2017 #KDPgrad with Pride Photo Contest – Now Open!

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Are you a senior or grad student who is graduating this spring or graduated in December?

First of all, congratulations! We are proud of you and wish you the very best as you job search and start your teaching career.

We know you must be proud of yourself and your achievements, too—and took (or will take) photos of yourself in your cap and gown with your KDP cords, stole, and/or medallion.

Share one or two of your favorite pictures of yourself on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #KDPGrad as a first step to entering our annual KDP Graduate with Pride photo contest.

To complete your entry, go to http://www.kdp.org/gradwithpridecontest.php to answer a quick survey so we know who you are and a couple of sentences about your journey to become a teacher.

All completed entries will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 5 $20 gift certificates to the KDP Store.

Pictures will be placed in an album on KDP’s Facebook page. One way to win is to share the photo(s) from our page and/or ask your friends and family members to “like” your photo for a chance to win the most “likes.”

Eligible participants are members who graduated in December 2016 or are graduating this spring semester. The contest deadline is June 16, after which winners will be selected.

Good luck! We’ll be looking for your picture soon!

2016 Winners of the #KDPGrad Photo Contest

2016 #KDPgrad with Pride Photo Contest – Now Open!

KDPgradAre you a senior or grad student who is graduating this spring or graduated in December?

First of all, congratulations! We are proud of you and wish you the very best as you job search and start your teaching career.

Secondly, we have a unique opportunity for you to share your story and be entered into a drawing!

Share pictures of yourself in your cap and gown with your KDP cords, stole, and/or medallion on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using the hashtag #KDPgrad as a first step to entering our sixth annual KDP Graduate with Pride photo contest*. Pictures will be placed in an album on KDP’s Facebook page; at least one winner will be chosen from the overall number of likes/comments/shares it receives, so be sure to share your photo from our page!

To complete your entry, click here to answer a quick survey.

Winners receive one of five $20 gift certificates to the KDP Store.

Good luck! We will be looking for your picture soon!

*Eligible participants are members who graduated any time during the 2015-2016 school year. The contest deadline is June 16, after which winners will be selected.

Proudly announcing our 2014 awards recipients!

Chris Beaman is the assistant director of membership & chapter services.

We are so excited to announce the recipients of the 2014 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. This year, we were pleased to announce that we increased the frequency with which we award four (4) of our coveted awards to be handed out annually.

The 2014 recipients are as follows:

Chapter Program Award
The Program Awards recognize chapters for demonstrating excellence in one of five program areas: service, professional development, fundraising, membership, and communication. These awards are designed for chapters that have exceptional programming and may or may not qualify for the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award.KDP Awards 1

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.

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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Congratulations to all of our award recipients, and remember to carry what you learned from the experience(s) with you throughout your professional career. We look forward to continuing to recognize you in all of your successes along the way.

From all of us at KDP, thank you!

Faye Snodgress is the executive director of KDP International.

KDP Executive Director Faye Snodgress thanks you!

KDP Executive Director Faye Snodgress thanks you!

World Gratitude Days is September 21. The day was created by a group within the United Nations so that people could find ways to express their appreciation for all the good things that groups and individuals do to make life better for others. Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being and brings inner peace and joy. We are called upon to pause and to think about those who have been an inspiration to us and who we value in our lives and to thank them.

Most of us recognize that by counting our blessings and being grateful for them not only makes us happier but also positively impacts those to whom we show our gratitude.  It now appears that some psychologists have arrived at the same conclusion. Dr. Robert Emmons, a leading scholar in the scientific study of gratitude and professor at the University of California stated, “ …while the emotion seemed simplistic even to me as I began my research, I soon discovered that gratitude is a deeper, more complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in human happiness. Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives.”

Personally, I am very grateful for those special teachers who changed my life and for my role at KDP Headquarters that enables me to serve important  and special educators who play a critical role in our society and influence our country’s greatest resources—its children.  So, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to you—each and every member of the KDP community.  Today and every day, my thanks go to you!

The moment is now. It is a time for all of us to show our gratitude for educators and leaders who have influenced our lives.  Who can you thank today for the positive impact they have had yon your life? Who do you appreciate?  How do you plan to show your gratitude?