Faye Snodgress is executive director of Kappa Delta Pi.
In February, Kappa Delta Pi engaged a research firm to conduct a needs assessment of our membership. We deeply value the members who generously participated in the survey and provided their feedback.
So what did we learn?
We were pleased to learn that 83% of members would speak positively about the Society. Members gave high marks to the quality of our professional development webinars and journals, such as the KDP Record and The Educational Forum.
Also, 92% of our members ranked participation in Convocation as positive and unique professional development experience.
Equally important were findings that indicated areas of improvement, which include the importance of providing a consistent and robust chapter experience, identifying additional ways to better inform members of the resources available to them, and enhancing KDP’s support of members who are transitioning into the classroom and through their first five years of teaching.
What’s next? The research findings were shared with the KDP Executive Council during its March meeting, and it provided the basis for the development of the Society’s 2014-2016 strategic plan. We are busy developing strategies that will allow us to build on our strengths and to address areas needing improvement. We will report our progress every six months in KDP News starting in December 2014.
The KDP staff and volunteer leaders look forward to making KDP an even stronger organization. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at faye[at]kdp.org.