Engaging Every Student
May 8, 2023
Bringing Financial Literacy Lessons To Life With Pear Deck + NGPF
Pear Deck Team
Pear Deck has partnered with Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) to develop lessons about personal finance skills. Together, we’re giving every student the opportunity to access high-quality financial literacy content, all while supercharging opportunities for student interactivity and engagement with ready-to-teach lessons powered by Pear Deck. We spoke to Hannah Rael, NGPF Marketing Communications Manager, to understand the importance of providing this information to learners across the country.
Why it matters
Next Gen Personal Finance was founded on the belief every student deserves high-quality personal finance instruction so they have the tools to build a brighter financial future. NGPF is focused on achieving Mission 2030 – the goal that by 2030, all U.S. high schoolers will be guaranteed to take at least one semester-long personal finance course before graduation.
“Money lessons are better learned in school than in the school of hard knocks. When you have at least a basic understanding of financial tools and personal finance before becoming an adult, you have more autonomy and choices over how to create the life you want to live,” Rael said.
This knowledge empowers better spending, saving, and investing decisions, and helps protect from financial stress down the road.
“Don’t just take our word for it - research overwhelmingly demonstrates these positive impacts!” Rael stated.
In addition to this, many states have already implemented or are in the process of implementing* standalone personal finance graduation requirements. NGPF tracks the movement here on its Bill Tracker, and the states that currently require it are:
- New Hampshire*
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island*
- South Carolina*
- West Virginia*
Partnering with Pear Deck
The team knew Pear Deck as a hugely popular tool teachers in the NGPF community were using to help increase student engagement and learning.
“Having our Middle School Course available on Pear Deck was a no-brainer for us, and we’re excited to expand access to personal finance education through the platform,” Rael explained.
One particular benefit NGPF was excited about was the fact Pear Deck allows teachers to embed engaging types of formative assessment to better gauge student understanding and retention. Having ready-made decks also means educators can spend more time implementing and customizing lessons rather than spending a great deal of time setting everything up themselves.
“The fact students can complete the decks synchronously or asynchronously is a huge draw for any classroom,” Rael added.
Making personal finance…fun?!
When learning happens in a way that is fun and relevant, students are more likely to retain what they are studying. Pear Deck engages learners to stimulate activity and discussion rather than just having them sit and listen to a lecture. An edtech tool designed with all different kinds of learners in mind, it makes personal finance more accessible for learners with a variety of different needs.
“Personal finance and education are both constantly evolving fields. NGPF doesn’t produce textbooks for this reason. Things just change too rapidly. By combining the NGPF curriculum with the best edtech platforms like Pear Deck, teachers can rest assured that how they deliver their lessons is as varied and up-to-date as the content itself.” Rael said.
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