Clinton Smith is the assistant professor of special education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He also serves as one of the co-counselors at KDP’s Alpha Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at UT-Martin.
I became a member of KDP in 2006 while working through my Masters program at the University of Memphis. I was a non-traditional student returning to the classroom to work on my masters in special education. I became president of Lambda Gamma Chapter in early 2007. Our advisor, Dr. John Petry (former KDP President), encouraged me to get more involved by attending Convo.
KDP Convo is a great way to meet and connect with educators and other professionals from across the country. I first attended KDP Convo in 2007. All I can say is “WOW!” What a great experience! I had an opportunity to go some amazing sessions, learned ways to grow our chapter, met some great people, and heard the KDP Laureates speak.
I also was challenged and encouraged to become involved at a national level. I volunteered to serve on the KDP Communications Committee. Over the years since my first Convo, I have become more involved in KDP by serving as a committee chair of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, serving on the Leadership/Nominations Committee, serving as a state delegate, and had the opportunity to lead workshops at the 2009 & 2011 Convos. I will be leading two workshops for the 2013 Convo – come to my sessions!
At previous Convos, I attended several sessions to help me finish my doctorate. I attended a session on writing a dissertation and learned so much about the dissertation process. Because I was encouraged by sessions on writing and publishing at KPD Convo, I have two published articles and an upcoming book chapter.
Attending KDP Convo offers you a great opportunity to be challenged, to learn new ideas, and to meet a bunch of great people who can help you in your professional career. I find myself constantly interacting with people I have met from the past Convos on Facebook and through email. We share ideas, laugh at each other’s posts, and even encourage one another through those rough days.
I have had a great experience with Kappa Delta Pi since joining in 2006 as a student and now as a college professor and KDP Counselor for our local chapter. I challenge you to attend KDP Convo this Oct. 24-26 in Dallas, and see how it can help influence your career, develop your leadership potential, and expand your network of teaching professionals. See you at Convo!