Kappa Delta Pi Joins Flagstaff Seminar

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Dr. Nathan Bond and Faye Snodgress were invited to represent Kappa Delta Pi at the second meeting of the Flagstaff Seminar (FS) on May 1 in San Francisco, California, by the FS Founders Dr. Rosemary Papa of Northern Arizona University and Dr. Fenwick W. English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Flagstaff Seminar, “Educational Leaders without Borders,” seeks solutions that go beyond the school house door, even if this means confronting historic cultural and political forces that act as barriers to basic improvements in the reach and quality of education in the world.

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Faye Snodgress commented that, “Kappa Delta Pi is striving to create schools the way they should be and not necessarily the way they are by preparing new educators to incorporate ESD in their curricula so students will be more globally engaged.

Dr. Nathan Bond and Faye Snodgress were invited to represent Kappa Delta Pi at the second meeting of The Flagstaff Seminar (FS) on May 1 in San Francisco, California, by the FS Founder Dr. Rosemary Papa, the Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair of Learning Centered Leadership, Northern Arizona University and Co-Founder Dr. Fenwick W. English, R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Flagstaff Seminar, with the motto “Educational Leaders without Borders,” consists of a select, invited group of academicians and practitioners. The group includes representatives of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), the Nigerian Professors of Education Administration, the National Council of Professors of Education Administration, and prominent scholars from Australia, Canada, and the United States.

The goals of this meeting of The Flagstaff Seminar were to continue the discussion about developing global linkages to educational organizations, associations, and groups to confront issues of poverty faced by school children in the world, to work toward global improvement in the education of girls, and to advance the United Nation’s Millennial goal of a quality education for all as a basic human right. These urgent matters are a worldwide problem with over 100 million children not in school, the majority being girls.

Dr. Nathan Bond, past president of Kappa Delta Pi and Associate Professor at Texas State University–San Marcos, and Faye Snodgress, KDP Executive Director, were invited to join the Flagstaff Seminar group as a result of the close alignment of the goals of KDP with those of the Flagstaff Seminar. KDP is working to advance UNESCO’s goal of education for sustainable development (ESD) by moving the world toward a more sustainable future that is socially and economically equitable and environmentally robust. This parallels the efforts of the members of the Flagstaff Seminar who are seeking ways to address the worldwide inequities of educational opportunities and the associated obstacles created by poverty.

Other participants included Dr. Uche Grace Emetarom (Professor and President of the Nigerian Professors of Education Administration); Dr. James E. Berry (Professor of Leadership and Counseling at Eastern Michigan University and Executive Director of the National Council of Professors of Education Administration); Dr. Concha Delgado Gaitan (former Professor of Sociocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis); Dr. Lisa Ehrich (Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia); Dr. ShelleyAnn Scott (Associate Dean, University of Calgary, Canada); Dr. Donald E. Scott (Leadership Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Canada); Dr. Carolyn M. Shields (Dean, College of Education at Wayne State University, Michigan); Dr. Michael R. Sampson (Dean, College of Education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff); Dr. Martha McCarthy (Presidential Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California); Dr. Carol Mullen (Professor and Director of the School of Education and Associate Dean for Professional Education at Virginia Tech University); Dr. Ira Bogotch (Professor, Educational Leadership & Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University); Dr. Jane Clark Lindle (the Eugene T. Moore Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Clemson University in South Carolina); Dr. Lynnette A. Brunderman (Associate Professor of Practice in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Arizona); and Dr. Richard S. Brown (Adjunct Professor of Educational Statistics at Northern Arizona University). The collective research and scholarship of the group spans four decades of national and international work and exceeds 100 books, handbooks, and encyclopedias, as well as hundreds of research journal articles in most major North American, European, Australian, and African nations.

Faye Snodgress commented that, “Kappa Delta Pi is striving to create schools the way they should be and not necessarily the way they are by preparing new educators to incorporate ESD in their curricula so that their students will be more engaged and develop critical thinking skills, including adopting a global perspective that will lead to greater academic achievement. We are eager to work with the Flagstaff Seminar educational leaders and researchers to help make that vision a reality for all children.”

The two primary thrusts of the group at this time are confronting the issues of poverty faced by school children in the world and working toward global improvement in the education of girls. FS members feel that educational leaders can and must become emboldened to seek solutions that go beyond the school house door, even if this means confronting historic cultural and political forces that act as barriers to basic improvements in the reach and quality of education in the world. The group will next meet September 18–-20, 2014, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1911 to recognize and promote excellence in education, provide a reasoned voice for significant issues, and link learning communities of educators. Through its programs, services, and strategic partnerships, KDP supports the professional growth and teaching practices of educators throughout all phases and levels of their careers. The organization currently has more than 600 chapters and an active membership of 43,000 worldwide.

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