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2017 Conclave, Vancouver - Conference Evaluation Comments

  • "A great business education conference. The content shared benefits the areas that are taught in our business courses. Collaboration was always encouraged and embraced throughout each workshop I was a part of." -Sydney Kobza, Business, Marketing and Management Career Field Specialist Nebraska Department of Education.
  • "I left the Conclave inspired to teach again!!" -Christie Woods, Kansas
  • "This conference will meet all your business/marketing professional development needs! Information and activities that you can take immediately back to the classroom and implement!" -Terry Ertman, NV
  • Conclave has been so beneficial for me both as a teacher and as a state administrator. It is a gathering of the the best in our profession and we are given the opportunity to learn from each other. It is awesome to be with a group that all have the same common goal to provide the best in business and marketing education."
  • "Conclave is one of the most organized and informative conferences I have the opportunity of attending annually in my position as Business & Marketing Program Supervisor."
  • "MBA Conclave was a great opportunity to discuss what is happening across the nation in business and marketing education!" -Marcia Pedersen, WA
  • "Great opportunity to meet teachers from around the country and their best practices!"
  • "As a first-time attendee of the MBA Research Conclave, I was very pleased with the quality of breakout sessions that related directly to my teaching area. In addition, I learned about the resources available through the MBA Research website and had opportunities to access those resources with the help of MBA Research staff." - Andrea Long, Oklahoma
  • "Learning what is best for students in the world of work is the best learning an educator can take away from Conclave!"
  • "While many claim to have an outstanding conference the MBA Conclave truly was planned with the participant in mind. From opening to closing all presentations were focused on ways to improve my experiences as an educator."
  • "Conclave is the best professional development you can do for yourself. It's like an infomercial - you keep getting more and more for the same registration price."
  • "Thank you for the opportunity to learn and share with other professionals!"
  • "THIS was unlike any other marketing & business conference I've EVER attended. As a Plan 2 Marketing teacher coming from industry to the classroom, it was a refreshing reminder of the evolving world that awaits us each day & that we need professional development to help us reach our goals."
  • "MBA Conclave changed my life. The Keynote speakers and sessions were wonderful and they have given me extensive tools and insights that will be with me for the rest of my life no matter which careers or experiences I will pursue. I now believe that I can truly make a difference in the world." -Amelia Barbre-Strayer
  • "Hands down, this is the best conference I have ever attended. I came home energized, overflowing with ideas, and anxious to share my learning and experiences with others!"
  • "DON'T GO TO THIS CONFERENCE....unless you want your teachers to be the most effective teachers in the classroom. Learn the best techniques, what's trending, and ways to yield the highest level of results from students." -Kathy Frommer, Arizona State DECA Advisor
  • "The size of the conference was great and the sessions were amazing."
  • "MBA Conclave 2017 in Vancouver, WA was a great professional development activity; I would absolutely attend it again. I learned things that will make me a better teacher and gained valuable tools that will enhance my students' experiences in my classes. It was nice to be treated as a professional and to travel without students for a change! I came back refreshed and ready to implement new ideas with my high school classes."
  • "I loved this years Conclave, I have learned many new things that I can immediately add to my teaching toolbox."
  • "I can always count on MBA to deliver quality speakers and professional development opportunities at the National Conclave. This conference is one of best for business and marketing educators."
  • "MBA Conclave provides actionable professional development in a positive, engaging environment!" -Lisa Whitling, Prairie High School (WA)
  • "I really loved all the sessions I went to! They were very helpful and beneficial to me!"
     

2016 Conclave, Mobile - Conference Evaluation Comments

  • Sessions were very real world and I am able to use the information gathered tomorrow!
  • Seemed to run seamlessly.
  • Loved the new online program - made it easier to choose and evaluate the sessions that best fit my needs
  • Found ways through presentations to better my classes
  • MBA Conclave is an exceptional professional development opportunity for high school and CTE business and marketing teachers! An enormous wealth of practical, usable course content and teacher applications are offered by both educational and industry leaders from across the US. The networking opportunities alone are invaluable. It is very encouraging and informative to be able to dialog about what is happening in classrooms like mine across the country! I appreciate MBA Research and the industry fed curriculum and great customer support they offer! Thanks for hosting this amazing conference!
  • Conclave is a premier event that brings business, industry and education together. It allows collaboration that makes education relevant for students.
  • The only conference focused on Business Administration programs and features sessions from businesses in area. Hearing directly from business professionals about what is happening across the country is crucial to our profession.
  • Conclave is a very valuable and practical conference for business and marketing teachers as well as instructional leaders in this area. Every time I attend this conference I walk away with great resources for the classroom and CTSO! The materials within this organization and their curriculum would take any teacher in business and marketing to the next level!!! -Carol Von Tersch (IA)

2014 Conclave, Cincinnati

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2012 Conclave, Denver - Conference Evaluation Comments

How does this conference compare with others you’ve attended?

  • I learned so much and took away tons of useful information
  • Excellent topics, knowledgeable presenters, inspiring keynotes
  • Among the top – organization, content, quality of presenters and of attendees.
  • Very good, well-organized
  • Already is (number 1)
  • Excellent speakers and sessions.  They were valuable lessons.
  • I would attend every year if I cold afford to.  My school district won’t pay…

How were the speakers from industry?

  • Most were really good.
  • Chipotle and Red Robin were terrific.
  • Excellent – industry perspective is lacking in many educational settings.
  • Fascinating, candid, inspiring
  • Excellent, relevant material
  • Very good.  It is nice to have speakers that are current and up-to-date.
  • Focus on marketing and business

How were the speakers from education?

  • Awesome ideas
  • Very knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful.
  • Solid – great ideas to take home and use
  • Good.
  • Standards-based grading information was great – maybe add a more detailed session on getting started
  • Like having examples to share
  • Loved the behavioral interview guy – it updated my standards
  • Good preparation and good lessons –some cutting edge.

What did you think of The Celebration?

  • Food was excellent; gambling/music was fun.
  • Heard it was great! Chose to stay back – tired!
  • Loved it!  The casino, the food, the views were fabulous

Other comments:

  • Best: The information and ideas
  • Best: What I left knowing
  • Best:  Contacts made
  • Best:  Networking (3)
  • Best:  Keynotes, business speakers
  • Best: New format for sessions and breaks were good
  • Best:  the tight schedule with lots of offerings.

Do better:

  • Make it more family friendly
  • Lower the price – you should be able to do this conference for under $200
  • Some of the sessions could have run longer.  It seems like time was short and we were rushed at the end with no real time for questions without being late (for next session).
  • More technology in classroom sessions;  sites to use and ideas on how
  • Smartboard session
  • More CTSO how-to sessions
  • Create both introductory and advanced sessions on some topics
  • Share best of High School of Business concepts for those of us who can’t join the program itself
  • Give us a lunch break without a speaker or roundtable.
  • Drop the 4:30 session – too late in the day
  • Not sure if anything should be improved

Conclave 2012 was an exceptional opportunity to share ideas, gain insight, and make contacts.  It was worth the price!  This was a great conference.  I enjoyed everything.
Everett Vaughan, Colorado
July 2012
 
Conclave is always the highlight of the year for me as an educator. I was thrilled that Colorado had the honor of hosting this past year’s Conclave. I have heard nothing but great things from those that attended. I would highly recommend for states to look at the possibility of hosting a conference of this kind. Opportunities for building relationships with business and industry from your home state will be overwhelming, as well as the contacts made through your fellow educators from across the country. To top it off  the HSB training has provided my teachers with the energy to look forward to the coming school year. My teachers loved it! Thank you to MBA Research staff for the numerous hours that went into the organizing and implementation of this conference.
Laurie Urich, Colorado
July 2012
 
2012 was my first Conclave; it certainly won’t be my last!  This workshop has great value for counselors and administrators as well!
Kristi Enter, Idaho
June 2012
 
This is not your standard education conference.  This conference provides opportunities to hear directly from businesses – name recognized companies to entrepreneurs.  The biggest take away is learning what is going on in today’s companies – how they over come challenges, marketing practices and the changes in the market place.  Additionally, you get a good handle on standards and the connection to curriculum as well as student organized events – you learn the system!
Melissa Scott, Nevada
June 2012
 
Conclave is the only totally uninterrupted time I get to really “think about”, network, and work on my program.  Everyone wants to keep up to date and do the best for their students and this is the place I get re-energized.
Sherril Daniels, Oregon
June 2012
 
This was the best conference that I have ever attended. Everything was just for business/marketing teachers, so there was not anything that did not pertain to me. I now have more ideas than I could ever use. It was definitely money well spent!  
Chrissy Burke, Alabama
July 16, 2010

Overall Conclave was a great experience and I learned a lot. My only regret was my school did not allow me to attend but two sessions and there were others I would love to have attended. It would be great to have LAP, PBL and GoVenture as a teaching resource for my classroom, however, with all the budget cuts, I cannot afford the programs.
Marlena Burrus, Virginia
July 12, 2010

MBA Conclave is a MUST for all Marketing Instructors who wish to stay up on the latest developments in their career and provide the best possible instruction for their students. This is a conference every teacher should attend - yearly!
Don R. Ide,  Washington
June 29, 2010

The information obtained about the Google applications was great; I wish there were more sessions. Also, the sessions where teachers explained how they planned and executed a specific event were very helpful.  The Kodak presentation was excellent; great representation of a successful entrepreneur and how the business has grown and changed with technology.
Cheryl Niedzwiecki, Vermont
July 12, 2010

Conclave provided materials and information that I can directly use in my curriculum.
Anonymous, Ohio
June 27, 2010

The workshop sessions, speakers, accommodations are really first class and a must for any educator passionate about his/her profession. The Conclave has really given me inspiration for coming up with new ideas in the classroom in the Fall!
Cindy Mennig, Wisconsin
June 26, 2010

It was definitely worth attending, however for $359, the planners should consider opting for slightly better menu. :-)
Rhonda Johnson, Georgia
June 26, 2010

Top-notch presenters provided excellent information.
Candy Stanley, West Virginia
June 25, 2010

This was a great conference that included something not just for my Marketing class but for all business classes that I currently teach. The resources I received will help improve my marketing strategics and assist coaches at my school with Sports Marketing strategics
Julia Ruffin, Louisiana
June 25, 2010

This was one to the best conferences I have attended, sessions were very good and very relevant to what I teach.
Eugene Pennison,  Louisiana
June 25, 2010

MBA Research's annual Conclave is exceptional in relation to the business speakers (who gear their presentations directly to current business and marketing issues/trends) and the educational presenters. Whether the attendees were Career Tech administrators or business/marketing teachers, I heard nothing but great comments about the "take away." I can rely on Conclave to be substantive, not "fluffy."
Linda Smith,  Georgia
June 25, 2010

Conclave provided relevant information that I can use in what I do. Dynamic presenters, too!
Candy Stanley, West Virginia
August 26, 2010

As a new marketing teacher, I found Conclave to be an invaluable tool. I would highly recommend Conclave to all marketing teachers.
Ashley W. Kieffer, Georgia
August 18, 2010

The conclave provided excellent opportunities to network and attend sessions which provided outstanding materials that could be used in the classroom.
Timothy Bufford, Georgia
August 17, 2010

The Conclave had the latest and best practices from schools throughout our county. I had a great experience at the Conclave in Atlanta.  
Sherry Baggott,  Georgia
July 21, 2010

The Conclave Conference has always met and exceeded my expectations. The social networking, keynotes, and sessions have been educational and informative. I return home with many ideas and techniques that are a huge success in my classroom.
Deanna L. Canterbury-Penn, West Virginia
July 20, 2010

Entrepreneurship Conclave is an excellent conference to attend in that you are put in contact with people with a specific focus. Some of the presenters have had failures along with their successes and this is important to deal with the risk of starting your own business.
Charlie Tucker, Georgia
July 18, 2010

I found Conclave to be very motivating with good ideas to take back to the classroom. It is always good to share ideas with your peers.
Kay Rothschild, Illinois
July 15, 2010

I had a good time and learned of several ideas for use in my class.
Isom Weems, Georgia
July 15, 2010

Walked away with project ideas and technology aids.
Anonymous, Ohio
July 13, 2010
 
This was a fabulous experience.  I enjoyed all of the sharing and tips I received over the three-day period.  I am sure to make it again each year.
Vishaun Ezell, Michigan
June, 2010

The Conclave provided me the opportunity to collaborate with business and marketing teacher from around the U.S.  It was great to hear about innovative ideas that have not been introduced here.  National perspective is necessary for our state to maintain its great reputation as a “future thinking” education district.
Lane Tomey, North Carolina
June, 2010

With its combination of industry and educational workshops, the Conclave gave me the opportunity to attend a conference that was focused (specifically) on my needs with current information.
Tim Bufford, Georgia
June, 2010

Showcase your program and your expertise by submitting a proposal to present at Conclave. The goal of Conclave is to provide local teachers and administrators with a comprehensive overview of contemporary curricula, pedagogy, and program development strategies, including dialogue with leading educators and industry executives. 

Topics of interest for 2018
All session topics will be considered but there are seven focus areas for sessions this year - designed to fit the needs of secondary and postsecondary business and marketing instructors, CTE administrators, and state administrators. The focus areas are:

  • Instruction (including elearning, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, substantive projects, project management, and integrated technology)
  • Positioning and communication strategies
  • Unique partnerships between secondary/postsecondary/business and industry
  • Use of data for program management and improvement
  • Integration of and support for 21st Century Skills
  • Student engagement strategies
  • Credentialing


Types of sessions/Travel stipend
There are several different types of sessions and each offers a stipend to help cover part of your cost of participating. Stipends are available only to individuals registered for the conference and registered at the conference hotel (local presenters excepted). (You may earn stipends for up to three different activities.)

Honoraria:       

  • 2 1/2-hour hands-on workshops ($250*)
  • 6-hour hands-on workshop ($400)
  • Concurrent 45-minute sessions ($150*)
  • QuickStop 20-minute show and tell ($50*)
  • DeepThink Roundtable (90-minute) facilitator/presenter ($150*)
     

*For repeated sessions (same topic), the stipend is 50%.

How to apply
The person submitting the form will be the contact for all presenters of the session. Educational presenters must be registered for Conclave. If you have specific questions regarding your presentation, please contact Brenda Clark, MBA Research President/CEO, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You will receive confirmation of your presentation within five business days of your submission.  All proposals submitted before May 1st will be considered. Submissions between May 1 and August 1 will be considered on availability basis.
Click here for the Conclave 2018 Presenter Form

 

Don't need transcribed, university academic credits, but want documentation to meet continuing education requirements? All Conclave registrants will receive documentation of participation INCLUDING documentation of specific sessions attended. It's free, but here's the catch: We can document your participation only if you submit the appropriate survey for each session. Here's how it works: 

  • Attend session at Conclave (and be sure to remember its name).
  • On the electronic program (app), under each session's description, there will be a link to the survey for that session.
  • Click on that link to open the survey.
  • Complete survey and click "Done."
  • On the next page, you will receive a confirmation that your survey was submitted and a code for that session.
  • Click the link provided in your confirmation and enter your code (one code per session).
  • Be sure to use the same email address for each code that you enter. Your CEU confirmations will be emailed to you at that address. **CEUs are organized by email address in our system, so using multiple email addresses will cause you to have multiple entries in our database with difference CEU credits in each. 
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The Premier Gathering of Business, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, & Management Educators 

MBA Research Conclave provides you with the opportunity to interact with  business and marketing teacher leaders, state supervisors, and others interested in teaching business and marketing education at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Each year, the best and brightest teachers and administrators nationwide attend Conclave. While it is a smaller conference, you will have the chance to impact approximately 200 decision makers from across the country—state and local supervisors who influence purchasing, and business and marketing teachers who make purchasing decisions for their local programs.

Many sponsorship opportunities are available. 

  • View Sponsorship Prospectus
  • Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 614-486-6708 x211 for information

WHO ATTENDS?

State supervisors (30+ states annually) and lead teachers of business and marketing: 

  • 150+ teachers who are engaged at the state and national levels
  • Majority are CTSO Advisors
    • BPA
    • FBLA
    • DECA
  • Thought-leaders and trendsetters from 35–40 states 
  • Attendance averages 200

2017

Be Even Better at What You Do: Free Educational Technology Tools That Will Increase Student Learning and Teacher Productivity
Presented by Rachel Kahly, Branch Manager, Office of CTE, Kentucky
PowerPoint

Behind the Scenes of Vancouver's Waterfront Makeover
Presented by Jonathan Eder, Director of Human Resources for the Port of Vancouver USA
Presentation

Best Practices - LAPs
Presented by Tammy Cyrus, South Central High School (NC), MBA Research PD Counselor 
PowerPoint

Beyond the Stage
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director
Presentation
Handout 1
Handout 2

Breakout Into Critical Thinking Skills
Presented by Nina Merget, Harrison High School (MI)
PowerPoint

Business, STEM, and Entrepreneurship - We All Need Each Other
Presented by Shashi Jain, IoT Innovation Manager at Intel Corporation
Presentation

DECA's New Entrepreneurship Events
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director
Presentation

DECA's Prepared Presentation Topics
Presented by Christopher Young, DECA High School Division Director
Presentation

Do You Have the Right Stuff to Engage Your Business Community
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Engaging Online Learners
Presented by Marcia Pedersen, Bellingham Technical College
PowerPoint
Student Engagement Bibliography

Ethics Training Through Analytical Projects
Presented by Nathan Knottingham, The Knowledge Coop
Presentation

Evolving Strategies for Teaching and Learning in an Era of Innovation
Presented by Meredith Goddard, Five Years In
PowerPoint

Game-Changing Strategies for Significant Enrollment, Retention, & Performance Results
Presented by Mark Perna, Founder and CEO of Tools for Schools (TFS)
Presentation

Global Competence for CTE
Presented by Patricia LeCompte, Monroe Career & Technical Institute (PA)
Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3

Hands-On: The (Almost) New Learning Center
Presented by Lacee Manus and Tammy Cyrus, MBA Research PD Counselors
PowerPoint

Hide and Go Speak: Helping Those Around You Find Their True Voices
Presented by Frank Tate
Presentation (PDF)
Presentation (PowerPoint)

I'm a Techaholic: SeeSaw App
Digital Portfolios For Any Classroom
Presented by Tammy Cyrus, South Central High School (NC), MBA Research PD Counselor 
PowerPoint

Intrapreneurship: Applying Entrepreneurial Skills to Succeed Within Organizational Structures
Presented by Vera Sell
Handout
Presentation

Isn't a Successful Teacher Also a Good Project Manager?
Presented by Diane Fromm, PMI Educational Foundation
PowerPoint

MBA Accreditation: Here's Your Map for Building Exemplary Programs
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research, and Rick Mangini, Director of Accreditation, MBA Research 
PowerPoint

Micro-credentials? Certifications? Proof of Learning? What's the Fuss?
Presented by Elizabeth Mosher, MBA Research PD Counselor
PowerPoint

New? This is Your Place
An Introduction to MBA Research and Curriculum Center
Presented by Rick Mangini, Director of Accreditation, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Pitch Perfect!
Presented by Dave Barcos, The Bridge Incubator
Presentation

Principles of Finance - Investing
Presented by David Young, Radiant Senior Living, Inc.
PowerPoint

Programs of Study: Changing the Conversation
An Introduction to Programs of Study
Presented by April Miller, VP, Instructional Design, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Programs of Study: Get with the Program
Factors to Consider When Building a Program of Study
Presented by April Miller, VP, Instructional Design, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Putting the Web to Work for Academic Integration
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Understanding and Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace: Helping Students Prepare for What Is in Store for Them
Presented by Alan Cabelly, Portland State University (OR). Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Website: www.PortlandLeadershipInstitute.com
Presentation
Handout 1
Handout 2

Use Data (Today!) to Justify Your Program
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research
Handout
PowerPoint

What People Want from Work - Top Trends Influencing Employer Strategies
Presented by Suzi Alligood
Handout
Presentation

The Why & How of High School of Business
Presented by Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs, MBA Research
PowerPoint

How Can the National Business Administration Standards Help You?
Presented by Beth Osteen, VP, Research & Development, MBA Research
PowerPoint

Your 7th Sense Together at Work and School
Presented by Brandon Pelissero and Rhace Smith of Ecolink Inc. (Tucker, GA) and Kari Palmer from Sequoyah High School (Canton, GA)
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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.


Ethical Leadership: A Brief Introduction

Join Krysti and Holly for a brief overview of the ethical leadership course and how it can benefit your students, school district, and community. Developed by MBA Research Curriculum Center and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, the ethical leadership course curriculum is providing students with the foundation to step forward when crises occur, come to the rescue of others, and generally do what’s right, no matter what—even when it doesn’t benefit them personally.

Learning Objectives:

  • A brief introduction to the ethical leadership course.
  • Tools to implement the course
  • Links to the course guide and supplemental materials
     

Presenters:

Holly Claborn is currently a business, marketing, and computer science teacher and FBLA adviser at Clinton County Area Technology Center in Albany, KY. Holly has over 20 years teaching experience in Kentucky and Tennessee, and has also served as FBLA adviser for over 20 years. She holds a principal certification from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a Rank I in Educational Leadership, a Mater's in Secondary Education (Business), and a Bachelor's in Business Education from Western Kentucky University.

Krysti Conlin has been teaching Business & Marketing at Whitley County High School for over 20 years and is her school district's Career & Technical Education Coordinator. She is Kentucky's MBA Research Ethics Integration Specialist and is a member of the Kentucky Department of Education's Business & Marketing Leadership Team. Krysti holds a Rank I in School Leadership, a Master's degree in Secondary Education (Marketing), and a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Business Education (grades 5-12).


Hire On Attitude and Fire On Attitude

It’s all about attitude. How often have you heard an employer, a teacher, a parent, a coach say “I wish I could change their attitude”Join Judy as she shares an activity that will teach the importance of attitudes to your students and help them change theirs.

Learning Objective: To provide an activity teachers can use to teach the importance of a positive attitude.

Presenter: Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Marketing along with being 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.


Tips and Tools for Monitoring Progress of PBL Projects

Join Mary as she shares tips and tools to use to help focus the task of monitoring progress of student projects in the classroom. Help students stay the course and finish the project with a quality learning experience and quality project to share.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide a tool for teachers to help students to monitor their own progress.
  • Give teacher access to some tools to help make the facilitator's role in monitoring project progress more efficient and more effective from beginning of project to conclusion of project.

Presenter: Mary Schiefer is a career CTE Teacher at both secondary and post-secondary levels and currently teaches Pomona High School's High School of Business Program in Arvada CO. She is both DECA and FBLA Advisor and serves on the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network. Mary has a BS from Iowa State University and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University.


I'm a Techaholic: New ways to use the Quizlet App

Check out this quick session to learn new ways to use the Quizlet app. Use the app as an assessment tool, to collect data, or to create a review game. Nadine will show you the newest additions to Quizlet and how to get the most out of this popular app.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate ways to use app for assessment
  • Learn how to obtain data to track student achievement

Presenter: 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.


Let’s Recap to Student Learning

Discover an easy to way to start more empowering conversations with your students and gauge student learning via text response or video response. Learn a quick way to get a data set showing the learning of your students. Use this tool standing alone or smash it with another app to provide a more interactive and thought provoking experience.

Learning Objective: To engage teachers with the project and learn how to institute the same practices in their own systems.

Presenter: Nina Merget is currently a business/marketing teacher. She also serves as the DECA Advisor and Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Nina holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming an educator, Nina worked as a sales and marketing professional in the oil industry. Nina is an active board member of the Michigan Marketing Educator's association. Nina is a founding member of the Oakland County Marketing Referent Group and has led the efforts to encourage teachers from throughout the county to collaborate and share best practices.


Impact the Outcome of Your CTSO

Develop leadership skills in your CTSO by creating a summer leadership program for your officers. Help them bond as a leadership team, teach them to develop project plans for activities and invite them to create a club calendar for the year. Make your CTSO a student-led program.

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to develop student leadership in your CTSO by implementing a Summer Leadership Training Program
  • To provide the tools to implement a Summer Leadership Training Program


Presenters:

Sandra Wheeler currently teaches business and multi-media courses at Kuna High School in Idaho. She is the lead instructor for the business and graphic arts department as well as the lead advisor for BPA.

Julia Sharkey currently teaches business and multi-media courses at Kuna School. She is a BPA advisor and an award winning yearbook advisor. Sandra and Julia work hard to create a truly student led organization and consistently have state officers and students taking top awards at regional, state and national BPA competitions. They have a passion of developing leadership in their members.


Teach Ethics Through the Gray Zone

Use MBA Research's Gray Zone ethical dilemmas to help teach ethics to students. Have debates within the class about using the Gray Zone.

Presenter: Willene Biere, Director of Business Academy for Canyon Springs High School for the last 20 years.


“Teacher, how do I become a...?” Inspire your students to pursue STEM and entrepreneurship careers

How can you empower students to have confidence to pursue STEM and entrepreneurship focused careers? Educators in attendance will gain access to several sponsored online resources that identify students’ individual interests in STEM and entrepreneurship, and enable them to explore those possibilities in an engaging way. The resources are student-driven, standards-aligned, and have assessments embedded into them, enabling students to go at their own pace as the teacher can be a facilitator in the classroom and see measurable outcomes from student work. Join us or visit EVERFI.com/k-12 to learn more.

Learning Objectives:Educators will receive access to the no-cost digital resource and learn best practices on implementation. These resources are student-driven and have assessments embedded into them enabling students to go at their own pace as the teacher can be a facilitator in the classroom and see measurable outcomes from student work.

Breaking Barriers for your Students through Financial Education

Financial education at an early age can lead to a positive outlook and equips students with the resources they need to be successful. Our three financial education programs (Vault 4-6, FutureSmart 6-9 and EVERFI Financial Literacy 9-12) provide a rich foundation in areas such as budgeting, investing, credit, taxes, and financing higher education. The resources are student-driven, standards-aligned, and have assessments embedded into them. Join us or visit EVERFI.com to learn more.

Learning Objectives: Educators will receive access to the no-cost digital resource and learn best practices on implementation. These resources are student-driven and have assessments embedded into them enabling students to go at their own pace as the teacher can be a facilitator in the classroom and see measurable outcomes from student work.

Presenters:

Heather Miller is a Senior Schools Manager for EVERFI. Heather received her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Missouri. She was an educator for many years in Secondary, Adult, and Higher Education. Heather joined EVERFI in the Fall of 2016, and is excited to bring all of EVERFI’s resources to Teachers.

Erica Hart is a native of Kansas City.  She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Education and more recently a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Missouri. Erica was an educator for 7 years, with increasing interest in educational technology in the K-12 environment. Erica transitioned to the EdTech world in the Spring of 2017 by joining EVERFI as a Schools Manager for the State of Kansas.


Building an Exemplary Business/Marketing Program Using a Continuous Improvement Model

Students need access to quality business administration programs in high school. The difficulty lies in defining what “quality” means and how to measure it. For teachers and school districts seeking to improve programs, the answer lies in determining the characteristics that define a quality program. Participants in this session will learn how educators can utilize research-based best practices to position programs using a continuous improvement model and how teachers and administrators can use this model to strengthen local programs. This session will focus on the identification of quality program standards (best practices), the impact on program improvement, and the tools necessary to build an exemplary program.

Presenter: Rick Mangini, Executive Vice President, MBA Research

 

 


Hands-On Projects for High School Students

Learn how to develop classroom projects that will engage your students in the community and develop resume material that will change their lives.

Presenter: Chris Pendleton. Over 20 years of educational experience in the states of Oregon and Washington as a high school and community college teacher. Worked in both the business and computer science departments for local colleges and was charged to build several web computer classes. As a high school teacher, taught word processing, Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, marketing, Introduction to Business, Accounting, Recordkeeping, Business Law and Ethics, Personal Finance, Video Editing, HTML, Computer Graphics, and a senior Careers class. Served on many committees in and out of the school for education and community service organizations. Some organizations include Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Grants Pass Non-Profit Collation, and Josephine County Foundation. Also served on three boards: Josephine County Foundation, the FBLA National Board of Advisors and the FBLA Oregon State Board of Advisors. All three boards focus on the growth of the organization and the growth of students’ knowledge and wellbeing. Graduated from Southern Oregon University and holds a Master’s in Business Education from Southern Oregon University


State Consortium Representative Orientation

If you are a new consortium representative for your state this is a session that you won’t want to miss. Learn about MBA Research and how we are here to support your work. Questions are welcomed! You will have an opportunity to meet staff, Board members, select PD Team members, and Teacher Advisory Network members at a special reception at the end of the session.

Presenter: Laurie Urich, Project Manager, High School of Business, MBA Research

 


Colorado FBLA: Kick-starting the Daniels Fund High School Ethics Event

Recommended for HS. Join us to learn about the Daniels Fund High School Ethics Event that was beta-tested by Colorado FBLA in 2018. Find out what guidelines were followed for the event, how students benefited, and what assistance was provided by MBA Research. Learn about plans for 2019 and beyond for FBLA and DECA.

Doing What's Right in the Real World

Recommended for HS and PS. As part of the Daniels Fund grant to MBA Research, MBA Research staff have videoed business professionals under age 30 who’ve faced ethical dilemmas in their business careers. Join us to watch some of the videos to find out what issues they’ve encountered and how they have addressed them. Find out how you can access the videos for use in your classroom.

National Business Administration Standards: Your Starting Point for Program Excellence

Recommended for HS and PS. We do the industry homework to help you offer maximum value to students so that they complete your program with the skills and knowledge valued most by business pros. Use MBA Research’s National Business Administration Standards to assist with curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment processes. See how Entrepreneurship is now visualized in the National Curriculum Framework. Hospitality standards will also be explained.

Leave with a comprehensive understanding of the keys for:

  • What to teach
  • How to teach
  • What/how to test 

Need Help with DECA or FBLA Community Service Projects?

Recommended HS. MBA Research staff have developed how-to guides for students to follow in developing and carrying out their DECA and FBLA Community Service Projects. The guides were created thanks to the Daniels Fund grant to MBA Research. Be one of the first to see the guides and discuss ways to use them that will make your life easier in the classroom. Find out how to access the guides for use with DECA or FBLA projects.

Presenter: Beth Osteen, Vice President of Research, MBA Research 


Ethical Leadership Teachers Unite!

Closed-door session; ONLY for teachers who have completed MBA Research Ethical Leadership Course Implementation Training and/or Ethical Specialist Training. We’re now in Year 4 of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative High School Program—and our third year of ethics teacher training. That means that many of you who attended training early on have already implemented the Ethical Leadership course at your school. Join April and your fellow Ethical Leadership teachers (your support group!) for a discussion of your successes and struggles. Walk away at the end of the session with tips and ideas from your peers for enhancing the course and making it an even greater success in your classroom.

Presenter: April Miller, Vice President of Product Development, MBA Research 

 


Classrooms That Work

During this session participants will learn how to integrate SBE concepts and MBA standards into the class to offer students "Classrooms that Work". It will give students a hands on approach to learning that allows students to see how a business works while still in high school.

Learning Objective: Participates will be gain basic knowledge of how to turn classrooms into a student centered work environment.

Presenter: Adam Feazell has been teaching business and marketing to high school students for the past 8 years. He has also been a chapter advisor for FBLA and DECA in his school. For the past 3 years, Adam has been the WV DECA State Chartered Association Advisor.


Local Business Marketing Plans

Business and education partnerships enrich both the business and the school’s business program. This session will present how to bring local companies into your classroom. Learn how one local school is working with local business to deliver marketing instruction while creating marketing plans for the businesses.

Participants will leave the session:

  • Ready to set up local business partnerships
  • Understanding how to develop relationships with local business
  • Knowing how to work with local businesses to provide authentic projects for marketing students

Soft Skills & How to Incorporate them into Classrooms

When researching the needs of businesses today it is often said that they need employees that can problem solve and communicate effectively. Bring soft skills into your classes daily. These skills are slipping away. It is important to teach students what they will need to know to be successful in their jobs. This includes learning how to be on time regularly, how to answer a phone or make a professional phone call, how to write in a clear and precise manner (not an essay), and much more. Learn how you can incorporate these needed skills into your classroom daily without taking time away from the critical technical skills your students need to learn.

Participant will leave the session:

  • Understanding how to incorporate soft skills and effective communication skills into every class
  • Having learned to let students lead, make mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and have the safety net to improve without the consequences often faced in industry


Presenter: Corri Ellis of Molalla High School. Corri is a full-time high school business teacher and part-time college instructor. Before moving into the education field Ms. Ellis and her husband owned and operated a multitude of businesses. They were the true definition of entrepreneurs. Corri has taken her experience in the business world and brought her excitement for it into her classrooms to mold and create future business leaders. She works hard to keep technology and software in her classroom up to date with industry standards and she believes in hands-on-learning, providing students with many opportunities to break through their comfort zones.


Lead to Succeed: A Course in Ethical Leadership

The ethical leadership course supports learning outcomes such as: the importance of ethics and ethical decision-making; how and why ethics matter in the business community; and critical leadership skills that will add value in school right now, and later in career and college. This course will help students begin to understand what business is, what it takes to succeed in business, and how ethical leadership skills are used in business careers. Ultimately, participation in the course can help students visualize how their own interests may align with business careers and better prepare them for a professional future in the business arena. Please join Holly and Krysti, who are currently piloting the course in their respective schools, as they provide their personal insight and information about the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the ethical leadership course and the benefits it provides to students, the school district, and the community
  • Authentic ideas on how to implement the course


Presenters:

Holly Claborn is currently a business, marketing, and computer science teacher and FBLA adviser at Clinton County Area Technology Center in Albany, KY. Holly has over 20 years teaching experience in Kentucky and Tennessee, and has also served as FBLA adviser for over 20 years. She holds a principal certification from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a Rank I in Educational Leadership, a Mater's in Secondary Education (Business), and a Bachelor's in Business Education from Western Kentucky University.

Krysti Conlin has been teaching Business & Marketing at Whitley County High School for over 20 years and is her school district's Career & Technical Education Coordinator. She is Kentucky's MBA Research Ethics Integration Specialist and is a member of the Kentucky Department of Education's Business & Marketing Leadership Team. Krysti holds a Rank I in School Leadership, a Master's degree in Secondary Education (Marketing), and a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Business Education (grades 5-12).


What Everyone Ought to Know About Curriculum Builder?

MBA Research’s web-based database allows you real-time access to our standards research. If you’re working on a new course or program-of-study, or thinking about updating a course, this tool is incredibly powerful. It allows you to make informed, research-based decisions to guide your learning outcomes. Join experienced teachers as they show you how easy it is to use Curriculum Builder to create courses and align standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • To become familiar with performance indicators.
  • To learn how to navigate curriculum builder.


Presenters:

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing and Business 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. Jennifer’s dedication to the profession extends beyond the classroom. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. She has co-chaired the MME fall conference, co-facilitates the statewide Marketing Teacher Summer Academy, sponsored by MME,and has worked on numerous curriculum alignment projects. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. Jennifer was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state.

Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She is also a local CTE director as well as a former business and marketing teacher and DECA advisor. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology. Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and is a past president. Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.

 


Incorporating Project Management Tools in your CTSO = Success!

We’ve all done it – watched our students (and sometimes ourselves) panic as deadlines approach, presentations need to be ready, contacts need to be made, written CTSO projects submitted, proposals written. Can you really reduce the panic? The answer is absolutely yes –if you use= the project management tools used by project managers all over the world. Leave this session with the tools needed to reduce stress and most importantly, improve project outcomes for your CTSO members – in the classroom and in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • To meet deadlines and reduce stress with project management.
  • Using project management as an organizational tool.

Presenter: Jennifer Milke is a Marketing and Business 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. Jennifer’s dedication to the profession extends beyond the classroom. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. She has co-chaired the MME fall conference, co-facilitates the statewide Marketing Teacher Summer Academy, sponsored by MME,and has worked on numerous curriculum alignment projects. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. Jennifer was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state.


Course Guides - What Are They? How Do I Use Them?

Are you looking for a tool to reduce your time spent lesson planning? Have you seen course guides in states connection but wondered exactly what they are and how you could use them? Course guides are 100% aligned with the national Business Administration Curriculum Standards validated by industry across the nation. They provide a model that can be used as-is or modified to meet your specific needs. You will leave this session with ideas on how you can use the guide to teach a current class or to design and implement a new class at no cost to your district from the perspective of a classroom teacher and local CTE director.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to spend less time developing lesson plans
  • How to create and pitch a new course using course guides
  • Ideas on ways to use and modify course guides to fit your current courses
     

Presenter: Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She is also a local CTE director as well as a former business and marketing teacher and DECA advisor. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology. Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and is a past president. Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.

 


Coaching Co-Curricular Organizations

CTSO Advisors – learn how to become the MVP (Most Valuable Performance Indicator instructor). Through the use of coaching techniques combined with engaging co-curricular plans, advisors can prepare their competitors with ease. From role-plays to manuals to creating your own local competition with business partners, this session will get you ready for game day! Please join this session and explore making the performance indicators a part of your winning strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  • To walk away with tools that will help advisors build, maintain or enhance a successful competitive events program.
  • Discuss how to take advantage of co-curricular methods fully
  • Understand how to engage students while still thoroughly addressing the performance indicators.  
  • Provide a blueprint for developing a local competition. 
     

Presenter: Kylea Woodley is the Marketing Coordinator at Meadowcreek High School, a Title I school in Gwinnett County, GA. After three years in the building, she has laid a strong foundation for a Marketing Pathway Empire. Kylea has built and run a successful school store (over $100k yearly), and a DECA program. Additionally, she is completing her dissertation, and coaches cheer. At home, Kylea is a wife, mother of 2 and active community member.


Adding Value with Badging

Learn how one state added value to CTSO state conferences through badging. Learn how it was done, what the outcomes were, and what was learned.

Learning Objective: To share how badgeing can be included at CTSO events.

Presenters:

Melissa Scott is an Education Programs Professional at the Nevada Department of Education. She has been with the Department since 2006 overseeing Business and Marketing, as well as, Information and Media Technologies programs. Her responsibilities also include work-based learning, Nevada’s middle school initiative, and FBLA and DECA oversight. Prior to working for the state, she worked for Clark County School District and UNLV in Las Vegas. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Texas and Louisiana Tech University and has worked as a retail buyer and small business owner before working in education. Her teaching experience ranges from Pre-K to postsecondary.

Carla Boulton serves the Nevada FBLA State adviser. She has more than 20 years of experience in business education, from classroom teacher, state level supervision of teachers, to work at the national FBLA-PBL center. Her passions include cruising, reading and using technology to enhance the educational opportunities for students and educators. She holds a B.A. from Murray State University in Murray, KY and a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Best Practices for Using LAPs

Are you looking for lessons that will engage your students and prepare them for a career in business? LAPs are designed to keep your students interested while offering teachers everything they need to deliver a complete lesson with objectives, assessments, activities and so much more. Join Nadine as she shares some of her bestpractices for using LAPs in the classroom. You will leave the session with new ways to engage students and energize your classoom.

Learning Objective: Assist teachers in getting the most out of LAPs.

Presenter: 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.


How Improv Training Addresses the Soft Skills Gap

Learn how to use Improv activities in your classroom to get students to think outside the box. Use 15 to 20 minute activities to improve listening, sharing, accepting of ideas and teamwork. Students will work, in large and small groups, to improve trust and create a team mentality.

Learning Objectives:

  • To take away several Improv ideas that are ready to use in your classroom tomorrow
  • To increase soft skills while having fun and 100% student engagement

Presenter: Nina Merget is currently a business/marketing teacher at Harrison High School in Michigan. She also serves as the DECA Advisor and Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Nina holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming an educator, Nina worked as a sales and marketing professional in the oil industry. Nina is an active board member of the Michigan Marketing Educator's association. Nina is a founding member of the Oakland County Marketing Referent Group and has led the efforts to encourage teachers from throughout the county to collaborate and share best practices.


Building a Successful CTE Business Program

Are you considering adding a CTE Business Program to your district's course catalog or school schedule? Learn some tips and lessons learned on opening and in some cases closing CTE Business Programs.

Learning Objective: Be able to effectively plan and develop a strategy for a successful CTE Business Program.

How Can We Jump On the STEM Rocket!?!?

Let's chat about STEM and its impact in business and marketing programs. Good? Bad? Neutral? Aren't we already apart of STEM? Plan on speaking and sharing in this session.

Learning Objective: Be able to implement and consider STEM related projects, activities and practices with your CTE programs.

Presenter: Snehal Bhakta worked in business and technology consulting for 15 years before entering education. When the opportunity presented itself for him to develop his own program at WCTA in the Clark County School District, he jumped at the opportunity to fuel his passion of helping others and working with tomorrow’s leaders. Currently, he is employed within the Career &Technical Education(CTE) office of CCSD focusing on Business/Marketing and Information/Media Technology Career Clusters. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, spending time with his daughter, and learning about anything related to technology & marketing.


Anatomy of a LAP

Are you new to the world of LAPs? Come discover what all the hype is about. This adventure will include the breakdown of a LAP, identifying LAPs within a course, incorporating them within the classroom, and accessing them. Come ready to dive in and explore the LAP world! LAPs have every component of a great, creative, innovative lesson plan – you decide how you want to teach the topic.

Learning Objectives:

  • To help business and marketing teachers gain a better understanding of LAP Modules
  • To understand how to LAPs in the classroom

One of MBA Research's Best Kept Secrets – State’s Connection

Have you used the bookmarks to explore topics? The glossary to retrieve a definition? The action briefs to bring current headlines into the classroom? Do you know that those resources exist? There are many components within State’s Connection that many have not tapped into. Come explore some of the benefits hidden inside of State’s Connection and how those resources can be used within the classroom.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide business and marketing teachers information pertaining to State's Connection
  • Understand how the components of State's Connection can be used within the classroom

Presenter: Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC). She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED) and holds her certification in School Administration. Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA.


So I've Got This Store - Now What?

Many of us have been there, open the door and we suddenly have a school store to add to our list of things to do. But once the store is open, how do you manage the day-to-day operations and requirements. Order inventory, keep students busy, expand the business audience, promotion, financial statements, all an integral part of maintaining your business. This session is presented with the goals of helping you maintain your sanity in the midst of the chaos.

Learning Objective: Session is designed to help store facilitators take the next step in advancing their SBE (School Based Enterprise) to the next level.

Presenter: With 15 years teaching experience, Dr. Ann Stewart is the Department Chair of the school CTE Department and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Academy at Stewarts Creek High School. This four-year program runs a shopping center at the high school with four distinct businesses.

 


Quality Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is more than apprenticeships and internships. This session will explore the continuum of work-based learning opportunities. Also the legal and liability with these options. What makes a "quality" work-based learning experience?

Learning Objective: Participants will have an understanding of the continuum of work-based learning opportunities, the value/risk/reward of student experiences, and components of a quality program.

Kelli Diemer has worked as a Business Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education since 2008. Prior to that, she taught high school business at a high school for 20 years as well as concurrent enrollment courses for the community college. She currently serves as the ACTE Business Education Division Vice President and on the MBA Board of Trustees.

The Transformation of Hallmark

Opening Session

In 2015, Hallmark restructured its business into a portfolio strategy to be more competitive in the greeting card and specialty retail spaces. With the move, the 105-year-old company took a hit in the headlines and in its hometown of Kansas City as it positioned itself for the next 100 years of growth. Hear how the company then set up its reputation for a rebound. Audiences will learn the four key areas Hallmark identified to highlight, a five-part strategy that guided its efforts, and historic “firsts” that were accomplished along the way. Enjoy a case study on navigating the waters when a tough decision is ultimately the right decision for the long-term growth of a business.

Presenter: Andy DiOrio, APR, is the public relations and social media director for corporate reputation at Hallmark, where he has the privilege of telling the company's story and influencing public opinion about its portfolio of businesses and brands. A more than 15-year veteran in the communications industry, he has worked for billion-dollar brands such as Sprint, AMC Theatres, and Lockton Companies, where his work has included several Super Bowls, a couple Sundance Film Festivals, and a Final Four, “directing” Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman (aka Black Panther), and launching hashtag campaigns still being used by a former employer. He has served as company spokesperson and event planner, making difficult subjects easy to understand for audiences, and finding the right voice for executive communications.

He has served on the boards of the Kansas City chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America, most recently as a two-time president. He is currently on the National Advisory Council for the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications for Kansas State University.

DiOrio earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kansas State University and received his Accreditation in Public Relations certification from the Public Relations Society of America. His work has earned more than 35 communications awards, but his biggest achievement is marrying his wife and being a father to his two daughters.


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Featured Speaker

Aaron North, Vice President of Education at the Kauffman Foundation, will join us at Conclave to talk about the Foundation's work in the Career and Technical Education space and the importance of work-based learning opportunities. Don't miss this compelling address! More details to follow!

Presenter: Aaron North is the vice president of education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he serves as a member of the Foundation's senior leadership team and leads a team of program officers who are funding or researching programs designed to ensure more Kansas City students of all ages have access to education options preparing them for education, work, and life after high school.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, North served as the founding executive director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA). Before leading the start-up effort at MCPSA, North worked for the education team at Volunteers of America of Minnesota as a school resource center director at the University of Minnesota, and in the Minnesota Department of Education's Office of Choice and Innovation. He taught high school English in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member and worked for Andersen Consulting and Sprint PCS prior to his teaching experience. North has helped create or catalyze several education programs in Kansas City, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City Scholars, and SchoolSmartKC. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and serves as board chair of both Kauffman Scholars, Inc. and the Ewing Marion Kauffman School.

North earned a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kansas.