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Personal Finance | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
June 1st, 2022

Personal financial literacy is a crucial soft skill for middle school students and is required in many career readiness and elective classes.

Business Education | Marketing | Personal Finance | Texas

By: Brad Hummel
May 18th, 2022

If you're new to teaching the Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance course in Texas, you might be unsure about some of the requirements you have to meet. After all, each class has associated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) statements that your students must learn to be prepared for their future careers.


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Business Education | Career Readiness | High School | Personal Finance

By: Brad Hummel
April 7th, 2022

As a high school personal finance instructor, finding the perfect projects to use with your students can be challenging. Choosing suitable personal finance projects is critical to ensuring your students understand the differences between business and personal finance and apply what they’ve learned to become good money managers.

Business Education | Personal Finance | Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF)

By: Mike Cescon
December 21st, 2021

As a middle school finance teacher, it's your job to lay the groundwork for skills your kids will carry with them all their lives. If you choose the right curriculum and teach a great class, they'll be much better equipped to handle their financial futures. However, if you don't, your class could suffer, and your students may make mistakes that cripple them down the line. 

Business Education | Personal Finance | Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF)

By: Mike Cescon
November 23rd, 2021

As a business teacher, you know how common it is for students to graduate high school without having a solid grasp on personal finance. Often, your more money-savvy students can figure things out on their own and turn out alright. But for other students, this lack of understanding can lead to critical mistakes that financially cripple them for life. 

Business Education | Career Readiness | Personal Finance | Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
November 11th, 2021

Financial literacy has become an increasingly popular topic in middle school business and career readiness programs. Unfortunately, personal finance isn’t a particularly engaging topic to discuss with middle schoolers. That means you need to find a personal finance curriculum that meets your standards, is easy to implement, age-appropriate, and interesting for your students. While we provide personal finance lessons as part of our business and career readiness curriculum, teachers sometimes ask us for other financial literacy resource recommendations. In this article, you’ll learn about four financial literacy curriculum options we often hear about from middle school teachers like you: