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Here's what we've heard about our Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Millennial Student workshop:

Evaluation of the facilitator, Brenda Clark:
Scores are on a 1-6 scale, 6 is highest score

1 Facilitator preparation 5.9 5.7  5.8  5.3  6.0  5.7 5.8  5.5  5.6  5.8  5.5  5.3


2 Overall organization of workshop 5.7  5.6  5.6  5.1  6.0  5.5  5.6  5.3  5.6  5.8  5.4  4.8  5.3  5.7
3 Learning outcomes 5.4  5.2  5.0  5.3  5.8  5.3  5.6  5.5  5.8  5.8  5.3  4.8  5.0  5.6
4 Facilitator understanding of content 5.9  5.8  5.9  5.8  6.0  5.9  6.0  5.3  6.0  5.9  5.9  5.9  5.7  5.9
5 Slides, handouts, etc. 5.8  5.8  5.7  5.2  5.8  5.5  5.6  5.2  5.6  5.9  5.8  5.3  5.2  5.8
6 Contribution to my teaching 5.6  5.2  5.4  5.4  5.8  5.3  5.8  5.2  5.0


 4.8  4.6  5.2  5.4
7 Facilitator's presentation skills 5.9  5.6  5.8  5.5  6.0  5.8  5.6  5.3  6.0  6.0  5.7  5.6  5.4  5.8
8 Facility (room, etc.) 4.9  5.2  5.1  4.4  5.6  4.2  5.6  5.2  6.0  5.8  5.4  5.2  4.8  5.8
9 Advance information 5.3  5.0  5.0  4.1  5.9  4.3  5.1  5.0  4.8  5.3  5.1  4.3  5.1  5.3
10 Overall value re to my time and costs 5.6  5.1  5.5  5.6  6.0  5.4  5.8  5.3  5.6  5.8  5.3  4.7  5.1  5.7

Austin, TX; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Eugene, OR; New Orleans, LA; Providence, RI; Madison, WI; Dallas, TX; Columbus, OH; Vancouver, WA; Washington DC; Charleston, WV; State College, PA, Columbia MO

Very Informative, useful, great teaching tool!
Cathy Dailey, MO

Extremely beneficial to my students and future students.
Andrew Reynolds, MO

This material is invaluable - can't wait to start using
Brenda Kaiser, MO

Great overview of MBA Materials.  Loved the bread down of how to read MBA Curriculum.
Columbia, MO

Big help in learning more about the MBA site even though I have been using it for several years.
Columbia, MO

Looks to be the way of the future.
Columbia, MO

I felt that Brenda is very knowledgeable on this topic.  She has given me a ton of ideas that I can experiment with that will make learning more fun for me and my students.
Columbia, MO

Worth the time, networking and sharing
Gwen Swanson, MO

Well worth my time!  Thank you!
State College, PA

Great for me being "newer" to business ed.
State College, PA

Extremely well organized and informative
State College, PA

Relevent material and information I will use in the classroom!
State College, PA

Excellent presenter – funny, knowledgeable, engaging, patient.
Charleston, WV

The MBA Learning Center definitely expands ideas and resources for the classroom.  Parts of the lessons can be used in a flipped classroom environment.  The LAPs are outstanding.
Charleston, WV

Excellent, well-prepared.
Charleston, WV

Awesome to share with us (referring to slides, handouts and other materials).  Will help me prepare for teaching.
Washington DC

I would have liked to know upfront it involved curriculum for sale.
Washington DC

Outstanding content and tools to use right now!  Thank you!
Ed Hehdi, WA

Working hands-on with the Program of Study Resoucr Kit and Course Guides was so valuable - thank you!
Margaret Novy, WA

Provides me with comback to AP parents.  Waited years to attend - all expectations were met!  Thank you!
Anonymous, WA

This workshop was an amazing help in restructuring my program!
Jolyn Collie, WA

Great Workshop!  Very informative!
Sharon Gore, OH

Very beneficial and concise.
Jennifer Walker, OH

Very organized.  Terrific information.  Helped me as a CTE Leader and Instructor
Karen Powers, TX; October 2011

Gave us a peek into Business/Marketing's future!
Dr. James Walker Todd, TX; October, 2011

Tons of information and all related to what I needed.
Phil Huff, WI, 2011

This has allowed me to jump into curriculum planning more positively and more prepared.
Shawn Umland, WI, 2011

ALL marketing education should go through this workshop so we are all on the same page – or at least as the same starting point.
John Smith, WI, 2011

Great job!
WI, 2011

Everything was so extremely useful and well-presented, it could possibly be extended…  Real information, presented by a real teacher that faces acknowledges, and deals with the same problems I do.  Outstanding.
David Rippl, WI, 2011

Allows me to keep up with the changes to education and more specifically within my own area.
Rhonda Nachtiqall, WI, 2011

Great job!  Great to hear from the “expert.”  Validates everything.  For BM & IT teachers to hear about standards and instructional delivery from B. Clark packed a punch and truly had a positive impact on moving our profession forward.
Sara Baird, WI, 2011

Excellent opportunity to get resources and ideas to teach marketing. Excellent.
WI, 2011

Great workshop!  I learned more about curriculum/performance indicators, etc. in two days than I have from my district.
WI, 2011

Highly recommended this workshop to new and seasoned educators.
Skip Hay, WI, 2011

The Google/Desk drop box demo was very good.  As a new teacher, this course informed me of useful content, links, and resources to help build my practice.  It provided some relieve; there’s actually a wealth of materials out there!  Thank you.
RI; May, 2011

Good job Brenda.  I valued this experience and recommend it to teachers.
RI; May, 2011

Well worth the time.  Learned much on curriculum and what aligns.
RI; May, 2011

You will leave this workshop with a lot of new ideas and resources.
RI; May, 2011

Wonderful materials.
--Claudette Tolbert, LA; April, 2011

Like always, MBA Research delivers great information and resources to keep a teacher going.
LA; April, 2011

Great workshop!
--Debra Wilson, LA; April, 2011

It was very informative.
LA; April, 2011

I use the LAPs in my marketing program. My students learn a great deal and it makes my planning much easier and less time consuming!
--Pat Horton, OR; April, 2011

A must-attend workshop for all business and marketing teachers.
--Daniel Thompson, OR; April, 2011

Thank you for coming to Oregon.
--Ann, OR;  April, 2011

Pleased overall.  Well worth your time.
--Darrell Goad, OR;  April, 2011

Good information.  More high school oriented than I thought it would be.
OR; April, 2011

Brenda presents this information in a way that’s easy to follow and stay interested.
--Terry Ertman, NV; March, 2011

This was not a waste of time – well worth it.
NV; March, 2011

Have teachers do an action plan to wrap up – i.e., next steps.
NV; March, 2011

Organized, productive, efficient, and valuable.
--Matt MacKay, NV; March, 2011

Well designed; great program for course building.
--Tony Macaluso, NV; March, 2011

Great workshop.  Super facilitator could answer all questions and had great suggestions.  Very nice facility and great cookies. Thanks so much.
--Sally Rasmussen, NV; March, 2011

Need more time in the LAPs, but was glad we covered the topic.
NV; March, 2011

I thought everything was very helpful. The MBA workshop was full of interesting and relevant information that will help me be a better teacher.
--Cindy McLeod, NV; March, 2011

This workshop not only gave a very good review of standards and structure, but also gave a number of ideas that could be used going forward.
--Hugh Moore, FL; January, 2011

The workshop pulled together the tiers, clusters, and pathways that made it logical and easy to understand.
--Lynore Levenhagen, FL; January, 2011

Fantastic!  I am so excited.  I now have new ideas and facts to help me sell my administration on building my program.
--Christine P. Slaughter, FL; January, 2011

Connecting national standards to state standards and practices was great!
--Pierre Uteschill, FL; January, 2011

I enjoyed the small group.  Presenter was outstanding.
--Sharon Saenz, TX; January, 2011

Enjoyed the workshop!!! The MBAResearch workshop is a good opportunity to network with CTE teachers with a wide range of experience and great ideas.
--Lisa Morales, TX; January, 2011

MBAResearch is a win/win.  Use to prepare for competitions and for A*S*K certification.
--Linda Rodgers, TX; January, 2011

Great networking opportunity.  Good information and new ways to use it.
--LeAnn Dinsdale, TX; January, 2011

Brenda was great!  She’s very knowledgeable and an excellent facilitator.
--Abby Siedenstrang, TX; January, 2011




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Hands-on Workshop: Teaching Ethical Decision-Making in Business


8:30 AM - 3:30 PM ET


MBA Research & Curriculum Center
1375 King Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212


Special thanks to the Daniels Fund for a major grant supporting the development and revision of comprehensive courses and learning modules for business and marketing education.

Ethics and ethical decision-making are the ultimate business advantage. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative: High School program is changing the way that business administration teachers discuss ethical decisions with their students nationwide. In partnership with the Daniels Fund, MBA Research is developing new course guides and learning modules to support a wide variety of business administration courses, including those supporting programs in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management/Administration
  • Marketing

This brand new initiative provides tools and training to:

  • Integrate ethical decision-making throughout the curriculum
  • Introduce "business" through a new leadership course
  • Earn digital badges (micro credentials) to document achievement
  • Incorporate ethics into competitive events

Leave this one-day workshop with:

  • Greater understanding of the Daniels Fund and the Eight Ethical Principles
  • Strategies for utilizing (free) learning modules (LAPs) to deliver ethics education
  • Details for accessing content via the online MBA Learning Center
  • An understanding of (free) course guide components and their application
  • Activities and lesson plans to put into practice in the classroom
  • Access to the brand new (free) leadership course guide
  • Access to free revised course guides: 12 to be released through 2020
  • Access to free comprehensive learning modules (LAPs): 70+ through 2018
  • Specific teaching ideas
  • Teacher scholarship opportunities for in-depth training to implement new leadership course

Who should attend

This specialized workshop is designed primarily for high school business and marketing teachers who emphasize core business content.  (Not recommended for programs focused primarily on technology.) 


$189 (Member: $119) includes light lunch, breaks, and access to extensive library of instructional tools and curricula.


Click here for the group rate of $119 per night at the Courtyard Columbus OSU Marriott. 

Workshop Downloads

Below are links to PowerPoint slides and handouts used in the designated conferences, workshops, webinars, and other professional development opportunities.  These materials are copyrighted.  We are happy to make them available to you as a value-added for the PD event you attended.  However, you may not use these materials except for your own learning, without prior permission.  You may not use them as part of your own presentations unless you obtain written permission in advance.

Conclave downloads are available on the Conclave Speaker Materials page.

2017 ACTE VISION Conference

Listen: What Business Says Matters Download
In Demand... Opportunities for Students of Business Download

2016 New Advisor Workshop, International DECA Conference


2013 DECA Western Region Leadership Conference

Using DECA to Support Standards-based Instruction PowerPoint Download
Using MBA Research PowerPoint Download

2013 NCLA/ACTE "Accreditation"

Best Practice handout Download
Best Practice PowerPoint Download

GA Administrators 2012

Analysis of Student Performance - ASK Institute Certification PowerPoint Download

The Association for Career and Technical Education hosts and participates in a wide variety of conferences, workshops and events each year. MBA Research is proud to participate in and support ACTE's activities.

Information on future ACTE workshops and conferences can be found here.

MBA Research offers a variety of workshops, webinars, conference presentations, and other professional development activities.  Along with our full-time R&D staff, our adjunct PD Team brings recent, real-world experience.  Each is highly qualified in terms of experience with MBA Research research, products, and services, and has demonstrated high levels of achievement with their own local programs.  All have taught and mentored a wide range of business and marketing students and all have been active in both their student organizations (BPA, DECA, and FBLA) and their professional associations, including ACTE and NBEA.  

For additional information on workshop and other professional development opportunities offered by MBA Research, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet our PD Team:


From Indiana…

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. She continues her career as an adjunct business instructor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. During her career, Judy has been a strong supporter of MBA Research materials, and she believes attending Conclave is the best investment a teacher can make in his/her professional life. Judy authored Goodheart-Willcox’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook. 




From North Carolina…

Tammy Cyrus is the Director of Professional Development for MBA Research. She has been a part of the MBA Professional Development Team since 2014 and has presented at numerous state and national conferences. She was a previous Business Administration teacher in North Carolina.  She has received her Master of Arts in Business Education, National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification and holds a certification in School Administration, as well as industry recognized certifications in Adobe and Microsoft Office.  Her professional experiences have included teaching at the post-secondary level, working on curriculum development at the state level, serving in leadership roles at the district and school levels, and serving as an adviser for FBLA. She is currently responsible for the PD Team, Teacher Advisory Network, Conclave, Leadership forum and the ongoing development of professional development for teachers, districts, and state departments from around the country.


From West Virginia…

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. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 




From Michigan…

Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences as well as an instructor for Risk Management and Insurance at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She previously taught business, marketing, and finance at Kearsley High School where she was the DECA advisor. Kim has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Master’s Degree in Education Technology. She has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and Michigan DECA Advisory Board. She was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chaired the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME for several years. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.



From Michigan…

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.


From Kentucky…

Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as an instructor at Eastern High School (KY) and a part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 



From Ohio…

Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has also been a member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network since July 2014. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 

From Tennessee…

Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for 15 years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Ann received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

Born to Lead?

Some people are born to lead. Most of us have to learn. 



Business and Marketing Education
Teacher-Leader Forum

Teacher leadership in business and marketing education has never been more important: 

  • Education priorities, especially in high schools, are changing
  • CTE is better positioned than ever, BUT the focus is different
  • STEM is grabbing headlines and the attention of our administrators
  • Business/Marketing can be positioned as a top priority for states/schools


Your teacher associations and CTSO boards can make a significant difference in how business and marketing programs are perceived in your state and, ultimately, in your school. 

Elevate the association
Elevate the profession

The Teacher-Leader Forum is a new MBA Research initiative to encourage development of a common vision for business and marketing education.  Across the nation, business and marketing education continues to face significant challenges to position programs in schools that are heavily focused on STEM and academic rigor. 

Working together, our various professional associations can strengthen demand for the teaching of core business subjects.  We can position all business administration programs to address the challenges of STEM and ensure that key decision-makers recognize the opportunities and critical need for students who understand business strategy and operations. 

Responsibilities of leadership
Whether you campaigned for office, or were simply absent during the election, you were chosen by your peers to help guide the future of business/marketing programs in your state.  IF you take those responsibilities seriously, IF you want to help ensure the future of programs in your state, IF you’re willing to take a stand, you’re invited to join the dialogue.

Opportunities to grow
Join us as we work to build a professional development experience that will contribute to your own leadership skills, to strengthening our professional associations, to the growth and stability of our profession.  Join your colleagues from across the nation as we work to build a common message, to engage our business community, to involve our teachers and students, and to address the challenges of today’s education environment.

The teacher-leader forum is a series of substantive learning opportunities and a continuing dialogue among elected leaders in business and marketing education. It includes:

  • Scheduled webinars and conference calls calls with national leaders
  • Special pre-conference leadership skills workshop (free to Forum participants with general registration) at the MBA Conclave
  • Special (teacher-leader only) sessions throughout the MBA Conclave
  • Access to tools and resources under development to help advocate for business and marketing education
  • CEU (continuing education credit) documentation of participation/attendance
  • Graduate credit (optional), details pending
  • Deep discount for (optional) national accreditation of your program


Forum participation is limited to elected officers of a recognized organization whose term of office extends through the 2017-18 school year.  Associations of interest:

  • ACTE: Business or Marketing Division
  • State Business Education Associations
  • State Marketing Education Associations
  • Student organization advisor(er) boards
  • Other professional organizations with a clear interest in strong business/marketing programs


Cost and Requirements?
There is no fee for participating, although MBA Conclave (basic) registration is very strongly encouraged.  Participation (50% minimum) is required to be eligible for recognition as a Forum member, for certificate of completion, and for CEU documentation.

Email your contact information and the following details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your registration will be acknowledged within 3 days. Include with your email:

  • Subject line: Teacher-Leader Forum
  • Complete name and contact information
  • Association in which you hold office for 2017-18
  • Specific office you will hold in 2017-18
  • AND when your term of office expires