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.

Save the Date for 2023!

May 12, 2023 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.  Check back for updates.

These were the presenters at last year’s event!

Mike Sheffer
Director of Education
The FoolProof Foundation

The FoolProof Financial Literacy Curriculum is a free, highly interactive, self grading group of online lessons.  The modules teach young people about earning money, financial responsibility, critical thinking skills, and the realities of the free enterprise system. The FoolProof curriculum has pre and post tests to gauge student knowledge and supplemental class assignments and activities. Teachers are encouraged to bring their devices, this will be an interactive session.  New to FoolProof is our partnership with Stash 101’s real time investment simulator and our NeighborMood “virtual to reality” game.

Gene Natali

Prior to starting Troutwood, Gene spent 17-years working with large pension funds and institutional investors. He is an award-winning author (The Missing Semester I and II) 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.

Janessa Boulay
Director of Education
Stash 101

Engage Your Students With a Real-World Approach!  Do you teach middle or high school personal finance, business, or marketing? Engage your students with Stash101, a hands-on simulated banking and investing platform that’s easy to use, customizable to your needs, and completely free—no catch. Stash101 helps you transform your students into money-smart members of the community. Not completely comfortable teaching students about money management? Don’t worry—just use our scripted lesson plans and learn as you go!

Luke Hohmann
First Root

FirstRoot is a Benefit Corp that supports schools using Participatory Budgeting (PB for short), a democratic process in which students are given real money to collaboratively invest in their school.

Endorsed by the United Nations, Participatory Budgeting is used by thousands of schools around the world to teach financial literacy, civics, and design thinking.

Date and Location

This popular professional development event or Granite State teachers will be held on May 11, 2023 at The Grappone Conference in Concord, NH.  Directions here.  

We are grateful that Classroom Connections continues to be sponsored by our friends at Fidelity Investments.

Networking, Classroom Resources and Professional Development

At the in-person event – in addition to the content sessions, we make classroom resources available as well as the opportunity to share best practices with other teachers from across the state.  Six (6) professional development hours are generally provided for attending the event.

Overnight Accommodations!

For teachers traveling more than 45 miles, we would have been again able to provide free hotel accommodations near the workshop.