Arizona Business Education Association

Arizona Business Education Association

For up to date information find us on the web at azbea.org. We're also on Twitter at AZBUSEDUCATION. A page for all Arizona Business Educators.

All levels are invited to follow us; middle level, high school, and post secondary.

11/01/2021

We hope to see you there!

Photos from Arizona Business Education Association's post 11/01/2021
04/29/2021

SAVE THE DATE!!! 📆 WBEA 2022 Conference-February 17-21, 2022

Please let educators and those you believe would be interested know about the conference next year! This can be achieved by forwarding information through your list-serves, requesting your program directors at the state level to share, or even asking CTSO state offices to help share the upcoming conference with their adviser lists.

Check out our website for updates: www.wbea2022.com

07/08/2020

FREE mini 2 day virtual conference for Business and Marketing Education and Communication Media Tech teachers to be held July 14-15, 2020 via Microsoft TEAMS meeting links that will be provided once registered to attend. If you haven’t registered and saved your seat, please do so right away. Space is limited to the first 300 registered. The registration deadline is this Friday, July 10, 2020.

This conference offers 11 professional development hours with over 40 workshops to choose from. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to earn a FREE program certification in MOS, ACA, Quickbooks, or MTA currently on the 2020-2021 Comprehensive CTE Program Credentials List (A-F, AZ Incentive Fund, CTED).

*Find Professional Development calendars here. https://www.azed.gov/cte/pd/.

*Find program and registration information here. https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=5ee8f46003e2b31a4023d40e

01/12/2020

Congratulations to Bill Babyar, Wickenburg teacher and member of ABEA for being recognized as the 2019 Educator of the Year by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.

Photos from Arizona Business Education Association's post 02/17/2019

We had a fun time at the Biosphere 2 today! What a great activity.

Photos from Arizona Business Education Association's post 02/15/2019

Welcome to the 2019 WBEA Conference! We had a great start to the day.

Timeline photos 10/22/2018

Everyone needs a little motivation on a Monday. Don't forget about the WBEA Conference coming up in February! This will be a great way to work together as a team to create an amazing business conference.

Timeline photos 09/28/2018

FBLA Arizona is very excited to announce that they have a new service partner: Canyon State Credit Union! This service project ,called "Caring for Kids," encourages chapters to donate diapers for children in need. Check out the flyer for more information to get involved!

Timeline photos 09/25/2018

There are still plenty of open spaces for the WBEA conference.You can even save $75 when you register before December 7th!

09/14/2018

Registration is still open to attend the WBEA/ABEA Conference February 14-18th. Make sure you sign up today!

08/22/2018

Want to make a presentation at the WBEA/ABEA conference? Here's your chance, click the link on the ABEA/WBEA website!

08/20/2018

TLC is this Friday! Teachers, make sure you sign up, you won't want to miss this years preparation for classroom success!

08/13/2018

Follow all of our social media outlets to keep up on updates and information about the upcoming conference.

08/09/2018

The 2019 WBEA conference website is now live! Check it out at
wbeaconference2019.org

08/08/2018

TLC is just 2 weeks away!
Don't forget to join Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Arizona Business Education Association (ABEA) for the 7th Annual Teacher Leadership Conference August 24-25! Registration is only $290.
Register Now!! https://fblaarizona.wufoo.com/forms/q1lf2pu80yiqivc/

Untitled album 07/24/2018
WBEA 07/18/2018

Congratulations to our very own Chris Liebelt-Garcia, the newly elected WBEA President for 2018-2019. She will represent Arizona and the Western Region well! http://www.wbea.info/

WBEA

07/11/2018

Just for fun...

Just in case someone forgot!

07/08/2018

Hard to believe.

Home 07/03/2018

The Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) summer conference is July 13-18, 2018. Have you registered? Be a hero to your students. Attend, network, and learn. http://arizonactecon.com/

Home A Special Message to our Attendees There are numerous views of what a hero is, Christopher Reeve said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” While I believe …

National Leadership Conference (NLC) - FBLA-PBL 06/29/2018

Good luck to all the Arizona FBLA chapters at Nationals: http://www.fbla-pbl.org/conferences/nlc/

National Leadership Conference (NLC) - FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conferences take place each summer for both FBLA and PBL. Students compete in national academic competitions, after advancing from their state finals. Winners receive recognition and cash awards during the Awards of Excellence ceremony. The conference also includes leadership wor...

The Council for Economic Education is pleased to offer free professional development webinars for teachers nationwide. The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in the classroom and create a fun... 06/15/2018

The Council for Economic Education has some terrific webinars this summer. Check them out: https://www.councilforeconed.org/webinars/

The Council for Economic Education is pleased to offer free professional development webinars for teachers nationwide. The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in the classroom and create a fun... The Council for Economic Education is pleased to offer free professional development webinars for teachers nationwide. The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in the classroom and create a fun learning experience for your students.

06/02/2018
05/27/2018

Teachers and parents should be aware of a new item on Snapchat.

Home - TVT Documentary 05/01/2018

Home - TVT Documentary Low pay, burdensome requirements and a lack of respect for the profession are driving teachers from classrooms across the United States and nowhere is that impact more evident than in Tucson, Ariz., where teacher vacancies are at an all-time high. Arizona teachers work an average of 64 hours a week....

04/25/2018

Saw this post today, very well said about the movement...

“Since the teacher walk out was announced, I’ve seen a lot of people react with anger. The common argument is that teachers knew what their contracts were when they signed them, and they should honor that. There is a valid point in there, and I think it deserves an answer.

First, a little background on teaching contracts. Depending on the district, teachers receive their contracts anywhere from January to the end of April for the following school year. I signed my 2017-2018 contract in April of 2017. My contract does state that the contract year may be adjusted if school year days need to be adjusted (which is happening this year). My contract, like most districts, has language that warns your pay may be less than what you are signing for depending on legislative action.

So I sign my contract in April of 2017. Then we are told we are receiving a 1% raise. My district, like many others, paid this out as a one time stipend that was taxed as a bonus in December 2017. I got a couple hundred dollars. It was enough to buy an extra gift for my own kids, so that was nice. In June 2017, well after my signed contract was due back, I get news that all insurance plans through the district are increasing 9% this year, much like it has the past several years. A 1% “raise” with a 9% hike in insurance premiums doesn’t help me to keep up with the cost of living.

All of this and teachers are still in the classroom.

Despite knowing that they are walking into overcrowded, underfunded classrooms in which they will have to provide most of the needed supplies themselves, teachers get to work in July. Because yes, we do start working before the kids show up. Just like we keep working after they leave.

Despite knowing that Arizona ranks 48th in teacher to student ratio and 50th in counselor to student ratio, teachers get to work. Despite knowing that Arizona is one of the only states still cutting from education despite a growing economy and that we are all being left behind by the state, teachers get to work.

The population of Arizona has exploded, and the number of children under the age of 18 has grown 23% in the last 10 years, yet we spend almost 15% less on education than we did 10 years ago, forcing existing funding to be spread even thinner. Yet teachers get to work.

Knowing the pay is grim and the overall funding is even more dire, the teachers get to work. And the year goes on and some things happen.

Arizona Prop 301 is at stake. Though it eventually gets renewed, it takes a fight to get that done. A fight that takes its toll on already burned out teachers. And they know that Prop 301 isn’t enough. It keeps some of the money flowing in that is owed from previous cuts, but doesn’t restore funding to the levels it should be. We know if Prop 301 had been expanded to add a ONE CENT sales tax increase, more than a BILLION dollars could be added yearly, having a significant positive impact on our students and classrooms, but the state refuses to consider the idea.

The school vouchers program continues to drain millions of dollars from public schools and educators have to fight to allow Prop 305 to be presented to voters. This is still at stake. We know if this goes through, more money will be averted from public schools to for-profit private schools. And we just can’t afford to lose that money. We are already running on virtual fumes.

In March 2018, a federal judge rules Prop 123 - an ill-advised prop that was never thought to be a solution, but was the only bone we were ever going to be thrown - illegal. That will likely cost schools $344 million. Now we’re back to being behind again.

All this time we are watching as the public repeats their favorite mantra, “If you don’t like it, leave!” And we watch as our colleagues, defeated and disenchanted, do just that. They have to be able to provide for their own families and we don’t blame them. But it leaves us more stretched thin and with extra work. 60,000 students in our state now lack a permanent, certified teacher.

“So what? Just replace them!” Governor Ducey tried to do that by lowering the bar to become a teacher, dropping many of the requirements to obtain a certification to teach in the state of Arizona. That did little to nothing to solve the teacher shortage that is now dubbed a crisis by national news. The enrollment in education programs has dropped and the graduates from Arizona universities are leaving the state in record numbers, because they can go to a neighboring state and make tens of thousands of dollars more than they can here. And maybe, they can get a little respect, too.

We listen as the public claims we are mere part time employees, though every study that has been done shows that teachers work more hours per year than traditional employees, we do not get paid days off, we do not get paid for summers, and our retirement plans are not simply gifted to us - we pay into our own retirement plans. We are called selfish and every ill of society is laid at our feet. We are simultaneously told to fix everything and that we are worth nothing. We are simultaneously told that we are expendable but that we can’t “abandon” our children by not showing up to school.

Parkland, Florida. Another school shooting fills the headlines for weeks at a time. Teachers are often at the center of this. Teachers are held to the fire for not doing enough to prevent these tragedies, but told they don’t deserve any of the funding necessary to better address the social-emotional needs of students. Millions are willing to march to eliminate Constitutional rights, but nobody wants to discuss the connection between lack of resources in schools and the violence that takes place within those same schools. Did I mention that Arizona has the worst counselor to student ratio in the entire nation??

Statistics are updated and show that Arizona spends approximately $20,000 more per year per inmate than per student. I begin to wonder what that means statistically for my students. We are 6th in the nation for highest incarceration rates and last for education. It’s no secret that Arizona has made a business of making incarceration extremely profitable. I should not have to wonder if my students are statistically more likely to go to prison than to college (a fact that I haven’t looked up on purpose, because I have faith they WILL be the good in this world).

“But teachers were offered a raise and they didn’t take it! They are selfish selfish selfish creatures and don’t deserve my support anymore!” Ducey’s proposal was not only non-sustainable, but planned to take $2 million from the developmentally disabled and $8 million from universities. This, while over $16 billion per year goes uncollected from corporations who enjoy tax cuts and favors in this state. There is a better way. And that way has to protect the long-term educational experience for students.

Today’s students have no idea what a fully funded education looks like. They have no idea that they should have had more. They don’t know anything other than rotating doors of subs in buildings that are moldy and full of bugs, with textbooks that state George W. Bush is our current president, with crumbling infrastructure. They don’t know better. But we do.

Teachers stayed in the classroom. They stayed for the children. They stayed because of contracts. But now the contracts cannot outweigh the good of the children.

Now teachers are walking out of the classroom. They walk out for the children.”

Written by: Brittany Fletcher

02/23/2018
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