Finance and Business Services (FBS), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of FBS courses. By taking FBS-specific courses or through the development of integrated units from other Illinois CTE endorsement areas, students develop academic knowledge and technical skills for a lifetime of opportunities as productive and responsible citizens.
Source: Adapted from https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Business-Education.aspx
Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
At minimum, Illinois FBS focuses on the following areas:
- Career Development
- Digital Literacy
- Financial Procedures
- Information Systems/Technology
- International Business
- Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
- Principles of Management and Law
ILCTE Innovative Lessons
The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.
There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). Illinois FBS teachers may want to consider the examination of three-specific career clusters in the development of their program.
This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.
This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.
Business Management and Administration
This Career Cluster® is focused on careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.
Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.
Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations
Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/equity_plan.pdf#search=equity)
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What is a Program of Study?
According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:
- Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards;
- Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills;
- Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area;
- Progresses in content specificity;
- Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing; and
- Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.
FBS Course Matrix
The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
“Our mission at Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service.” – BPA Website
Mission Statement: “To assist local Chapters in the growth and development of DECA. To further develop a respect for education in marketing and management, this will contribute to occupational competence. To promote an understanding and appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship in our free competitive enterprise system.” – Illinois DECA Website
“The Future Business Leaders of America is a student organization for motivated students who want to have fun and grow as leaders.” – Illinois FBLA Website
State and National Associations
- Illinois Business Education Association
Illinois Business Education Association is a professional organization for Illinois business teachers of all levels. They serve these educations by promoting the profession, keeping them informed, providing them with special publications, communicating with affiliate organizations, encouraging membership, inviting membership of others, providing scholarships, promoting cooperation among Illinois business education youth organizations, and recognizing their accomplishments.
- National Business Education Association
“The National Business Education Association (NBEA) is the nation's leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business. NBEA is the leading association devoted to the recognition that business education competencies are essential for all individuals in today's fast-changing society.” – NBEA website
- Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education
- Association for Career and Technical Education
- Illinois State Board of Education CTE
Online Learning Resources
10 Tips for Teaching Online: Practical Advice from Instructors
With the right tools, some creativity and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online.
Adobe Rush App
This tool is available for the PC, IOS, and Android. Gives the user capability to create fantastic videos that have been edited. Free use of the tool with three exports is available. Otherwise it costs $9.99 / month.
Career Exploration Program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment. The results are used to guide career exploration using their career planning tools.
Design anything in minutes with thousands of beautiful templates and images. The “basic” plan is FREE. It offers 250K+ free templates, 200K+ free photos and elements and 1000+ fonts. There are 100+ design types for social media posts, presentations and more! The “pro” plan costs $9.95 per month and offers more templates, photos & elements than the basic plan.
Career Pathways Virtual Trailheads
To support students work based learning experiences during e-learning and while in school, the P-20 Network has created a series of videos which feature people from a wide range of occupations. These videos will allow students to learn different occupations within the various career pathway endorsement areas, gain knowledge about workplace skills, and receive advice from these professionals.
The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. There are 6 career clusters that can be explored. Arts & Humanities, Business & Information Systems, Engineering & Technology Services, Health Services, Nature & Agricultural Sciences, and Human & Public Services.
Doceri Interactive Whiteboard
Doceri does it all! Control your lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through your Mac, PC or Ipad. Annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint or present your original Doceri project. Great for student projects, too. CREATE hand-written or hand drawn Doceri projects on your iPad, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline.
EDpuzzle is an incredibly-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. Use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you'd rather record and upload your own video, go for it! EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!
Welcome to the future of technical education! Our e-learning platform reimagines the ways technical students learn and retain information. Electude’s learning modules utilize gamification principles and highly interactive resources, including animations and simulations, to create a discovery-based environment that keeps students engaged throughout their training. With programs in light vehicles, heavy vehicles and systems technologies, Electude offers a highly adaptable platform that performs equally well in the classroom, in the shop or at home.
Is a free Enneagram personality test will show you which of the 9 personality types suit you best. See how you score for all 9 Enneagram types, and understand where you fit in the Enneagram personality system. It only takes 10 minutes online and is FREE. The report is immediate.
Everfi is a platform for creating community impact that’s customizable, measurable, inspiring, and easy. It offers Workplace Training, Financial Education, Higher Education and Community Engagement modules.
The project Financial Literacy Through Public Libraries is aiming to increase the level of financial literacy of adults through new approach and by using the huge potential of public libraries as non-formal educators and lifelong training institutions. Project consortium is formed by four organizations from four countries in Central and Eastern Europe - Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania. Two of the partners are libraries, while the other two are foundations working with public libraries networks on national levels.
Flipgrid is an easy-to-use social learning, video making website that allows educators and students to make video clips. A teacher can create a grid or a series of grids that asks students to discuss topics or questions. The teacher can set the requirements of the responses to the subject, which could include time limits, attachments, video, pictures, and several other settings. For educators it’s FREE!
Google Classroom is a FREE web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students
If you plan to implement Google Classroom as a distant learning platform, this is a great resource for your students that provides basic information on the various tools Google Classroom provides.
Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers
This document is a great resource for teachers that would like to learn the basics of Google Classroom for distant learning.
Google Meet and Livestream Directions
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser (you will need to use Google Chrome), share your video, desktop, and presentations with students. The linked document is a great step-by-step direction sheet for students learning how to do Google Meet Livestream for school.
High School Financial Planning Program offers FREE comprehensive personal finance curriculum.
HyperDocs are Google Docs that are self-contained lessons or units. The idea has taken hold in modern education. They contain questions, with links to videos, infographics, websites, or other resources to help the students discover new information. Other uses for hyperdocs can be building an extended lesson or unit. They can also be used for substitute teacher plans, video or podcast playlists, learning centers or stations. student-made HyperDocs.
IDEA is dedicated to being the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all. We strive to offer and promote innovative practices to the educational community. We believe learning can be enhanced using technology.
Resources are available to assist you in offering Claim Your Future® to your students. It has games for students.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms! Sign up for FREE for the basic plan or $36 per year for the pro plan.
Know it All
Know it all features a wide assortment of over 8,600 media assets, for pre K-12. The content has been optimized for tablets and mobile devices for one-to-one learning. As of May 15, 2020, you will find approximately: 4821 videos, 1333 audio files, 286 photo galleries and 1781 photos, 79 interactives, 62 teacher resources, and much more! It covers career education, English Language Arts, Health Education, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts and World Languages.
Say it with video! The expressiveness of video with the convenience of messaging and it’s FREE.
Communicate more effectively wherever you work with Loom.
Make is an online community of people all across the globe that “make” things. This site would be a good resource for students and teachers who are looking for makerspace-type of projects. Some existing projects could be completed at home with minimal tools and materials, while others require sophisticated technology.
Mentimeter is a cloud-based solution that allows you to engage and interact with your students in real-time. It is a polling tool wherein you can set the questions and your students can give their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the internet.
Minecraft Education Edition
Educators visiting the Minecraft: Education Edition community site will find existing lesson plans on pixel art, grid paper to plan student work, and even a Minecraft world set up as a blank canvas for students to engage in creative expression. These materials are distributed to the students, and the crafting begins. There is a cost for this education edition.
Ycaert provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career & Technical Education instruction. It not only allows access to a complete selection of instructional components, but also serves as a classroom organizational and management tool. Once on the MyCAERT website, in the upper right-hand corner will be a YELLOW box labeled questions. Enter your information into the question box to request access.
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. You can upload tech-enhanced materials or customize over 7,500 pre-made, standards-aligned lessons for all K-12 subjects. Students complete assignments independently while you gain insights into students’ understanding with post-session reports. Easily integrates with your LMS (i.e. Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology and more).
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) champions effective financial education. NEFE encourages better understanding of personal finance by identifying and promoting in-depth exploration of financial issues of concern to the public.
virtually connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. Nepris also provides a skills-based volunteering platform for organizations to extend education outreach, and build their brand among the future workforce.
Next Generation Personal Finance - this site is free. It contains 9 wk, semester, and full year curriculum for middle and high school.
A tool that sets up accounts for students that are private. Cost for a teacher $12 /month. Teachers may post assignments and students can create work and post their assignment work back to the teacher. Teacher is in full control of the student and parent access.
This is a sidebar to add to Google Slides. It allows a teacher to be in presentation mode and then be able to communicate with students by giving a formative assessment, creating custom questions, adding audio to a slide, and active dashboard to watch each student's reaction to material presented. Pricing free, $150/yr, custom for district. Web site has the options available for pricing listed.
This tool indicates it wants to change the mindset of reading from a solitary task to a more group oriented task. It wants to make reading fun and make sure students come to class prepared. This site does have some free options.
This web-based tool is supplied and supported by the University of Colorado. The sites supports full STEM activities covering Physics, Chemistry, Math, Earth Science, Biology. The site has 158 interactive simulations and 2300 teacher submitted lessons. The Physics section has complete simulations for Ohm’s law for electricity and magnetism. This is a free cloud based tool.
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT), created by the Right Question Institute, helpsall peoplecreate, work with, and use their own questions — building skills for lifelong learning, self-advocacy, and democratic action.
Free quiz tool. Can be used on any device. For in class and online uses. Never grade a quiz again. Web site even has quizzes built for different subject areas, even CTE.
Allows teachers to create or use existing study material. The tool tracks students progress through the material. Great online tool and also classroom tool. 30 day free trial, otherwise $35.99 /year
The is a simulation to help students understand the cost of living. By understanding what costs they incur may help them decide what type of career to pursue. A manual for $35 or a CD for $50, or both for $75 is available.
A complete Learning Management System (LMS) that integrates with many other educational tools. A free one teacher offer is available. For a district wide package more investigation would be required for pricing.
Video recording service that allows teachers to record their screen and webcam simultaneously. User-friendly. No download required. Video can be published immediately. Free version. Premium versions for schools available with many price variations.
Google Chrome extension. Allows teachers to record their voice, screen, and even has drawing tools. Teachers can record lessons, assignment solutions, and verbal student feedback. Free version allows up to a 5 minute video. Premium version is $29 per person. Can get a special school quote.
Visualize your ideas for FREE. The joy of drawing by hand. The ease of super-smart 3D modeling software. Hundreds of professionally developed at your fingertips.
An instant student-response tool that allows teachers to engage students with simple polls and quizzes. Free for one classroom group. Paid plans available.
Spin the Wheel random picker
Interactive tool that allows the teacher to make a decision at random. It has three modes: random picking, random, accumulation. Free.
Create surveys online for free. Unlimited online surveys. It is an easy & powerful tool.
Many free resources to support the Common Core and to meet 21st Century Skills, including assessment and rubrics, virtual field trips, and internet safety.
Free, cloud-based simulation tool. It has all the equipment of an electronic workbench. Meters, Oscilloscope, Function Generator, Power Supplies, Batteries, etc,. This tool is very helpful in understanding how to wire circuits (analog and digital) on a breadboard. This tool also allows building circuits to interface to Arduino and coding the Arduino to perform a simulation.
Understand who you really are! Powerful, scientifically validated personality tests to help you group and find you way in life. Also includes a career profiler.
Allows users to run other types of platforms other than what is on their computer. Ideal when teaching different operating systems.
Vocab Test.com offers the eager student ready to learn, free vocabulary tests, which are the best way to boost your verbal skills
Wheel of Names
You can make your own wheel of names. It can be a fun way to assign group projects. Spinning the wheel can identify the group’s members!
Large library of videos that can be used as supplemental instruction. Can also upload their own videos. Free.
Online platform to host meetings, webinars, conference rooms, chat, and phone system. Free version.
If you are using Zoom for classroom meetings, this is a useful resource for everyone to review before partaking in an online meeting.
Interactive textbook for STEM classes. Must contact company for prices. Can get free demo.
The following documents and links have been publicly shared online
Accounting Ethics Project
This project gives the students a list of famous accounting scandals. Students will research all about a specific scandal and combine their findings in a paper or PowerPoint presentation.
Buying a Computer Project
This project has the students research various options to a computer when looking to buy one. Answers will be recorded in a Google Doc and then compiled into a Google Presentation.
Create a new OREO package
Students will create a new flavor and design a new OREO package.The package must be appealing and obvious on who the target market is.
Company Research Project and Display
Students will choose one company to research. They will look at marketing strategies, target markets, competitors, pricing strategies, etc. Students will create a visual presentation.
Contract Writing - Having a Child
This project provides several different scenarios on people expanding their family. Students must write a contract must include religion, background, and discipline.
Disney Park Expansion Project
Students will choose a country where Disney does not already have an amusement park. The final product must include a map, overall country profile, and detailed explanations on what is in the park.
Dream Car Project
This project has the students find a car online and then do a cost analysis on the vehicle. Then the students will research four other cars and graph a cost comparison in Excel.
Illinois Teacher Licensure
Illinois offers three different Educator Licenses with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Career and Technical Education programs provide instruction for occupations in Agricultural Education; Business, Marketing and Computer Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; Health Science Technology; and Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial).(Click here for more information)
Illinois Teacher Job Bank
Search the Illinois Teacher Job Bank for your next career move (Click here for more information)
Keyboarding Technique Outline
In this worksheet, students will read three different articles and fill in the provided outline about keyboarding technique.
This worksheet has the students come up with an educational goal and then takes them through the SMART steps to ensure that the goal is obtained.
Vacation Budget Project
Students will utilize Excel to research and compare various vacation destinations. They will record their data and create charts in Excel.
Skills2Succeed Academy (Click Here)
This website is a free, highly interactive online training program. It helps learners build the skills and confidence they need to make smart career choices and find and succeed in employment. (Click Here!)
A nationwide business educators Facebook page to collaborate and share ideas.
Illinois State University Business Educators
“The Business Teacher Education major at Illinois State University combines the solid foundation of a business degree with preparation of teachers in business, marketing and computers. We recently added a non-license online M.S. in Business Education.”
Illinois Business Education Association
Illinois Business Education Association Facebook page posts news updates and the latest trends in the business classroom.