BE A HERO
You know what DECA can do for your students,
so how do you do it better?
Your excitement and involvement as an advisor will create excitement with your students!
SO, HOW DO YOU GO FROM THIS:
IT STARTS WITH YOU, THE ADVISOR!
sO, WHAT''S IN YOUR DECA TOOLBOX?
for your program, students, and DECA
Talk to people. Invite them to your functions, conferences and competitive events. Start or rekindle an advisory committee. Don't go through the motions, really USE business partners to strengthen your program. Get your parents involved. Know what's going on with education in general. Common Core. 21st Century Skills. Know what is happening with CTE in your state and on the federal level. Promote your students in the news, to your fellow educators, administrators, school board members, and legislators. SHOW YOUR WORTH!!
2. COMMUNITY SERVICE
be good, do good
Make it count in your community. Get involved. Find solutions to problems. Don't just pick up trash or collect cans. You have the best students!! Drug education. MDA. Breast cancer awareness. Support our troops. Mentor youth in leadership. Take on the bullies. Homelessness. Random acts of kindness. Pay it forward. We have a responsibility to teach our students that they have an obligation to do good for the community where they grew into fine young adults. Dare to dream big. Your students will almost always amaze you!
good work ain't cheap
If you must do catalogs, sell useful quality products. Brainstorm with students. Search the net. Look to your elementary schools and other organizations that sell. Restaurant nights. Host community events, i.e. middle school dance, teacher basketball game, concert. Consession events. Coffee bar or ice cream day. Sponsorships and ad space. Talent shows. Use your business partners!! And FV4 funds, as well as grant opportunities. Think outside of the box!
4. MEMBERSHIP AND RECRUITMENT
give students what they want,
they will do the rest!
YOUR EXCITEMENT IS CONTAGIOUS! Respect your kids and show them that you care. Travel with them. Bring them to DECA conferences! The majority of the students with you on this trip WILL be back for state in March!
5. COMPETITIVE EVENTS
practice, baby steps, practice
**DECA tests. Practice! Get practice exams and give them in little chunks. Review right AND wrong answers with students.
** DECA role plays. Practice! Get role play scenarios and do in whole group and small groups. Bring in your business partners to help. Have students create their own with performance indicators and always REVIEW the evaluation sheet for each role play and help students see the connection.
** Written events. Review winning projects. Read the guidelines 10 times. Break the project down into baby steps. Small sections. Read the finished product 10 times and then ask three other people too, including an English teacher. Follow the guidelines, even if you don't want to. Spell check. Have business partners read them for accuracy and feasibility.
**Speaking. Practice. Use PV Legs. Have students present to administrators, business partners and in class. Practice. Do not read note cards. Know the project inside and out. Practice. Then practice some more. Show this video. Laugh with your kids, and then practice some more!
6. MARKETING EDUCATION CURRICULUM
creating problem solvers for the 21st century
I know, I know. If I ever see a marketing functions cereal box again I will be ill. But the thing is, it's only old to us....not to your students. If you need fresh, it's out there. Have students help create and teach the lesson. Ask your friends! (look around, you have a ton of them!) Check out the limitless resources online....Jeff MaCauley is a good friend and a great marketing teacher! Utah always has great stuff...and Nebraska. Make sure you are on the listserve! We are MARKETING TEACHERS FOR PETE'S SAKE! DECA Inc sells great materials, that BTW, will help your TSA scores. And make sure, whatever you are creating, you align to CCSS and 21st Century. My friend Shane did that already for us with ALL DECA materials (a big thank you to my friend Shane!). Check out the crosswalk on DECA Direct!