Virginia Business Education Association


We are excited to announce upcoming professional development opportunities for Virginia educators! These webinars will help educators deliver Microsoft Fundamentals curriculum to prepare students with future-ready skills and industry recognized Microsoft certifications and better understand the Microsoft Translator tool!

Microsoft Fundamentals

To help students build the technical skills they need to keep pace and succeed in emerging jobs, Microsoft has evolved certifications to focus on job roles that align with industry and hiring trends. Join this session to learn about Microsoft Fundamentals, how to get started with MS Learn and MS Learn for Educators and also how to use the curriculum resources available to prepare for these valuable certifications.

Fundamentals training sessions will be offered as 3, 1-hour sequential virtual training workshops to prepare for teaching Microsoft Fundamentals in the classroom. Below are the dates, times and join links for each of the sessions.

June 8 @ 3:30pm

Part 1: Overview of Microsoft Fundamentals (1 hour)

Get started with Microsoft Learn for Educators and Fundamentals curriculum and certifications

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June 13 @ 3:30pm

Part 2: Curriculum deep dive: hands-on (1 hour)

Explore a Fundamentals course through a guided, hands-on experience

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June 20 @ 3:30pm

Part 3: Preparing to teach: hands-on (1 hour)

Explore Fundamentals educator resources and prepare to teach Microsoft Cloud in any classroom

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*trainings will be recorded

Microsoft Translator

Educators manage many types of learners, including students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) who require assistive technology, and language learners (and their parents) who may not speak or understand the language of the classroom. Microsoft Translator helps bridge these communication gaps, supporting accessible classroom learning with live captioning, cross-language understanding, and even multilingual casual conversations to help with student integration. Join this webinar to learn more about Translator and the free resources, tools and how-to guides for using this tool in the classroom.

Microsoft Translator training will be offered as a 1 hour virtual training. Below is the date, time, and link for the session.

June 15 @ 3:30pm

Microsoft Translator

Explore Microsoft Translator for the classroom

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*trainings will be recorded

Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA) is excited and looking forward to seeing Business and Information Technology educators from all over the commonwealth for the “always outstanding” VBEA Summer Conference on July 11-14. After two years of virtual professional development opportunities, join us as we "Thrive Together" in person. The conference schedule is packed with Pre-Conference Technology sessions, extensive industry credential testing, and concurrent sessions that are sure to prepare you both personally and professionally to thrive in your classrooms and in your life. Enjoy a phenomenal keynote from one of our very own Richmond educators, Roberta Aigbokhaevbo; enjoy the beauty and challenge of a Scavenger Hunt taking attendees around downtown Roanoke; join your colleagues in celebrating the awards and major door prize winners; and enjoy the beauty, delicious food, and comfort of the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Most importantly, learn about new credentials, resources, and teaching techniques; visit with numerous vendors and exhibitors; and enjoy meeting new colleagues and connecting again with friends from every part of the commonwealth as we support each other and “Thrive Together” in our journey to get ready for the 2022-2023 school year.

Don’t delay to register at and make your hotel reservations today!! See you in Roanoke in July.

Deadline for Awards Extended

The deadline has been extended for several of Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA) awards. Consider applying for an award, encourage a colleague to apply, or show your respect for their outstanding work by nominating a colleague! Applicants must be active VBEA members. Applying for a VBEA award is a great way to showcase the talents and earn well-deserved recognition for the numerous outstanding VBEA members across Virginia. Award recipients will be honored at the VBEA Summer Conference in July at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Award applications for the following awards are due June 15:

Al Roane Middle School Business Teacher of the Year

Walter L. Shell Business Teacher of the Year

VBEA Distinguished Service Award

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

Upcoming Events

  • June 24-27: PBL Convention, Chicago, IL

  • June 29-July 2: FBLA Convention, Chicago, IL

  • July 11-14: VBEA Summer Conference, Roanoke, VA

  • Oct. 9-13: SBEA Convention, Roanoke, VA

*For more events check out the Conferences and Meeting page

Rice Honored with 2021 Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Congratulations to Kristi Rice, VBEA Germanna Region representative, on her award! Read the press release below:

DECEMBER 1, 2021

Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Today, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Security Agency announced the 2021 recipients of the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. Kristi L. Rice, of Spotsylvania High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia and Sergio de Alba, of Miano Elementary School in Los Banos, California, were selected for the award for instilling in their students the skills, knowledge, and passion for cybersecurity.

"Talented and passionate educators like Ms. Rice and Mr. de Alba help light a spark of curiosity in our students to explore the exciting world of cybersecurity. And high-quality cybersecurity education can inspire a lifelong passion among the next generation of professionals in this field, who will protect our cyber networks and help secure our nation's future prosperity," said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. "It is my privilege to recognize Ms. Rice and Mr. de Alba for their dedication and accomplishments, which serve as an inspiration for cybersecurity educators across America."

The Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award, now in its second year, is presented annually to one elementary educator and one secondary educator. Awardees are selected for their superior accomplishments as educators, academic achievement indicators, and leadership contributing to the field of cybersecurity.

"These esteemed educators embody the expertise and dedication that is critical to strengthening our cybersecurity workforce," said National Cyber Director Chris Inglis. "Our nation faces a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and educators play a vital role in preparing students to gain the skills needed to navigate pathways to cybersecurity careers. High-quality cybersecurity education is key to addressing this national security imperative."

Ms. Rice is a local, state, and national leader in expanding cybersecurity education and increasing access to high-quality programs to groups underrepresented in the industry. She leads Spotsylvania High School's Cyber Knights program, which provides students with technical resources to pursue their interests in cybersecurity. Ms. Rice led the all-girls Cyber Knights team that placed second in the 2019 and 2020 Girls Go Cyberstart National Championships. She also designed a pacing guide for educators teaching cybersecurity fundamentals that has been shared nationally. Ms. Rice's students have a 100% graduation rate; a 100% college, military, and career readiness attainment rate; and 98.2% earn industry certifications.

Mr. de Alba is committed to cultivating student interest in cybersecurity and future career opportunities. As a first-year teacher in 2001, he founded the STEM program at R.M. Miano Elementary School. Mr. de Alba has also spearheaded the Cybersecurity Challenge for sixth-grade students; facilitated science, math, and coding clubs; and designed programs to improve parental involvement. Miano Elementary serves a student population that is 97% socioeconomically disadvantaged and 88% English language learners. Mr. de Alba's excellence in teaching is evident in the exemplary performance of his students on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.

Ms. Rice and Mr. de Alba will be honored during the NICE K12 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Conference. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten will moderate a conversation with the award winners as part of the conference.

The Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award is led by the U.S. Department of Education, in consultation with the White House National Security Council and the National Science Foundation.