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2017 schedule coming soon!

Hands-On: Resources and Strategies That Work!


Looking for resources that are industry driven, teacher tested and student approved?  Look no further than this session – and most of them are free.  Bring your computer as this will be a highly interactive workshop that will provide you with access to many free resources (and a couple that are very low cost).  Looking for case studies, projects, lesson plans, assessments, support for your CTSO, SBE or WBL program?  You will find this and more in this hands-on workshop led by Kim Guest and Jennifer Milke, experienced teachers and MBA PD Counselors. Participants will leave this Hands-On workshop with:

  • Resources to support program management and curriculum design
  • Instructional strategies that will engage students.
  • Resources to support teaching that are industry driven
  • Projects and case studies to support your curriculum

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.

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.

Hands-On: Ethics in Leadership Pilot Project


The time is now to teach ethical leadership.  Thanks to the Daniels Fund High School Ethics Initiative, course guides and LAP’s (learning modules) are free for teachers interested in expanding their curriculum or adding a new course.  Join teachers experienced in the use of the Daniels Fund materials as they share ideas on how to get district approval to offer an Ethical Leadership course, how to market the course, and where it can fit into your business administration program.  Tips and strategies will also be shared on how to integrate the lessons into currently taught courses.

Participants will leave with:

  • Tips and strategies for implementing the Ethical Leadership course
  • Sample lesson ideas
  • Access to digital downloads of course guides
  • Access to digital downloads of LAPs

Grace Brady is a twice certified National Board teacher with over 26 years of teaching experience.  She is also a certified MBA Research Ethics Specialist. Before teaching at Redmond High, she was an instructor at Trend Business College. At the high school level, she has taught Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Accounting, Personal Finance, Student Store, and technology classes, along with being a DECA Advisor. She is an adjunct instructor at South Seattle College teaching the Student & Professional Leadership course in the CTE teacher certification program. After earning a BS in Business Administration, Grace worked for several years in industry before returning to school to earn a BS in Business Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Treasurer for the Washington Association of Marketing Educators and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an altruistic educators’ sorority.

Rachel Nelson-Loupee is a business teacher at Marshalltown High School in Iowa.  She is a MBA Research Ethics Specialist and will be teaching Ethical Leadership in 2018.  She was recently selected to attend the Leadership Forum as part of a state team. 

Hands-On: The (Almost) New Learning Center


Join experienced users of the new learning center and spend time setting up or improving your Learning Center.  Bring your computer because as you will create a course, import content into the course, import additional resources including videos, assignments, and assessments and learn some tips and tricks for making your life easier through the use of the Learning Center.  This workshop is designed for those who have access to the MBA Learning Center, powered by Canvas.

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.

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). 

Workshop #4 – TBD


Hands On: Tech Tools to Make You a Superhero!


Learn and get hands on with a variety of technology tools…whether it's tackling VR or flipping the classroom, or using various tech tools or methods to make PBL projects more interactive and presentations more dynamic. BONUS: Feel free to bring your own tech tool to share with others as well! Prizes will be awarded to the best tech tool share. 

Snehal Bhakta is a CTE Innovator for Business/IT and Social Media Consultant with Clark County School District in Nevada. He's Google Apps Certified, a DECA Leader, and a St. Baldrick's Supporter.

Hands On: Isn’t a Successful Teacher Also a Good Project Manager?


Today the role of the teacher is to guide students to find answers on their own, to be a leader, manager, facilitator, and co-learner/coach.  But what skills help teachers accomplish this?  In this session attendees will learn how project management skills can help them with their own projects and also make it easier to facilitate learning projects with their students. Is PBL part of your classroom? Project management makes PBL easier because it create a structure that helps both students and teacher keep projects on schedule so you can accomplish all of your learning objectives.

At this interactive session you will learn:

  • The connections between project management and CTE as a way to build career and college ready students
  • The PM phases and work through though phases using a sample project
  • The value that project management adds to project-based learning
  • Where to find high value, no or low cost resources and training in managing learning projects
  • Learn strategies to help you implement project management into your programs

Diane Fromm is the Programs Manager for the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and has responsibility for the development of global K-12 education programs, including resource development and strategic partnerships. Her prior roles include management of PMIEF’s scholarships, awards and grants programs. Her previous experience includes management positions in sales, marketing and education in the IT Industry including UNISYS, IBM and Shared Medical Services.

Workshop #7 – TBD


Start planning now!  Every session is designed with the classroom teacher in mind!  Take home specific, actionable ideas that can change how you do business in your own classrooms.  Here’s what you’ll find at the 2017 Conclave:

Effective this date: 4/21/17  (TOPICS links below will be updated frequently until all slots are filled.)

  • Hands-On! Workshops:  Roll up your sleeves and come ready to work!  These Hands-On! sessions are offered in two flavors: 3 hour introductory workshops and in-depth full-day workshops.  In either case, the goal will be to work through a specific topic so that you are ready to act on it when you get home.  Here are the available TOPICS as of the date at the top of this page.

  • Concurrent Sessions:  These are your traditional conference presentations where you’ll find a mix of 45-minute sessions presented by business executives, local entrepreneurs, and some of the nation’s leading business/marketing educators. EDUCATOR, BUSINESS, and KEYNOTE as of the date at the top of this page.

  • QuickStop Show and Tell sessions:  Join us for Total Conclave Chaos to keep the blood moving. 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.  TOPICS as of the date at the top of this page.

  • DeepThink Roundtables:  Don’t confuse these DeepThink sessions with a traditional roundtable.  The only thing they have in common is the table.  As the name implies, DeepThinks are intended to help work through a problem or idea in a discussion-oriented atmosphere.  (All Conclave registrants will be invited to submit ideas for specific issues or ideas they’d like to discuss.)  DeepThink TOPICS as of the date at the top of this page.

Along with senior executives from the business community, and a ton of “best-practice” teaching ideas, the MBA Conclave 2016 will feature a new Teacher- Leader Forum.  This special program track is targeted at local teachers who have accepted statewide leadership roles.  Together, we’ll work on strategies to better position business and marketing education in a very challenging STEM-oriented environment. 

Who should attend? The Teacher-Leader Forum is for association’s 2016-17 officers who are likely to remain in a leadership role in 2017-18.  Although states use different terms, the Forum is designed for officers of six key groups:

  • business education professional associations
  • business education division of the state’s ACTE affiliate
  • BPA/FBLA advisor boards
  • marketing education professional association
  • Marketing education division of the state’s ACTE affiliate
  • DECA advisor boards

Agenda:  The Teacher-Leader Forum will run concurrently with the regular MBA Conclave program (with an extended schedule).  The Forum will be a mix of presentations and working sessions, all focused on building a stronger presence for business and marketing programs through growth and development of our various professional associations.  Agenda details will be released beginning approximately April 1. 

Registration:  Please be certain to register specifically for the Teacher-Leader Forum, NOT for the regular MBA Conclave.  Your Forum registration WILL INCLUDE all regular MBA Conclave activities in addition to the special Forum agenda.  You will have the option to choose activities in each time slot throughout the conference.

Click here for more info about the Teacher-Leader Forum.

Watch for 2017 update coming soon!

Networking is an important aspect of any conference. We will be celebrating the hard work that you do in and out of the classroom for your students, your community, and your profession. 

Ticket required: 

  • $29 for conference registrants
  • $49 for guests not registered for the conference

NOTE:  This event is very likely to sell out.  We strongly recommend early registration or advance purchase of tickets.