Literacy Alive! Top Projects Announced

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the top projects from the 2015-2016 review cycle.

Gold Projects

  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte  (Omicron Pi Chapter)
  • Bethune-Cookman University  (Pi Delta Chapter)
  • Fitchburg State University  (Xi Psi Chapter)
  • Madonna University  (Sigma Xi Chapter)
  • Liberty University  (Pi Sigma Chapter)

Silver Projects

  • Ferris State University  (Alpha Alpha Iota Chapter)
  • Kean University  (Delta Rho Chapter)
  • University of St. Thomas – Houston  (Pi Lambda Chapter)
  • Chapman University  (Chi Beta Chapter)
  • University of North Texas  (Alpha Iota Chapter)

Bronze Projects

  • St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn Campus  (Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter)
  • Armstrong State University  (Nu Zeta Chapter)
  • University of Pittsburgh  (Omicron Phi Chapter)
  • Marian University, Indianapolis  (Alpha Alpha Tau Chapter)
  • Concordia University  (Pi Psi Chapter)

2015-2016 proved to be another awesome year for Literacy Alive! with more than 100 projects submitted, 35,444 people served, and 26,631 books were collected for distribution globally!

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To learn how you can participate in the 2016-2017 review cycle, and read a summary of each of the Gold Project award winners, visit the Literacy Alive! homepage on the KDP website.

Proudly announcing our 2015-2016 awards recipients!

Laura Perkins is the director of membership & chapter services.

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 Awards for Education Excellence given by Kappa Delta Pi.

These awards honor individuals and chapters for their significant contributions to the Society and the education world. Since 2014, we have been giving out four (4) of our coveted awards annually. The 2016 recipients of our annual awards are as follows:

Chapter Program Award
The Program Awards recognize chapters for demonstrating excellence in one of six program areas: service, professional development, fundraising, membership, communication, and education for sustainable development. These awards are designed for chapters that have exceptional programming and may or may not qualify for the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award.

Phoenix Award for Chapter Improvement
The Phoenix Award recognizes those chapters that have taken significant action to improve their overall level of effectiveness in chapter management and programming.

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Distinguished Chapter Officer Award
The Distinguished Chapter Officer Award honors current or immediate-past officers who set positive examples for their chapters by representing the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi.

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Regional Chapter Counselor Award
The Regional Chapter Counselor Award recognizes one dedicated counselor from each region that excels in his or her role for that region. The counselors achieving this award are leaders who represent the mission and ideals of KDP and who have achieved excellence in the role of counselor.

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All award recipients will be formally recognized at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA (October 26-28, 2017) as well as with a certificate and a spot on the KDP website.

Congratulations to all of our award recipients, and we look forward to continuing to recognize you in all of your successes along the way!

Children of Unauthorized Immigrants

Catherine Gonzalez is an Elementary and Special Education double major with Social and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Psychology at Seton Hall University (SHU). She is currently the Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi, Xi Gamma Chapter at SHU.

SHU_event23jpgThe program I spearheaded was Children of Unauthorized Immigrants, which involved four panelists all with backgrounds in the social sciences and teaching students of unauthorized immigrants. One panelist also spoke from firsthand experience, as a woman who went through school while being undocumented.

SHU_event1During this program, the Seton Hall community got the chance to explore a world that they likely hadn’t put a lot of thought into before now. Students and faculty alike got the chance to step into the metaphorical shoes of people in this country who face struggles and experiences many of us never have to even consider.

It was a chance to catch a glimpse into the firsthand experience of those who come to this country with nothing for the small possibility of building a better life.

SHU_event4When the idea of this program was brought up, I instantly felt drawn towards it.  I was involved in this program because I felt it would spark an important conversation, on a topic that isn’t often spoken about. During this presidential election, the conversation of immigration itself has been a hot topic. With negative and hateful views becoming more publicized and growing in number, we felt as an organization that the best way to combat this would be through providing information. Ignorance is usually based in misunderstanding and missing information, so we thought to combat that in the way we knew best: educating others.

SHU_event6As a first-generation American and college student, this was something that was very near to me, through my personal experience of seeing people go through similar issues. I was pleased to find that, when working with advisors and other students, they shared my opinion of the importance of discussions on this topic. These discussions led to further conversations on topics that many students who are going into teaching or becoming professionals that work with children hadn’t really thought about before.

Kappa Delta Pi instills in its members the values of knowledge, duty and power. This discussion of teaching children of unauthorized immigrants and what we as educators and other professionals can do is important as it emerges into the core values that Kappa Delta Pi stands for, and that we as future educators strive to reach.

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You’re Award-Worthy, So Apply!

Recognizing excellence always has been a part of Kappa Delta Pi’s mission, and we consider it a privilege to recognize the important work that our volunteers and chapters do to impact their communities. The Awards for Education Excellence honor those individuals and chapters for their significant contributions to the Society and the education world.

You’re changing the world, so tell us how by applying for one of our many awards below!

To help you with completing the application(s), we are providing you with many resources—including the rubrics by which all submissions will be reviewed and scored. We encourage you to use the rubrics to make your application as strong as possible.

Annual Awards

The annual awards (below) are for the 2015–2016 academic year, and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Winners will be notified by June 1, 2016 and will be announced on the KDP blog and social media. Recipients will receive a certificate and will also be recognized in-person at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA from October 26–28, 2017.


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Chapters can submit up to five programs for consideration—one in each of the following areas: Professional Development, Membership, Fundraising, Community Service, and Communication.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Program Award. When you’re ready, submit your application!


image2Phoenix Award for Chapter Improvement

Each year, we work with a number of chapters that find they have room for improvement. We are astounded by the efforts put in by chapter leaders to strengthen chapter-member engagement, establish programs meeting member needs, and identifying leadership opportunities for chapter members. Our intent with this award is to recognize those efforts and thank you for your service!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Phoenix Award. When you’re ready, submit your application!


image3Distinguished Chapter Officer Award

Having a strong, engaged chapter directly correlates with having strong chapter leadership. Among their various other responsibilities, chapter officers plan events, organize service projects, recruit new members, and maintain the sustainability of the chapter. The Distinguished Chapter Officer Award honors current or immediate-past officers who set positive examples for their chapters by representing the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi.

All of our 600+ chapters are eligible to submit one officer for consideration. Whose name will your chapter submit?!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. When you’re ready, submit her/his name and nomination!


image4Regional Chapter Counselor Award

Here at Headquarters, we always say (and strongly believe) that the sustainability of our chapters depends on the commitment and leadership of the dedicated Chapter Counselors and the mentoring they provide to the students and members.

How has your Chapter Counselor impacted you individually and the chapter collectively? Submit his/her name for consideration of this prestigious award!

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Regional Chapter Counselor Award as well as the officer rating form. When you’re ready, submit her/his name for consideration!


Submissions for the above awards are reviewed by a panel of judges, and award-winning applications will be announced on Friday, June 1, 2016.


Biennial Awards

The biennial awards (below) are for the 2015–2017 biennium, and the deadline for submissions is June 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced on the KDP blog and social media. Recipients will receive a certificate and will also be recognized in-person at Convocation 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA from October 26–28, 2017.


image5Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award

Established in 1995, the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Awards program recognizes KDP chapters that exhibit outstanding programming, membership, and leadership in support of the Society’s mission and strategic goals. Since its inception, chapters across the country have aspired to offer creative, purposeful programming and a full slate of chapter activities with a hope of earning this coveted award.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the ACE Award. We encourage you to print a copy of the submission form and fill it in as you go before applying online. Applications open February 2017.


image6Rising Star Award for New Chapters

KDP welcomes several new chapters each year. The Rising Star Award for New Chapters recognizes these new groups that demonstrate outstanding management and programming in their first biennium following installation.

Chapters installed between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014 that have not already won this award are encouraged to apply.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Rising Star Award. Applications open February 2017.


image7O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award

This award honors Chapter Counselors with at least five years of KDP service and activity for their service, scholarship, professional development, outstanding leadership of the chapter, and mentorship of the chapter’s student leaders.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award. Applications open February 2017.


image8Lucinda Rose Counselor Award

The Lucinda Rose Counselor Award, funded by Drs. Vincent and Linda McGrath, honors an exemplary Counselor and chapter leader within Kappa Delta Pi.

Find the eligibility, criteria, and requirements for the Lucinda Rose Award. This is not an open nomination award.


image9Founders Awards

As a tribute to KDP’s founding members and their vision for the Society and its role in the field of education, these Founders Awards honor current educators at the local, national, or global level living these visions today.

For more information, visit the Awards and Honors page.


The Chapter Services staff looks forward to seeing all of your hard work reflected in the award applications! It is a pleasure to read about the chapter successes and about the individuals who have made a positive impact on the chapter.

For more information about the Awards for Education Excellence and to view the recipients of past awards, please check out the Recognition pages of our website.

 

October is Honor Your Counselor Month

Fall is my favorite season of the year.  The changing of the leaves, cooler temperatures that require hooded sweatshirts, and both football and the school year are in full swing.  These are things I am thankful for each October.

However, more than these things, I am thankful for the wonderful leaders in the field of education that I have the pleasure of working with each and every day.KDP Counselor Thank You

Each biennium at KDP, we set aside the weeks leading up to Convocation as Honor Your Counselor Month.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking your Chapter Counselor(s) for the work they do in supporting and advising your KDP chapter by participating in our “We Couldn’t BEE More Thankful!” program:

  • By donating to KDP in honor of your Counselor, you will purchase your counselor a $5 Starbucks Gift Card and support our Counselor appreciation efforts, (including light snacks and a special Counselor room at Convo 2015 in Orlando, Florida).

We look forward to partnering with you to show our dedicated, volunteer Counselors how much we appreciate all they do for our individual KDP chapters and also the entire Society.

From all of us here at Headquarters, thank you!

Note:  If a donation isn’t an option right now, check out the list of other ideas to Honor Your Counselor posted here.

  Chapin Schnick

Chapin Schnick is Northeast Regional Chapter Coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.

Stevenson University Members are Real Hallo-winners!

A tiger, a witch, and a robot walk into a library . . .

No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s what happens when members of the Stevenson University Kappa Delta Pi chapter host their annual Boo Bash at the Finksburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library in Maryland. Each year, these creative and caring students develop and present a Halloween program for Finksburg area residents. And the kids love it. Participants are invited to come to the event in image-2costume. (Hence the tiger, the witch, and the robot from the beginning of this post.) Members of Kappa Delta Pi pick favorite Halloween titles to read out loud for a fun and funny story time. And there is always a host of easy and interesting activities for the young ones. Ranging from paper plate jack o’ lanterns to lollipop ghosts, the children love the opportunity to make festive crafts.

These students provide a great service by coordinating this program at the library. First, the event proves to be a good draw to get folks into the branch. Who doesn’t love a festive autumn story time? And once there,image-1 patrons can begin to see (if they didn’t already know) how the modern library is so much more than just books. It’s story times and crafts and gathering together to enjoy the season. It’s family and friends cherishing time spent together. It’s conscientious college students volunteering their time to help bring laughter and a love of reading to the neighborhood. It’s a focal point for the community to gather and to enjoy.

And so the library is truly grateful for the work of Kappa Delta Pi. We are thankful for their partnership and for the joy they spread to the community. Halloween may be the season for scares, but it’s smiles that are handed out when members of Kappa Delta Pi come to the Finksburg Branch.

The Psi Omicron Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is being honored at KDP’s 50th Biennial Convocation for multiple Chapter Program Awards from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. They are also one of 25 chapters receiving the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award.

Bryan Hissong is the Manager of the Finksburg Branch Library in Carroll County, Maryland.

Convo Advice from John Lennon

Kadelpian John Lennon is back with his next Convo video blog. John gives you 3 pieces of advice for chapter leaders attending Convo. Email John at lenno1jp@gmail.com.

Register for Convo before August 31 to get the early bird rate: http://www.kdp.org/convocation/registration/index.php.