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Chapter Advisor Professional Learning Series

Below is a series of content-rich professional development modules and corresponding materials to assist chapter advisors in incorporating DECA into their classrooms and strengthening their chapters. Advisors who complete and submit Evaluation Forms for three or more modules and their Advisor Profile Form before December 15 will receive:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Letter of Recognition to school principal

pdfAdvisor Profile Form
(to be submitted with module Evaluation Forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by December 15 for certification.

New Advisor Module: Be a Hero - New Advisor 101

DECA advisors are often the teachers who students remember long after graduating high school. Learn how you can be a hero in the eyes of your students by sharing the DECA experience with them through classroom instruction. Get an overview of DECA's structure, your role as an advisor, how to manage your chapter, DECA programs and how to gain support for your chapter. Discover resources that will help you integrate DECA into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

 


2016 MODULES

Module One: Chapter Communication Strategies

 

In order to have a successful chapter, you need to have a strong communications strategy that keeps all your constituents informed. Creating a strong social media presence will keep your members engaged and informed year around. In order to do so, you need to understand which of your social media platforms are performing properly and which need some extra work. It is also imperative that you identify your main audiences and understand the best communication avenues to reach these specific groups.

 

 

Module Two: Chapter Enhancement through Project Management

 

Reaching exceptional levels does not occur because of any one major initiative. It is built on a combination of little acts of excellence. Discover how to deliver projects and activities with intentional acts of planning, implementation, communication and evaluation to make the mission of DECA come to life for members.

 

 

 

 

Module Three: Flipping the Classroom with DECA

 

The concept of a flipped classroom has been around for a few years. The differentiated flipped classroom creates a learning environment with student structure, student responsibility, interaction between the instructor and students, and student engagement. Learn how to do what you do best, utilize activities from some of DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Programs and set the stage for a powerful classroom learning environment.

 

 

 

 

Module Four: Leveraging Your DECA Network

 

Are you in need of bite sized training tips for partnership development? Each one of us connects with existing and potential partners whether we realize it or not. Maybe you are unsure how to engage the diverse audience. Discover how to leverage your DECA network with school administrators, faculty, parents, district and state administrators, and business community. Leave with strategies for utilizing your DECA network to open doors to effective partnership development.

 

 

 

 

Module Five: Beyond the Stage

 

DECA continues to be a leader in supporting key educational initiatives through its comprehensive learning program, including competitive events. DECA’s Competitive Events Program directly supports Career Clusters®, National Curriculum Standards and 21st Century Skills. DECA advisors must be knowledgeable on these concepts to understand the framework of DECA’s Competitive Events Program and how it supports learning and achievement.

 

 

 

 

 


2015 MODULES

Module Two: Competitive Events Super Success System

DECA advisors often wonder how to create a comprehensive system to help members succeed in DECA's Competitive Events Program. This session is designed to lay the groundwork for you to create a customized system to help your chapter members succeed in competitive events. At the conclusion of this session, you'll leave with the tools necessary to formulate your chapter's plan.

Module Three: Chapter Strategy

Strategy is essential to any successful enterprise and entrepreneurial leader. How people, ideas and resources come together to achieve results for stakeholders is the key job of the DECA executive leader. Understanding the core elements of a successful DECA Chapter Strategy is the first step toward realizing the full potential of your chapter. And, the first step of strategy is understanding and believing in the importance of the mission.

Module Four: Lean Business Method

DECA’s Entrepreneurship Competitive Events are undergoing a major transformation. If you utilize DECA’s Entrepreneurship Events as part of your courses, you need to understand the changes and the rationale for the changes.  Learn how and why DECA is aligning entrepreneurship competitive events with the lean startup business model. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the lean startup business model and canvas, outlines of the entrepreneurship competitive events, and have the opportunity to begin planning how to integrate the entrepreneurship events and activities into their programs and courses.

Module Five: Diamond Fundraising

Just like businesses have financial growth plans, DECA chapters also need to create financial plans that support forecasted expenses, identify possible revenue sources, and diversifies access to financial resources. The module helps DECA advisors and chapter leaders develop a diversified fundraising model to support the chapter’s annual activities. 

Module Six: Let's Talk About DECA

Need to garner deeper support for DECA learning activities from your administration? This session helps campus administrators understand how DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program aligns with education initiatives and enriches the student learning environment. Packed with resources to share with prospective administrators such as the Let’s Talk About DECA video, presentation slideshow and promotional flyer, this content allows you to have conversations with existing and potential stakeholders.


2014 MODULES

Module One: Be a Hero - New Advisor 101

DECA advisors are often the teachers who students remember long after graduating high school. Learn how you can be a hero in the eyes of your students by sharing the DECA experience with them through classroom instruction. Get an overview of DECA's structure, your role as an advisor, how to manage your chapter, DECA programs and how to gain support for your chapter. Discover resources that will help you integrate DECA into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.

Module Two: DECA Can Be Your Best Friend

Demostrating how DECA supports key educational initiatives helps position our local programs as rigorous, relevant and essential to helping achieve the school's overall goals. Furthermore, this module helps DECA advisors enhance their instructional steategies through making connections to educational initiatives and best practice sharing.

Module Three: Engaging Every Member

Studies show that involvement in relevant student activities boosts academic performance, reduces dropout risks, builds social and emotional skills, sets students up to make better choices, reduces high risk behaviors and ultimately leads to college and career success. Activities such as DECA, that support the curriculum, provide students with the skills needed to make the successful transition to college and career. Actively engaging all students in DECA actviities in the classroom helps them connect learning with real-world applications.

Module Four: DECA Advocacy Tips

DECA advisors are responsible for determining best practices that provide opportunities to share DECA's mission and values. By discovering outreach possibilities in their own community that support DECA's vision, strategies to connect chapter goals to education and community activities will emerge. Advisors will become better prepared to provide outreach experiences as extended learning options for chapter members.

Module Five: Idea Generation Through Entrepreneurship

DECA's mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in multiple career clusters. Crucial steps in the preparation process include identifying trends in entrepreneurship, providing learning activities in entrepreneurship and utilizing creative instructional content. DECA's entrepreneurship-related competitive events and learning programs activities address trends in entrepreneurship while supporting effective learning through an entrepreneurship curriculum.

Module Six: Using Written Events as Major Course Projects

DECA advisors are first and foremost, classroom teachers. Learn how you can utilize DECA's written and prepared events as authentic learning experiences to help students learn and develop skills outlined in the curriculum. Get an overview of DECA's written and prepared competitive events, an introduction into project-based learning (PBL) and participate in guided activities to help you select competitive events that support your curriculum. Discover how DECA can support student learning and achievement while also motivating and engaging students.