Kappa Delta Pi Charters Two New Chapters, New Collaborations in China

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To foster international dialogue in education and strengthen ongoing collaborations, Kappa Delta Pi Executive Director Faye Snodgress and President-Elect Dr. Susan Trostle Brand traveled to China in June 2012. During their two-week visit, the KDP community welcomed two new chapters in China, expanding the Society's number of chapters in Asia to four.

Kappa Delta Pi welcomes APNIEVE Chapter, East China Normal University in Shanghai, initiated June 20, 2012.

APNIEVE Chapter, East China Normal University in Shanghai. In photo (from left) Faye Snodgress, Dr. Susan Trostle Brand; (front center, right) Dr. Zhou Nan-Zhao, KDP Laureate and President of APNIEVE, with chapter members.

Kappa Delta Pi confirms its commitment to a global perspective that recognizes our collective interconnectivity and the understanding that individuals and nations can no longer operate in isolation.

As part of the Society’s ongoing international initiatives, Faye Snodgress, Kappa Delta Pi Executive Director, and Dr. Susan Trostle Brand, President-Elect, traveled to China in June 2012 where they met with various educational organizations, university faculty, and K–12 educators and administrators. The two-week trip provided these KDP leaders with opportunities to strengthen the association’s current partnerships, establish new collaborative activities, and charter new chapters.

While in China, the KDP community expanded the number of chapters in Asia to four, with the chartering of these new chapters: Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education Chapter (APNIEVE Chapter), located on the campus of East China Normal University in Shanghai and initiated June 20, 2012; and Shanghai Far East School Chapter, initiated June 19, 2012 with 17 members inducted that day, guided by their counselor, Dr. Xiaoda Chen.

Formal collaborations are one way to advance the Society’s goals of international education. Recognizing the valuable contributions to be gained by working together, Kappa Delta Pi signed Memorandums of Understanding with the following organizations to identify areas of mutual benefit and common goals in the pursuit of excellence in education and the advancement of international education: Beijing Institute of Education; Beijing Association of Education for Sustainable Development, China; Henan University; and Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education.

Kappa Delta Pi encourages and promotes international education because it supports the fundamental vision of the Society. “By giving educators opportunities to openly share ideas and engage in professional exchanges,” Snodgress says, “KDP confirms its commitment to a global perspective that recognizes our collective interconnectivity and the understanding that individuals and nations can no longer operate in isolation.” These new partnerships, along with those which already have been established, provide opportunities for educators at all levels to work together globally to improve education for all. American educators and administrators, participating in collaborative activities, can contribute to international efforts that help them become better teachers in their own classrooms and better able to prepare their students to be global citizens.

Check the International Initiatives section at http://www.KDP.org for regular updates on this and other topics or call 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.

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