Kappa Delta Pi Brings Together Leading Educational Organizations for Summit

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Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, unites six educational organizations to coordinate strategic efforts for the betterment of children.

Members from six leading organizations in education joined together at Kappa Delta Pi headquarters in Indianapolis for the Amplifying our Voices education summit.

We are stronger together, and perhaps our first contribution to the field will be to tell our developing story and suggest ways that professional organizations can work better together by focusing on what is best for children.

On Aug. 16, 11 leaders in education convened in Indianapolis for the Amplifying our Voices education summit. The summit, hosted by Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was formed to coordinate the strategic efforts of leading organizations in education to better serve the needs of children.

“All who work in education talk about teachers, teaching, and educational issues, but we don’t often sit down and talk explicitly about what our different organizations are doing,” said Dr. Mary Clement, Kappa Delta Pi president. “Kappa Delta Pi organized the summit to begin a conversation about the need for educational organizations to collaborate, share information, and work together on supporting educators at all levels.”

The organization representatives in attendance at the summit were:

  •     Association of Teacher Educators : President Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan and Immediate Past President Dr. Ann Shelly;
  •     National Council of Professors of Educational Administration: Executive Director Dr. Jim Berry and President Dr. Marc Shelton;
  •     Network of National State Teachers of the Year: Executive Director Ms. Katherine Bassett;
  •     Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education: Member-at-Large Dr. Denise Collins;
  •     Association for Childhood Education International: Executive Director Ms. Diane Whitehead and Professional Development & Research Specialist Ms. Banhi Bhattacharya; and
  •     Kappa Delta Pi: President Dr. Mary Clement, Immediate Past President Dr. Nathan Bond, and Executive Director Faye Snodgress.

The leaders discussed common points of focus, including advocacy and public policy, teacher retention and leadership, international involvement and impact, and ways the organizations can collaborate on resources and research to avoid duplicating efforts. From these discussions, all groups will conduct environmental research to determine what other organizations should be included in this coalition. The group will write a white paper to discuss the development of this summit and its future partnership goals.

“I am looking forward to our collaboration for positive purposes of influencing policy instead of strategizing over the fate of competitors by monitoring how ‘the move one group makes influences moves the other groups will make,’” said Marc Shelton, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. “We are stronger together, and perhaps our first contribution to the field will be to tell our developing story and suggest ways that professional organizations can work better together by focusing on what is best for children.”

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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