Advisor professional learning standards provide clear and specific performance expectations for DECA chapter advisors and will provide DECA a framework to design its advisor training programs. We are asking chapter advisors to identify where in the DECA advisor career continuum the standard would be first demonstrated/needed by the advisor. Descriptions of the career continuums are provided for you.

Prerequisite (PQ):
  • Employability and job-survival skills and concepts as a beginning DECA advisor.
  • Advisors with 0-1 years of experience
Career-Sustaining (CS):
  • Skills and knowledge needed for continued employment as a DECA advisor based on the application of basic curriculum and instruction techniques.
  • Advisors with 2-3 years of experience
Specialist (SP):
  • In-depth, solid understanding and skill development in all aspects of serving as a DECA advisor.
  • Advisors with 4+ years of experience
Mastery (MA):
  • Expert understanding of the concept that can only be gained with multiple experiences; can explain, demonstrate and model for other chapter advisors.
  • Advisors with 5+ years of experience


Instructions:

  1. The Advisor Professional Learning Standards is comprised of six main categories. The entire document is available here if you wish to quickly review it for context. 
  2. In order to facilitate the highest-quality review possible, we have divided the categories into smaller parts for review. Your survey provides you with a specific part of the standards document to review and provide feedback.
  3. Based on your experience, please identify where in the career continuum each learning standard is the best fit. If you do not think the professional learning standard is necessary, please mark "Not Necessary." If you do not have experience with the standard or prefer not to respond, please mark "No opinion."

If you have any questions, please e-mail Dr. Michelle Walker, DECA Professional Learning Consultant.

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* 1. 4.1 ADVISOR PHILOSOPHY

  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Develop a personal philosophy as a DECA advisor that incorporates the purpose of DECA, the role of the teacher-advisor and the roles and responsibilities of student members.
Model a personal philosophy that exemplifies how DECA integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition.
Inform others about the importance of developing a personal philosophy that exemplifies how DECA integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition.

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* 2. 4.2 ADVISOR ROLES

  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Understand the roles and responsibilities in which you may serve as a DECA advisor.
Implement the roles and responsibilities in which you may serve as a DECA advisor to support the work you are doing as a classroom teacher.
Become familiar with DECA advisor resources available to assist DECA advisors.
Seek assistance from appropriate peers (district advisor, association advisor, DECA Inc. staff) when needed.
Participate in district, region, association and DECA Inc. meetings.
Perform assigned advisor assistance responsibilities at DECA conferences.
Ensure adherence to all local, association and national policies, guidelines and laws.
Develop a monthly project management plan with activities the DECA advisor must complete.
Implement a sound chapter fiscal management system, including financial policies and procedures and an annual budget.
Determine local fundraising policies and accountability procedures.
Implement a process for annual evaluation and reporting.
Serve in a leadership role within your district, region, association or organization. (i.e. competitive events coordinator, association officer advisor, mentor)

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* 3. 4.3 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

  Not necessary  Prerequisite (PQ) 0-1 Career-Sustaining (CS) 2-3 Specialist (SP) 4+ Mastery (MA) 5+ No opinion
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of DECA programs, policies and processes at all levels (district, association, DECA Inc.) and stay current.
Engage a mentor to access a network and support system that facilitates professional development.
Serve as a mentor to help new advisors transition to the ins and outs of DECA more seamlessly.
Practice professional growth and involvement in local, regional, state, national and international professional learning communities through engagement in professional organizations such as Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), MBAResearch, Project Management Institute (PMI) and others.
Participate in professional learning activities as appropriate to remain subject matter expert.
Remain up to date and relevant with key industry niche.
Demonstrate impact on teaching and learning (or C&I) as a result of participating in professional learning activities.
Share best practices and strategies through articles, webinars, presentations and online communications.

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* 4. Please provide any additional suggestions or feedback for the advisor professional learning standards above. Also, if you believe there should be any additional performance indicators related to these standards, please share.

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* 6. How many years have you served as a DECA advisor?

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