NYC iLead Conference is a Huge Success!

Michelle Rosenberg is president of Xi Rho Chapter at St. Francis College

On Sunday, February 22, St. Francis College hosted its very first Kappa Delta Pi iLead Conference.

iLead photo 2Participants braved the harsh New York City temperatures, snow and ice to make it to the networking event. Students and professionals traveled from as far as Pennsylvania, Westchester, and Long Island just to be in attendance!

The morning began with a brief registration process and light refreshments. As the conference began, pens and computer keys began moving and chatter between everyone got louder and louder. It was the perfect opportunity to speak to seasoned educators whose specialties ranged from special education, English and college level literature.

The activities focused primarily on the core of what leadership truly is and how to become an effective leader in your very own classroom or school building. Topics ranged from reflections about what leadership means/is, ways to become a teacher leader (examples: publishing work and mentoring incoming teachers), the types of leadership methodologies, effective cooperative work between teachers/administrators, and the coveted interview prep.

iLead photo 1I’d have to say that the BEST part of the entire conference was speaking to other chapter leaders and getting tips from current student teachers about their experiences in the classroom and with their chapters. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic about their upcoming philanthropy efforts, e-boards, and chapter development as a whole.

The iLead conference turned out to be the perfect opportunity to get tips from ACE chapter leaders about their communication tools, programming, and overall inner workings. I especially enjoyed my conversations with the women from Kappa Eta Chapter at St. John’s University. Our conversation became so detailed that someone suggested that we create a Google forum or Facebook group to stay in touch. This will be in the works very soon!

Overall, the iLead conference proved to be a success for many reasons. I learned a great deal and met some incredible souls that really opened up my eyes and heart. I hope that everyone was able to get something meaningful from this opportunity because I definitely did!

Good luck with your future endeavors and I look forward to seeing you all in classroom or board room one day.

Chapter Hosts Documentary Screening

Angela Fazio is co-president of Kappa Eta Chapter at St. John’s University.

TEACH ViewingWe recently held a viewing of the TEACH documentary and invited all NYC Chapters as a way to collaborate with other chapters and inspire dialogue that goes far beyond the classroom.

Cindy Amuzie, who is the Historian of Kappa Eta Chapter had these words to say after the event: “This documentary does a great job depicting the experiences a teacher has to go through. This experience is all trial and error until a breakthrough is found, until all students are reached, or until your students find themselves in what they are learning. I am so happy we screened this documentary!”

We reviewed the event on our university website, which highlights the panel of members who discussed the documentary, as well as the realistic nature of the film and the adversities teachers must overcome with their students.

Due to the success of our event, and feedback from our student body, we plan on hosting a screening of the TEACH documentary at the beginning of every year!

Kappa Delta Pi has partnered with Participant Media to make the TEACH documentary available to our chapters. If you’re interested in receiving a DVD, email mcs@kdp.org.

Celebrate Founders Day—Snap a Photo!

Laura Stelsel is director of marketing & communications at Kappa Delta Pi.

Founders cake

Serving a sweet cake at your celebration? Share it with us!

Kappa Delta Pi will be 104 years old on March 8. How do you plan to celebrate? Whether you wear your KDP pin or have a chapter celebration (you can find resources to plan your celebration on the KDP website), we hope you’ll do something to commemorate our founding AND we hope you take a moment to snap a photo.

Why? Because it’s time for our first Founders Day photo contest! Eligible participants include any paid, current member of the Society OR a chapter of paid, current members of the Society. Winners cannot have a lapsed membership status.

Founders photo

Honor our founders–recreate a photo of the first initiates!

The contest runs through noon on March 13, after which a winner (and prizes) will be selected by KDP staff and announced via social media.

Here’s how you can enter the contest:

  • Post photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #KDPFounders AND/OR
  • Email photos to marketing@kdp.org
  • Include a few sentences about the photos
  • Watch for the winner announcement on March 14
Katie with archives

Have a piece of our history in your chapter archives? Bring it out for Founders Day! And snap a photo, of course.

In the meantime, check out all of the submissions in our Facebook album. Good luck!

By submitting a photo, you grant Kappa Delta Pi permission to use your likeness, and the likeness of the other parties, in a photograph in any and all of its publications, including website entries, without payment or any other consideration.

Tau Omega Chapter Holiday Book Exchange

B. Rose Lyons is president of Tau Omega Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at Saint Joseph’s University.

BookExchange2Each December, Tau Omega Chapter at Saint Joseph’s University hosts a Holiday Book Exchange to assist its members in the creation of their future classroom libraries. Members place their names and certification areas into a hat during the November general meeting and pull another member’s name from the hat at random.

Instead of buying a generic gift, members buy a book relevant to the certification area of their chosen person, so that it can be used in a future classroom library. Many members choose specific books for sentimental value, such as a childhood favorite, while others choose books they feel a classroom library would be incomplete without.

The Holiday Book Exchange and party replaces the December general meeting and has consistently proven to be a great success. This night gives KDP members the opportunity to bond during the holiday season through baked goods, conversation, and a love of books.

An amazing, feel-good event

Jenna Alt is the co-president of Pi Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at UW-Stevens Point.

KDP Christmas Cookies 4Pi Epsilon Chapter is in the process of transitioning new inductees into officer positions. We all wanted to get to know each other a little better, so we decided to decorate Christmas cookies for the School of Education staff and for a local housing facility here in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

KDP Christmas Cookies 5On the evening of December 10, the chapter decorated 19 dozen Christmas cookies. We put the decorated cookies in small serving bags and delivered about 50 cookies to the School of Education staff. The rest we took to the Stevens Point Housing Authority for residents of the facility to enjoy.

KDP Christmas Cookies 2Many of the residents have a hard time getting around, so when we arrived, only about 10 of the 75 residents were in the lobby. One of the residents offered to take us around to all seven floors so that we could personally deliver the cookies to those who could not come down. We rang the doorbells of each and every door in that facility, and when they opened their doors, we told them we were an honor society and that all of us were going to be future teachers. They were all so appreciative and grateful. The smiles on their faces were absolutely priceless!

At the end of the night, we ended up in the lobby again, and one of the elderly women started talking with us. She asked what “fraternity” we were with and we explained that we were actually part of an honor society for future teachers. Her eyes got big and she told us she was no “future teacher,” but was a “past teacher!” She had taught for 65 years and had many stories to share with us. We sat around listening to stories of how teaching has changed from her day in age to now ours. Her biggest piece of advice to us: Have fun!

What an amazing, feel-good event! It was something so very simple and I know I can speak for all the chapter members who helped when I say that last night will not be forgotten any time soon.

Brooklyn College Chapter Hosts Boro-wide Professional Conference

Francine Canin is a Reading Teacher at I.S. 238: The Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis, Queens. A former Chapter President and Literacy Alive Coordinator, Francine is currently serving as Membership Vice President at Brooklyn College.

On November 7, Eta Theta/Brooklyn College, along with the Brooklyn Reading Council, co-hosted the 34th annual Brooklyn Boro-wide Professional Conference. Educators, a day of workshops and professional networking. The event opened with remarks from Brooklyn College School of Education Dean April Bedford, whose message of “Bring the joy back to reading” resonated with educators.

Jason Leinwand explains the relationship between Stop-Motion Animation and Literacy to a group of educators at the conference while Dr. Tova Ackerman, Director of Puppetry in Practice at Brooklyn College

Jason Leinwand explains the relationship between Stop-Motion Animation and Literacy while Dr. Tova Ackerman, Director of Puppetry in Practice at Brooklyn College

Topics included Bullying, Reading in the Content Areas, Encouraging Creativity and Thinking Skills, Understanding the Data, Drama in Reading Instruction, Forging Relationships with Parents, an introduction to ELL topics, and more. Presenters included principals, teachers, and BC faculty members, several of whom are KDP members. Dr. Tova Ackerman and Jason Leinwand amazed teachers with their Stop-Motion Animation, a vehicle for activating literacy in children. The cartoon created by students using this technique was amazing!

I presented a workshop on Teaching the Reluctant Learner, where I shared some of the strategies I use to motivate and support students. I am hoping to bring this workshop to Convo 2015 in Orlando!

Dean April Bedford

Dean April Bedford

Author Stephanie Calmenson gave a presentation about her career path as Kindergarten teacher and children’s author. Scholastic, Inc. donated free copies of Ready, Set, Dogs! No Dogs Allowed, which Ms. Calmenson co-wrote with Joanna Cole. I particularly enjoyed seeing slides which were motivations for her writing. One was a photo of her first manuscript, or what was left of it after her dog ate it! Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Stephanie Calmenson as she signed copies of Dinner at the Panda Palace. You can hear her read this delightful PBS StoryTIme book.

Chapter President Barbara Buchholz presents Chancellor Carmen Farina with a gift membership and gold clad pin.

Chapter President Barbara Buchholz with Chancellor Carmen Farina.

The highlight of the day was the keynote speech given by New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, a dynamic educator who has not forgotten her own years in the classroom. Ms. Farina began by discussing Common Core, and emphasized that if the texts are not developmentally appropriate, then the students aren’t learning. “Literacy is joy” was a simple yet strong quote that reminded us that we need to find ways to not only meet the standards, but to teach students to love reading. Chancellor Farina supports picture books for all ages, students reading to each other, including older students reading to younger ones, independent reading to build fluency and stamina, and helping parents understand how to set the appropriate environment for doing homework. And who can argue with her philosophy on testing: More testing? No. More sensible testing? Yes! On behalf of Eta Theta Chapter, President Barbara Buchholz presented Chancellor Farina with a gift membership to Kappa Delta Pi.

Kudos to the dedicated professionals of Kappa Delta Pi – Eta Theta Chapter and the Brooklyn Reading Council who worked hard to make this event a huge success. Many thanks especially to our Chapter President, Barbara Buchholz and our Chapter Counselor and Conference Co-Chairperson, Sharon Kohn. Thanks also go to Dr. Victor Ramsey, Co-Chairperson of the Conference and Jennifer Hamilton-McKinnon, President of the Brooklyn Reading Council.

The Eta Theta Executive Board is poised to assist any other chapter needing advice or support in order to create a similar event.