Classroom Connections

Since 2001, we have offered a one-day professional development event for teachers who integrate personal finance in the classroom.  This annual event in May brings together teachers from across the state to network and share practices with one another; to learn about new classroom resources; and to improve their own personal knowledge of personal finance concepts.

Date and Location

Classroom Connections will be held on May 14, 2020 at Fidelity InvestmentsOne Spartan Way, Merrimack NH 03054.  Directions here.

We are grateful that Classroom Connections was once again sponsored and hosted by our friends at Fidelity Investments.

Networking, Classroom Resources and Professional Development

In addition to the content sessions, we made classroom resources available as well as the opportunity to share best practices with other teachers from across the state.  Six (6) professional development hours were provided for attending this year’s event.

Overnight Accommodations!

For teachers traveling more than 60 miles, we were once again able to provide free hotel accommodations near the workshop.

2020 Sessions

Claim Your Future – (Classroom Resource Session) 

Claim Your Future® is a game that encourages students to explore education after high school, future careers, and money management. Since its launch in 2015, Claim Your Future has been played in over 90 countries, and thousands of students representing every state in the U.S.  Tori Berube, Vice President- College Planning & Community Engagement for the NHHEAF Networks and NH Jump$tart board member, will demo this resource now available to NH schools!

Updating the Ever-Changing World of Mortgage Loans – (Personal Knowledge Session)

A non-sales presentation on mortgage industry tools and products designed to assist ‘good neighbors’ like teachers, nurses, EMT and police. Update on credit, income changes and an overview of the niche ‘CRA’ products available at most Banks and Credit Unions.  Casey Rettke, Community Reinvestment Act Home Loan Officer from Citizens Bank will offer some helpful tips to to navigate through the new landscape of mortgage lending.

Speaking Body Language – (Personal Knowledge Session)

Ed Kissell a local New Hampshire educator, is also an author and entrepreneur and educator who delivers high energy, stylized, and multimedia presentations that has entertained audiences across the nation. This fun filled interactive seminar examines aspects of body language in a highly stylized fashion. Come enjoy yourself and learn something cool, interesting and useful that will help you in your career, life and relationships.

Stop the Boredom! A better way to teach financial literacy – (Classroom Resource Session)

Brian Bean, Vice-President of Classroom Experience for, went from a bankrupt teacher, victimized by a Ponzi scheme, to the inventor of one of the education industry’s most innovative teaching models, to a successful entrepreneur that is changing the way financial literacy is taught all over the country. His Real-World Classroom teaching model allows students to experience personal finance like never before! By blending the real in-class environment with the virtual adult-life simulation, Mimic Personal Finance, courses transform into an engaging role-playing game where students make real decisions for real consequences.