MBA Research
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.

QuickStop Show and Tell Sessions

These QuickStop sessions (15-minutes each) are designed to send you home with a laundry list of actionable ideas.  Sort of like a TED Talk, each QuickStop presenter is charged with sharing something of significant value while the clock ticks.

Global Competence for CTE

Bring the world to your students by easily integrating global examples into your current curriculum and lessons.  A wealth of resources is included in Fall 2017 launch of “Global Competence in CTE.”  The Center for Global Education – Asia Society has partnered with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation and created a FREE online professional development course to show you how.

Patricia LeCompte is the Instructor of both Marketing Education and Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management at Monroe Career & Technical Institute (PA)

Business Law - Not By the Book

Property law: boring.  Actually, it doesn’t have to be.  Join Corri as she shares how to make property law engaging through authentic learning and story writing.  Students learn bailment, change of ownership, insurance, and much more.  She will share the rubric and student examples.

Corri Ellis is a teacher at Molalla High School (OR) and also teaches at Clackamas Community College.

If I Can Do It You Can Do It! High School of Business 20 hour Summer Intern Observation

What, I have to place high school students into the community during the summer for a 20 hour Summer Intern Observation? If I can do it you can do it, but you have to have a plan! You will get tips and project management tools to help you with this adventure.  You will be surprised how well organized you can be.  Bonus: your students will have a great experience and exposure to the workplace.  

Presenter: Jody Charleston spent 17 years in the business world before entering the education world as a Business and Marketing Teacher at Eastern High School.  

Ethical Leadership Course: Right Students, Right Class

Join Ashley, one of the first to pilot the Ethical Leadership course in the country, as she shares her marketing strategies to get the right students in the course and to build enrollment.

Presenter: Ashley Frazier, Marketing Education teacher and DECA advisor at Norman High School, OK.  

The Four P's of Marketing - Help Students Remember Forever

Judy Commers is an award winning instructor and author who will share how to make learning the 4 P’s fun and engaging through an interactive activity using simple tools – envelopes and ideas, having students create groups, draw from the envelopes and make decisions about the 4 P’s.  Participants will actively participate in learning this simple but effective method.

Jump Start Innovation in Your Classroom

Learn to teach innovation through the art of questioning.  Participants will experience the same innovation lesson that can be taught to students.  Why not start out by asking the following questions:  It bugs me when..., I wish I had..., My life would be easier if... Have students take some time thinking of how to respond to these questions in groups and use large sheets of paper to write their statements on the wall.

Presenter: Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports Marketing and was a DECA Advisor in Indiana for 40 years, teaching at comprehensive high schools and a career center. 

Critical Friends: A Process of Reflection in Project Based Learning

Critical friends protocol is an essential element of a PBL project. It allows for feedback in a non-threatening manner that encourages improvement. A great tuning protocol for learner presentations. During this quick stop the process will be explained and examples will be given out.

Presenter: David Clark is a recently retired marketing instructor with over 15 years of experience utilizing PBL in the classroom.  

Ethical Leadership Cases and Resources - Teaching Ethics the Right Way

Looking for authentic, advanced ethical case studies and other resources? Look no further than the Daniels Fund website. Gayle will share resources and teaching tips and strategies for using the resources to teach ethical decision making.

Presenter: Gayle Bean, Business teacher, Canyon Ridge High School, Twin Falls, ID

Who's Got Money?

Influence your students' future success. Include financial education in your classroom. Resources for educators that work and are fun!

Presenter: Lisa Whitling currently teaches Business and Marketing classes at Prairie High School in Battle Ground School District. 

I’m A Techaholic: Near Pod

Have you ever wondered if your students are paying attention to you when you talk? With this cool tech tip you will have a way to know, and be able to do quick understanding checks while you teach.

Presenter: Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. 

Learning Critical College and Career Skills through Project Management

Students are learning skills such as time management, organization and planning through real-world, engaging PLB & traditional learning projects.  At this session you will hear about existing programs, learn strategies to implement your own program and discover to find high value, no cost classroom resources. 

Presenter: Diane Fromm is the Programs Manager for the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and has responsibility for the development of global K-12 education programs, including resource development and strategic partnerships.

Great Resources for Teaching Budgeting

From Principles and Priorities to Next 10 to Compare 50, join Tony Raffetto as he shared great online tools for Teaching Budgeting in this fast-paced QuickStop. Principles and Priorities is a federal budgeting exercise updated annually in which students take on roles in a mock senate and congress.

Presenter: Tony Raffetto has been teaching business classes in Northern California for over 20 years. He is currently a Business teacher at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. He has started the first financial literacy course in the district and is currently implementing a business pathway at Wilcox. Tony is also the Co-advisor for the DECA chapter at the school. 

DECA's New Entrepreneurship Events

DECA is introducing two new events this year: Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making and the Entrepreneurship Individual Series. Get the 411 on these new events as we discuss their guidelines, concepts, and preparation resources.

Presenter: Christopher Young, CAE, is the director of DECA’s high school division, providing leadership in the areas of program development, member services, conferences and events to the organization’s division that serves more than 219,000 members in 3,500 chapters. 

What's Right or Wrong? Tough Decisions for Middle School Students

Middle school students are faced with making ethical decisions every day. Therefore, it is imperative that we incorporate ethics into the business curriculum. This will help them to understand the importance of ethical behavior in decision making, and learn how to recognize steps to making the right decision, not only in business, but also at school and at home.

When the students are exposed to ethical teachings, they are engaged in meaningful discussions about life situations. This sharing and gathering of information about ethical issues in middle school helps build confidence in students, which prepares them for success in high school and makes them valuable contributors to our society.

Presenter: Jennifer Rhudd, business teacher and chapter advisor for BPA at Kirk Middle School in Newark Delaware

I'm a Techaholic: Plickers

We will be using Plickers as a tool to get instant feedback without the need for student devices. In the classroom you can use Plickers to support bell ringers, exit tickets, check for understanding, and more. Students can use Plickers to self reflect on learning targets and goals. Plickers is a free resource.

Presenter: Elizabeth Mosher, Director of Secondary Education, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (MI)

Make the Connection: Great (Free) Resources in State's Connection

MBA Research is a not-for-profit organization exists for a single reason: to help business and marketing teachers have a greater impact in the classroom. This session will be a high-speed overview of the many free resources available to you through your State's Connection page via our website.

Presenter: Jennifer Milke, PDTeam Counselor, Utica Ford II High School (MI)

DECA Integrates Into Classroom Instruction

As one of DECA’s premier guiding principles, DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program integrates into classroom instruction. Learn how DECA supports the teaching and learning of National Curriculum Standards, Career Clusters® knowledge and skill statements, 21st Century Skills and project management. You’ll also receive data points to gain support for your DECA program. 

Presenter: Christopher Young, CAE, is the director of DECA’s high school division, providing leadership in the areas of program development, member services, conferences and events to the organization’s division that serves more than 219,000 members in 3,500 chapters. 

DECA's Prepared Presentation Topics

Want to discuss the topics for DECA’s Business Operations Research Event and Professional Selling and Consulting Events? Join us and leave with industry resources to help your students. 

Presenter: Christopher Young, CAE, is the director of DECA’s high school division, providing leadership in the areas of program development, member services, conferences and events to the organization’s division that serves more than 219,000 members in 3,500 chapters.

Using the MBA Learning Center for Independent Study Students

Got that gung-ho student who discovers Business and Marketing or the High School of Business curriculum at your school at the beginning of his/her junior year?  Let the resources on the MBA Learning Center help you rapidly build and effectively monitor independent study courses to prepare those students to graduate with a more thorough understanding of Business Administration or graduate with that promised High School of Business certification.  Easily build a course of quality, pointed lessons available at the MBA Learning Center.

Presenter: Mary K. Schiefer is a High School of Business Teacher at Pomona Senior High School (CO) where she has been teaching since 2000. 

MBA Learning Center Tips and Tricks

This session will show how to move LAPs from MBA's Canvas account into your school's Learning Management System, primarily Canvas. 

Presenter: Dawn Friedrich is a member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network, Business Teacher, FBLA Adviser, and an active member for Nebraska's Business Education Association

I'm a Techaholic: Unlock the Power of EdPuzzle

Learn how to use EdPuzzle to create interactive video by using existing content or creating your own interactive video. This tool provides several advantages such as higher student engagement, improved teacher and student interaction, real-time feedback opportunities, and more meaningful homework. If you are interested in flipping your classroom and making holding students accountable for their learning, this is a must have tool.

Presenter: Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. 

I'm a Techaholic: SeeSaw App

SeeSaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school SeeSaw is a web-based app that allows teachers to review assignments from anywhere, as well as provides access for parents to view their child's portfolio. Join Tammy to see how to use this powerful tool to engage students as she demonstrates how easy it is to incorporate reading and writing skills in everyday assignments.

Presenter: Tammy Cyrus, PDTeam Counselor, Business and Marketing Education Teacher, South Central High School, NC

Who's Got My Back?

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.  ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.  Stop by for a Perkins update and to find out what ACTE can do for you.

Presenter:  Kelli Diemer, Business and Marketing Education Consultant, Iowa Department of Education

Gray Zone - Ethical Cases That Work

Great for group discussions and short writing assignments. Join Willene as she shares how she uses Gray Zones on Google classroom for "Ethics Wednesday" for the economics section of her senior-level class. Get your students thinking about ethics in the work place and the classroom.

Presenter:  Willene Biere, Business Academy Teacher/Director, Canyon Springs High School, CA.

Notes With a Twist

Have you heard about Sketchnoting or Visual Notetaking? This innovative note-taking method is spreading across one school in a variety of way. The concept mixes images with words and hierarchy diagrams. Stop by this quick stop to see if this idea is for you and your students. You may be surprised how well it works!

Presenter: Dr. Ann Stewart, PD Counselor, CTE Department Chair, Stewarts Creek High School, TN

Mission Possible: Let Them Lead

Join Sandra for a discussion on how to inspire and enable your students to create a CTSO which is truly led by your students.  This will be a discussion session so come prepared to learn from Sandra and each other as you all share your best ideas and practices on Letting Them Lead.

Presenter: Sandra Wheeler currently teaches business and graphic design courses at Kuna High School (ID). She is the lead instructor for the business and graphic arts department as well as the lead advisor for BPA. She is also serving on the business administration (HSB) state curriculum alignment committee.


Canva is a tool loaded with easy-to-use features and functionality that allows any skill level to design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts. It has everything you need for amazing design, and the best part is it is FREE! You can use every template for FREE! The only time you will need to pay is when you use one or more of the premium images available for the low price of $1 per image. But if you don't want to pay it's not a problem as the app offers tons of free images. Join Kim as she shares practical ways for you and your students to use Canva.​

Presenter: Kim Guest, PD Counselor, CTE Director, Marketing/Accounting Teacher, Kearsley Schools, Flint, MI

College and Career Academies of Akron

College and Career Academies of Akron will transform the traditional high school experience to an innovative model that prepares all students for the future. Academies link academic subjects to college majors and career sectors. Students and teachers use experiential learning to make lessons come alive. Different pathways designed and supported by community partners are created to introduce students to a variety of college and career options. This session will share how your district can introduce college and career academies through experiential learning.

Presenter: Susan Schutte is a Marketing Instructor at Akron East High Community Learning Center (OH).  

H&R Block Budget Challenge

Through the H&R Block Budget Challenge, students learn and practice many real-world money management skills: Paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement and much more. The three focus areas throughout the simulation include: balancing current and future cash needs; paying bills on time and on budget; and resourcefulness, understanding and practical application of financial concepts. Students are scored in various areas, and are in competition with not only their classmates, but other students around the nation. Join Holly as she shares practical tips and tricks for incorporating the challenge into your Financial Analysis unit or Finance course.

Presenter: Holly Claborn is currently a Business & Marketing Education teacher at Clinton County Area Technology Center in Albany, KY. 

Throw Them Out of Class! How to Use LAPs to Implement Study Courses

Want to give your student’s more course options? The opportunities are endless using LAP modules. Come see how one school implemented multiple independent study courses to allow students to perform and access at their own pace. Best of all, they don’t have to sit in your class to do it! Go ahead, throw them out!

Presenter: Kristin Sexton currently serves as the Marketing teacher and DECA advisor at Taylor County High School (KY).