NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SUPERVISORS FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION
Report: RAP Session
NBEA Conference th Chicago, IL – Indiana/Iowa 6 Floor
Date: April 8, 2009
1 Present: Barbara Bielenberg - IA, Jean Buckley – FBLA, Kara Burkett – TN, James
2 Cooper – FL, Tony Dillon – SC, Edith Duncombe – NC/DPE, Todd Farr-CA, Sharon 3 Fisher-Larson - NBEA President, Janet Goble – UT, Nancy Graham – KY, Sarah Heath 4 – GA, Jamie Hess – MI, Leslie Kerns – MO, Jean Kyle – MN/ACTE, Hector Lopez, 5 Angie Neal – ID, Anna Nemesh - MD, Mary Nemesh - MD, Kay Orrell – CA, Anne Rowe
6 – VA, Judy Sams – VA, Mike Schenk – Cengage, Deborah Seehorn – NC, Bonnie 7 Silbert – NE, Pat Thieben – IA, Laurie Urich - CO, and Vicki Whitaker – KY 8
9 Kelly Scholl welcomed everyone to Chicago at approximately 9:15 am. Agenda for this
10 am: NASBE social hosted by Glencoe/McGraw Hill, please send appreciation letters for
11 the wonderful refreshments. Membership forms are located on the tables for renewal.
13 Self Introductions:
14 A statement was made that business educators have an opportunity at this time with the
15 headlines screaming of fiscal irresponsibility in this country.
17 Barb thanked Kelly for helping coordinate the RAP Session. Southwestern publishers
18 were thanked for supporting our session by sponsoring breakfast. Officers were
19 introduced and members were reminded to renew their membership. Attendees were
20 invited to join our business meeting Friday at 2:30 in the Scottsdale room.
22 Kelly introduced Karen Schmoe from Cengage, she recognized the challenge of travel
23 during economic circumstances and reminded the group of the many tools Cengage
24 has to help learners focus on work and life skills. Attendees were invited to stop by
25 exhibits and reminded that high school and higher education are all in one context.
27 State Reports
28 Laurie Urich from CO provided handouts and offered to provide an electronic copy if
29 anyone requested via email. She stated that their career cluster model is a little
30 different than other states. Environmental, issues with credentialing, instead of
31 programs of study, they refer to a plan of study, administrators/superintendents are on
32 board, there is a template and teachers can adapt/change, they have a personal th33 learning plan from 7 grade to provide middle school advance planning, districts can
34 add their school name/information to the cover, available on-line for personalization.
35 The information was presented to counselors in a workshops last year. Career
36 Technical Education teachers helped (www.cccs.edu). Fact sheet designed “for real”, 37 developing flyers for middle school to high school with plan of study and student
38 organizations listed for CO (no BPA in CO). Big issue, Department of Education houses
39 teacher licensing and CTE credentialing in their office. Faculty from both post-
40 secondary and secondary met to establish the guidelines for Business/Management
41 credentialing process. As of July 1 the credentialing will move to the state. There is a
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42 focus on developing a seamless transition for students from secondary to post-43 secondary. Advanced credit pathways offer student college credit with a grade of 44 “B”/80% or better within 2 years. Statewide community college curriculum offers five 45 regional workshops per year. Teachers share their best practices with the state and 46 advisory committee/s. It is important to find the right individuals for those workshops. 47 Activity, program approval, process totally electronic, one programmer in CO that has 48 done great things for them. If you would like to view our system I can help you with that. 49 Business/Marketing as well as other areas to provide new teacher in-service with 50 communication/listserv and ideas from the field. Math in CTE is a focus in CO. There 51 are three requests for proposal for $20,000 matching for infusing math in CTE. A lot of 52 success from the Louisville conference and national office on math in CTE. Standards 53 are on-line for marketing/business looking at national standards and workplace 54 standards in CO including resources. Would like to include Cengage resources on the 55 website. Programs are being lost in CO due to retirement, the poor economy, no 56 teacher educator, and few to no university programs. Many participants at the 57 conference are on furlough, hiring freeze, 93 million being cut from their budget, do 58 more with less, where does that leave us with Perkins. Perkins states that their should 59 be professional growth, yet interpretation is left with the state. Personal Finance 60 classes can not be in Business in CO, they must be in family and consumer science, not 61 federal, but state by state choice. Kentucky refers to personal finance as financial 62 literacy. Kara has included it in five programs of study. Deborah stated that the 63 business area is referred to as the Principals of Business and finance follows the NBEA 64 research. South Carolina, focus on Business Finance and rigor and relevance and 65 Jump Start curriculum. Attempting to get it approved as a high school graduation 66 requirement. VA, endorsements expanded so that financial management can be taught 67 by social studies, family consumer science, business, agriculture (one of 6 areas), with 68 a lot of professional development offered.
70 Leslie from Missouri suggested www.connections.org (career exploration and videos
71 statewide) facts sheet about CTE, active with student organizations, a lot of local control, 72 curriculum not mandated. Focus on secondary and post-secondary collaboration for 73 seamless transitions for students. Recommend the use of NOCTI, graduation 74 requirement 2010, mentoring program started with management expanded to business 75 and offered in all program areas.
77 Bonnie Siebert from NE, website www.Nebraskacareers.org, electronic personal
78 learning plans, new curriculum C for C (Curriculum for Careers), developed by middle th79 school teachers, delivered in a semester or 9 week course, end of 8 grade all students
80 have a personal learning plan and three on-line assessments, local control state, 81 personal finance is a graduation requirement in most districs. Financial coalition is 82 strong with 15,000 students and folks are involved in financial training. No state funds 83 for CTE, only Perkins funding. Huge state cash reserve and little has been directed 84 towards education. New legislative bill, requesting $450,000 annually. 85 www.Supportstudentleaders.com if you are interested in pursuing legislation for CTE
86 funding. All students fill out post cards and they are delivered to the legislature. Still in 87 committee, senator went before FBLA and has stated that we will get the money. 88 Second round of program of study beginning. One teaching endorsement was 89 approved for business and marketing. Mentoring is electronic with newsletters, asking 90 for topics that will help mentees. Once a month email generates many questions.
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91 Deborah from North Carolina, there have been a reorganization of CTE and a hiring 92 freeze, section chief retirements and there are no replacements. Business, Marketing, 93 Family Consumer Science, Trade and Industrial Tech and Ag in the credentialing 94 section has curriculum from preestablished areas. Blooms taxonomy expanded in the 95 business content areas. There is a full curriculum and an assessment bank, industry 96 certification, integration of math and literacy concepts. Initiatives include a new 97 Program of Study in 2012. Reorganized based on career clusters, new information 98 technology consultant with Business background, new career clusters publication 99 featuring success stories, CTSO, new graduation requirements, future ready core 21 100 credits, computerized accounting I and II could count as a math credit if student pursue 101 course of study in community college. Working on formative assessment, blue ribbon 102 study, cross functional teachers working on on-line modules launched in the fall. Not 103 on-line course, but available by learn and see with university. Worked on essential 104 standards and revised Blooms, applying in accounting I. Understand more conceptual, 105 essential standards documents being developed by teachers. Virtual public school 106 continues to do well with CTE courses. Several business courses on-line. Exploring th107 career decisions offered for 8 graders on-line and continuing to expand to elementary
108 schools. Over 1000 business teachers at their conference in Greensborough. New 109 teacher lunch and learn and discuss benefits of professional development and the 110 importance of networking.
112 Janet Goble from Utah, two grad requirements, finan.literacy and computer technology. 113 Problem is getting students through learning to type. Keyboarding addressed at a lower 114 level. Principal decision on keyboarding offering at elementary (supposed to be taught rdththth115 in 3 grade according to the state also in N. Carolina), reinforced 4, 5, and 6….labs
116 30 minutes a week and middle school. DVDs developed 9 minutes talks about 117 keyboarding as a literacy/communication skills. iTunes U site state. Direct writing 118 assessment going on-line and presents a challenge for students not knowing how to 119 type. End of course assessments offered for all CTE courses on-line. Over 37,000 120 tests in computer technology and it meets Perkins accountability paid by state. Grad 121 requirements effect. 2011, CTE courses on list, bus comm. I & II, accounting and 122 business math.
124 Judith Sams, VA, reminded the group of the Friday session from 2:30-4:00 on the state 125 requirements for financial literacy (NABTE meeting). Every 4 years there is a 126 conference the first week in August in Richmond. There are national speakers, vendors 127 (one-day), sponsoring the insurance education institute. It is highly recommended, rd128 Mississippi State University is in its 3 year with a school of insurance. There is a
129 proposal of developing a hybrid course on-line. The conference is very popular and 130 filled by the end of week once posted on the listserv. There is no cost and graduate 131 credit is available. Teachers love it. Nebraska is having their first institute this summer. 132 There must be at least 25 persons, 2 days on-line and 56 persons signed up. Insurance 133 is a big part of financial literacy. There are seventy-six sample pathways on-line. 134 Schools can use as a template: CTE and performing arts, CTE and music, CTE and the 135 visual arts, industry certification big in VA, continue to offer virtual academies, must be 136 approved by state board of education. All curriculum state mandated. On-line 137 curriculum site and can add NASBE members to listserv. Excited about FBLA online 138 spelling test availability. FBLA requests help for the 2010 conference in San Diego, CA. 139 They are working with the Economic Education and the stock market game for financial 140 literacy. The Federal Reserve Bank provides a great training resources. With teacher
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141 travel restrictions, webinars will become an alternative professional development option. 142 Anne Rowe from VA, stated that standards of accreditation are approved by the state. 143 Economics and financial literacy are a graduation requirement. There is a change with 144 standards of accreditation, CTE environment in schools, CTE is meant for all students. 145 The government approved the academic career plan and the state board is using the 146 plan of study as a model. Finally, electronic on-line opportunities for curriculum: 147 Google, Virginia Wizard - started in Community College system (3 phases, labor and 148 occupational data available and expanded to include electronic transcripts), career 149 assessment, opportunities for both students and parents and addition of secondary 150 component.
152 Kelly welcomed Janet Treichel and Sharon Fisher-Larsen from NBEA. Sharon 153 welcomed everyone to Chicago and encouraged the group to enjoy the conference and 154 the city. Janet stated that things are under way and NBEA appreciates everyone’s
155 attendance and sharing what’s happening in states. Special appreciation to
156 Southwestern/Cengage for sponsoring this event and their contribution to NBEA and 157 NASBE.
159 Kelly from North Dakota explained that they have separate funding for CTE. Secondary 160 business education reform bill being developed to recommend financial literacy. This is 161 a positive step that the legislature is including CTE. Teacher education in Agriculture is 162 piloting a math and CTE program. Challenges…summer CTE pro-d start process to
163 review course offerings addressing relevance, changes, last spring and summer mass 164 exodus of teacher retirements….started the year with fewer business teachers and 165 lateral moves. This year only 2 retirements. Not producing enough business teachers 166
167 Kara from TN stated that they require a program of study with minimal flexibility. This is 168 resulting in losing some courses that did not fit into the course of study. The curriculum 169 review process is under way to incorporate spreadsheets, database/s, and keyboarding 170 (#2 requirement behind #1 soft skills). The academic and Technical Education three 171 year focus revealed that CTE students are scoring higher in state tests. Financial 172 literacy can be taught by any teacher with 14 hours of professional development from 173 Jump Start or Federal Reserve Bank Economic Education. Additional items of focus: 174 dual enrollment, required certification, and financial literacy tests. Teacher certification 175 will be revised. FBLA and BPA are melding into one organization. They are moving 176 back to the mantra of for and about business.
178 Pat Thieben from Iowa shared that their core curriculum passed by legislature, locally st179 controlled, identified skills sets, and schools can add additional items. Includes 21
180 Century Skills and each school can identify how it is incorporated K-12 or by class. 181 Some schools are establishing individual courses. Licensure requires 182 Business/Management, Family Consumer Science, and Economics working with Jump st183 Start. Aligning technology tools for 21 Century Skills was offered at the Jump Start
184 conference in July. The Program of Study is disseminated by PowerPoint and is more 185 than a sequence of courses. There is a checklist tool to identify where they are and th186 ideas to move forward. An 8 grade plan is required. A road show for career tech
187 student recognition ceremony is in place for secondary and post-secondary nominees. 188 Future Farmers of America is funded and others are not. IT standards and benchmarks 189 are on schedule for review
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191 Sarah form Georgia stated that they have sequences, pathways, leading to careers. 192 Additionally, their House just passed a teacher certification bill and funding has not been 193 identified (concern). Individualized student learning plan www.GA.gov.org (on-line).
194 Three teacher institutions embedded academics in CTE courses. Systems are requiring 195 teachers identify academic standards in their lesson plans. Focus on FLBA (22,000) a 196 lot of growth in middle school (600), CTSO breakfasts with organizations as a state 197 officer activity. Kids sit with their legislature, present a slide show, and this has helped 198 with funding. International business has been embedded in all courses. Process of 199 working with foreign language and business credit for content based language 200 instruction.
202 Tony from South Carolina stated that pathways, assessment, etc. is the fire in the belly thth203 of students for business education. By 8 grade students select a cluster and 10
204 grade they select a career. They have electronic tracking on courses (CD distributed 205 Thursday am presentation). There are four courses in the finance cluster: business 206 finance, securities investment, lateral moves from private industry to education and 207 personal finance. Middle school curriculum has been developed with rigorous and 208 relevant courses. They have installed virtual labs with proctors or substitutes. The 209 teacher of record could be somewhere else. Programming and computer science is 210 becoming a focus based upon university requests: Java, C++, bought Lego robots 211 (rotate through out state/programs). Universities are certifying teachers. Oracle and 212 SASS approached them and offered to provide free curriculum/software. The bigger 213 picture, partnering ESRI to create GIS that goes into a model for instant analysis of data 214 on a grid/map. Adobe and Microsoft offering IT academy for $900 a year (on-line 215 curriculum, 50 seat license). Nuance is presenting and invented Dragon voice 216 recognition software. Fifteen minutes of training allows the computer to recognize your 217 voice. Moving into using Autodesk curriculum using Maya software and gaming council 218 on economic education building a moodle.
220 Judith Berry from Michigan discussed teaching accounting virtually, helping students 221 stay excited, college IT and business apprentice program, 2 year program high school 222 and college credit. They are having an iMax theatre installed with a 3D simulation lab, 223 projection center, and students are looking for you to change your physical location. 224 Just a computer is boring for students. A group was invited to visit their iMax theatre in 225 September. There was mention of 4D not requiring 3D glasses and keyboarding to 226 holograms.
228 Karen from Cengage connected the dots for financial literacy. It can serve as one 229 semester, two semesters or a full year. Add the relevance and the students will add the 230 rigor. A topic that didn’t come up was digital funding, subscription basis, and budget
231 discussions with districts. There have been talks of changing the funding model. 232 Annual text funding versus every 5 years? Refresh content annually/biennially? 233
234 Kelly thanked the group for their participation and concluded the meeting at 11:15 am 235
238 Respectfully Submitted:
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242 Todd Farr, Secretary
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