Celebrating the Life and Leadership of Dr. Frank E. Marsh

Faye Snodgress is Executive Director of Kappa Delta Pi.

Dr. Frank Marsh

With a very heavy heart, I share news of the death of Dr. Frank E. Marsh, Professor Emeritus of Northeastern University, and a truly outstanding and dedicated leader of Kappa Delta Pi International for nearly 7 decades. Inducted into KDP’s Beta Beta Chapter at The University of New Hampshire in 1949, his service goes back far enough that he had opportunities to meet the founders of KDP and often shared interesting stories about KDP in the early years.

It is fitting at his passing to acknowledge his many significant contributions to the Society. There is no one who matched his sustained effort in leadership excellence. He captured the spirit of KDP in all the work he accomplished in his professional life as a teacher, coach, university professor, and Dean. He personified the ideals of the Society.

When we reflect on his legacy, there are many significant firsts associated with his term as President of the Society (1972–1974), many of which are still in place today, such as offering regional one-day conferences for members, training of new Chapter Counselors at Headquarters, holding student forums at Convocation, and establishing the Educational Foundation, where he served as Board Chair for 18 years. During his tenure as leader, the Foundation raised millions of dollars, resulting in increased scholarships, awards to teachers, national conference sponsorships, and the completion of a fundraising campaign to purchase a new headquarters’ facility in Indianapolis.

Dr. Richard Judd (L) with Dr. Frank Marsh (C)

“Frank was the one who nominated me for President. A true leader in all respects. As Frank’s leaf dies and drops from sight, other substances of his abundant life will take their place. His place remains, and in spirit remains very, very present with us. As theologian Karl Rahner has said, ‘Every person is a person of eternity, and not just noble spirits of memory.’ All who knew Frank knew that we had been invited to a special table of life that was anything but ordinary, if not quite extraordinary. We realize that sharing his life and our participation with Frank came as a gift, not a given. We are all thankful for the opportunity we had to be part of Frank’s life—his world of the mind, family, colleagues, friends, and conviviality.” –Richard Judd, Former KDP President

In addition to his service as the Chair of the Educational Foundation, his leadership benefited the Society through his service as the Academic Editor of the Kappa Delta Pi Record from 1996 through 2001, on multiple Convocation Planning Committees, on the President’s Advisory Committee, and as the founding counselor of the Kappa Zeta Chapter at Northeastern University. A constant in all of his leadership roles was his ability to provide the vision and initiatives for improvements in these organizations.

He always provided steadfast support of the Society, the staff, and all educators in its community. His consistently positive and gracious disposition set him apart and served to make him a special mentor, coach, and beloved leader.

Honoring his significant and longtime contribution of service to Kappa Delta Pi, he was inducted in 2015 as a member of the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter—one of the highest recognitions bestowed by the Society.

In addition to Frank’s sustained service and leadership in KDP, what impressed me most is that every conversation I ever had with Frank, he was always positive and hopeful of the great things that lie ahead. He definitely had a “glass half full” disposition . . . a most gracious and kind man. May he rest in peace.

You’re Invited to Participate in Teach to Lead – NOLA

Teach-to-LeadAs you may know, Kappa Delta Pi is a supporting organization of the Teach to Lead initiative of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD, and the U.S. Department of Education. This initiative began to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

We are pleased that Teach to Lead will now be hosting their seventh Teacher Leadership Summit in New Orleans, LA, on April 23–24, 2016.

At the Summits, educators from around the nation will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to put their own teacher leadership ideas into action. Our hope is to attract the best teacher leadership ideas from exceptional educators across the country—which is where Kappa Delta Pi comes in.

As a member of Kappa Delta Pi, you are invited and encouraged to submit an actionable teacher leadership idea to be presented at this New Orleans Summit.

Teach to Lead does ask that you bring a team of up to 5 stakeholders—teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, and so on—to make the best progress at the Summit. At least one member of your team MUST be a practicing educator.

Summit Participants Must:

  • Have an actionable teacher leadership idea.
  • Have at least one practicing classroom educator on your team.
  • Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
  • Be available to attend the entire summit (Sat, April 23 at 8 a.m until Sun, April 24 at 12:30 p.m.).

Submitted Ideas Must:

  • Allow teachers to lead from the classroom.
  • Identify an area of need or target a specific problem.
  • Develop and implement approaches that address the need or solve the problem.
  • Utilize teachers’ professional experiences and expertise.
  • Promote collaborative work among stakeholders.
  • Seek to create systemic supports for teacher leadership.
  • Be viable in the local context and sustainable over time.
  • Be able to show measurable progress over time.

Successful Summit Project Examples

Idea submissions will be reviewed by a team of teachers. For those who receive an invitation to participate, registration, lodging for those traveling over 50 miles, and some meals are provided free of charge. You can submit an idea for the Summit regardless of where you live, but travel costs are not covered, so please keep that in mind when you apply.

The deadline for idea submissions for the New Orleans Summit is Monday, February 22, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. All idea submissions must be completed and submitted by this date and time.

Click here to submit your best teacher leadership idea.

The Teach to Lead team will notify you if your idea is accepted for attendance. Please contact the Teach to Lead educator engagement team with additional questions. Their contact information is below.

You’re Invited to Participate in Teach to Lead

As you may know, Kappa Delta Pi is a supporting organization of the Teach to Lead initiative of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD, and the U.S. Department of Education. This initiative began to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, particularly those that allow teachers to stay in the classroom.

Teach to Lead Summit Baltimore

We are pleased that Teach to Lead will now be hosting their sixth Teacher Leadership Summit in Baltimore, MD, on February 13–14, 2015.

At the Summits, educators from around the nation will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to put their own teacher leadership ideas into action. Our hope is to attract the best teacher leadership ideas from exceptional educators across the country—which is where Kappa Delta Pi comes in.

As a member of Kappa Delta Pi, you are invited and encouraged to submit an actionable teacher leadership idea to be presented at this Baltimore Summit.

Teach to Lead does ask that you bring a team of up to 5 stakeholders—teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, and so on—to make the best progress at the Summit. At least one member of your team MUST be a practicing educator.

Summit Participants Must:

  • Have an actionable teacher leadership idea.
  • Have at least one practicing classroom educator on your team.
  • Commit to taking implementation steps following Summit participation.
  • Be available to attend the entire summit (Sat, Feb 13 at 8 a.m until Sun, Feb 14 at 12:30 p.m.).

Submitted Ideas Must:

  • Allow teachers to lead from the classroom.
  • Identify an area of need or target a specific problem.
  • Develop and implement approaches that address the need or solve the problem.
  • Utilize teachers’ professional experiences and expertise.
  • Promote collaborative work among stakeholders.
  • Seek to create systemic supports for teacher leadership.
  • Be viable in the local context and sustainable over time.
  • Be able to show measurable progress over time.

Successful Summit Project Examples

Idea submissions will be reviewed by a team of teachers. For those who receive an invitation to participate, registration, lodging for those traveling over 50 miles, and some meals are provided free of charge. You can submit an idea for the Summit regardless of where you live, but travel costs are not covered, so please keep that in mind when you apply.

The deadline for idea submissions for the Baltimore Summit is December 13, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. All idea submissions must be completed and submitted by this date and time.

Click here to submit your best teacher leadership idea.

The Teach to Lead team will notify you if your idea is accepted for attendance by January 8, 2015. Please contact the Teach to Lead educator engagement team with additional questions. Their contact information is below.

Monday Morning Update – September 14, 2015

Good morning, friends – 2015.09.14 Franklin

In the United States, it’s Constitution Day, so our #MondayMorningInspiration has a specific theme. Check it out and share it on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Here is a quick update of what you need to know this week:long-sleeve-tee

  • The new, re-designed KDP Store is officially live and ready for your orders. We have some fantastic new products that we think you’ll love!
  • Convocation 2015 is just a little over a month away! Be sure to register before October 9th and pre-order your t-shirt, too.

 

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Chris Beaman is the Manager of Marketing & Communications for Kappa Delta Pi.