On August 17, 2017, IBEA was notified that we were randomly selected to be audited for our professional development activities during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Part of the audit process requires that we submit not only a list of the names of those who received PDs, but we must also include your Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) as part of the documentation we maintain.

IBEA would like to recognize the following award winners from the 2016 IBEA Fall Conference.

Distinguished Service Award - Dr. Tina Dierkes

Post Secondary Teacher of the Year - Heidi Eaton

Secondary Teacher of the Year - Betsy (Mehlberg) Westergreen

The IBEA awards listed below had no recipients this year:

  • Professional Recognition
  • Supervisor/Administrator of the Year
  • Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding New Professional
  • Friend of IBEA
  • Research
  • Writers' Hall of Fame

Please consider nominating a deserving individual for our annual awards. Information can be found here: IBEA Professional Awards Program


IBEA awards scholarships each year to those enrolled in business education programs at colleges or universities in the State of Illinois. The $5,000 Dora J. Beattie Undergraduate Scholarship Winners for 2017 are: Jean Cornell, Brandan Oates, and Carson Spengler

IBEA awards conference scholarships for students attending the fall conference. The $200 award helps students with expenses to attend the conference. The Dora J. Beattie Conference Scholarship Award Winners for 2017 are: Amanda German and Brandan Oates

For pictures and more in-depth biographical information, check out the Latest News section. In order to access the Latest News section, you must be a current IBEA member. If you are not an IBEA member, you may join online here.

Handouts from the 2017 IBEA Fall Conference have been posted to the website. There are still several presenters that have not sent in their materials. Handouts will be updated as new presentations are received. Please continue to check back for new additions.

To access the handouts, please click the following link:

2017 Fall Conference Handouts

Handouts will be available to download for all attendees until December 31, 2017. After that time, they will be made available for IBEA members only.

The Fall 2017 issue of the IBEA Reports is now posted online. This issue provides the latest information about IBEA and its activities.

You may download a copy by clicking the following link:

IBEA Fall 2017 Reports

To renew your membership dues online, click the Read More link for steps to complete your membership update.

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