Spring 2021

Message from the President

Dear PBEA Members:

In our last newsletter, we discussed how the pandemic has begun to change everything we are accustomed to in our everyday life. Now it is January 2021, and I am reflecting on how this past year has changed the way we educate our students and the many challenges that teachers and families are still facing. Zoom and Google Classroom has become our new best friends. PBEA was able to persevere and host our first ever virtual conference in November.

BCIT teachers have become more important than ever since all of America and the world had to adjust to new income levels, unemployment, foreclosures, and learning how to create a budget and save like never before. Many teachers are treading in unchartered territories since they have never been trained to teach remotely. The lack of technology for students was a huge problem. Safety and care are supposed to be at the forefront all the time in education. So, if virtually doing education is the way for us to protect everyone during this time, that is what we should be doing. People say, “Teachers aren’t working.” We all that know is not true, we are all working harder than ever.

As the pandemic progresses, teachers should receive support and education regarding work-life balance so that teacher burnout can be avoided. Roles and responsibilities should be clearly delineated, and mentors and administrators should support teachers.

So, as we start a new year of 2021, we have to look ahead at the blank slate in front of us and stay positive. Staying positive does not mean being happy all the time. It means that even on hard days, you know that better days are coming.

Stay well and safe.

Nancy Waters

PBEA President

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Our First Virtual Conference: A Recap!!

Our first virtual conference, themed, “BCIT-Can Help Lead in Times of Need” was a great success. The conference was held on Saturday November 14th via Zoom. Our first session began at 9 with our Keynote Speaker, Tammi Burke, Manager of Community Services Victims Resource Center. Her presentation, “Why We All Should Be Concerned about Human Trafficking with Teens”, was of great interest to many of our participants. One attendee commented, “I know very little about this topic, and didn't realize how much of this is happening in rural PA.”

After the keynote, attendees were given the choice of 3 Zoom Rooms:

The Future of Computer Science, by Lynn Hadley; Representative of CSTA (Computer Science Teacher Assoc.)

Attendee Comment: “This was the best session I attended. The reality and true value of the presentation was the knowledge of curriculum. Most personal finance curriculum is dated, this is very timely”

Save Early and Often: Time Value of Money and Retirement Planning, by Mike Olzanski, Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University

The Missing Semester 2 Financial Literacy Program, Eugene Natali Jr. and Jeff Davidek, Founders of Troutwood.com

Some comments regarding the Finance sessions: “I feel that he did a great job getting the information and investment advice across to us.”

All 3 early am workshops were attended well and the knowledge takeaway valued. After these sessions, attendees were given options to attend the following 3 Zoom sessions:

Skills Necessary to Succeed, Juli Miller, Vice President of Marketing, Johnson & Johnson

Attendee Comment: Passionate speaker…learned about several new resources and a personal branding statement.

Dealing with Cyber Security in Uncertain Times, Angel Kern, Penn State Harrisburg

Attendee Comment: Angel's knowledge on the subject was extensive and very helpful. This little-known branch of CS needs more attention.

Project Based Learning Theresa Finley Sigmund Weis School of Business Susquehanna University

Attendee comment: “The idea of carrying a concept through the entire semester was neat.”

WE feel that all who attended our first virtual conference felt it was a very worthwhile, and each attendee left with many new ideas to implement or discuss in their home districts.

Finally, thank you to Career Solutions Publishing for being our Gold Sponsor this year!

Their website is: https://careersolutionspublishing.com

As we move into 2021, we are all trying to look at the glass as half full, so our 2021 theme is “GOOD THINGS ARE ON THE HORIZON!” and we believe it 100%!!

All ACT 48 hours for the PBEA Fall conference have been processed for those attendees who provided their information. Confirmation emails were sent from IU17.


I am Nathaniel Newberry from Biglerville Pennsylvania, which is 10 minutes north of Gettysburg. I completed my undergraduate program at Bloomsburg University majoring in Finance and Economics. During my time at Bloomsburg University I was a four year starter for the Huskies wrestling team. I was awarded the PSAC Scholar-Athelete award all four years and won the PSAC wrestling tournament in the 2018-2019 season.

I eventually decided I wanted to be a teacher to give back to my community. Business education allows me to use both my business degrees and upbringing in entrepreneurship through my parents hardware store. I am completing my last semester of classes in the Business Education Graduate Program at Bloomsburg University. My final semester will consist of student teaching at Southern Columbia High School while coaching their middle school wrestling team.

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THEME: Good Things Are On The Horizon

Nov 18 – 19, 2021

PBEA 2021 Virtual Conference Registration Form TBA

Registration Must Be RECEIVED BY October 31, 2021

PBEA 2021 Conference Schedule At a Glance TBA

Congratulations New Board Members!!

Jane Brooker, Ph.D., MBA

Jane Brooker earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Business Education from Cedarville University, an M.B.A. from University of Findlay, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Workforce Education with an emphasis in Human Resource Development/Organization Development and Cooperative Education this May from Pennsylvania State University. Her research includes interpersonal competencies, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. Jane has over 20 years of teaching in K-12 business and technology classes. She has taught educational strategies and professional development to Career and Technology educators at Pennsylvania State University. Jane has taught freshman level classes of Introduction to Business and Foundations of Business; upper class Business Communications; Instructional Strategies, Field Experience and Business Education Seminar to Business Education majors; business internships; PACES class to students on academic probation; and was faculty advisor for a Learning Community for new freshman in the College of Business.

Stephanie J. Adam, M.S., D.B.A., SHRM-SCP

Dr. Stephanie J. Adam is an Associate Professor of Management, focusing on Human Resource Management, as well as the MBA Program Coordinator for California University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Mercyhurst University, her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from La Roche University and her Doctorate in Business Administration – Human Resource Management emphasis, from Northcentral University. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at Cal U in the fall of 2016, Dr. Adam taught for several universities both online and in person as an adjunct faculty member. She worked for seven years in Human Resources for a small manufacturing company in Western PA while attending graduate school prior to that. Her research interests include: innovation in MBA design, service learning, and small business-education alliances in the classroom.

Openings in the PBEA Board:


The responsibilities for this position include:

• Serve on the Executive Board and attend all meetings.

• Work with the Membership Chair in recruiting PBEA membership and maintaining an up-to date

directory of regional members.

• Submit an article, when appropriate, for publication in the PBEA Newsletter regional concerns or


• Solicit regional viewpoint of PBEA matters.

• Present regional viewpoint at PBEA board meetings.

• Attempt to hold and promote one regional meeting or workshop per year.

• Publish one Newsletter per year.


• Serve on the Executive Board and attend all meetings.

• Keep abreast of PA legal and licensure issues that affect PA BCIT teachers.

 Network with members of legislature to promote the Business Education profession

• Submit an article, when appropriate, for publication in the PBEA Newsletter regional concerns or


Benefits of serving…

Giving back to your profession

Expenses will be approved by the Executive Board and paid by PBEA for attending the Executive Board meetings and the conference if not reimbursable by other sources. This includes cost of hotel accommodations.

Expenses will be approved by the Executive Board and paid by PBEA for attending the Executive Board meetings and the conference if not reimbursable by other sources. • Publish one Newsletter per year.

Membership Update

The membership in PBEA is steadily increasing, even as we dive deeper into the new year. There are exciting opportunities planned for 2021 for all members in PBEA. Please continue to communicate to any colleagues in your building, or throughout Pennsylvania, the impact of Business Education and fantastic opportunities of joining PBEA. The organization continues to support all members and advocate for the field of Business Education. Renewal or joining can be completed on the PBEA website at http://pbea.info/become-a-member/. We thank you for your continued support.

PBEA Treasurer's Report

As of Tuesday January 5, 2021

Our current account balances are as follows: $30,796.38 in our Savings account and $910.66 in our checking account, for a total of $31,707.04. We have had limited transactions this fiscal year due to our offer of free membership during COVID. Notable bills paid include a renewal of our web hosting service ($263.76), liability insurance payment ($350.00), gift cards for Conference speakers ($70.00) and $750.00 paid to Nate Newberry, our Conference Scholarship recipient. We deposited $100.00 from a Conference sponsorship.

Michael Fry, Ed.D.

Treasurer, PBEA

Teacher Learning Tips

Carri Donmoyer

Teaching vocabulary? Make it a game! For each unit, gather a list of 24 or more vocabulary terms along with their definitions. Have students create a BINGO card in Microsoft Word or a Google Doc utilizing the table feature. Students then fill in the card with the terms from the chapter, giving themselves a free space, of course. Call out the definitions to the terms and give students the opportunity to share the correct term to the class so that all can “mark their cards”. Cards can be marked by bolding, underlining, highlighting, etc. After a student has a BINGO award a prize of your choice, such as an extra credit point. Have students clear cards of markings and play again! This is a great way to review prior to a test or you can play a game or two when you have a few extra minutes in a class period.

Scott Mehall

Although instructional interactions are essential, the process of providing students detailed, meaningful feedback on their work is equally important in the online environment. Confirmatory feedback allows a student to know that they did something correctly, while corrective feedback allows a student to understand what they did incorrectly, and how they can improve in the future. Most learning management systems have multiple tools for sharing feedback on student work.

Michael Fry

If you haven't tried Breakout rooms in Zoom, Google Meet, and other platforms, you should consider using this powerful tool to enhance your students' learning experiences while in virtual classes. Breakout rooms allow you to place students into separate virtual rooms to collaborate, or if alone, to provide a private space separated from the main room. In Zoom, Breakout rooms must be enabled in settings, and a quick Google search will reveal excellent tutorials to help you get started.

Adding breakout rooms to your repertoire will allow and promote collaboration. Students can be provided a discussion topic, separated to share ideas, then returned for discussion. Breakout rooms can also be implemented as a social outlet for students in these isolating times. When used as an individual space, an educator can talk with a student about academic performance, attendance, behaviors, or any issue that should be handled confidentially.

Of course there are concerns that may arise from unmonitored Breakout rooms. As we would do in the classroom, hosts have the ability to "drop in" at any time. Also, there is a messaging option. As Business Education professionals, we should be aware and discuss the importance of Digital Citizenship before initiating the rooms.

Breakout rooms are an untapped resource in the new world of distance learning. The tools are available to move beyond direct instruction and provide your students with meaningful experiences. Try Breakout rooms today!

Update on PA Certification to Teach Computer Science - Michael Fry

I participated in the first cohort of the PAsmart grant, which intends to expand computer science opportunities to all students in the Commonwealth. We received some information on certification that I thought would be valuable to pass along to fellow Business Education teachers. We basically have a 3 year window to become certified to teach 7-12 computer science courses and there are very restrictive exceptions if you do not pursue certification, which are outlined in the attached document. Please click on the link below to learn more.