Conferences and MeetingsNBEA 2019 Annual Convention


Thursday, April 18


7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Convention Registration and Resource Center


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Business Education Research Conference Sessions

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Assessment Tools: Get Your Game on With Rubrics!

‘Who’s’ on first, ‘What’s’ on second, and ‘I don’t know’ is on third. Do those three statements describe how you feel about how to do assessment? Probably the most popular and commonly used assessment tool favored among educators, rubrics are an effective scoring method that reveals how students’ work compares against a standard. This session’s team managers will pitch the reasons to use rubrics, provide guidelines and fundamentals for creating and using rubrics, and share rubric examples. You’ll hit the ball out of the park with rubrics when you return to your ‘home stadium.’ This session is sure to be a home run in understanding and using rubrics effectively as an assessment tool!

Presenters: Kimberly Schultz, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA; Nancy Zeliff, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO

Session 2:  Your CTSO Belongs IN the Classroom

While it takes work to establish a phenomenal program, the truth is that if you incorporate your student organization into your classroom curriculum and train your students to manage it, being a chapter advisor does not have to detract from your personal or school time! This session will focus on how to create and integrate CTSO activities into your classroom. The presenter shares projects that align with curriculum and offers suggested strategies to how to promote your co-curricular organization to students and parents.

Presenter: Shelley Pewitt, Hoover High School, Hoover, AL

Session 3: Best Practices in Teaching Economics

Economics education involves a unique way of thinking and problem solving in a complex world, a 21st century skill essential for all students. This session focuses on best practices for teaching economic concepts appropriate for any classroom. The presenter shares websites of online media resources for teaching and provides a variety of lesson plans and teacher resources (free or low cost) covering a wide range of economic concepts. Whether you teach an Economics course or include economic concepts into other courses, there will be no ‘scarcity’ of resources in this session!

Presenter: Candace Fikis, West Chicago Community High School, West Chicago, IL

Session 4: Business Communication: Don’t Forget to Add the Basics

While business communication focuses heavily on written and oral communication, it is also important to remember the fundamental skills of communication. These include email basics, introductions (in person and by technology), social ‘small talk’ in a business setting, appropriate business etiquette, interviewing skills, and acceptable use of technology. This presentation will stress the basics of business communication and offers teaching tips and strategies for business educators to use to enhance their courses.

Presenters:  Marsha L. Bayless, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; S. Ann Wilson, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

Session 5:  Innovations in Technology

This session will enable participants to explore the possibilities of “disruptive technologies” which are becoming commonplace in our post-modern technological world. Discover how the “Internet of Things,” wearable technologies, autonomous vehicles, virtual and augmented reality, and related technology developments will change your personal and professional environments and impact the constantly evolving business education curriculum.

Presenter:  David J. Hensley, II, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, OH


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Business Education Research Conference Sessions

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Technology Workshop

Workshop 7A:  Photoshop Bootcamp

Presenter: Tonya Skinner, Jackson High School, Jackson, MO


9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open for Attendees


9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Silent Auction & Raffle Open for Attendees


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Visit Exhibits


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Legislative Seminar

Presiding: Colleen Webb, Baker College of Port Huron, Port Huron, MI (NBEA Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair)


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Bigger and Better: The Red Paperclip Project

(This session will be offered again on Friday, April 19, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Based on the book “The Red Paperclip Journey,” this session focuses on how giving each student a red paper clip and a set of trade/bartering rules can grow into something meaningful. Business educators who are looking for a signature project in any business class (particularly economics, ethics, entrepreneurship, marketing, or business communications) will learn how giving each student one red paper clip and requiring them to trade/barter for something ‘bigger and better’ can improve their communication, negotiation, risk taking, and collaborative skills as well as grow in personal confidence. These are skills valued in today’s workforce. The presenters share all aspects of how to conduct the bartering project, which culminates in a student auction of the final trade items, the proceeds of which are donated to a student-selected philanthropy.

Presenters: Debora Dragseth, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND; Holly Gruhlke, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND

Session 2:  Would You Like to Join the STEM Party? RSVP Yes!

(This session will be offered again on Thursday, March 29, from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
For years, our colleagues have discussed Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and its importance in education for our students. Let’s ‘join the party’ by integrating STEM into business education! In this session, attendees will learn how to link the STEM disciplines to business education through the exploration of hands-on learning materials. These materials challenge students and reinforce problem solving, creative and critical thinking, collaboration, troubleshooting, and communication skills, while also preparing them for the business world. Specific tips on how to acquire and integrate these STEM materials will be shared. A live demonstration of an innovative STEM device (Makey Makey kit) will also make an appearance at this STEM-tastic party!

Presenter: Jacqueline Prester, Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA

11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Business Education Research Conference Sessions

11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Bigger and Better: The Red Paperclip Project

(This session will be offered again on Friday, April 19, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Based on the book “The Red Paperclip Journey,” this session focuses on how giving each student a red paper clip and a set of trade/bartering rules can grow into something meaningful. Business educators who are looking for a signature project in any business class (particularly economics, ethics, entrepreneurship, marketing, or business communications) will learn how giving each student one red paper clip and requiring them to trade/barter for something ‘bigger and better’ can improve their communication, negotiation, risk taking, and collaborative skills as well as grow in personal confidence. These are skills valued in today’s workforce. The presenters share all aspects of how to conduct the bartering project, which culminates in a student auction of the final trade items, the proceeds of which are donated to a student-selected philanthropy.

Presenters: Debora Dragseth, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND; Holly Gruhlke, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND

Session 2: What Teachers Can and Should Do in a School-Related Crisis Response

This session will cover the importance of teachers’ involvement and their role as part of a crisis response following school or community crisis events. Such events might be related to natural or human-caused events, such as deaths, accidents, weapons assault. Teachers can be a source of social support for their students. Learn specific interventions for classroom use to mitigate the effect of an acute traumatic stressor and how to help mental health professionals triage students who need immediate support. Resources aimed at improving school readiness to provide crisis intervention will be shared.

Presenter: Rosario “Ross” Pesce, Loyola University-Chicago, Chicago, IL

Session 3:  Where to Start — Content, Resources, and Instructional Strategies for Teaching Middle and/or High School Coding and Computer Science Courses

Coding and computer science are the newest area for business teachers since web and graphics design. Embrace the opportunity -- You would not believe how fun and engaging a coding or computer science class can be! Whether you have never written a line of code or are already teaching a coding lesson/unit or a computer science course, this session is for you. The presenter shares course content, instructional resources and strategies, software, tutorial videos, lesson plans/assignments, and best practices for teaching middle and /or high school coding and computer science survey courses.

Presenter: Dennis Garner, Utah State University, Roosevelt, UT

Session 4:  Be Resourceful: Resources and Lessons to Re-Energize Intro to Business Classes

(This session will be offered again on Friday, April 19, from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

Stuck in a rut and want some new teaching ideas? Are you seeking to combine “good old-fashioned” teaching with some video or new assignments with rubrics? This session provides suggested lessons for customer service, stock market, business ownership, ethics, marketing and more! Re-energize yourself as well as your Intro to Business class (or other courses in which these concepts are taught)! The presenter shares a variety of lessons that work with Google Classroom or similar platforms.

Presenter: Michelle Bruna, Washington County High School, Washington, KS

Session 5:  Recipe for Success: Add Spice to Your Teaching Through Technology

(This session will be offered again on Friday, April 19, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Do you ever feel like you need to “spice up” your lesson plans? This session explores various tech tools (all free) and teaching strategies for your classes to engage students and boost enthusiasm. The presenter shares everything, from how to do voice-over marketing ads, demonstrate adjustments on worksheets with Tootsie Roll pops, create interactive projects with augmented reality tools, and much more! You don’t have to be a technology specialist to use these tools in your class--just be open to learning something new and exciting.

Presenter: Holly Christian, Blue Earth Area High School, Blue Earth, MN


12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.
Technology Workshop

Workshop 8A:  What’s New in Microsoft Office 2019

Presenter: Information to Come


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Visit Exhibits


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Business Education Research Conference Sessions


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Economic and Personal Finance Update

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Session 1:  Addressing Teacher Burnout

Teacher burnout, and the resulting turnover, is one of the greatest issues facing the teaching profession today. This session explores the issue of stress in the classroom and education system that often leads to teacher burnout. Educators are faced with ever-increasing demands and responsibilities, often combined with a lack of resources or support from supervisors and administrators. Tired of ‘feeling the burn’? Acquire tools and activities to restore your passion for teaching by reducing and managing your stress. The presenter shares classroom management strategies that contribute to a positive classroom environment and offers ideas for seeking and obtaining support from administration to overcome stress and burnout.

Presenter:  Michelle Taylor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Session 2:  Cyber’s First Line of Defense: Preparing Our Students for the Workplace

Students will be faced with many cybersecurity considerations in the workplace. Phishing emails, data breaches exposing confidential information, and biometric authentication required to enter the office are becoming commonplace. This session highlights the many ways employees are responsible for the security of company information assets and emphasizes how educators can prepare students for this responsibility in the workplace. The presenters identify cybersecurity concerns, explain cybersecurity terminology, provide examples of common cyberattacks, and demonstrate hands-on activities for password creation, encryption, and coding. Educate your students and yourselves about cybersecurity awareness in the workplace.

Presenters: Karen Arlien, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND; Lynette Borjeson Painter, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

Session 3:  Teaching Your Students Professional Skills That Land Jobs to Pay Bills

Participants in this session will be reminded of the professional skills that are missing in today’s workforce. Students are graduating with technical skills but are lacking the professional skills that land them a job and a future career. This session addresses the “most desired” professional skills, including building workplace relationships, communication, problem solving/adaptability, conflict resolution/negotiation, work ethic and attitude. Participants should be prepared to be actively engaged in activities that reinforce professional skills.

Presenters: Jean Condon, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, NE; Kathleen McCune, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, NE

Session 4:  Utilizing Collaborative Activities in the Online Classroom

Research and surveys show that businesses want employees who can work collaboratively. As educators, we must provide our students with the skills needed to be effective on the job--which means we must teach them about teamwork. This can be challenging in the online classroom. This session focuses on best practices on how to implement collaborative activities in an online environment. The presenter provides tips for using discussion forums to foster genuine student engagement and discover how virtual presentations and group projects can encourage teamwork in online business classes. You will leave with tips that will make your student-to-student interaction much more effective!

Presenter: Sherrell Wheeler, New Mexico State University-Alamogordo, Alamogordo, NM


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
National Business Education Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
U.S. Chapter of the International Society for Business Education (ISBE) Business Meeting

Presiding: Michelle Taylor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS (ISBE President)


5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Association for Research in Business Education (ARBE) Business Meeting

Presiding: Cheryl Wiedmaier, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Little Rock, AR (ARBE President)


5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Technology Workshop

Workshop 9A: Create Video Content with Camtasia, Jing, and More! 

Presenter: Jessica Crabtree, Newton High School, Newton, KS; Kimberly Dhority, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, KS