On February 6th, thirty-plus teachers from across the state participated in the first, and given the evaluations, not the last NextGen FinCamp at Bridgewater State University. Pictured are the three facilitators for the day-long event. Tim Ranzetta, founder of NextGen Personal Finance and two local education lead teachers: Talitha Oliveri, a business teacher at Hopedale High School and Julie Giglia, a business teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.
What made this professional development special was three-fold: Teachers were paid $75 for their participation; although 6 and a half hours long, the day went by incredibly fast; and the energy and enthusiasm in the room were palpable.
Kudos to the three facilitators for keeping up just the right pace that balanced the need to guide the teachers in navigating the robust NextGenPF website to mine for off-the-shelf, instantly usable lesson plans, activities, videos, and simulations while at the same time providing the educators with the opportunity to consume, reflect and share.
Providing such a successful professional development program is part of the strategic plan created by Tim Ranzetta and his small but effective staff at NextGenPF.
Both Talitha and Julie attended an all expenses -paid teacher training workshop over the summer at the NextGenPF headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, as Tim reached out to educators across the country who could provide input into the creation and structure of the website as well as potentially serve as lead teachers back home.
Well if this professional development FinCamp is typical he was successful on both counts. The teacher program evaluations were superlative and several teachers have expressed an interest in both serving as lead teachers as well as continuing to work together as a network as a PLC to promote enhanced teacher confidence and competence in teaching personal finance content and financial literacy.
NGPF is a free high-school personal finance curriculum and professional development partner helping teachers deliver essential money understanding in an easy-to-grasp, engaging way. We offer a complete course of up-to-date, customizable lessons and activities designed to spark participation and make ideas memorable. Professional development and events build personal connections, enable knowledge sharing, and highlight information teachers find truly useful.
About the blogger: George “Scott” Guild is the President of the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education. Connect with him on Twitter @econedtweets or at Massachusetts Council on Economic Education.
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