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2018 Pre-Conference Workshops

Building a Community of Lifelong Project Managers


The global economy has become more project-oriented, as the practice of project management expands within all industries. Organizations are connecting the dots between strategy and action, to stay competitive in the marketplace. This Project Management Educator Training includes all deliverables of a semester PM Course including; a suggested strategy for gaining STEM support, integration of CTSO’s and developing a sequence of courses. Participants receive course outline, detailed lesson plans, frameworks, instructional strategies and ongoing support.

Learning Objective: Learn strategies for teaching a semester long Project Management Course

Presenter: Lori (Jacobs) Hairston is currently the Executive Director for Washington DECA. Lori is a dynamic strategic leader, with twenty-one years of experience in education. Expertise includes leadership development, curriculum design, student and staff motivation, improving academic/job performance, project management, technology integration and professional presentations. 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 holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and is certified in IT Project Management. Lori managed and led the PMIEF teacher training institute for MBAResearch during the 2016-2017 school year.

Building High Quality Programs


From Standards to Assessment the focus of this pre-conference session will be to provide teachers, and administrators, with the tools to build high quality programs. Starting with an overview of the national standards participants will review and use the standards to improve their current program, will take a deep dive into curricula and instructional resources to support the standards and review research based assessments including digital badges and certifications. Participants will have an opportunity to earn a digital badge and receive a code to take one of the A*S*K exams. Participants will also receive a $100 gift certificate to purchase MBA resources.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the national standards and how they tie to state standards
  • Curricula that provides great program planning and instructional tools
  • Multiple Instructional strategies
  • Asssessment strategies and ideas
  • Connections to CTSO’s
  • Ideas that can be used the day you return to school


Kim Guest is a former CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. She recently accepted a position at Genessee Intermediate School District. 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. 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.

The MBA Learning Center for Beginning Users – Technology Powering Your Classroom


This highly interactive session is designed for those that want to explore, are new, or beginning users of the MBA Learning Center. Spend time learning how to set up the Learning Center, how to import and export modules, how to assign, how to enroll students, how to customize assessments and assignments, and much, much, more. Tied to the national standards the Learning Center modules, assessments, and links to additional activities, games and videos will help you deliver a stronger curriculum, build a strong(er) WBL program, assist in creating curriculum based School Based Enterprises, and prepare your BPA, DECA, or FBLA students for competition. The MBA Learning Center has over 300 modules and assessments, all powered by Canvas.

The MBA Learning Center for Advanced Users – Technology Powering Your Classroom


This highly interactive session is designed for current users of the MBA Learning Center. Spend time learning how to create courses, import videos, assignments and assessments, create assessments using the assessment center, allow students to collaborate, utilize Speed Grader, and much, much more. There will be a time to share as advanced users share their unique strategies and ideas with each other. The MBA Learning Center is powered by Canvas and has over 300 modules and assessments, all powered by Canvas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hands-on experience with advanced tools found within the LC
  • New ideas and strategies for using the LC
  • Additional strategies from current users in the session


Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central HighSchool (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.


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.

To VR or AR or Not?


Technology is changing quickly and is a great tool for engaging students and enhancing learning. The key is to not use technology for technology’s sake but to use technology to develop knowledge and skills and allow students to become active learners, rather than passive listeners. Join one of our most popular presenters as Snehal models how to utilize technology to improve learning by incorporating virtual reality or augmented reality in your CTE classroom. This will be a highly interactive session.

Learning Objectives:

  • An understanding of VR and AR
  • Identify lessons or content areas to incorporate VR and AR
  • Plans to implement VR or AR

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.

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