Session Descriptions for 2017

90th OBTA/NCBEA Conference
The Columbus State Conference Center
The Center for Workforce Development
315 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Friday, September 29, 2017


Breakout Sessions

The Conference Committee is proud to offer the following breakout sessions at this year’s conference. Our expert speakers are excited to provide quality learning sessions.  We look forward to seeing you in September!


Lessons Learned: MBA High School of Business

Lisa Berkey
MBA Research

Lessons learned from the High School of Business™ initiative.  This unique, upscale program, now in its tenth year, is designed specifically for high school students who plan a college business major.  With six one-semester required courses, an emphasis on project-based learning, and in-depth professional development, the program continues to grow in popularity across the nation.  Learn what drives the success of this program and how teachers have addressed challenges along the way.

Businesses Demand Ethical Leadership:  Opportunities in Business Education

Brenda Clark
MBA Research

Research suggests that businesses are increasingly looking for evidence of ethical decision-making at all levels of leadership in the organization.  Helping students of all ages learn to identify and analyze ethical issues is challenging, reaching far beyond what can be accomplished in

an “ethics unit.”  A winning strategy for business programs, high school and college, is the integration of ethical decision-making throughout the student’s entire program of study.  Supported by a grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund, the not-for-profit MBA Research and Curriculum Center has developed an extensive series of curricula and instructional tools to support integration across the secondary business curriculum.  Many have application in college programs, as well.  All are available at no cost to local schools.

Engaging Businesses, Nonprofits and Alumni to Enrich Student Experiential Learning Opportunities

Julie Harding
Marietta College

Are your students engaged in critical thinking and regularly stepping outside their comfort zone? Are they connecting with business professionals and gaining confidence in business interactions? This session will explore unique ways in which you can use experiential learning to help students develop in all these ways and more.

A Resurrected Woman: Career & Educational Preparation of the African American Female Veteran via Mentorship

Venita Thomas, M.A., M.Ed.
Vocation Career & Educational Consulting

The presenter will examine and introduce the reality of underemployment among African American female veterans and the transitional breech from military to civilian career life that occurs among those that have served our country by protecting our land against all enemies foreign and domestic. This problem is important to all of us because of additional secondary causes that underemployment has on our communities, cities, states and country; governmental support, economic growth and disparities’ in healthcare.

Organizing your Classroom using Google Classroom and Google Drive

Robert O’Donnell
Glen Oak High School

This workshop will demonstrate how you can organize your classroom using google classroom and google drive. I used these programs this past year and was extremely happy with how organized my classroom was this year. You will learn how to create assignments, classroom announcements, record grades and add attachment documents the students need to use to complete assignments.

Engaging the Student in an Active Classroom

Jonathan Krabill
Columbus State Community College

Activating technology in the classroom does not have a one program fits all answer.  This session will introduce and demonstrate several ways Business Programs at CSCC has accomplished the task of technology differentiation.

Making Sense of the Legislative Climate

Kelli Diemer
ACTE Business Education VP

Get the latest on the federal funding and Perkins re-authorization so you can advocate for Career and Technical Education and Business Education.  Key policy issues, federal budget and tools for advocacy will be covered in this session.

Adding Variety to Your Accounting Instruction

Tina Trumbower
Waunakee High School

Are you looking for activities to add interest and diversify your accounting course?  Activities will be shared including case studies, critical thinking activities, career and college readiness projects, and formative assessments.  Online resource options will also be covered.  Time will be available for attendees to share their best practices.

Student Success Outside the Classroom – Creating a Student Financial Wellness Program at a Community College

Jack Popovich
Columbus State Community College

We all know that college students have a difficult time being successful in the classroom if they are struggling outside the classroom.  One area of struggle is student finances.  Come hear how a faculty member started a student financial wellness program to help students in this arena.

Playing Around With Thinking Styles

Lydia Gilmore, Ph.D.
Columbus State Community College

Diverse thinking styles exist in classrooms, and educators are expected to speak the language of each style.  But what are these styles and how do teachers speak to each one?  In this interactive presentation, thinking styles, based on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, will be experienced and explained using games.

Leadership in Professional Organizations in 2017 — Building the Next Generation of Leaders

Matt White
Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School

This round table session provides attendees the opportunity to learn more about leadership and growth opportunities within their professional organization. Attendees will hear from members of the North Central Business Education Association Administrative Board and learn more about building the next generation of leaders in professional organizations today.

5 Ways to Leave Your Lecture!

Charla S. Fraley
Columbus State Community College

Get yourself free of lecture! Make a new plan!  We love PowerPoints and lecture. Stepping away from our comfort zone is hard! Class chaos is “learning in action” as long as it’s well-structured with purpose.  Learn 5 techniques to drop off the PowerPoint keys and give learning back to students.

Can Educators Enhance Critical Thinking and Learning in the Classroom by Sharing the Podium With the Students?

Dr. Anita Shome
Hiram College

The author was not able to compete with the high-resolution cell phones of students. Research on alternate teaching styles led to Professor Mazur who encouraged students to discuss lessons with each other. The process was replicated in his classroom and the result was encouraging.