High School of Business

Steering Team e-News

2nd Quarter, 2018

Director's Note
Securing Local Credit Agreements
Celebrate your Students!
Digital Badges for All HSB Final Exams
Inside the Classroom: Learning Center
Thank you!
Recognizing Students at DECA & FBLA

Reminder: Self-Study Due Soon 
Happenings at HSB Schools Across US

Director's Note
Lisa Berkey, Director of Benchmark Programs

Thank you for supporting students at your school! This e-newsletter is designed to help you build the best HSB program for your students. We have many resources available to you for doing so. In this issue, we'll highlight several of them, including an informational folder to share with post-secondary partners. Use this tool to help you explain the program and use as precedent the long list of other colleges offering credit for HSB courses. For a look inside the classroom, check out a demo video of the interactive MBA Learning Center that HSB teachers and students use regularly. And, as inspiration for continually improving your school's HSB program, we post great ideas from HSB schools on our website. (I'm sure you're doing great things, too. Send us an article and we'll showcase it!) Thanks again, and please reach out if we can help in any way.

College Credit: Securing Local Credit Agreements

Did you know that over 80% of schools participating in High School of Business™ have local college credit agreements? There are many benefits to students, teachers, and schools using a national curriculum. One benefit is existing local credit agreements to use as conversation starters with colleges and universities. As a resource, you can request to receive our post-secondary information folder to use when meeting with your local colleges. It includes the following: list of existing HSB local and national agreements, HSB Report Card with data on post-program outcomes, HSB Program Overview for Post-Secondary Institutions, Program-Wide Learning Outcomes, and Learning Outcomes by Course. To request the post-secondary folder, email Stephanie King at

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Ideas for Celebrating Your Students

Your students work hard all year. Celebrate them, the teachers, and the program with an annual event. Ideas from other schools: dinner and awards night for students and parents; an after-school BBQ for the students; a field trip to a university, business, or even a major business hub such as NYC or Chicago. Have students graduating? Consider providing honor cords to be worn at graduation. Does your school already host an annual awards night? Be sure High School of Business students are recognized as a part of it. Make sure steering team members are there to present the awards. It can mean even more coming from business professionals or university faculty or staff.

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New! Digital Badges for all HSB Final Exams 

MBA Research is excited to announce that digital badges will now be awarded to students scoring a 70 or above on HSB final exams. With these badges, students can showcase their achievement on digital portfolios, LinkedIn, etc. Each badge is linked to a website that lists the learning outcomes (ex., Principles of Business) mastered by the badge holder. Future employers, college admissions reps, and others can easily see a list of the knowledge your students have mastered. Gaining in popularity with employers and educators, digital badges are available at no cost to HSB students or schools. It's another perk of High School of Business™.

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HSB News Highlights

Check out 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. Two recent highlights below:
Mountain Range High School of Business Students - Pies for Pediatric Hospice: The Mountain Range High School of Business™ students partnered with local businesses and raised $15,247.01 for children receiving pediatric hospice care from The Butterfly Program.

Disney Program Enriches Business Courses: In the Disney Youth Education Series, "Disney's Approach to Leadership & Teamwork," Nevada-based students practiced overcoming obstacles by working as a team and thinking creatively to develop solutions. Teacher Tom Anders said they "also learned  Walt Disney's leadership strategies and how to apply them to achieve stronger collaboration skills, increase confidence, and set a course for success.

You can always find the latest HSB News on our website. It's a great place to find inspiration for your school's program.


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Reminder: Self-study and Improvement Plan
Remember to schedule time to complete your school's self-study and improvement planning survey. Armed with this data, you’ll be able to (1) focus your steering team on the work that is the most valuable for your students, and (2) prove and promote the value of your program to educators, parents, and other stakeholders. Here at MBA Research, we use the aggregate data to make improvements for the good of all HSB students.

Here is the link to your survey:

Due Date: June 15, 2018. 

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Inside the HSB Classroom: MBA Learning Center Video

As students work through business-focused projects, they learn new content through a variety of resources. One of those resources is the MBA Learning Center, a learning management system created just for business administration educators. The Learning Center is loaded with interactive instructional modules, each focused on a learning standard that ties to the project. Students can access these online anytime, anywhere. This new video (3 minutes) provides a peek inside this valuable tool.


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Thank you!

We know that the students and teachers at your school appreciate your work. We'd like to join them in thanking you for your invaluable help in building a strong High School of Business program in your community. Your work is making a difference in the lives of the students now and in the future.

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Recognizing Students at National Competitions

MBA Research staff is looking forward to meeting High School of Business students who have advanced to national competition with their DECA or FBLA chapters. We know that HSB prepares these students to shine as they compete in hundreds of business and marketing-focused competitive events. We'll have an exhibit at both conferences, and encourage students to stop by to meet us and pick up a token of our congratulations for their hard work.

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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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Program Contacts:
Lisa Berkey 
Director of Benchmark Programs
614-486-6708, x-222

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