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Over 2300 California Future Business Leaders of America (California FBLA) students from throughout California are attending the 67th annual CAFBLA State Leadership Conference in Sacramento this week. Competitions at the conference include a wide range of business technologies subjects, including: Mobile App Development, Cyber Security, Social Media Campaign, Website Design, and Entrepreneurship. Nearly 200 adults will be supporting the conference including judges from business and industries and classroom teachers who instruct and advise the students.

Gary Page, California FBLA State Chair, said: “Some of the smartest and best dressed students in the nation will be competing at the conference.” Backing this up with some facts, Page remarked: “Last year at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta our California FBLA Champions were called to the stage to accept 199 awards! 21 of those awards were for first place and 32 for second place.”

At the conference students can attend up to 18 workshop on topics like: How to Dress for Success; Networking for Success; Coding in Business; Developing a Personal Mission Statement; and College Prep & what to Expect. FranklinCovey staff will feature a workshop based on habit 2 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Lead with a Servant’s Heart!

I noticed an interesting blog the other day about change agents, and their motivations… Change happens because people care for others. I love this picture
and its advice:
Management change agent guru Ken Miller says: “The world needs change agents. Your organization needs change agents. You can be that change agent. Not for the glory or for advancement — you probably won’t get either. Not for admiration or even convenience — the path of a change agent can be lonely and often painful as you try to help others see what is possible, prepare for what is inevitable, and let go of what has sustained them thus far. Like great artists, change agents are usually only admired after they are gone.”

So why bother?

At the heart of his work, Kent Keith was pointing to a bigger motivation, something that today, 40 years later, seems like an old-fashioned notion and certainly not a phrase we use much anymore: brotherly love. As he said, “If you’re in it for other people, then helping them will give you satisfaction that having your name in lights could never compete with!”

Here are Ken’s 10 Commandments of Government:

  1. The reward for doing good work is more work. Do good work anyway.
  2. All the money you save being more efficient will get cut from your budget now and forever. Find efficiencies anyway.
  3. All the bold reforms you make will be undone by the next administration. Make bold reforms anyway.
  4. There is no time to think about improving what we do. Make time anyway.
  5. Employees may fight the change every step of the way. Involve them anyway.
  6. The future is unpredictable and largely out of your hands. Plan anyway.
  7. The press only cares when something goes wrong. Share your success stories anyway.
  8. Legal will never let you do it. Simplify it anyway.
  9. If you develop your people they will move on to better jobs. Train them anyway.
  10. Your ideas will at best make someone else look good and at worst get you ostracized by your co-workers. Share your ideas anyway.

Adopted from Ken Miller: The Paradoxical Commandments of Government

Business teachers who have students looking for an engaging way to develop and improve their Cyber Security skills should invite their student to participate in an upcoming CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The California Community Colleges Doing What Matters program has funding available to support the participation of middle school and high school teams.

Teams can be formed anytime during the school year and you don’t have to be a computer expert to lead your team. This program is for all students interested in developing leadership and organizational skills while learning what it takes to work as a cybersecurity professional.

What is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals in charge of managing the network of a small company. Click here to watch a brief video.

In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems, and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition, where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

How to Get Started:

For step-by-step instructions on how to start a CyberPatriot team any time of the year, visit the California CyberSecurity Education Center website. You’ll find a complete “Get Started” package which includes system requirements, competition details, training modules and much more.

For more information and to request assistance, contact the CyberPatroit team at: cyberpatriot@ict-dm.net.


The Napa County Office of Education California Career Pathways Trust Technical Assistance Project, in partnership with California Department of Education, recently announced free training for teachers and instructional coaches on the subject of integrated curriculum. Joy Soares, a Staff Development and Curriculum Specialist with Tulare County Office of Education, will provide the training. At the training participants will learn how to design and create curriculum that integrates the California State Standards Content, Practices, and Work Based Learning partnerships in several content areas to leverage the Career Pathway Structure.

High quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are responsive to changing economic demands and take steps to ensure that teachers and counselors are informed of new developments in their fields. Burning Glass Technologies earlier this year released a report called Blurred Lines that discusses how business and technology skills are merging to create high opportunity hybrid jobs. These hybrid jobs don’t necessarily fit the typical “job titles” used in workforce planning, but offer high pay for applicants that have particular digital skills. The roles covered in the report are in high demand by employers, pay well, and, importantly, are accessible with technical training less than a computer science degree.

Critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and adaptability are highly valued skills. When it comes to fostering those skills in the classroom, integrated curriculum can be an extremely effective approach, helping students develop multifaceted expertise to be ready for the world of work.

October 27, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fresno Pacific University 245 N. Plaza Drive Visalia

November 2, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hilton Oakland Airport 1 Hegenberger Road Oakland

November 4, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Yolo County Office of Education 1280 Santa Anita Court Woodland

January 10, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Edison 3126 North Glenrose Ave. Altadena

Register: HERE


One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies.

Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director for the Asia Society is asking for CTE educators to participate in and complete the pilot of a new Global CTE Professional Development Course.  The following information is from Heather and for teachers who may be interested in developing a greater understanding of the importance of global competencies.   

Going Global – CTE Pilot Information


The course consists of two online, interactive modules. The first module introduces the concept of global competence as well as project management and their importance to CTE. The second module demonstrates how to integrate these two concepts into what is already being taught in the classroom. There are various activities and readings to be completed as part of the course. An accompanying toolkit will provide additional resources including: sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, and crosswalks of global education and CTE standards, global career profile videos, talking points, and more. 


The modules can be watched from any computer at your own pace. Participants will be provided with a free log-in for the ACTE Core Community which will house the modules. Following completion of the pilot in December, the Asia Society will ask participants to provide feedback on the modules.

Time Commitment

The time commitment of pilot participation is approximately 10 hours to complete the full online course (two modules) plus approximately 1 additional hour to give feedback through an online survey. The Asia Society will conduct phone interviews with a select group of participants. If an educator is chosen for an additional phone interview, they will receive a small honorarium for their time.


The Asia Society anticipates the modules being online and ready for piloting beginning October 1. Participants should work to complete both modules by no later than November 30. 


The Asia Society will be offering educators the ability to earn CEUs through the University of Central Missouri – if interested, please indicate this when signing-up. We are also investigating the potential of offering badges through NOCTI. 


Educators should indicate their interest by sending the following information to Heather Singmaster, Assistant Director, Asia Society (hsingmaster@asiasociety.org) by Friday, August 26.

  • Name
  • School
  • State
  • Which CTE area do you focus on?
  • How familiar are you with global education? (Not at all, Somewhat, Teaching one project a year, Fully integrating it into my courses) 
  • Are you interested in earning CEU’s through your participation in this pilot?

Heather will follow-up in early September with further information and instructions on participation.