Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Unique and Specific

Pat Smith, Delta Beta Chapter in Florida, shared her ideas for strengthening the Society.

"1. We as an organization have to offer something that no other organization can. Otherwise, we continue to be repetitive and redundant. In other words, we MUST be set apart and unique.

2. We need to meet the specific needs of our young members as they are our future. In order to do this, they will have to share their needs.
I never heard of Delta Kappa Gamma until 2 years before I retired. I came into the organization to find stimulating higher level conversation concerning important issues in education. In retirement, I thought that would be sorely lacking.
Instead, I found a sisterhood of wonderful individuals and new, strong friendships. Maybe that was what I needed more than a 'brain boost'."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Does DKG have a Learning Disabilty?

Dr. Gwen Simmons, North Carolina, shared a couple of thoughts with me in response to my request for ideas for strengthening DKG. Below is one of them.

"Does DKG NOW have a learning disability?  Yes, I think it does.

Before the time of Peter M. Senge (1990) and Ronald A. Heifetz (1994), Dr. Blanton (1929) structured DKG to be a Learning Organization; that is, an organization where members are expected to participate in the activities of the Society; although DKG may not be transformed by a member’s participation but the member is transformed into a leader in her own right.

I have never minded what a colleague calls the “grunt work” of DKG because when I understood that any responsibility you assumed in DKG you would” learn on the job” and the DKG Organization would probably not be transformed by your grunt work , but you, as an adult learner, would continue to learn and hence, be transformed.

DKG, as educators often do, has an overall mentality that something must be produced that is tangible—when in reality what would really transform this organization is women thinking on their feet and being able to listen, disagree without taking disagreement to mean rejection and creating an “us against them mentality” (If you don’t think like me, there must be something wrong with you because there is certainly nothing wrong with me.)"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friend of Education Award

The DKG Friend  of Education Award
was presented to Indiana State Superintendent,
Glenda Ritz on July 30, 2014 in Indianapolis.

A DKG Friend of Education Award was presented at the DKG 2014 International Convention.

Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction, received the Society’s Friend of Education Award. Ms. Ritz brings to her office extensive experience in the classroom as well as a commitment to Indiana students statewide. Her emphasis is on the importance of literacy and the necessity that all children be able to attend schools with equity in resources and the expectation of a high-quality education.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Media Awards

Media Awards presented
on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
at the DKG International Convention
in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Three DKG Excellence in Media Awards were presented at the DKG 2014 International Convention.
The Bedford Times-Mail was a recipient for its commitment to educational coverage both locally and statewide.
Dr. Vic Smith, founder of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, received the award for his ICPE Notes and Vic’s Statehouse Notes distributed by social media. He covers current educational events in the Statehouse, the State School Board meetings, and the education arena in a straight-forward, focused approach.
WFYI, the Public Broadcasting System station in Indianapolis, was recognized for its long history of providing educational programming for classroom use, as well as for students, parents and teachers. Broadcasted programs as well as on-line games, websites, and other digital resources are available for learners of all ages in both English and Spanish.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Position Announced

The position of Executive Director at Society Headquarters has been formally announced. The Position Announcement can be found on the Society website at Sandra Smith Bull is serving as the interim executive director through August 31, 2015, or until the administrative board selects the executive director, if later.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Live Streaming of DKG Convention

A first for DKG will be the live streaming of the opening session of the 2014 International Convention.

You may view the entire opening session beginning at 7:15 p.m. (eastern daylight savings time) on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Go to the Society website,, and click on Live Stream in the top banner on the home page.

Continue to visit the Society website. Convention happenings will be posted throughout the week.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Participation transforms members!

Dr. Gwen Simmons, North Carolina, responded to my question, "What is the one thing you believe will make the most difference in our organization to maintain its viability into the 22nd century?"
Simmons writes, "The answer to your request is more complex than one thing but given all the movement in a positive direction in the last three or four biennia, I think a key one is a focus on the expectation of participation by active members in the activities of the Society: Constitution, Article III Membership. Section B.1: … “An active member shall participate in the activities of the Society.”
During the revision of the Constitution in 2009-10, proposals to strike that expectation from the Constitution were considered— I was adamant in my opposition because I believe that is the key aspect of DKG structure, i.e., participation transforms the member, and provides opportunities to transform the organization.  Active participation requires a member to think for herself (in situations filled with a diversity of perspectives) and she ultimately realizes that she is leader of sorts and has something to offer the organization (which provided her the opportunity to participate in something she was NOT prepared to do until she finished the 'task'.)"