The voice of teachers is often the voice least heard on the Hill. Many experts, politicians, and business leaders speak about education, but very rarely are teachers given the chance to share their story.
Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, has been invited by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) to take part in its Day on the Hill, June 11-12 in Washington, DC.
Day on the Hill is the signature component of AACTE’s Washington Week, held each June in the nation’s capital to inform teacher leaders on the latest education policy from Capitol Hill and train them to meet with Congressmen on issues affecting teachers and students alike.
“Educators at all levels are experts in the classroom and need to share their expertise with legislators so that good laws are passed for children and schools,” said Dr. Nathan Bond, KDP Past-President and faculty member at Texas State University.
Dr. Bond is attending this year’s event with five Texas State KDP chapter officers. Dr. Denisha Jones, incoming KDP Executive Council Vice President and Howard University faculty member, and Executive Director Faye Snodgress will also be in attendance representing KDP.
In addition to the important efforts of the Public Policy Committee, participating in the Day on the Hill is a way to ensure that the Society is at the table for policy discussion, fighting for the rights of teachers across the United States. Kappa Delta Pi will be supporting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes provisions important to improving teacher quality and Education for Sustainable Development during meetings with policymakers.
As a community of accomplished educators who use evidence-based strategies and practices, Kadelpians have much to offer legislators about what works in education and how schools should be.
“The voice of teachers is often the voice least heard on the Hill. Many experts, politicians, and business leaders speak about education, but very rarely are teachers given the chance to share their story,” Dr. Denisha Jones said. “If we are going to save the teaching profession, we must advocate for that. We must be willing to speak to our elected officials and let them know what policies and decisions affect us most and what they can do to support us in the classroom, in our schools, and in our communities.“
To learn more about KDP’s policy efforts, head to http://www.kdp.org/aboutkdp/publicpolicy.php.
About Kappa Delta Pi
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 nearly 40,000 worldwide.