At a recent leadership retreat,
members of my school’s leadership team focused on
defining our school culture and to fine-tune our
We have been working on this revision for
many months. After
many hours of hard work and collaboration, our
message is clear, our vision is focused, and we have
arrived at a way to communicate that vision, those
values, and our mission in clear, concise terms that
can be understood by faculty, staff, parents and
Through this process, my thoughts
began to focus on our profession …Business &
Information Technology...and how we prepare students
for their careers and for success in life.
I began to think…what is our vision?
Are we clear in how we see ourselves in this
process as educators, mentors, advisers,
our students, business partners, and parents see our
mission and what we are focused on?
We are poised to make great strides in
the evolving landscape of education in
Virginia….the direction is slowly moving away from
focusing on SOL tests, accumulating AP course
credits, and assessment based on memorization of
to the expert panels studying how to improve
education in the nation, there should be a movement
towards project based learning and preparing
students for life skills.
This is nothing new for Business and
Information Technology teachers!
We have been doing this for years…and doing
it well! Our
students excel in careers, they are financially
aware, and they assume positions of leadership early
in their high school careers and never stop
earn wages and academic credit while participating
in our cooperative internship programs.
They network with business professionals,
educators, and fellow students at the high school
and collegiate levels.
They are moving forward at an astounding
It is important that we not only
vocalize and publish our mission and vision for the
future, but also to lead by example.
As we gear up for FBLA and PBL this Fall,
please take a moment to renew your professional
are fortunate to have an active and strong
membership in Virginia, but it can be better…be
stronger…more visible and vocal.
We receive incredible support from Virginia
DOE and CTE Resource Center, but are we sure all
teachers know about these resources?
We have an abundance of career switchers and
new teachers who may be a one-teacher department in
Virginia teachers are represented by
not one but three teachers as part of the SBEA
Board, with Robin Albrecht serving as President this
year, Dana Dingell as Vice President, and Janet
Kreider as Treasurer.
Virginia has one of the larger NBEA
membership rolls, and many of our Virginia teachers
actively participate in a variety of roles within
is one of the leading states in NBHS chapters
enabling our students to become active in a national
Honor Society. Virginia
ACTE is vital in advocating for Business education,
Perkins funding, and program development and
success is earned with hard work and dedication by
members actively participating.
Our voice is only made stronger by active
participation by ALL teachers, retired
professionals, and students!
We need ALL Virginia Business and Information
Technology teachers to be active members.
Please take a moment to encourage a
colleague to join VBEA and all professional
first year VBEA membership is FREE for all new
teachers….they might not know it and it’s up to
all of us to encourage and support them.
At this year’s conference, we met over 30
first time attendees…and I can tell you the future
Let’s keep the momentum going….join
sure your school has 100% membership.
There is strength in numbers….our vision is
clear, but we need everyone to actively participate
in advancing our program and helping our students to
excel in their futures.
As you start the school year, your regional
representatives (see contact list below) will be
contacting you with membership opportunities … and
maybe even a prize or two.
As your Membership chair, please feel free to
contact me anytime with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
and to send in those 100% Membership forms.
Please make sure you are included on the
ListServ and to follow us on Facebook.
Let’s make this school year a great one!
Dana Turner Dingell,
VBEA Vice President and Membership Chair