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.

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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. Learn more.

Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum

Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference
April 20, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

The Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum is packed with new and unique professional development for Collegiate DECA chapter and association advisors. Through a series of best practices roundtables, this event provides program updates, strategies for chapter recruitment and 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.

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DECA Advisor Academy

DECA International Career Development Conference
April 17-28, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

DECA’s Advisor Academy assists DECA advisors at all levels of experience to enhance student cognitive development and build upon innovative ideas shared during the workshop. DECA advisors learn new strategies to integrate DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program into classroom instruction, learning application activities connecting to business and promoting competition. A line up of presenters, both industry experts and season advisors, will share tips and resources to help advisors enrich their classroom. A series of roundtable sessions is also offered as a quick exchange of best practices and cool ideas.

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DECA AMPED

Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus
June 26-29, 2017 | Charlotte, NC

DECA AMPED provides teachers and DECA advisors with varying levels of experience the education, knowledge and inspiration to ignite their instruction! Focused on improving teaching and learning, the conference is packed with great ideas and learning strategies for instructors to bring their classroom to life, push their members to excel in DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program, maximize hands-on learning with school-based enterprises and position their chapter for success. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to educators who complete all professional learning activities.

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Professional Learning at DECA Educational Conferences

The Ultimate DECA Power Trip & Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference | November 18-20, 2016 Washington, DC
Professional Learning: November 19, 2016
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Central Region Leadership Conference | November 18-20 2016 Indianapolis, IN
Professional Learning: TBA

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

Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum

Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference
April 20, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

The Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum is packed with new and unique professional development for Collegiate DECA chapter and association advisors. Through a series of best practices roundtables, this event provides program updates, strategies for chapter recruitment and 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.

Agenda
Call for Presenters
Advisor Education Forum Highlights

DECA Advisor Academy

DECA International Career Development Conference
April 17-28, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

DECA’s Advisor Academy assists DECA advisors at all levels of experience to enhance student cognitive development and build upon innovative ideas shared during the workshop. DECA advisors learn new strategies to integrate DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program into classroom instruction, learning application activities connecting to business and promoting competition. A line up of presenters, both industry experts and season advisors, will share tips and resources to help advisors enrich their classroom. A series of roundtable sessions is also offered as a quick exchange of best practices and cool ideas.

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DECA Train the Trainer Certification Course

June 15-18, 2017 | Tysons Corner, VA

This intense three-day training prepares chartered association advisors and key leaders to effectively deliver professional development to DECA chapter advisors and potential stakeholders in their association. Participants engage in a high-energy, interactive learning environment while receiving the latest information on DECA’s programs and activities. Attendees leave with new training materials to conduct training as a DECA certified trainer.

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DECA AMPED

Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus
June 26-29, 2017 | Charlotte, NC

DECA AMPED provides teachers and DECA advisors with varying levels of experience the education, knowledge and inspiration to ignite their instruction! Focused on improving teaching and learning, the conference is packed with great ideas and learning strategies for instructors to bring their classroom to life, push their members to excel in DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program, maximize hands-on learning with school-based enterprises and position their chapter for success. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to educators who complete all professional learning activities.

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DECA New Advisors of Chartered Associations Training

August 15, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

The DECA New Advisors of Chartered Associations Training is an insightful session designed for high school and collegiate 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 organizational structure, functions and responsibilities of a chartered association, strategies for effective association management and commitment expectations of local chapter advisors.

Collegiate DECA Boost

August 15, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

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 16-18, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

The Chartered Association Management (CAM) Conference is the premier professional learning experience for association leaders. Attendees participate in interactive sessions that focus on association management practices, best practices from colleagues and partners, DECA Inc. updates and a preview of the upcoming International Career Development Conference.

Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum

Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference
April 20, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

The Collegiate DECA Advisor Education Forum is packed with new and unique professional development for Collegiate DECA chapter and association advisors. Through a series of best practices roundtables, this event provides program updates, strategies for chapter recruitment and 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.

Agenda
Call for Presenters
Advisor Education Forum Highlights

DECA Administrator Day

DECA International Career Development Conference
April 28, 2017 | Anaheim, CA

DECA Administrator Day showcases DECA as a vital component of today’s educational system, particularly to those who do not currently have DECA chapters. Attendees receive an update on how DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program directly supports education initiatives, including the National Curriculum Standards, the Common Core Standards and the 21st Century Skills framework. Designed for local and state administrators, participants also engage in a behind-the-scenes tour of DECA’s student members partaking in academies, mentoring institutes, and evaluative processes at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Administrators can also share best practices and new ideas during a networking lunch.

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DECA AMPED

Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus
June 26-29, 2017 | Charlotte, NC

DECA AMPED provides teachers and DECA advisors with varying levels of experience the education, knowledge and inspiration to ignite their instruction! Focused on improving teaching and learning, the conference is packed with great ideas and learning strategies for instructors to bring their classroom to life, push their members to excel in DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program, maximize hands-on learning with school-based enterprises and position their chapter for success. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to educators who complete all professional learning activities.

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E-Learning Opportunities

DECA Inc.’s E-Learning component of the Professional Learning Series contains free live and archived webinars, Google+ Hangouts, modules from selected face-to-face learning opportunities and other educational materials. Suited to integrate into classroom instruction as supplements to student learning, advisors can receive certificates of achievement for participating in various e-learning activities.

Click here to view 2016-2017 Professional Learning Series Webinar Playlist.

  • The Herff Jones Marketing Results Challenge
  • High School DECA Inc. Competitive Events Updates
  • Collegiate DECA Competitive Events Updates
  • High School DECA Stock Market Game
  • Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game
  • The FIDM Challenge
  • The Virtual Business Challenge
  • The DECA Idea Challenge

NAVIGATING NUTRITION: IMPLEMENTING USDA NUTRITION STANDARDS IN YOUR SBE | Webinar

Learn more about the nuts and bolts of the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools regulation, as well as what that means for your school-based enterprise (SBE). Explore resources and strategies for successfully implementing the nutrition standards and spreading the word to your school community. Learn how to keep students engaged in the change process and get them excited about exploring new options.
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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN YOUR SCHOOL-BASED ENTERPRISE | Webinar

Nutrition guidelines, competition, finances, etc. can be road blocks to building a successful SBE. Learn creative ways to overcome these challenges and keep your SBE open for business.
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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN YOUR SCHOOL-BASED ENTERPRISE PART TWO | Webinar

Nutrition guidelines, competition, finances, etc. can be road blocks to building a successful SBE. Learn creative ways to overcome these challenges and keep your SBE open for business.
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Making the Most of the Herff Jones Marketing Results Challenge

The Herff Jones Marketing Results Challenge is an exciting opportunity for students to develop a real-world marketing campaign strategy on their campus! Students must analyze the buying patterns and preferences at their school, generate a marketing campaign to increase yearbook sales and produce a video which details their methods and results. Participants will hear from Bruce Hartley, Director of Marketing at Herff Jones Yearbooks, to receive a detailed overview of the challenge guidelines, new ideas on achieving student success in the competition and more information on opportunities in store for DECA teams who participate.
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Getting to Know the DECA High School Stock Market Game

The DECA Stock Market Game, provided by the SIFMA Foundation, is a hands-on learning activity where students develop and manage a virtual investment portfolio as part of an exciting online competition. Participants cultivate critical thinking and adaptability skills as they develop investment strategies and avoid the pitfalls of the market. Join DECA Stock Market Game coordinator Vincent Young for an introduction to the DECA Stock Market Game competition, including information on the registration process, competition rules, trading mechanics and more! Winners of this competition will move on to the International Career Development Conference in the Spring.
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2016-2017 DECA Inc. Competitive Events Updates

Prepare your students for success by discovering changes to the 2016-2017 competitive events program in this brief, yet informative webinar. Led by Ryan Witzig, DECA Inc. Director of Learning and Assessment, participants will gain a solid grasp on essential competitive event updates to help your student members better prepare for this year’s competition season.
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Getting to Know the Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game

The Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game, provided by the SIFMA Foundation, challenges collegiate students to build and manage a $100,000 investment portfolio. This high-energy, online competition develops problem-solving and analytical skills as students generate investment strategies and avoid the pitfalls of the market. Join Collegiate DECA Stock Market Game coordinator Vincent Young for an introduction to the competition, including information on the registration process, competition rules, trading mechanics and more!
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2016-2017 Collegiate DECA Competitive Events Updates

Prepare for a year of competitive event success through a deeper understanding of updates made to the 2016-2017 Collegiate DECA competitive events program. From online testing to evaluation criteria, Ryan Witzig, DECA Inc. Director of Learning and Assessment, will provide the resources and insight to prepare Collegiate DECA members for a strong year ahead. Utilize the Collegiate DECA Guide as a reference during this presentation.
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Excelling in the FIDM Challenge 2017

Endless creativity awaits students in the FIDM Challenge! Learn more on this exciting opportunity for students to showcase their ingenuity and explore the fashion industry while engaging in market research. Challenge participants must forecast a fashion trend for Fall/Winter 2017/2018, style an outfit for their demographic depicting the trend and explain why the trend will arise, based on research conducted. Students present their fashion collection and findings in an engaging video presentation. The winning team will be awarded a travel stipend to attend the 2017 International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Sheryl Marcus, FIDM Manager of Special Projects, will discuss the ins and outs of the challenge as well as provide tips on researching target customers and producing a strong video.
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Virtual Business Challenge Curriculum Integration

DECA’s Virtual Business Challenge is a unique, interactive online competition where students use highly visual simulation software to manage a business. Tune in to discover resources to incorporate the activity into your course curriculum. Maureen Ginley, VP of Operations with Knowledge Matters Inc., will share tips on student engagement as well as strategies for student success in the six different tracks, such as VBC Accounting, VBC Personal Finance and more. Webinar participants will also learn more on the scholarship and ICDC qualification opportunities students can enjoy by participating.
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Get A Taste of Entrepreneurship with the DECA Idea Challenge

Looking for a hands-on activity to give your students a taste of entrepreneurship? Look no further than the DECA Idea Challenge. A premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the competition dares elementary through college students to create an innovative, new use for a commonplace item in just eight days! Learn more about the competition guidelines and gain strategies for successful student engagement.
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DECA Goes Lean in Entrepreneurship

DECA’s Entrepreneurship Competitive Events are undergoing a major transformation. Learn how and why DECA is aligning these events with the Lean Business Model Canvas. Leave with a better understanding of the Lean Business Model Canvas, outlines of the entrepreneurship competitive events, and the know-how to begin integrating the entrepreneurship events and activities into their programs, courses and chapters.
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Using Project Management Skills in DECA’s Competitive Events

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation has many resources available to help your DECA members successfully complete DECA projects this school year. Webinar attendees will hear from PMIEF personnel and learn about the various tools and resources available. For additional information on PMI, please click here.
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