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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 networking opportunities through a variety of professional development activities.

E-learning Opportunities

Advisors are invited to participate in webinar presentations on a variety of topics featuring content experts. Click here for the E-learning schedule. Archived events are found here.

Face-to-Face Learning Opportunities
  • DECA Train the Trainer Certification Course | June 19-22, 2014 | Reston, VA
    This course is designed to train key leaders of chartered associations to effectively deliver presentations and content useful to DECA chapter advisors. Agenda and Register online.
  • Bring Your Classroom to Life with DECA
    June 30 - July 3, 2014 | Denver, CO
    The 2014 DECA Summer Institutes for educational excellence have been consolidated into one exciting professional development experience: Bring Your Classroom to Life With DECA! The institute will take place Jun 30, 2014 – July 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Designed for new and seasoned business, marketing, finance, and hospitality teachers, participants will leave with fresh ideas and strategies to develop strong DECA chapters as well as tools to use project-based learning activities within the classroom. Sponsored and hosted by Johnson & Wales University. Learn more and register online.
  • DECA Inc. 2013-2014 Certified Trainers Directory
    Learn more about our 2013–2014 Certified Trainers. Certified trainers are prepared to provide specific best practices and classroom activities for teacher implementation, facilitate workshops within their chartered associations, and assist peer associations with their professional development activities. Contact the nearest certified trainer in your division if you would like to schedule a training opportunity. Click here to download the directory.
  • Collegiate DECA Train the Trainer Certification Course
    This course trains and certifies chartered association advisors to effectively present and deliver content useful to Collegiate DECA chapter advisors.
  • DECA and Collegiate DECA Certified Trainer Workshops
    Conducted by certified DECA and Collegiate DECA trainers at association and regional events, these workshops focus on topics essential to the preparation of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
  • Collegiate DECA Advisor Academy | April 24, 2014 | Washington, DC
    This session, held at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, provides program updates, strategies for membership and chapter development and best practices for implementing programs and gaining campus support. Detailed information coming soon.
  • DECA New Advisor Academy | May 4–5, 2014 | Atlanta, GA
    A highlight of the DECA International Career Development Conference, DECA's New Advisor Academy is designed to help DECA advisors understand their roles and responsibilities and how DECA's Comprehensive Learning Program integrates into classroom instruction.
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.

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 3, 2014.

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