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Building Capacity Within Those We Serve

When one thinks of leadership in a school, they usually associate the term with a person that possesses a position of power. True, someone like a principal of a school is a leader with a title. They are responsible for those they supervise, carrying out the mission of the organization, motivating the troops, and creating …

PD with a Host of Resources!

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 …

One of my favorite projects – Copycat Magazine

Every year in Photoshop, I challenge my students to find a magazine cover layout (I have a collection of about 150 for them to choose from) that is more than just simple text and words. They have to evaluate the fonts (serif, sans serif, narrow, slab, script, etc.) to try to match them with free/open …

Just because it is free does not mean that it is cheap!

The Massachusetts Council on Economic Education is providing teachers an opportunity to extend classroom learning and reinforce the instruction in economics and personal finance through hosting free online challenges in economics and personal finance for teams of middle and high school students. Thanks to the leadership of the Center for Economic Education at Salem State …

The Adjacent Possible

The idea behind a business is often the single most important factor that contributes to a founder’s ability to launch, gain momentum, and grow a business without losing steam and fizzling out. So what’s a founder to do when they’re having trouble coming up with the perfect idea for a business? Consider the “adjacent possible.” …

The National Business Honor Society

The National Business Honor Society (NBHS) is an academic honor society which helps to recognize business students at the high school level.  Requirements are as follows: Student must be in their junior or senior year Must have taken at least 3 courses (or is completing their third), who maintains a minimum 3.5 GPA with a …

Health Insurance Math

An important life skill that everyone needs to know is how to calculate out-of-pocket costs for health care. Unfortunately, many people do not understand basic health insurance terms and how they are applied in calculations to determine how much is owed to a health care provider. A study by Loewenstein et al. found that only …

New Google Backup & Sync

What if I told you that you could back up every file on your computer or laptop to your Google Drive? Think about it…… You’re home, you realize you want to tweak your lesson plan for tomorrow based on today’s class discussion and you suddenly realize you left your laptop at work. If you’re anything …

MassCUE Fall Conference, 35th Anniversary Edition

What can I say about this year’s MassCUE conference? After over a year of planning, it was nothing short of amazing. I am the treasurer of the board of directors of MassCUE and may be a little biased, but I do think it was a spectacular event! From the inspiring speakers to the variety of …

An Annual Conference Worth the Wait

In early October I attended the Council for Economic Education Annual Conference for the umpteenth time and I was not disappointed. Great presentations, networking opportunities and access to quality economics and personal finance education resources. This 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference allowed me the opportunity and pleasure to reconnect with my former …

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