2015 Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

Rick Ceh

Rick Ceh, co-founder of the life coaching business Find iT, LLC, will motivate and encourage you to achieve your own personal and professional best.  Use Rick’s techniques back in your classroom to motivate and bring out the best in your students!  

He lives every day to its fullest and enjoys sharing his zest for life with others.  He specializes in developing leadership, time management, financial literacy and organizational skills with his clients.  

His interactive keynote will focus on “YOU” and will follow this years’ theme, "Power of the Past, Force of the Future--Switch It On!”   Be ready to network, laugh, and learn a bit more about “YOU”!

Rick’s motto: "It’s in you, let’s Find iT!"


Schedule Last Updated: August 23, 2015

Confirmed sessions are listed below.

A PDF with all session descriptions will be available shortly after October 1, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

10:30 am—2:00 p.m. - IBEA Officers’ Meeting

5:00—9:00 p.m. - IBEA Registration Desk Open

5:00– 9:00 p.m. - IBEA Board of Directors' Dinner and Meeting

6:00—7:20 p.m. - Wednesday Evening Sessions

  • Digital Footprint: Who's Following You, How, and Why?
  • Certiport MOS Testing (Pre-registration required for this session.)

7:00—8:00 p.m. - Wednesday Evening Sessions

  • Wired 24/7 - Using Technology to Get a Good Job

8:30—10:30 p.m. - IBEA Reception - All conference attendees invited.

9:009:30 p.m. - IBEA Board Training (New Board Members)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

IBEA Conference Registration Desk Hours
for Thursday 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Commercial Exhibit/IBEA Silent Auction Hours
for Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 3:15-4:00 p.m.

7:00—9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:30-8:30 a.m. - IBTEC Meeting

7:30—8:30 a.m. - Session One - Thursday Morning

  • Interactive Google Apps
  • Know, Plan, Retire
  • Meet Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Supply Chain Management: What Educators Need to Know
  • Public Speaking Doesn't Kill - It Inspires

8:30—9:15 a.m. - Grand Opening of Exhibits/Silent Auction

8:40—10:00 a.m. - Tour
—The Horace Mann Companies (5-minute walk - meet at IBEA Registration Desk)

9:15—10:15 a.m. - Session Two - Thursday Morning

  • Scheels: Hiring Traits and Leadership Qualities
  • Starting a Student-Led Helpdesk
  • Implementing a Financial Literacy Curriculum
  • Games Ready to Go!
  • Wired 24/7 - Using Technology to Get a Good Job

10:15—10:45 - Special time to visit Commercial Exhibits/Silent Auction

10:50—11:50 a.m. Session Three - Thursday Morning

  • Boomers Out: Millenials In (eventually)
  • Accounting for a Social Good
  • Bringing Real Business into the Classroom
  • The Tech Scene of 2015 - Get Your Sway On!
  • How Dragon and Keyboarding Can Compliment Each Other

12:00–2:00 p.m. - Luncheon, Opening General Session, IBEA Awards, Keynote Speaker

2:15—3:15 p.m. - Affiliate Meetings

3:15—4:00 p.m. - Special time to visit Commercial Exhibits/Silent Auction

3:45–5:15 p.m. - Thursday Afternoon Tour
—US Bank (5-minute walk--meet at IBEA Registration Desk)

4:00—5:00 p.m. - Session Four - Thursday Afternoon

  • EverFi: Brining Critical Skills to the Classroom
  • Augmented Reality in the Classroom
  • Banzai: Making Financial Literacy Fun
  • Working Smarter Not Harder in the Computer Classroom
  • The Microsoft Mantra of the New Office, Office Mix, Yammer, and Delve

5:15—6:15 p.m. - Session Five - Thursday Afternoon

  • Transform Your Imagination into Reality
  • Marketing and Growing Your Business Education Programs
  • Step-by-Step: Classroom Apps Every Teacher Can Use (and Why Research Says You Should!)
  • Credentials for a Digital World
  • Keyboarding Online: Necessary for the 21st Century Learner

5:15—6:15 p.m. - Council of Affiliates Meeting

6:10—6:25 p.m. - CPDU Desk Open


Friday, November 13, 2015

IBEA Conference Registration Desk Hours: 7:00-9:00 a.m.

7:00—9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast by Exhibit Hall

7:30—8:30 a.m. - Session Six - Friday Morning

  • The Tech Scene of 2015--Get Your Sway On!
  • Using Problem-Based Learning to Develop Critical Thinking Skills
  • Keyboarding Online--Real Sklls, Prevent Hunting and Pecking
  • Using Technology Tools to Increase Student-Based Learning
  • Digital Literacy: Essential Skills for the 21st Century

7:308:30 a.m. - 2016 IBEA Conference Planning Committee Meeting

8:45—9:45 a.m. - Session Seven - Friday Morning

  • Are You Ready to Go Global?
  • Find Your Leadership Style and Make It Work for You!
  • How Does an Entrepreneurial Mindset Fit Into Student Achievement?
  • AVID Strategies in the Business Classroom
  • The Microsoft Mantra of the New Office, Office Mix, Yammer, and Delve

10:00—11:00 a.m. - Session Eight - Friday Morning

  • Empowering Our Future
  • Scheels: Hiring Traits and Leadership Qualities
  • Programming/Coding/App Development
  • Meet Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Step-by-Step: Classroom Apps Every Teacher Can Use (and Why Research Says You Should!)

10:00—11:00 a.m. - IBEA Past Presidents' Council Meeting

11:00—11:30 a.m. - CPDU Desk Open

11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. - Closing Lunch, IBEA Annual Business Meeting, Student Scholarships

1:00 p.m. - CPDU Desk Open Following Closing Lunch

1:30 p.m. - On the Road—Have a Safe Trip Home! See you Next Year!

1:30 p.m. - Post Conference Meetings:

  • IBEA Officers Meeting/Post Conference Wrap Up

Travel Budget Estimate

2015 IBEA Fall Conference - November 11-13, 2015
At the Springfield Hilton Hotel
Springfield, IL

  • Many educational and hands-on computer sessions, along with two tours, are being offered!
  • Meeting and talking with fellow business educators from across the state is an excellent professional development opportunity!
  • Talk to your school administrators and system directors now to arrange for professional travel funds for the conference.
IBEA Dues (if not already paid)

$45.00 - Regular
$10.00 - Student
$10.00 - Retired

Early IBEA Conference Registration - Postmarked/Online on or prior to October 22, 2015
(includes all breakout and hands-on sessions, tours, Wednesday night reception, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Friday)

Late Registration - Postmarked/Online between October 23-October 31, 2015

On-Site Registration - Postmarked/Online on or after November 1, 2015

Note: At the close of the conference, a $10 rebate will be given to attendees paying full registration fees—retired, student, or retired past presidents not eligible.

$180.00 - IBEA Member
$125.00 - Retired IBEA Member
$60.00 - Student Member
$270.00 - Non-IBEA Member

$200.00 - IBEA Member
$145.00 - Retired IBEA Member
$80.00 - Student Member
$290.00 - Non-IBEA Member

$215.00 - IBEA Member
$160.00 - Retired IBEA Member
$95.00 - Student Member
$305.00 - Non-IBEA Member

Hilton Springfield - 700 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701 - $99.00 + tax
= $110.88 a night for two nights
Phone: 217.789.1530

$221.76 (two nights)

Mileage (your school rate * miles to Springfield, Illinois * 2)

Amtrak offers service to Springfield, Illinois

Total Estimated Expenses to attend 2015 IBEA Fall Conference from November 11-13 in Springfield, Illinois

$ _____________________

Possible sources of funding to attend professional meetings include:

  • System Director/EFE travel funds
  • Perkins travel funds
  • School department travel budgets

If no school resources are available, check with your tax professional about the possibility of deducting professional development travel from your income taxes.

Take this opportunity to "switch it on" with business education for you and your students by attending the many educational sessions, hands-on computer workshops, and tours that are being offered. Enhance your current teaching strategies by meeting and networking with fellow business educators from across the State. This is an excellent professional development opportunity; don’t miss it!!! Make your plans to attend TODAY!

Talk to your school administrators now to arrange for professional meeting travel funding for the November 2015 IBEA Conference.

Join us in Springfield, Illinois
November 11-13, 2015
for the IBEA Conference!


You may present this information to the Amtrak Ticket Agent or your
Travel Agent to assist them in providing you with this discount

Fare Code Number: X91W-929

Valid For Travel: November 08, 2015 – November 16, 2015

IBEA Fall Conference 2014

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest available rail fare to Springfield, IL between the above dates. Includes travel up to three days prior to the convention start date and three days following the last day of the meeting. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X91W-929 when making your reservation--a 10% discount has been approved. Conventions cannot be booked via Internet. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela service. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.

If you have any questions or need any further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-USA-1GRP (1-800-872-1477) Monday through Friday, 6:00am-4:30pm Pacific Time.

IBEA has put together the following advocacy items. You may download these items and share them with other business educators at your school and in your area:

Brochure - pdf Facts About Business Education Brochure

PowerPoint - document Facts About Business Education PowerPoint

Legislative Action Information (Prepared by NCBEA and IBEA) - pdf Legislative Action Packet

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