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ABEA is a professional association for business and marketing educators at the middle, secondary, and post-secondary levels. The purpose of ABEA is to promote quality education in all phases of business and to encourage professional growth and cooperative interaction among all individuals involved in this field of education.
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For Your Calendar
Alabama Business Education Association Conference
February 6-7 (Birmingham, AL)
National Business Education Association Annual Convention
March 31-April 4 (Chicago, IL)
FBLA State Leadership Conference
April 16-17 (Birmingham, AL)
PBL State Leadership Conference
April 17-18 (Birmingham, AL)
PBL National Leadership Conference
June 24-27 (Chicago, IL)
FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29 - July 2 (Chicago, IL)
Southern Business Education Association Annual Convention
October 21 - 25 (Kingsport, TN)
Read SBEA President Dr. Geana Mitchell's message to ABEA.
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Chat with other business educators
Are you on Twitter? If so, join business educators from all over as we discuss issues and share ideas related to business education. It's a great way to connect with other business educators, and you're guaranteed to learn something new. (And if you're not on Twitter, create an account and join one of the newest forms of PD!)
The #BusEdu chat is held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7PM CST. Visit the chat archive page to learn more. See you there!
Vestavia Hills High School
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Bachelor in Business Administration
Master of Science in Postsecondary Ed-Instructional Technology
Master of Science in Instructional Leadership
National Board Certified Teacher
Years in Profession: 13 years in education, 10 years in industry
Vestavia Hills High School
Why She Loves ABEA:
Networking with teachers. Business teachers are the best!
How She's Served ABEA/NBEA:
Audit Committee ABEA 2015
ABEA Presenter 2015
Presenter, NBEA 2014
A Piece of Advice She'd Give a Brand New Business Educator:
Collaborate and work together with the Business Education and Career Tech team at your school. Our ideas are more effective when we brainstorm with others. The Business Ed department at my school is the best! Lauren Miller is the lead teacher on NBHS and our Career Prep interview day. Pam Hickman leads FBLA competitive events and MOS certifications and Morgan Palmer is our in-house graphic artist. Morgan designs brochures, postcards, notecards and fliers. Chris Wood coordinates baking cookies for our FBLA Otis Spunkmeyer cookie sale. I enjoy working with this team and can’t imagine how difficult my job would be without them.
What She Enjoys Outside of Teaching:
Running, riding my Harley, reading, and spending time with my family.
ABEA 2015 Conference Sponsors
Many thanks to our 2015 conference sponsors:
Evening with the Experts Guests
We are thrilled to have the following panel join us Friday evening, February 6, for our Evening with the Experts event.
ABEA Fall 2014 Newsletter + #ABEA2015 Info
Greetings from the ABEA Board:
Get ready for an exciting time as we announce details of this year's 50th anniversary conference. There will be a variety of sessions on everything from 3D printing in the business classroom to updates from the State Department of Education. You'll also get a chance to hear from an incredible keynote speaker who is ready to help you build something pretty incredible of your own. Details inside the Fall 2014 newsletter!
Also in the newsletter you'll find
Be sure to bring your laptop or smart device to #ABEA2015 and register early (by January 23) for the best price! We cannot wait to see you there!
If you have questions, please contact Judy Kehr, president, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to register for #ABEA2015.
ABEA members earn Teacher of the Year honors at regional conference
Drs. Geana Mitchell (left) and Elisha Wohleb (right) were selected as this year's Teachers of the Year at the SBEA Annual Convention in Little Rock. Dr. Mitchell was recognized as the Postsecondary TOY for her work at Bevill State Community College. Dr. Wohleb was recognized as the Collegiate TOY for her work at Auburn University.
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Credit for Prior Learning - The Fast Track to College Credit
Dave Laton, Assistant Director of CTE
Ted Davis, Curriculum Development Specialist
Alabama Community College System
Department of Postsecondary Education
Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development Division
The Alabama Community College System recently developed a process by which prospective college students may receive credit for
life experiences and other non-traditional sources of knowledge and skills that equal those gained through a traditional college classroom.
This program is known as, “Prior Learning Assessment” or PLA.
Non-traditional sources of knowledge and skills include learning environments such as on-the-job training, military training, professional development seminars, volunteerism, experience in-field, and many other potential experiences. PLA relies heavily on aligning learning gained through experience with outcomes found in traditional courses of higher education.
Colleges in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) havethe prerogative to accept transfer credit that has been determined to be acceptable for application to its programs. When making that determination, the college documents that the credit awarded represents collegiate coursework relevant to the associated program in scope, depth, and time consistent with course content and level of instruction. Student competencies must be at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the college’s own programs of instruction, and with coursework taught by faculty members qualified to teach at the appropriate level.
The process includes students presenting evidence that they possess knowledge and skills in an area for which they are interested. A qualified evaluator for that area will review all documentation to determine if further assessments are needed or to recommend award of credit for courses that match the experience and knowledge of the student. If more assessments are needed then the evaluator will schedule the assessments and provide feedback to the student. Students should contact the college they wish to attend to determine the exact procedure for starting the assessment process. Up to 25% of a program of study can be awarded through this
PLA applies only to technically based courses and is not used for academic transfer courses. Credit awarded through nontraditional means for academic transfer courses may be awarded by examination or nationally recognized guidelines (AP, CLEP, ACT/PEP, DSST, Challenge Exams, ACE PONSI/CREDIT, ACE/MILITARY) or through other statewide programs identified by the Department of Postsecondary Education.
For more information on Prior Learning Assessment, please go to the Alabama Community College System web page.