KDP Staffers Receive Recent Honors

Christopher Whited, CAE, Kappa Delta Pi’s Chief Experience Officer, was named the 2020 Association Professional of the Year at the 19th Annual Indiana Society of Association Executives Society’s Top Association Recognition (STAR) Awards. The STAR Awards celebrate the association management profession and the individuals who power success in their associations.

Christopher recognizes the need to serve and provide value to our members. A few key strategies he has implemented include: videos telling member stories and testimonials, an Onboarding email campaign, more integrated content (such as relevant resources to members across a variety of communications channels), as well as virtual learning, community building, and networking events for chapter leaders and members.

His efforts have paid off. In the month of September alone, KDP membership recruitment was up 98 percent as a result of efforts Christopher led. Despite declining enrollment in teacher preparation, Christopher’s team continues to open new chapters at institutions and build thriving local communities of teacher candidates (including with non-traditional programs), which allow us the opportunity to better achieve our mission of inspiring and equipping teachers to thrive.

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In addition, Samantha Tarlton Procento, KDP’s Assistant Director of Advancement, has been selected as one of 11 women joining the Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis 2021 Impact Young Philanthropists program. This program offers women early in their non-profit careers membership in Impact 100, while enriching the grants process with fresh perspectives and technical expertise.


Black Lives Matter

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is an educational nonprofit organization that serves, supports, and provides leadership opportunities for more than 35,000 collegiate pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and teacher preparation faculty. In the wake of the recent killings of Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor, Mr. Rayshard Brooks, and others at the hands of law enforcement, we would like to unequivocally affirm the sentiment that Black Lives Matter, not only in instances of police brutality, but in every facet of life. As such, we are committed to working in solidarity with our members and partners to implement systemically focused efforts that directly address the racial inequities within our beloved profession.

Teachers are often the most influential adults in the daily lives of their students beyond family. Teachers who embrace and exemplify diversity, equity, and inclusion transform the lives of students by expanding their minds, knowledge, and opportunities. We recognize this pivotal moment in history as a time to not only teach, but to pause, learn from and embrace the reality that not all of our lived experiences are the same. We also recognize this as a time to celebrate the academic, cultural and professional contributions of individuals throughout the African diaspora that have been undervalued for centuries.

Systemic racism in education prohibits children and adults of color from experiencing high quality, engaging educational experiences despite their talents and abilities. All people of color have a right to learn skills and acquire knowledge in educational environments that enable them to realize their inherent lifelong potential.

It is not enough to commit to solidarity and state our beliefs. We must act. Therefore, KDP’s leadership and staff commit to the following actions to ensure Black students, teachers, families, and communities stop being targeted with violence, oppression, and lesser opportunities:

  1. Acknowledge implicit biases, prejudices, and privilege within KDP by engaging in difficult conversations about racism while seeking solutions.
  2. Establish KDP’s first-ever Coalition for Anti-Racism in Education (CARE) to work with KDP on the development of processes that can support teachers to teach Black students well.
  3. Ensuring the work of Black educators is central to all of KDP’s programming.
  4. Provide ongoing staff training on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  5. Evaluate KDP’s policies and procedures to remove barriers for people of color to join as members, contribute thought leadership, and become employed.
  6. Diversify KDP leadership, staff, and membership to ensure the voices and votes of people of color are incorporated into KDP’s work locally, nationally, and globally.
  7. Expend resources to develop and expand KDP chapters in Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
  8. Partner with companies, organizations, foundations, and other educational associations to identify greater-impact solutions and opportunities for teachers of color.
  9. Be authentic, transparent, and committed to eliminate racism in and out of the classroom while never forgetting the countless lives lost or devastated by racism.

KDP remains committed to helping recruit, prepare, and retain a diverse, effective, and respected teacher workforce, and we look forward to working with you to eliminate racism in education.  If you wish to join KDP in these efforts, please email a message to CEO@kdp.org.



Tonja Eagan, MPA, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer


Click to download the statement in PDF form.

Got a Minute? Week of March 30, 2015

Got a Minute for KDP? See what’s going on at headquarters in a one-minute(ish) video.

This week:

  • Decision Letters for proposals submitted for Convo are sent out this week
  • Save the Date! Convocation Oct. 22-24 2015 in Orlando, FL
  • Graduation regalia is available online at the KDP Store
  • KDP Headquarters office closed April 3, 2015

February is Leadership Month

Leadership development is a top priority for many organizations, and that’s why it is a pleasure to highlight February as the first KDP Leadership Month. There are many events planned for Leadership Month to build our members’ potential to be teacher leaders, including regional iLead events, Teach to Lead programs and summits, and travel scholarships with People to People.

In honor of Leadership Month members of the Chapter Services team wanted to share their favorite quotes on leadership to encourage you in your teaching journey.

Katie Heath“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” –Ronald Reagan

Katie Heath, Northeast Regional Chapter Coordinator

Rachel Gurley“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.”–Walter Lippmann

Rachel Gurley, Chapter Operations Coordinator

Thom Ulmet“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Thomas Ulmet, Midwest Regional Chapter Coordinator

Laura Perkins“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

Laura Perkins, Southeast Regional Chapter Coordinator

Chris Beaman“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” –John C. Maxwell

As a teacher, are you in your role because it’s just a great position to have, or is it because influencing the lives of children in your community is your passion?  While it can be both, we know that you are dedicated to teaching because of your passion for others, and that is what makes YOU a great leader of today.  It’s time for the great leaders of the world—our teachers and KDP members—to stand together and continue to positively influence the lives of our children for the sake of humanity.  We cannot thank you enough for the passion you bring to the field and the daily impact that you have.

Chris Beaman, Assistant Director of Chapter Services and Membership

At KDP we believe every member is a leader. Use February as an opportunity to re-focus your chapter’s executive officers or build on your personal skills. How could you better develop your skills during KDP Leadership Month?

One Year Later—How We’re Changing to Better Serve You

Faye Snodgress is executive director of Kappa Delta Pi.

Faye_S_7-1-14Last April, I shared information about the results of a membership needs assessment and stated that I would keep you posted on our progress in moving the Society forward based on what we learned.

Since the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, much of our effort has been focused on providing a more consistent chapter experience for collegiate members by:

  • Providing common expectations for all chapters,
  • Implementing new training for chapter officers, and
  • Increasing the amount of resources and support provided to our chapters by Headquarters staff.

Our efforts seem to be making a positive impact. As of the end of December, the number of initiates has increased 7% and there has been a steady increase in the number of graduate students. As an indication of increased chapter engagement, 14 chapters have volunteered to host regional iLEAD conferences this semester.

Building off the finding that we needed to find ways to better inform members about the benefits, services, and events available to them, we increased our use of social media and targeted mailings. In September, we launched an entirely new website with improved navigation and streamlined information. Member input was used throughout the development of the new site.

To address the challenges of transitioning into the classroom, a New Teacher Community was established in KDP Global, with 14 expert teachers serving as online mentors.

While we are pleased with our progress, our work is not done. We continue to assess what we do and how it aligns with the professional needs of KDP members. As you can see, we take our responsibility for serving and supporting you very seriously. We rely on your input to guide our efforts. If you have any suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear from you! You can contact me at faye@kdp.org.

We Challenged You! How Did You Respond?

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

#NiceBucketYou might remember about two months ago, we began a project to make a difference in the lives of others every day. This Nice Bucket Challenge, which sprang from a response to the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, was a test for our staff, and boy, they have stepped up.

Today, October 25, is Make A Difference Day. USA WEEKEND Magazine, established this day to “recognize the everyday people whose contributions improve communities and better lives.”

We thought it was the perfect occasion to catch you up on how KDP staffers have been making a difference—in small ways each day—in the lives of others since August.

So far, our staff members have completed 70 acts of kindness, like:

  • Ambre and Zumba instructorBrought snacks to an after school tutoring program,
  • Signed up to volunteer with the United Way, an organization with which one of our staffers had always meant to get involved,
  • Gotten involved with More Love Letters and Love for the Elderly,
  • Paid it forward at Starbucks,
  • Made one positive change in their own lives (see Ambre’s picture with her new Zumba instructor!),
  • Donated school supplies to an organization that needed them,
  • And so much more.

I think if you’d ask any of our staff members, these simple acts took little time and effort on their part and made them, and those on the receiving end of their acts, feel absolutely fantastic.

And, if you remember from the post back in August, we challenged YOU to the Nice Bucket Challenge, too. So, what have you done, or are you going to do, to make a difference today? Share your ideas with us!

Meet KDP’s New Managing Editor!

Emily Zoss is the managing editor of The Educational Forum, published by Kappa Delta Pi.

EmilyKappa Delta Pi members know that a significant part of our mission is to connect educators with resources that foster excellence in the profession. The Educational Forum, our cornerstone scholarly journal, is one of those exceptional resources, and I’m proud to be a part of the team that brings it to you.

I’m the newest addition here at KDP’s offices in Indianapolis, having just started a few weeks ago as the managing editor of The Forum. I’ve worked in various publishing roles; most recently, I was the editor and publications manager at an art museum. Before that, though, I studied drama and spent several years working in technical theater—including as a middle and high school stagecraft elective teacher at an international school in Cairo, Egypt.

With that background, it’s probably no surprise that I’m especially excited about the latest issue of The Forum, which is all about the profound impact arts and aesthetic education can have on learning. In this issue, you’ll read about teachers exploring the integration of arts with language arts, history, and science, as well as the important lessons the arts teach that extend beyond curricular subjects. As Linda Nathan writes, “The arts provide avenues to both pose and solve problems creatively. Creativity counts. Judgment counts. And good judgment has to be taught.”

It’s a rich and thought-provoking collection of articles. Visit The Forum’s web page to see the full lineup and download several free selections from the issue, and let us know what you think.

KDP members can subscribe to The Forum at a steep discount: only $25 per year, or $45 for two years. Call KDP at 1-800-284-3167 for more details.

Katie’s Northeast Chapter Visits

Katie Heath is Northeast Regional Chapter Coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.

Bell 1One of my favorite things about working at Kappa Delta Pi is the opportunity to travel and visit chapters all across the Northeast! Last week I had the privilege of meeting with a few chapters in western Pennsylvania and New York.

One of those chapters was Lambda Eta Chapter at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. While meeting with Dr. Apple, Counselor, and Betty, President, they showed me some old chapter scrapbooks, including a newspaper article from the 1960s describing an old school bell that the chapter presented to KDP Headquarters in honor of our founder, William Chandler Bagley. We continue to house that same bell in our Laureate Library.

Bell 2I also was fortunate to meet with a few Pennsylvania chapters together as a cluster meeting to network and share resources and ideas. It was wonderful to reconnect with students and counselors that I first met at Convo 2013 in Dallas, as well as meet some new KDP leaders. As much as I enjoy sharing information about Kappa Delta Pi and supporting our chapter leaders, I also love hearing about the unique programs and events hosted by our individual chapters. Thank you to the chapter leaders from Robert Morris University, Grove City College, and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for your participation in this small regional meeting. Your dedication and creativity are so inspiring and appreciated.

I sincerely value the discussions with chapter leaders during each visit and continue to learn more about each chapter and Kappa Delta Pi as a Society every time I travel. Your ideas, success stories, and challenges allow me to support you as a leader of Kappa Delta Pi and as an educator.

KDP Chapter Visit, Katie 2014P.S. Thank you to Clarion University of Pennsylvania, St. Bonaventure University, The State University of New York – Fredonia, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University for your gracious hospitality!