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BusEd Bits – August 2016

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MN Marketing Business IT Educators Newsletter

MBITE: “Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future”, Callon Siebenhaler Presidential Address

Welcome from your MBITE President, Callon Siebenahler. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as your MBITE President for the 2016-18 term. We have a great Executive Team that includes Past-President Jean Kyle, State Secretary Tara Hammill, and State Treasurer Thomas Houle. The Executive Team will work hard for business education. As your President, I will also represent MBITE on the MnACTE (Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education) Board.

I am proud to serve as President of an organization so rich in history. This year marks our 50th State Conference. Along with this historic moment, we embrace a new name and new Regional Structure. I am excited for the future of our great organization, especially one that embraces change. Our organization is strong because we can adapt, adjust, and lead.

As business and marketing educators we have many professional organizations to choose from. Please become a member in as many of these organizations as your budget will allow. Each of these organizations offers professional development opportunities to members.

 ACTE –Association for Career and Technical Education – www.acteonline.org/join.aspx
 MnACTE- Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education- membership is included with your MBITE membership
 NBEA – National Business Education Association – www.NBEA.org
 ISBE  – International Society for Business Education  – www.isbeusa.org

This is a really exciting time to be a CTE Teacher! Awareness and support for our programs are growing. A strong professional organization is critical if we want to continue the momentum. Please encourage your colleagues to join MBITE! Feel free to email me anytime with any comments, ideas, concerns, or questions.

Callon Siebenahler
MBITE State President
Kid President Pep-Talk for Teachers
Brign Kid President into your class with this Ted lesson on RESPECT.
BusEd Bits is sent to MBITE members every month. Beginning in spring and ending in August, we send the newsletter to past and present MBITE (MBEI) members as a thank you for your past membership. If you would like to continue to receive the newsletter during the 2016-17 school year, you may complete the membership form on the MBITE.org website. Become a member and encourage your colleagues to join too.

Online Resources Share

#1 Common Sense Media


Common Sense is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology. They have a large database of resources such as videos, lessons, etc. to use in your classes. The information is unbiased and can help teach the positive power of media and technology.

#2 MBITE Pinterest Page
MBITE Pinterest

MBITE has a new Pinterest page. Be sure to follow and send ideas to be added. Current boards include Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Get-To-Know Activities, Professional Development, Career Readiness, Personal Finance and Computer Apps.
(Thank you to all the members whose membership fees help provide resources such as this to all educators. Your support and membership is greatly appreciated.)
#3 Minions Help Explaining Classroom Rules

This would be a great video to bring into EdPuzzle to crop and add your own verbiage and even interactive questioning for your students.
Post-Secondary Institute Spotlight:  
North Hennepin Commnity College
Submitted by Anna Kniebel, FacultyProgram:  Business Computer Systems & Management
Our program combines essential business and management knowledge with extensive technology skills that are applicable to every industry and a broad range of jobs. Skills learned can be immediately applied at work, school, or home. The program includes the following degrees and certificates:


  • Business Computer Systems & Management A.S.
  • Business Computer Systems & Management A.A.S.
  • Business Communications Technology Essentials
  • Desktop Essentials Publishing
  • E-Commerce Essentials
  • E-Commerce Professional
  • Project Management Essentials
  • Microsoft Office Administrative Professional
  • Microsoft Office Essentials
  • Microsoft Office Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Microsoft Office Technical Professional
  • Web Graphic Design Programming and E-Commerce
  • Word Processing Essentials
Check out what students and graduates have to say about our programs!
Call the NHCC Advisor for Careers: 763-424-0703
– More information may be found on Business Computer Systems and Management site.
Share information about your post-secondary program by completing the Post Secondary Institute Spotlight Form  today and be highlighted in upcoming publications.
How do you get your school year off to a good start? Looking for new ideas? Check out these resources for ideas:

2017 Membership Registration Open

Whether you’re involved in business education at the elementary, secondary, or post-secondary level or are a CTE educator in a field related such as graphics, careers, college prep, etc. there are many benefits that will greatly enhance your career. Educators in fields beyond Marketing, Business, and IT such as AVID, Art, FACS, and media specialists can all benefit from membership. Find more benefits and details on the MBITE website.

MBITE 50th Fall Conference:
Honoring our Past…Creating Our Future

October 13-14, 2016Thursday 50th Celebration: “Honoring Our Past”
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Friday Conference:  “Creating Our Future”
Normandale Community College Partnership Center

*2016-17 membership is required to register for the Fall 2016 Conference.
Join MBITE link
Conference Registration link

Board Resignations & Appointments

All good things come to an end, and we must say goodbye to some great educators who dedicated a lot of time to MBITE by serving on the board and being instrumental in many of the updates and progress made in recent years. Farewell and thank you to Troy Sagdalen for serving as our treasurer; Kevin Nolt for serving as our Legislative Representative and Diane Wiergeland.
We also have some brave new members who have joined us in continuing to provide value to all our members. Welcome to Tara Hammill, our elected Secretary and Thomas Houle, our newly elected Treasurer. We also have new members filling the newly created Region Representative positions including Jennifer

We also have 3 Regional Representatives elected onto the board for a 4 year term.Welcome to
Metro Rep:  DaNaw Klimek, Irondale High School
Central Rep:  Stephanie Burg, Alexandria Area High School
South Rep:  Stephanie Groh, Medford High School

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