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BMIT - News and Updates

Week of November 21


Cindy Shannon, Missouri DECA State Advisor, joined us on November 7.

Daniel Klote, administrative assistant, joined us on November 10.


The MBEA Fall Conference was held in Fulton on November 10-11. Thank you to all that attended. (DESE Update)

Week of October 31

50/50 UPDATE

If you have submitted an FV2 for 50/50 reimbursement, those have not yet been processed. I apologize for the delay and any inconvenience. I hope to get those processed for December payment. Please continue to be patient as we work on getting our two vacant positions filled. 

There is still 50/50 money left!

Required forms:

FV4: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/dac_forms/MO5001304.pdf
Program Information Form: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/dac_forms/MO5003069.pdf

Week of October 3


Please be advised that Lori Niekamp's last name is now her maiden name, Brewer. Send emails to [email protected]

Week of September 26


Solve problems with imagination and technology!

What do you need to do? Register at http://hackedkc.orgFee is $10 for early bird, $15 after October 9th

What to expect? Groups form, come up with a problem to solve, lots of food, professionals to support you, some nerf wars and other fun. 

What to bring? Computer, comfortable clothes, and water bottle (to fill) and be well rested.

Who can come? Any 9-12 grader student.  With a group or not.  Groups form at the beginning.

Be a professional mentor? Need volunteers to mentor the participants.  Register to be a mentor!

Donate/Sponsor? Still looking for financial sponsors and food providers (reduced cost or donated)

Any questions: [email protected]


We will be hosting a Webinar on October 13, 2016 from 10:00 AM PST to 11:00AM PST that will provide an overview of the Orientation to IT Professionals Course (Pilot) and a Q&A Session. Our Presenters will be Justin Valentino and John Sands from Moraine Valley Community College.

URL to Register: http://tinyurl.com/OrientationtoITProfessionals

Course Description:

The information technology industry employs over 6 million individuals across a range of industries, from manufacturing, banking and finance, transportation, healthcare and education. The information technology career sector is projected to continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the world economy. 

Week of August 27


The 2016-2017 BMIT Resource Book is now available. Visit https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/bmit-bmit-resource-book.pdf and bookmark for future reference. I’ve added some new material!

Week of August 22


In order to post to and receive emails from the MBEA and MCEA listserv, you must be a member of the related professional organization. After September 15, all non-members will be deleted from each respective listserv. 

MBEA MEMBERSHIP FORM: http://mbea.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/8/4/7784750/mbea_membership_form.pdf

MCEA MEMBERSHIP FORM: http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/bmit-mcea-membership-form_0.pdf


The BMIT section is losing a valued staff member and friend. Chrissy Bashore will assume her duties as Assistant Director in the Guidance section here at DESE on Monday, August 29th. Tammy Stains, Marketing Supervisor, will assume Chrissy’s duties once her current position (Marketing Supervisor/DECA State Advisor) is filled.

The Marketing Supervisor/DECA State Advisor position will soon be posted. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to apply. The position will not be filled until I find the a highly qualified and experienced candidate as it is the most important role for MO DECA, State Advisor. Once the job is posted, I will send it on the listserv.

Please send all communication in regards to 50/50 (FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE), MCEA, PD workshops, Collegiate DECA and mentoring to [email protected] until further notice.

Week of August 8


For the first time, the Department is honoring Regional Teachers of the Year, allowing the state to recognize more outstanding teachers as part of the Missouri Teacher of the Year program. Thirty-one teachers are being honored in their regions. They are now eligible for the state teacher of the year award. Congratulations goes to our very own business teacher, Lesley Martin, from Staley High School.

Week of August 1


BMIT News & Updates

Find the latest news and announcements at http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-ed-programs/business-.... All communications sent on the listserv are posted on this page. Don’t forget to bookmark!

MOBUSED AND MARKCOOPED LISTSERVE (**You cannot post to these. You can only receive emails from BMIT Staff.)

Join the mobused or markcooped listserv to receive pertinent information regarding professional development opportunities, CTSO related information and much more.  You do NOT have to be a member of MCEA or MBEA to join this listserv.  You cannot post to this listserv. You can only receive information from the BMIT section.

Subscribe to MOBUSED: lists.more.net/mailman/listinfo/mbea

Subscribe to MARKCOOPED: http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-ed-programs/business-.... (DECA specific information is disseminated on this listserv)

MBEA Listserv

The MBEA listserv is one of the best resources Missouri business teachers have to network with other professionals.
It offers business teachers the opportunity to share ideas, information and questions relating to business education curriculum. It is a monitored electronic discussion list with owner subscription approval required.

Subscribe to listserv at http://lists.more.net/mailman/listinfo/mbea.
Post to listserve [email protected].

MEMBERSHIP: In order to subscribe to the business listserv, you must be a member of the Missouri Business Education Association (MBEA). Special exceptions of subscription will not be made. Membership form: (http://mbea.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/8/4/7784750/mbea_membership_form.pdf)

MCEA Listserv

Don’t miss out on one of the best resources Missouri marketing teachers have to network with other professionals. The purpose of the Marketing and Cooperative Educators listserv is to provide a place to exchange ideas, ask questions, get help, stay up-to-date on DECA information, conferences and deadlines and to keep in touch.

Subscribe to listserv at http://lists.more.net/mailman/listinfo/mcea.
Post to listserv [email protected].

MEMBERSHIP: In order to subscribe to the marketing listserv, you must be a member of the Marketing and Cooperative Education Association (MCEA). Special exceptions of subscription will not be made. Membership form: http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/bmit-mcea-membership-form_0.pdf. 

* Both the business and marketing discussion lists have an ARCHIVE feature. This feature allows you to search previous postings by entering a keyword or phrase. Visit http://lists.more.net/archives/mo-bused/ to utilize this feature.


The Career Education Mentoring Program will be offered for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The Career Education Mentoring Program is a one-year program that will assist new educators (protégés) in addressing the challenges and responsibilities of his or her specific program areas by providing a mentor from another school district who is experienced in the same program area.

To assist us in planning for the upcoming year of mentoring activities, we would like your help in identifying new secondary career education teachers. A new teacher is defined as a first-year teacher, an experienced teacher teaching in a career education program area for the first time, or a teacher returning to a career education program area after an absence of five years or more.

To assist your district with expenses for your protégé’s participation in the program, a $200 grant will be provided. The grant can be used to assist with the protégé’s travel as well as the cost of a substitute when the protégé may be out of the building attending a mentoring meeting. The $200 grant will be paid to the district through the monthly payment system once the protégé has successfully completed the program. It is then the obligation of the district to reimburse the protégé the amount they deem appropriate.

Please complete a protégé application if you or someone you know would like to participate in the Career Education Mentoring Program. You may access the form at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/mentoring-protege-application-fy15.pdf. Please email the completed form to [email protected] no later than Aug. 12, 2016.

Upon receipt of the protégé application, a mentor will be assigned. All mentoring program participants for the upcoming school year will receive a letter announcing the date and location

of their fall meeting and their team member’s name and school in late August. The mentor application can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/mentoring-mentor-application-fy15-8-22-14_0.pdf.

Please note there are two REQUIRED MEETINGS – The first meeting is set for October 24. 


The following presentation was shared at the MoACTE Summer Conference. Thank you to all MBEA and MCEA members who attended! You are appreciated. 

Week of July 18


Found at: http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/dac_forms/MO5003069.pdf
Section: APPROVED CTE COURSES TAUGHT BY REQUESTING TEACHER (courses taught this school year)

Please note that the “Three Year Average Class Room Enrollment” figure cannot exceed the highest class enrollment figure.  We are receiving forms that show that the average three year enrollment at 50, 117, 150, etc. per course. This simply is not possible. 


You taught five credits (5 different classes) of Computer Apps  all year long during the 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.
Enrollment in each class during the 2016 school year was: 24, 16, 20, 23, 25 (AVERAGE: 21.6)
Enrollment in each class during the 2015 school year was: 12, 10, 22, 23, 28 (AVERAGE: 19)
Enrollment in each class during the 2014 school year was: 20, 23, 20, 26, 18 (AVERAGE: 21.4)

Please double check your forms now and resend to [email protected] with “REVISED 50/50 INFORMATION FORM” in the subject line.

Please refer to page 40 of the BMIT Resource Book should you need further clarification. The BMIT RB can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/bmit-bmit-resource-book.pdf.