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Quarterly News 2018

Director's Note
Feature Article: Key Takeaways from Annual Survey

Congrats to HSB Teacher Completers
Happenings at HSB Schools Across US

Welcome New Schools 

Director's Note
Lisa Berkey, Program Director

Administrators and teachers often ask me how they can see a High School of Business™ project in action. Of course, visiting a school is the best option. But sometimes that isn't an option, and so we're creating a video to allow all to look inside a classroom. Part of it stars the students in David Penwell's HSB program at Washington High in Washington Court House, Ohio. I recently spent half a day with them as our videographer captured the activities of their classroom. I'm still thinking about the sense of ownership and community I felt in that classroom. The students knew what they needed to accomplish on their current projects. They were proud of the results of past projects. And they respected their teacher, because he believed in them enough to let them take ownership. Project-based learning can seem like magic when observed like this. It isn't, of course. Mr. Penwell has worked hard to instill this culture.
At a recent conference, Scott Warren, Division Director at Southern Regional Education Board, provided an interesting analogy. "No one washes their rental car." In other words, it's hard to care about what we don't own. Project-based learning provides students with that ownership.
Thank you for your ownership of High School of Business at your school.


Key Takeaways from Annual Survey

The results are in from the most recent self study that all steering teams completed in spring of 2018. This data enables us to measure the impact of the program, identify areas for improvement, and share best practices. Below are some of the key findings from the 2017-18 survey. 

Key Data Points
  • 9.5: Average number of college credits HSB students have the opportunity to earn at a participating school.
  • 46% of participating schools have local agreements with 2-year colleges
  • 29% of participating schools have local agreements with 4-year universities
  • 6 national credit agreements are available to all HSB completers
  • 26% of schools recognize HSB courses with honors or weighted grading
  • 100% of HSB completers met their state’s requirements for ELA and Math
  • 93.5% of HSB completers met their state’s requirements in technical skills

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Congratulations to the High School of Business™ teachers who completed the full training sequence this year. These teachers have completed a minimum of six course trainings over 3+ years in business, economics, marketing, finance, management, and business strategies. Some have additionally completed two optional courses in leadership and wealth management*. See the full list of teachers here. (Fall 18 completers pictured above)


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Happenings at Schools Across the Country

See what schools are doing across the country in their HSB programs! HSB project-based learning gets students and schools out in their communities working with local businesses, sometimes even with other non-profits. See a recent highlight below. You can always find the latest HSB News on our website. It's a great place to find inspiration for your school's program.

Ohio School Connects High School of Business™ and Junior Achievement

New ventures need capital. Students at GlenOak High found a source for funds by pairing Junior Achievement with the senior-year High School of Business entrepreneurship project. The JA Company Program assists students in getting funding for their businesses.

Businesses opened by the students include a cell accessories retailer targeting both B2C and B2B customers; a company that repurposes cabinet doors to create unique serving trays and signs; and an artisanal business of decorative lighted glass bottles. Each company generated between $1300 and $3100 in sales. In addition, students who created the cell accessories business placed in JA's competition and received a cash prize.

Kudos to GlenOak Teacher Amanda deFays for aligning the programs to create a powerful combination of student learning!

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Welcome New Schools

MBA Research Welcomes New Schools Into High School of Business™

·         Advanced Technologies Academy (NV)

·         Benedictine High School (OH)

·         El Segundo High School (CA) – First HSB site in California!

·         Goose Creek Memorial High School (TX) – First HSB site in Texas!

·         Prairie View High School (CO)

·         Riverdale Ridge High School (CO)


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Other schools in your district interested in HSB? If more than one school participates, all schools in the district receive a 10% discount on their annual affiliation fees.

Eight Charges of the Steering Team

  1. Advise of current education needs for business professionals in the workplace 
  2. Mold the program to fit your community.
  3. Promote the program in the community.
  4. Promote the program in the school. 
  5. Bring real business into the classroom. 
  6. Find observational internship opportunities for students.
  7. Ensure that students graduate with more than a diploma.
  8. Support teachers!
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Lisa Berkey 
Program Director
614-486-6708, x-222

Stephanie King
Project Manager
614-486-6708, x-221
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