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Inspire Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs

DECA advisors are often the teachers who students remember long after graduating. DECA advisors usually are instructors in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship. They have unparalleled access to resources to enhance the classroom experience, bring learning to life and motivate students. Our professional network also allows DECA advisors to share resources and ideas among colleagues and enhance their skills through advisor professional development.

Performance improvement tools and resources for chapter advisors ensure effective use of DECA's comprehensive learning program designed to enhance student achievement. This section contains vital resources for developing your philosophy, integrating DECA's programs and expanding your skills.

Professional Development Opportunities

DECA Inc. offers training, resources, information sharing and network opportunities through professional development to enhance teaching, improve performance and fulfill certification requirements for continual professional development. Participants receive certificates of achievement, as the activities are suited to integrate into classroom instruction. For a look at all 2014–2015 Professional Learning Series opportunities, click here .

For Administrators

College to Career Education Forum
Collegiate DECA International 
Career Development Conference | April 19, 2015 | Orlando, FL
The College to Career Education Forum is an event packed with new and unique professional development tools for collegiate DECA association and chapter advisors alike. The occasion provides program updates, strategies for membership and chapter development, tips on connecting students to careers, advice on building business-education partnerships, and best practices for implementing DECA into curriculum and gaining support on campus. The session also provides an avenue to gain inspiration to excel with an insightful opening speaker and exchange new ideas while networking with peers.

DECA Administrator Day
DECA International 
Career Development Conference | April 27, 2015 | Orlando, FL
DECA Administrator Day is designed to showcase DECA as a vital part of the educational system, particularly to those who do not currently have DECA chapters. Attendees are given an update on DECA’s connection to education initiatives, including the National Curriculum Standards, the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills through DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program. Participants also engage in a behind-the-scenes tour of students participating in academics, mentoring institutes, and evaluative processes at the International Career Development Conference. Administrators can also share best practices and new ideas during a networking lunch.

For Chartered Associations

DECA Train the Trainer Certification Course
June 18–20, 2015 | Reston, VA

The DECA Train the Trainer Certification Course is designed to train key leaders of chartered associations to get energized for the year ahead in order to assist local chapter advisors to use DECA as a powerful experiential learning resource. Led by DECA Inc. international staff, participants walk through content-rich modules that trainers are to present at local, district and chartered association professional development events. As a capstone activity, trainers create an association professional development plan to implement during the academic year. Upon successful participation in the course, attendees will be deemed a 2014–2015 DECA Certified Trainer, geared to effectively deliver new and insightful presentations and content useful to DECA local chapter advisors.

DECA INTENSITY
TBA | Reston, VA

Designed for chartered associations ready to take their association to the next level, DECA Intensity is a three-day training session focused on building strong associations within the organization. DECA Intensity offers participants the resources, tools and insight to manage and grow in many challenging areas. Training concentrates on areas such as effective association management, professional development program construction, engagement with DECA’s National Advisory Board, successful alumni connection building and strong communications plan development.

DECA New Advisors of Chartered 
Associations Training
August 11–12, 2015 | Nashville, TN

The DECA New Advisors of Chartered Associations Training is an insightful session designed for chartered association advisors in their first year of experience. Held just prior to the Chartered Association Management (CAM) Conference, the training is designed to help new advisors get acquainted with their new leadership position. Training topics include an overview of DECA’s structure and its relationship to associations, functions and responsibilities of a chartered association, and commitment expectations to local chapter advisors.

Collegiate DECA BOOST
August 12, 2015 | Nashville, TN

Collegiate DECA Boost is specialized association training designed to strengthen chartered associations to achieve their strategic goals. Training rotates each year among the areas of association management, advisor and chapter development, and community outreach development. Participants leave the intense training with a three-year development plan for their association in the area of focus.

DECA Chartered Association 
Management Conference
August 13–15, 2015 | Nashville, TN



The Chartered Association Management (CAM) Conference is professional development designed for chartered association advisors and key leaders. Attendees receive updates on DECA Inc. programs and association management practices, as well as a preview to the upcoming International Career Development Conference site, hotels and conference plans. The conference also provides an opportunity for association leaders to provide input into DECA and to network with fellow advisors.

For Chapter Advisors

Professional Learning at DECA Educational Conferences
The Professional Learning Series powered by DECA will provide professional development opportunities at educational conferences, focusing on building curriculum and instructional content that supports the preparation of students for college and careers and connects the conference content to the classroom.

  • Western Region Leadership Conference | November 14–15, 2014 | Anaheim, CA
  • The Ultimate DECA Power Trip | November 22, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
  • Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference | November 22, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
  • Central Region Leadership Conference | December 5–6, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN

College to Career Education Forum
Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference | April 19, 2015 | Orlando, FL
The College to Career Education Forum is an event packed with new and unique professional development tools for collegiate DECA association and chapter advisors alike. The occasion provides program updates, strategies for membership and chapter development, tips on connecting students to careers, advice on building business-education partnerships, and best practices for implementing DECA into curriculum and gaining support on campus. The session also provides an avenue to gain inspiration to excel with an insightful opening speaker and exchange new ideas while networking with peers.

DECA New Advisor Academy
DECA International Career Development Conference | April 26–27, 2015 | Orlando, FL
DECA’s New Advisor Academy is designed to help DECA advisors with fewer than six years of experience understand their various roles and responsibilities, enhance their teaching with DECA, and develop innovative ideas. DECA advisors also learn how DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. A line up of presenters will help advisors enrich their classroom. A series of roundtable sessions is also offered as a quick exchange of best practices and cool ideas. A blend of philosophy and practical instructional techniques, the New Advisor Academy empowers each advisor to “be a hero” in the classroom.

DECA AMPED
Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus | June 29–July 2, 2015 | Charlotte, NC
DECA AMPED is a new, re-imagined professional learning experience designed for new and seasoned business, marketing, finance, and hospitality teachers! Participants will learn how to enhance their role as a teacher and DECA advisor by integrating DECA into the classroom using the Comprehensive Learning Program. Attendees will discover strategies to develop strong DECA chapters, gain tools to utilize project-based learning activities within the classroom, and network with peers to exchange fresh ideas. The new DECA APMED will offer multiple exciting strands, such as new advisor specific information, experienced advisor “how to” material, key tools for SBE and chapter management, and more. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be awarded to all advisors completing the professional learning activities. The event is sponsored and hosted by Johnson & Wales University. All training will occur on the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus.

For All Audiences

E-Learning Opportunities
The Professional Learning Series powered by DECA offers free live and archived webinar presentations and Google+ Hangouts on a variety of topics across career clusters. The presentations feature an array of content experts sharing best practices, cutting-edge information and real-life examples to bring concepts to life with students. Visit the E-Learning page for specific presentation dates and times.

Contact Michelle Walker for information about these professional development opportunities.

Advisor Resources

DECA Inc. provides many resources to help DECA advisors integrate DECA programs into the classroom and to keep up with the latest news in the field.

  • New Chapter Advisor Mentoring

    Be a Hero

    Through monthly electronic mentorship, DECA's new advisor mentoring program helps bring new advisors up-to-speed and provides resources specifically designed to help them navigate their first few years. Learn how you can "Be a Hero " in the eyes of your students. If you are a new advisor, we encourage you to contact your association advisor and DECA's new chapter advisor mentor.
  • New DECA chapter advisors should contact Sandra Tucker.
  • New Collegiate DECA chapter advisors should contact Jeff Collins.
  • Insight
    Published four times a year and delivered in the Chapter Leadership Packets, DECA Insight informs high school chapter advisors about DECA events and programs and provides professional development articles. Read the latest issue here.

Professional Division Awards

The Professional Division Awards recognize individuals who impact student achievement through their support of DECA.

Download the complete Professional Division Awards brochure here.

Professional Division Award Recognition

Each year, through the Professional Division Awards, DECA recognizes individuals for their commitment to the organization and student development.

Advisor Scholarships Available

DECA's corporate partners offer professional development scholarships to advisors for use at DECA Chapter Advisor Summer Institutes or other professional development conferences providing continuing education credit (CEU) in their field. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.

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