Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Public Policy Committee, formed in 2010 to foster inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues, has launched KDP Reasoned VOICE, a series of research-based position papers for educators and stakeholders to reference when advocating an educational stance. The inaugural edition of KDP Reasoned VOICE, written by Teacher Education Professors Nathan Bond and Raymond J. Dagenais, addresses the topic of teacher evaluation, which, as seen in the recent teachers’ strike in Chicago and ongoing public school debates, continues to have great impact on the teaching profession. Each KDP Reasoned VOICE gives teachers, administrators, legislators, and other stakeholders objective, research-based information to promote intentional, thoughtful discussion and decision-making.
The mission of KDP’s Public Policy Committee is to create a forum to communicate and exchange educational policy issues that advance the field of education in a reflective manner in order to sustain professional opportunities, advancement, and growth for educators, and success for students. In accordance with this mission, the committee has established these priorities: teacher preparation, teacher quality, resources and support, and student achievement.
“I believe that as educators, we should have a strong voice and help shape the educational climate in which we live today,” says Committee Chair Dr. William L. Sterrett, Assistant Professor in the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “In today’s 21st century landscape, that includes economic and budget concerns, debates about accountability, and a rapidly changing work environment for educators, we must be aware of today’s issues and help shape our future.” All members of the committee are committed to supporting the interests of educators, serving as a strong voice in the world of educational policy, and working to facilitate effective, efficient collaboration to allow students to succeed.
Serving on the KDP Public Policy Committee with Dr. Sterrett are Karen Allen (Cicero, IN); Dr. Marcia Bolton (Widener University, Chester, PA); Dr. Nathan Bond (Texas State University, San Marcos); Dr. Mavis Brown (University of Richmond, Richmond, VA); Dr. Raymond J. Dagenais (Aurora University and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora); Carrie Gaffney (KDP Headquarters, Indianapolis, IN); Cara Jeffries (Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV); Denisha Jones (Upper Marlboro, MD); Alexander “Sandy” Pope (Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, and Hunter College–CUNY); Anna Shults (Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis); and Michael Willis (Redondo Beach, CA). KDP Executive Director Faye Snodgress, CAE, serves as staff liaison to the committee.
The KDP Public Policy Committee develops its policy stances based on the following: identifying and considering member and global community input; deliberating and drafting policy positions through committee discussions, forums, and scheduled meetings; submitting policy positions to the KDP Executive Council for review; sharing and disseminating policy statements through the KDP website, KDP publications, and the Biennial Convocation; and developing and coordinating appropriate action plans that align with the policy positions. The KDP Public Policy website features a discussion board and blog, along with links to policy-related sites and contact information for state and local officeholders and policy officials. This year, the committee infused webinars into its collaborative efforts to better engage and inform KDP members while also providing an avenue for dialogue.
To comment on this position paper or get involved with the public policy discussion, please visit KDP’s Public Policy website at http://www.kdp.org/aboutkdp/publicpolicy.php. For more information about Kappa Delta Pi, visit http://www.KDP.org or call KDP Headquarters at 800-284-3167.
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.