Virginia Business Education Association


As a summer 2021 alternative to the traditional face-to-face Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA) Summer Conference, VBEA will provide a totally virtual series (with recording for most sessions for future viewing and/or review) of professional development opportunities titled “Be the Catalyst for Creativity, Commitment, and Courage”. In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, the CCC Series will take place during June, July, and August with each month focusing on one of the three C’s where professional growth meets personal care. The VBEA Shared Resources and Collaborative group and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will host topics of value to teachers and administrators to include:

  • Birds of a Feather (Professional Networking)

  • Collaboration and sharing with round tables and panel chats

  • Modeling of different engagement strategies in each session

  • Teaching credentialing opportunities for W!se and Certiport

  • Tips and techniques to improve student relationships and engagement through FBLA

  • Work-based learning opportunities and resources

  • Popular “favorites” from past conferences including door prizes and fun activities during the original viewing of the session

  • Recognition of the VBEA board and opportunities for volunteers to join this hard-working group

  • VDOE Program Area Update for Business and Information Technology

  • Numerous opportunities to join VBEA for the 2021-2022 school year

Watch the listserv messages from VDOE and the VBEA website and the VBEA Facebook Shared Resources and Collaboration page for more information and updates for this exciting summer of no-cost professional development. If you have particular topics you would like to see presented or if you would like to be a presenter, please complete the linked form, VBEA CCC Series.

Upcoming Events

  • June 24-27- PBL National Leadership Conference

  • June 29-July 2- FBLA National Leadership Conference

  • VBEA Sumer Conference

For more events check out the Conferences and Meeting page

Congratulation to Our Own, Judith Sams!

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Excellence Awards recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs.

The ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.

Virginia is honored that Judith P. Sams was chosen as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Virginia and ACTE Region II (which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Upon receiving the Region II Lifetime Achievement award in October 2020 she advanced as a national finalist.

The awards program was held on Thursday, December 3 during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION.This year’s Lifetime Achievement Winner is Lisa Doll from Arizona (Region V). As a result of being a national finalist, Mrs. Sams will be inducted into the ACTE Lifetime Achievement National Hall of Fame. Virginia is proud of the leadership, inspiration, and total dedication and commitment to Business and Information Technology education Mrs. Sams has demonstrated for the last 53 years and continues to provide today. Congratulations, Judy!

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.


Check out the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education's 2020 Fall Program Area Updates at . Please set aside time to view this update in its entirety as there are numerous important announcements and time-sensitive opportunities for you and your students. If you have questions about any of the presentations or announcements, the contact information for each presenter is given on the PowerPoint slide deck or feel free to contact Judith Sams with program area questions.

Attention VA Business teachers, VBEA members (and potential members)

Please see the following opportunity announced by Judith Sams:

Let's lead the way in applying for one of the curriculum review teams announced recently through Superintendent's Memo #180-20 and then reiterated through a Business and Information Technology listserv message. There are nine Business and Information Technology courses being reviewed virtually this fall and now is the time to complete that application so it can move through the approval process.

Don't delay--you need to be a part of this important opportunity for reviewing and making changes if needed to Economics and Personal Finance 6120; Cybersecurity Fundamentals 6302; Computer Network Software Operations 6650; Computer Network Software Operations, Advanced 6651; Cybersecurity Software Operations 6304; Cybersecurity Software Operations, Advanced 6306; Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies 6630/6632; and Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies, Advanced 6631/6633. Please use to access the system for your application.

2017 Awards