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BusEd Bits – May 2016

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MN Marketing Business IT Educators Newsletter

President, Jean Kyle’s Final Address

1966 – 2016, what has fifty years of business education in Minnesota been like and what will the next 50 years hold? Those are the thoughts that are on my mind as I reflect on the past two years that I have had the honor and privilege to serve as president of the business educators of Minnesota. Thank you to you, MBITE members, for your support for business education and for your trust in the MBITE board as we have embarked on some fundamental changes to the structure of our organization this past year.

It has been a truly wonderful experience and incredible chance for me to learn. I have had the opportunity to work closely with an officer team and board that have given generously of their time and talents. Thank you does not seem like enough to recognize how these members have gone the “extra mile” for the benefit of the organization. The work that we have accomplished together has advanced business education. The efforts by MBITE to recognize and address the many changes in technology and education that have an impact on our profession has set MBITE firmly on the path to embrace the future and change with the times.

A huge thank you to all who served on the board 2014 – 2016, and special thanks to our outgoing Treasurer, Troy Sagdalen and Secretary, Leah Lencowski. Your service to MBITE is recognized and all members benefitted from your dedication and service. To our next President, Callon Siebenahler, best wishes for a productive and engaging two years in your leadership role. You have the support and talents of a wonderful group of business educators who will be with you every step of the way.

The friendships made, the collegial professional support and the memories of so many shared events will always be dear to me. As I move into a different role in MBITE, I thank each of you for all that you have done to make my term successful. I know that MBITE will continue to strengthen and grow with the leadership of your elected officers, your board and through the commitment of such exceptional members.
Best regards,
Jean M. Kyle
MBITE President 2014 – 2016

“I thought I’d just let you know that I have decided to retire this year on May 13, 2016. I’ve been at Ridgewater since 1987 which means I’ve been teaching there for 29 years. I’ve enjoyed getting to know MBITE members from around the state and have always enjoyed attending the state conferences as well. The Boomers are retiring and making room for the Millennials to fill our spaces in the workforce. I plan to spend a couple months in the winter down in Florida (I’ve already decided that), and will create a website for my husband’s business. I’ve always wanted to take violin lessons and may do some writing, so there will be plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. Feel free to pass this info on to others in the organization!”

~Verdell Stengel

Dear Graduates:  A Message From Kid President
BusEd Bits is sent to MBITE members every month. In the spring, 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.orgwebsite. Become a 2017 member and encourage your colleagues to join too.

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.

NEW:  Job Posting Form

Be sure to send information about job openings in your school or surrounding area to be posted on the MBITE Job Posting page.

REMINDER:  Scholarship Forms

Remind your past students who are pursuing business education to apply for the Post-secondary scholarship.

Encourage your seniors going to 2-year or 4-year schools for a business degree to check out the secondary MBITE scholarship.

Online Resource Share:


This portion of the newsletter has been dedicated to ideas to bring into your classroom all year. This month, it’s taking a bit of a twist. Time to dedicate an article to YOU. You’ve packed up the supplies and said your farewells to your students. Now what? Hannah Hudson suggestions.
Summer Professional Development:  Workshop on Technology Integration

Teachers – join us this summer to learn new teaching strategies

BestPrep’s Technology Integration Workshop is the perfect staff development for any teacher looking to learn new skills, gain confidence in using technology and see the workplaces where their students may work one day.

K-12 teachers will create a unit plan loaded with activities and new teaching strategies. Technology Integration Specialist guide teachers through the process of applying lessons learned in breakout and keynote sessions. Additionally, each teacher will participate in a half-day job shadow, giving them the chance to answer the often asked question, “When will my students use this information?”

“I loved the keynote speakers and so many choices for breakouts it was hard to choose. I am so impressed and will encourage other teachers to attend next year.” –2015 Participant

Online registration is now open; http://bestprep.org/tiwapp.  Contact Bonnie Vagasky at 763-233-6330 or bvagasky@bestprep.org for more information.

NEW: Post-Secondary Institute Spotlight:

Next year, we would like to offer a section of the newsletter to our post-secondary members. This section will be a spotlight on your programs and offerings at your institution. Share information for our students or if you have graduate programs for our teachers. Fill out the Post Secondary Institute Spotlight Form  today and be highlighted in upcoming publications.
MBITE Award Nominations

It’s that time of year. Time to assess the last paper, post the last grade and say farewell to your students for the summer. It’s also time to recognize your seniors. Take time to help them celebrate with prom, awards sessions and graduation ceremonies. We encourage you to also take time to recognize a student who is moving on and pursuing the business field. More than just your students, take this time to reflect on your peers in the MBITE field who may deserve an award. Don’t forget to take care of yourself too! It only takes a few minutes to make nominate on the MBITE Awards Forms. Nominate deserving individuals today.

MN Legislative Update

Republican state representative is holding state employee union contracts hostage to bring Wisconsin-style Right to Work policies to Minnesota.

Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, inserted policies that would weaken the voice of public workers into HF3585. The bill is supposed to be a vehicle for legislators to ratify collective bargaining agreements for four state-employee groups that represent about 30,000 workers.

The Republican-led House has proposed $50 million in new education spending; the DFL-led Senate, about $100 million. Both the House and Senate education finance bills include much-needed initiatives to help recruit teachers.

Teacher Retirement & New Hires
It’s always hard to say goodbye to those that have dedicated so many years to teaching in our field. Don’t let the retirements in your school or surrounding area go unnoticed. Maybe your school or a school in your area is welcoming a new teacher. Either way, please take a couple minutes to fill out this short
Teacher Recognition Form so we can recognize those deserving a fond farewell or an appropriate welcome.
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