

NGPF Academy’s academic year starts June 1, 2019, and ends May 31, 2020, so you can start to earn credits for any professional development activities you attend after June 1st, 2019.

6. Are there capacity limits for NGPF PD events? 

Yes. In order to ensure a quality experience for all we typically limit the number of attendees for the following events:

  • NGPF Virtual FinCamps: 25-30
  • NGPF Virtual PDs: 40-50
  • NGPF FinCamps (in-person): 70-80
  • NGPF Webinars: 150-200

7. Do I need to track my own credit hours? How frequently will I receive progress updates from NGPF Academy?

  • No. You don’t need to track your own credit hours.
  • You can expect to receive NGPF Academy quarterly progress updates beginning in September of 2019. (You will continue to receive PD certificates following each individual event which you can keep for your own records.)

8. What other recognition will participants receive? 

Each year, NGPF will recognize leading educators in the NGPF Academy in a press release and blog post.

9. Will my hours carry over in future years? 

No. Your credit hours will reset to 0 starting on June 1, 2020, when the new NGPF Academy academic year will start.

10. What about the hours that I have accumulated to date? 

We appreciate your commitment to financial education and your participation in previous NGPF professional development activities. This is a new program where you can accumulate credits starting with any activity after June 1st, 2019.

11. Do I need to sign up for NGPF Academy? 

No. As long as you register for the PD event and complete the survey at the end of the event, your credit hours will be tracked in NGPF Academy.

FAQs

1. What is NGPF Academy? 

NGPF Academy recognizes and rewards teachers for participating in NGPF Professional Development activities. For each hour of professional development, a teacher earns one NGPF Academy credit. Teachers receive rewards for attaining certain credit levels.

2. How can I register for the events that will help me earn NGPF Academy credits?  

Click on the chart below to register for the specific events:

Note:

  • NGPF FinCamp PLUS events are currently at capacity for summer of 2019
  • NGPF may add additional PD opportunities/formats during the year

3. Is there a cost to participate in any NGPF Professional Development activities?

No. We are committed to providing curriculum and professional development at no cost. Our mission is to ensure that ALL students receive this education. NGPF is supported by an endowment created by its co-founder.

4. What are the rewards for participating in NGPF Academy?

Other than what teachers call “the best PD that I have ever attended?”  Educators will receive NGPF swag such as stickers, FinCap Friday hats, NGPF tote bags, and NGPF Swell water bottles as they achieve each of these credit levels:

  • Freshman (10 credits)
  • Sophomore (20 credits)
  • Junior (30 credits)
  • Senior (40 credits)

In addition, all educators who achieve Senior status by May of 2020 will be entered into a drawing to attend NGPF’s First User Conference planned for the summer of 2020. NGPF will cover the travel and hotel costs for the 100 educators selected through this drawing process.

5. When can I start earning credits for NGPF Academy?

NGPF Academy’s academic year starts June 1, 2019, and ends May 31, 2020, so you can start to earn credits for any professional development activities you attend after June 1st, 2019.

6. Are there capacity limits for NGPF PD events? 

Yes. In order to ensure a quality experience for all we typically limit the number of attendees for the following events:

  • NGPF Virtual FinCamps: 25-30
  • NGPF Virtual PDs: 40-50
  • NGPF FinCamps (in-person): 70-80
  • NGPF Webinars: 150-200

7. Do I need to track my own credit hours? How frequently will I receive progress updates from NGPF Academy?

  • No. You don’t need to track your own credit hours.
  • You can expect to receive NGPF Academy quarterly progress updates beginning in September of 2019. (You will continue to receive PD certificates following each individual event which you can keep for your own records.)

8. What other recognition will participants receive? 

Each year, NGPF will recognize leading educators in the NGPF Academy in a press release and blog post.

9. Will my hours carry over in future years? 

No. Your credit hours will reset to 0 starting on June 1, 2020, when the new NGPF Academy academic year will start.

10. What about the hours that I have accumulated to date? 

We appreciate your commitment to financial education and your participation in previous NGPF professional development activities. This is a new program where you can accumulate credits starting with any activity after June 1st, 2019.

11. Do I need to sign up for NGPF Academy? 

No. As long as you register for the PD event and complete the survey at the end of the event, your credit hours will be tracked in NGPF Academy.

FAQs

1. What is NGPF Academy? 

NGPF Academy recognizes and rewards teachers for participating in NGPF Professional Development activities. For each hour of professional development, a teacher earns one NGPF Academy credit. Teachers receive rewards for attaining certain credit levels.

2. How can I register for the events that will help me earn NGPF Academy credits?  

Click on the chart below to register for the specific events:

Note:

  • NGPF FinCamp PLUS events are currently at capacity for summer of 2019
  • NGPF may add additional PD opportunities/formats during the year

3. Is there a cost to participate in any NGPF Professional Development activities?

No. We are committed to providing curriculum and professional development at no cost. Our mission is to ensure that ALL students receive this education. NGPF is supported by an endowment created by its co-founder.

4. What are the rewards for participating in NGPF Academy?

Other than what teachers call “the best PD that I have ever attended?”  Educators will receive NGPF swag such as stickers, FinCap Friday hats, NGPF tote bags, and NGPF Swell water bottles as they achieve each of these credit levels:

  • Freshman (10 credits)
  • Sophomore (20 credits)
  • Junior (30 credits)
  • Senior (40 credits)

In addition, all educators who achieve Senior status by May of 2020 will be entered into a drawing to attend NGPF’s First User Conference planned for the summer of 2020. NGPF will cover the travel and hotel costs for the 100 educators selected through this drawing process.

5. When can I start earning credits for NGPF Academy?

NGPF Academy’s academic year starts June 1, 2019, and ends May 31, 2020, so you can start to earn credits for any professional development activities you attend after June 1st, 2019.

6. Are there capacity limits for NGPF PD events? 

Yes. In order to ensure a quality experience for all we typically limit the number of attendees for the following events:

  • NGPF Virtual FinCamps: 25-30
  • NGPF Virtual PDs: 40-50
  • NGPF FinCamps (in-person): 70-80
  • NGPF Webinars: 150-200

7. Do I need to track my own credit hours? How frequently will I receive progress updates from NGPF Academy?

  • No. You don’t need to track your own credit hours.
  • You can expect to receive NGPF Academy quarterly progress updates beginning in September of 2019. (You will continue to receive PD certificates following each individual event which you can keep for your own records.)

8. What other recognition will participants receive? 

Each year, NGPF will recognize leading educators in the NGPF Academy in a press release and blog post.

9. Will my hours carry over in future years? 

No. Your credit hours will reset to 0 starting on June 1, 2020, when the new NGPF Academy academic year will start.

10. What about the hours that I have accumulated to date? 

We appreciate your commitment to financial education and your participation in previous NGPF professional development activities. This is a new program where you can accumulate credits starting with any activity after June 1st, 2019.

11. Do I need to sign up for NGPF Academy? 

No. As long as you register for the PD event and complete the survey at the end of the event, your credit hours will be tracked in NGPF Academy.

Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD
Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD
Earn Credits Attending NGPF PD

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

Have questions or feedback for us?

Email Tim at tim@ngpf.org!

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Our mailing address is:

Next Gen Personal Finance

510 Waverley Street

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Copyright © 2019 Next Gen Personal Finance, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Next Gen Personal Finance

510 Waverley Street

Palo Alto, CA 94301