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BusEd Bits – August 2017




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MN Marketing Business IT Educators Newsletter



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MBITE Fall Conference:
Back to Business

September 15, 2017

Friday Conference:  “Back to Business”
     Normandale Community College Partnership Center

*2017-18 membership is required to register for the conference.
Sessions added daily. Current sessions:

  • BreakoutEDU – Escape room for your classroom
  • Class Intercom – Class Intercom empowers students to be digital leaders, making social media easy for schools.
  • Witty Bucks – students are paid for the work that they do in groups and paid a commission based on their individual work
  • Generational Differences Among Educators –  How Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials Can Work Better Together.
  • Teen Startup Trainers – Curriculum designed to immerse teachers in the “Lean Startup” and “Design Thinking” approaches to entrepreneurship.
  • Business Frameworks
  • Advisory Committee 
  • Code Guy


Laura Dunham, Associate Dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas

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BusEd Bits is sent to MBITE members monthly during school year. Summer newsletters are shared with past and present MBITE members as a thank you for your past membership. Continue receiving the newsletter during the school year by becoming a member.
What can you expect in newsletters? 
  • Messages from President, Callon Siebenahler
  • Information from MN Dept. of Education Specialist, Dean Breuer
  • Lesson plans from MN teachers:  Upcoming lessons include Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Personal Finance, Budgeting, Word Processing, End of School Year Activities and much more
  • Online resources for your classroom
  • Information about staff development opportunities
  • Updates on Legislation
  • MBITE information

Meet the new MN Dept. Business & Marketing Education Specialist:  Dean Breuer
(w) 651-582-8603

My Background

My name is Dean Breuer, and I am fortunate to be working for the Minnesota Department of Education as the new Business and Marketing Education Specialist in the Office of Career and College Success.

Prior to joining MDE this summer, I worked in education for 27 years. I began my teaching career in Carrington, ND (Viking fans note—my very first student was former MN Viking Jim Kleinsasser!) for three years, and then continued with the Richfield Public Schools system for the last 24 years in a variety of roles: classroom teacher, track and football coach, district technology coordinator, DECA advisor, and Carl Perkins Grant coordinator. I have led professional development opportunities ranging from curriculum development and instructional strategies to technology integration and use of data.

I look forward to regular communications with MBITE to learn from the members of our organization and to keep you informed about new information from MDE. I will try to be available whenever you, your school CTE leaders, and/or your Perkins consortia leaders have questions…I am a phone call or a car ride away! I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer and are looking forward to the start of another great school year!


Online Resources Share

Many educators blog about some of the best classroom ideas, resources and educational technologies. This month’s highlight is The Corners”tone For Teachers” by Angela Watson. Ranked as one of the top blogs for teachers, Angela began blogging in 2003 and continues to provide valuable monthly posts.

This month, she targets going back to school teacher jitters. Whether you are a new teacher or experienced, her advice is inspiring.
Check out her blog and subscribe today.

Submit Blog to Highlight in Next Month’s Newsletter

How do you get your school year off to a good start? Looking for new ideas? Check out these resources for ideas:



2017-18 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.


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We are also looking for interesting facts or stories about MBITE or MBITE members. Email mbeionline@gmail.com to get your story in an upcoming edition of BusEd Bits.


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