DECA Inc.’s Professional Learning Series offers training, resources, information sharing and networking opportunities to DECA chapter advisors, chartered association advisors and administrators through professional development conferences and workshops designed to showcase DECA’s role in education, enhance teaching, improve instructor performance and fulfill certification requirements for continual professional development. Participants receive certificates of achievement, as the professional development sessions are geared to provide resources and tools to better integrate DECA into classroom instruction.

On-Demand Training

DECA Inc. offers training, resources, information sharing and network opportunities through professional development to enhance teaching, improve performance and fulfill certification requirements for continuing professional development. Participants receive certificates of achievement, as the activities are suited to integrate into classroom instruction.

The below sessions were recorded during DECA’s Advisor Professional Learning Virtual Conference in July 2020.

Creating Proficiency Scales Using Course Guides

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With the changing of education, schools are looking to provide students with Proficiency Scales to show understanding of content. I will walk you through how to create Proficiency Scales using MBA Research’s Course Guides and Performance Indicators for the students to use to guide them during your course work, along with making connections to DECA’s Competitive Events Performance Indicators. We will discuss how to create projects for Level 4 Proficiency opportunities, along with having students make connections to the real world.

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DECA Virtual Business Challenge: Compete, Learn and Apply

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Learn about this engaging technological event, and the addition of a brand new Entrepreneurship VBC track! The DECA Virtual Business Challenge is an official DECA Competitive Event where participants use highly visual, online simulation applications to manage a business or their financial wealth. The event is free for high school DECA members. Students not only receive the benefit of competition experience, but simultaneously focus on numerous career cluster performance indicators that are applicable to real-world situations.

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Doing DECA from a Distance

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This session will introduce and demonstrate three distance learning tools: (1) Flipgrid and how it can be used to practice role-playing with your students. (2) Padlet and how it can be used to create timelines, planning and organizing on written projects. (3) GoFormative and how it can be used to help students prepare for the exams.

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Empowering Your Students’ Future Financial Success

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Join this session to discover the power behind teaching personal finance and how Intuit is helping to change the game through the use of free real-world tools and engaging resources for the classroom. These tools and resources provide your students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and demonstrate critical personal finance skills for their futures.

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Facebook: Products and Resources to Help in Remote Learning/Hybrid Contexts

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Are you looking for new content, tools, case studies, and approaches to use in your virtual classroom? We will discuss some of the products and approaches we have built to help in these challenging times.

We will also highlight free resources on Facebook’s Blueprint Educators Portal. After a year of developing, piloting and launching the Educators Portal in May, Facebook Blueprint will detail the journey and what resources are offered, as well as learning from you – what more we can partner together on.

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How to Be a Modern Brand in a World Demanding Change

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Strong brands don’t go dark. They focus on useful innovation that will allow them to emerge even stronger than they were before this crisis. During this time, traditional marketing and communication may not be your primary weapon. So, we are considering the whole brand spectrum, from business strategies to marketing actions.

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How to Kick-off Competition

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Introducing competitive events can be overwhelming- find out some effective tips for incorporating competition into classroom instruction and kicking off the competition season!

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How to Teach the Stock Market Game in Your Remote/Hybrid Classroom

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In this session Carolyn Quest, DECA Stock Market Game Coordinator will give an overview of the DECA Stock Market Game competition and highlight all the resources the SIFMA Foundation provides to teach personal finance in your remote or hybrid classroom, including accessing our Teacher Support Center (warehouse of instructional materials), Google Classroom, YouTube training videos and more!

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Innovating and Overcoming Virtual Teaching Challenges

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Join this engaging session to learn more about leveraging design thinking and problem-solving tools to overcome current teaching challenges. Discover how you can bring Intuit’s Design for Delight and virtual teaching technology tools directly into your classroom to use with students.

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Let’s Get Started!

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New to serving as a DECA advisor? This session is for you! We will talk through 10 steps all-new chapter advisors should consider and share resources to help you navigate your first (or second) year as a DECA advisor.

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Level Up Personal Branding and Marketing with GRIT

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By the end of this interactive session, advisors will learn the steps and formula, and best platform and tools to create a profitable sales funnel. Advisors will be able to teach leadership team and members how to create a professional personal brand with a call to action (CTA) sales funnel to connect and recruit potential DECA members and fundraise for DECA through various student products and services.

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Making Finance Personal: Project-Based Learning for the Personal Finance Class

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Explore this 11-unit curriculum that helps to make personal finance concepts relevant and related vocabulary approachable. It also lays a foundation through active, project-based learning, and real-world situations and allows students to experiment with financial strategies that can help minimize costly future mistakes. The accompanying student activities and assignments complement both textbooks and classroom instruction and connect to students’ lives on a personal level. Additionally, students will use checklists rubrics, and reflective essays tied to essential questions to help evaluate their progress, identify challenges, and apply what they have learned in developing their own financial strategy. Attendees will walk through the units, including their correlation to curricular standards, and receive access to a complete copy of the curriculum.

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The Making of a DECA Role-play

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Have you ever wondered where did that case study or role-play come from? There’s a methodology behind the creation of DECA role-plays and case studies. Learn everything you need to know including instructional areas, performance indicators, levels of progression, inspirational sources and industry validation.

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Need Digital Content? Deliver RISE Up Credentials Using Blended or Online Formats

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RISE Up, the industry-backed training and credentialing program from the NRF (National Retail Federation) Foundation, prepares people with the skills they need to launch careers in retail and beyond. The three stackable credentials – Retail Industry Fundamentals, Customer Service & Sales, and Business of Retail: Operations & Profit – have been approved on many states’ A-F lists. Attend this session to learn how RISE Up can be taught in a turn-key manner to support your CTE course standards. You can choose to deliver RISE Up all online, in the classroom or using a blended format. All three courses have robust curricula supported with facilitator and student guides, PowerPoints, videos and interactive exercises. Upon completion of a final exam, students receive both printable certificates and digital badges.

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Nine Digital/Hybrid Business & Marketing Courses Using DECA/MBA Research Indicators

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BusinessU is a ready-to-teach business & marketing course delivery platform that can be delivered in-classroom, remotely, or in a hybrid fashion. All BusinessU curriculum has been designed and vetted by business and industry professionals. Complete LMS, and nine pre-loaded year-long standards-based courses covering many DECA/MBA Research Performance Indicators. BU also includes a teacher dashboard, daily lesson plans and pacing guides, a user-friendly ability to add your own additional content into our LMS, auto-grading, real-time rubric, time-on-task, grade book, and content completion. BU also measures group collaboration and student leader efficacy. Web-based and compatible with all browsers and devices.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go for a School-based Enterprise!

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From inception to implementation, your DECA members can plan, fund, and manage a school-based enterprise. Learn how a teacher with a passion for student-led learning helped students start an SBE coffee shop with no school funding and how your students can become an SBE DECA ICDC finalist just like hers did. She will share how beginning marketing students learn industry-standard skills that prepare them for immediate employment along with tips, resources, and a Q&A time for all to share helpful hints.

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QuickBooks Online Basics for Your SBE

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Learn the benefits of bringing QuickBooks Online into your School-based Enterprise and classroom. Learn how to navigate and understand the QuickBooks products and key settings. This session will set you up with the necessary foundations to start teaching QuickBooks.

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Recruitment and Retention

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Serving as an advisor in a community with extremely high free and reduced lunch rates, a majority of students working to support their family, and reaching children with generally over-programmed schedules is a challenge when recruiting and retaining DECA members. Consistently, Naugatuck High School (CT) has maintained a chapter of 100+ members. This session will offer ideas to those looking to revamp their recruitment and retention plans.

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Social Media in the Classroom

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Learn how to implement social media marketing into your curriculum with this educational unit designed to last four to six weeks. Materials will be provided.

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Strategies for Incorporating Social Emotional Learning

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Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that our schools offer a safe emotional base for our students. Here’s your opportunity to create a plan and process to build resilience and promote mentally healthy responses to the current disruptions and changes affecting our students. This workshop provides Social Emotional Learning and Growth Mindset resources that set students up for success.

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Teacher Wellness Workshop

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Your Wellness is the foundation for thriving in the classroom. Are you prepared for the new challenges of teaching in the Fall? What are you doing to deal with the stress, grief, and trauma from recent events? Here’s your opportunity to create a self-care plan for optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health. Explore how implementing a few small changes in your daily habits can make a huge difference in your overall well-being.

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Teaching Your School-based Enterprise Virtually

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This session was inspired by a post on the Business Educators’ Facebook page. Combining resource ideas from SBE, the school store textbook and other options. Teachers can share resources with each other to build a virtual plan. Looking forward to meeting people from the page who were following.

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Teacher Wellness Workshop

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Your Wellness is the foundation for thriving in the classroom. Are you prepared for the new challenges of teaching in the Fall? What are you doing to deal with the stress, grief, and trauma from recent events? Here’s your opportunity to create a self-care plan for optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health. Explore how implementing a few small changes in your daily habits can make a huge difference in your overall well-being.

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Teaching Your School-based Enterprise Virtually

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This session was inspired by a post on the Business Educators’ Facebook page. Combining resource ideas from SBE, the school store textbook and other options. Teachers can share resources with each other to build a virtual plan. Looking forward to meeting people from the page who were following.

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Thinking of a Master Plan

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It is due when?! As a new advisor DECA can seem pretty overwhelming. One way to keep it organized is to have your due dates and what is important mapped out. Let this mother-son duo assist you with this chore of keeping it all DECA straight as you take your year to the Next Level!

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Trends Across America: What Business Says About Skills Needed in the Future

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MBA Research staff have been crisscrossing the country (pre-COVID-19) listening to business executives and learning about trends and issues that impact the workplace. This information is part of our research process that helps inform our MBA Research National Business Administration Standards. Join us at this session to learn first-hand who we’ve been talking to and what trends are making companies redesign the way work is organized. Participants will gain information about the skills needed for success in the workplace.

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Using Canvas to Communicate with Your Chapter

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Learn how to use Canvas to communicate to your chapter members virtually.

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Using DECA Role-Plays in the Classroom

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Participants will learn how to integrate DECA role-plays into their curriculum to emphasize weekly lessons that are performance indicator based. The benefits are two-fold: preparing students for role-play competition while supporting in-class learning. In addition, workshop participants will discover useful strategies to facilitate face-to-face and virtual role-plays.

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Using DECA Written Events for Project-based Learning

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Do you love DECA written event projects but aren’t sure how to set them all up in your classroom? If yes, this workshop is for you! This session is all about setting up the logistics for incorporating written events into the classroom. Teachers will learn how to use a project-based learning approach while implementing DECA written events. This structure allows for ALL students (not just DECA competitors) to be involved in project-based learning while making DECA the foundation of the projects. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have ideas and tools to implement all the DECA written events into their classes. Ideas and Tools consist of organizational items for DECA written events and Project Based Learning and sample project breakdowns and due dates.

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Using Integrated Marketing Campaign and Professional Selling Events

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Many teachers are looking for great digital curriculum that will easily transition from F2F to a virtual format and keep students working, learning, and engaged. As teachers and DECA, advisors we want to maintain rigor and meet state standards while at the same time keeping some normality to learning regardless of the platform. It is possible to do DECA, learn marketing, and meet all professional requirements by using the Integrated Marketing Campaign and Professional Selling Events for any introductory Marketing Class. These competitive events, along with their complementary resources can transform distance learning and seamlessly flow back to a face to face environment. Students will be excited to turn in work and determined to make the most of their digital learning and DECA experience.

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Using MindTap for Hybrid or E-Learning in Business, Marketing, Finance & Computing

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Learn tips and tricks for using MindTap, the online learning solution for CTE, in a variety of class formats, from a downloadable eBook, to directing student reading, adding videos and RSS feeds, and Accounting Simulations to auto-graded Microsoft Office, Coding and Web Design. View recent enhancements to titles like Century21 Accounting and Shelly Cashman to the new editions of Marketing and Sports and Entertainment Marketing as well as Industry Certification options for all courses.

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Virtualizing Community Service through Innovation

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Learn how MDA has been thinking innovatively when it comes to virtualizing community service and service-learning opportunities. Attendees will also learn more about a new service-learning program the organization has launched, MDA Muscle Corps. MDA Muscle Corps is a four-week, online-based program that provides DECA members an opportunity to grow and connect with MDA’s community and mission, engage in causeraising, and to think ethically and innovatively to solve problems with the skills they acquire.

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What We Learned While Learning Online

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School drastically changed in the spring, and it’s going to look different again in the fall. So what can we do? During this session, attendees will be encouraged to share successes and failures from this spring as well as planning for this upcoming school year. School may look different, but your teaching style and materials don’t have to completely change.

Working with Chapter Leaders via Zoom

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Discover how to transform your in-person chapter officer training and meetings into engaging virtual meetings with Zoom. Learn the top tips, tricks, apps and activities to maintain a sense of culture and community that will be critical for your chapter officers’ engagement and productivity this coming school year.

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Working with Your Students to Improve Their Skills. One Student at a Time.

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Students receive the best performance improvement when they are given repetition and opportunity. This workshop will give you five tried and tested methods/tools that will guarantee increased performance in your chapter in role-plays as a whole and in each student individually.

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Your Teacher Toolbox

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From DECA’s industry-validated competitive events to DECA’s chapter campaigns, there are so many ways to incorporate DECA into your classroom. Gain ready-to-implement activities for your classroom to help your students develop leadership skills and weave DECA into your curriculum.

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