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

Professional Development

New to the profession?
Trying to meet new challenges?
Looking for new ways to solve old problems?
Working to be more effective with today’s kids?


We’re proud to offer a growing menu of solutions for better positioning the teaching of Business Administration in today’s changing environment.  Although we offer many different kinds of professional development, all of our PD has one thing in common:  We focus on improving learning outcomes for all students of business.  And, we work to find ways to make a teacher’s life just a bit easier – or at least to help teachers focus on what matters most: Student performance.

Business Administration! 
Our research focuses on a wide range of possible careers and college majors, including entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality/tourism, management/administration, and marketing.   We study them all and then we translate what we learn from business into standards and curriculum for you.  All teachers of any specialty within the Business Administration framework will benefit from our PD opportunities.

New to the profession?
Visit our growing MBAeducator site where you’ll find comprehensive learning modules that you can use on your own or as part of your college teacher-preparation program.

Teacher-Leader Forum

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 heavily focused on STEM and academic rigor.  Our hope is that by working together, our various professional associations can work together to strengthen demand for the teaching of core business subjects.

Beginning this spring, we’ll begin a continuing dialogue with elected leaders interested in exploring the future of business and marketing education, both secondary and postsecondary, and who are looking for ways to create a strong, engaging association to help the profession move forward. Read more.

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The MBA Conclave is designed for anyone who teaches or administers the teaching of business administration (entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing) build better, bigger, stronger programs at the local level.  Every session is designed for take-home value.  Click here for more on Conclave.

Grant supports new learning modules
Hands-on Workshop: Teaching Ethical Decision-Making in Business

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): 50+ 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.) 

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

Click here for the hotel room block with a special group rate for the Brighton location.

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.

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

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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.

MBA Research workshop downloads for the ACTE 2013 can be found here.

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 PDTeam 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.  

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Meet our PDTeam:

From Kentucky…

Jodi Adams is an award-winning high school Business Administration teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.  Her professional experiences include roles as adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College (IN) and at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Jodi is a member of the MBA Teacher Advisory Network, on the MBA PDTeam, and serves as Program Chair for Eastern’s MBA High School of Business.™

From Michigan…

Dr. Brenda Clark is School-to-Career Coordinator at Jenison Public Schools (MI) where she teaches several Business Administration courses.  Under her leadership, Jenison has introduced new courses in entrepreneurship and economics, served as a National Model Program, and is planning for introduction of an MBA High School of Business.™ She has served as adjunct faculty at several colleges, and been an active leader at both the state and national levels in both professional and student organizations.  Brenda has worked closely with MBA Research for many years, most recently as a lead trainer.

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 McGraw-Hill’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook. Judy’s position begins in July 2017.

From North Carolina…

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 will graduate with a Master of Science in School Administration (MSA) this summer.  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.

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 local CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology.  She operates a Gold Certified SBE.  Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board for seven years, and is currently the 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. 

From Washington…

Lori Hairston was an educator and DECA Advisor in Washington for the last 20 years. Her professional experiences include 16 years in Retail Management, 10 years on the board of the Washington Association of Marketing Educators, and 6 years on the Washington DECA Board of Directors, including 4 as Board Chair.  Lori obtained her MBA in Management and Strategy last year and plans to do professional development and training full time.

From Kentucky…

Rachel Kahly is a business and marketing teacher and DECA advisor at Jessamine Career and Tech Center in Nicholasville, KY. There she built the marketing program for Jessamine County and implemented MBA Research’s High School of Business™ program. Her students have won many competitions at both regional and national DECA conferences under her leadership.

From New Mexico…

Lacee Manus is a Marketing Education teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lacee has served on the NM ACTE Board for the past 4 years as well as the NM DECA Board for the past 8 years.  After being elected as the NM DECA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Lacee also assisted in developing the Marketing Curriculum for NM Marketing teachers (with the help of MBA Research of course). 


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. Mrs. Milke 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 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. 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. Her DECA Chapter has received numerous awards and regularly qualifies students to the International DECA Conference.

Jennifer 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 New Jersey…

Helen Redmond, LEAP Academy University Charter School, NJ. Helen is a High School of Business™ instructor and has a strong background in Special Education so will bring a background in instructional strategies and project based learning to the team. Helen was most recently recognized as the teacher of the year at LEAP Academy University Charter School for her innovative teaching techniques, her strong commitment to student learning, and her concern for students in and out of the classroom.

From Tennessee…

After 25 years in the high-tech industry, Dr. Ann Stewart turned her attention to education and hasn’t looked back. As a Marketing & Entrepreneurship teacher, Stewart facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop, Sketch It Up, 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, and is developing the curriculum in conjunction with Dr. Maria Edlin at Middle Tennessee State University for the four-year program. As the lead DECA Advisory, Stewart heads Stewarts Creek Marketplace, a shopping center in the school that includes the Creekside Coffee Shop, Stewarts Creek Design (print shop), Creekside Bank, and Hawk's Nest Bookstore.

Dr. Stewart has been a DECA advisor for twelve 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. At Nashville's 2016 ICDC, Dr. Stewart presented "DECA Goes Lean" for new advisors. The project based learning presentation introduced the new Lean Business Model, now used in many DECA written events, to advisors and gave them active lessons to take back to the classroom. Dr. Stewart 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

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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 2016-17 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 2016-17
  • Specific office you will hold in 2016-17
  • AND when your term of office expires