Integrating DECA programs into classroom instruction involves selecting activities from DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program as authentic learning experiences to help DECA members develop and apply skills outlined in the curriculum. This is achieved by using a DECA activity to enhance classroom lessons that support key educational initiatives. Members are also engaged as they apply the concepts in real world situations.
As DECA activiites are usually project-based and problem-based, integrating DECA learning programs into classroom instruction enables members to further develop 21st century skills in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity, as well as use higher order thinking skills.
Tips for effective DECA integration into classroom instruction:
- Use written and prepared competitive events, chapter campaigns or a video challenge as projects.
- Introduce the project at the beginning of the semester.
- Break the project into small assignments for use throughout the semester.
- Schedule the final project due at end of semester.
- Break projects that align with your lessons into small chunks. Tasks appear more manageable for students.
- Assign a DECA Direct article as a classroom engagement activity.
- Invite an education or a business partner to conduct a presentation to your class.
DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program includes
- College and Business Partnerships
- Competitive Events Program
- DECA Direct Magazine
- Educational Conferences
- Educational Partners
- Emerging Leader Series
- Global Entrepreneurship Week
- School-based Enterprises
- Social Media Correspondent Program
- Video Challenges
DECA supports student learning and achievement while also motivating and engaging students.