Part of our weekly series focused on Perkins V.

High-quality programs start with research-backed standards. Use MBA Research’s free standards and performance indicators to give your students an edge in preparing for college and career. These standards are unique in education: They are based on business practitioner research that utilizes focus groups, interviews, business association standards, and certification criteria. They provide up-to-date information on the skill sets being used every day in the workplace. Learn more here.


MBA Research staff is at ACTE VISION this week. Find us at Booth 113 in the Credentials Corner section of the exhibit hall. Looking for certifications for your programs? Consider A*S*K exams. Show special: Get a promo code for a free class pack of instructional area-focused tests with digital badge capability.

Building a New Course?

Your state's membership in the MBA Research consortium gives you access to Curriculum Builder, a powerful database you can use to create your own course. Five simple steps outline the process. What do you get? Detailed, sequenced performance indicators and objectives, resources, and activities. Teachers in member states can access Curriculum Builder through their State's Connection portal account. Not sure if you’re in a member state? Click here.

Gallup Study Supports Project-Based Learning

"Eighty-seven percent of teachers and 77% of parents agree that teaching approaches that inspire creativity in the learning process have a bigger payoff for students. Yet, students spend most of their time on traditional lessons that do little to encourage creativity, even though the growing availability of technology promises new ways of learning."

These first sentences in a new Gallup research report describe an issue that can be alleviated with increased use of pedagogies that challenge students to think critically and creatively. Project-based learning is perfect for this with its emphasis on taking ownership to solve real problems. Start with this summary on the PBLWorks blog and then read through the easy-to-digest Gallup report.

Ready-To-Use Classroom Resource

Use The Gray Zone ethical dilemmas to introduce your students to problems and situations that don’t have one specific right or wrong answer. This week’s Gray Zone topic: Income Statements.

This Gray Zone comes from the Watch Your Bottom Line lesson module (LAP) and aligns to performance indicator FI:094 Describe the nature of income statements.

Learning Center LMS

Winter break is fast approaching, which means the end of a term. Click here for some tips on cleaning up your Learning Center before break and having it ready to go for student access at the start of a new course term. Canvas also offers beginning- and end-of-course checklists here.

For an in-depth look at the Learning Center, watch this video.

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