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 6, 2021 at The Grappone Conference in Concord, NH.  Directions here.

We are grateful that Classroom Connections was once again sponsored 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 45 miles, we were once again able to provide free hotel accommodations near the workshop.

2021 Sessions

The Missing Second Semester – (Personal Knowledge Session)

Gene Natali, CEO of  Troutwood, has spent 17-years working with large pension funds and institutional investors. He is an award-winning author (The Missing Semester) who has key-noted investment and education conferences across the country and spoken in over 500 high school and college classrooms. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Allegheny College, and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Carnegie Mellon University. Gene is also a board member of CFA Society Pittsburgh, part-time lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and Executive in Residence at Penn State Behrend. He, his wife, four children and chocolate lab, live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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.

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.