Monday Morning Update – October 5, 2015

Good morning, friends – 2015.10.05 Adams

#MondayMorningInspiration: “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence” – Abigail Adams. Check it out and share it on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Here is a quick update of what you need to know this week:




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

Monday Morning Update – September 28, 2015

Good morning, friends –

#MondayMorningInspiration: “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” – Jacques Barzun. Check it out and share it on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Here is a quick update of what you need to know this week:

  • 1031houseAs October approaches, check out “Halloween Resources to Use in Your Class” on KDP Global, shared by staffer Sally Rushmore.
  • Convocation 2015 is just a little overConvo-Tee a month away! Be sure to register before October 9th and pre-order your t-shirt, too.




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

Meet Rick Heggan, the 2015 KDP/ATE Student Teacher of the Year!

On behalf of Kappa Delta Pi and the Association for Teacher Educators, I am honored to introduce Richard (Rick) Heggan, our 2015 KDP/ATE National Student Teacher/Intern of the Year.

Heggan 2Rick is a 2015 masters of science in education graduate from Rowan University and a member of the KDP Eta Psi Chapter. He currently teaches sixth and eighth grade science at Neeta School in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

Rick has been described by his student teacher supervisor, Carol Fioresi, as a “natural” in the classroom with a true passion for teaching. Selected from a competitive applicant pool, the selection committee praised his student engagement, energy, and composure and said his project epitomized what they are looking for in an exceptional student teacher.

In sharing the news of this achievement, Rick wrote:

“I am so humbled to receive this prestigious award. I take great pride into representing not only KDP for the next year as National Student Teacher of the Year, but also Folsom Elementary (where I gained a vast amount of teaching experience during my clinical internship 1 & 2) and Rowan University. Without my cooperating teachers and staff at Folsom, adviser and professors from Rowan, and the support of my family and friends, this would never have been accomplished.” 

KDP and ATE congratulate Rick and wish him well as he begins his first school year as a practicing educator. Rick will be honored at Kappa Delta Pi’s 50th Biennial Convocation with a $1500 award and the opportunity to speak at the closing banquet.

If you or someone you know will be student teaching or interning this academic year, I encourage you to learn more about the KDP/ATE National Student Teacher/Intern of the Year Award. Applications are due by June 15, 2016.

Kristen Jackson is Director of Advancement. She will be happy to answer your questions about KDP/ATE National Student Teacher/Intern of the Year, Classroom Teacher Grants, or Scholarships. Email her at

Winners Announced! Grad Student Stipends and Scholarships

Yesterday the graduate students who will be receiving stipends to attend Convo 2015 were announced. They are:

  • Whittney Allen
  • Stephanie Coggins
  • Alexandrea Hodge-Ratliff 
  • Daria Pizzuto

And now we are announcing scholarship winners for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Amy A. Cain, Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship
  • Deepti Kharod, O. L. Davis, Jr. Laureate Doctoral Scholarship
  • Erin Horan, Barbara Day Laureate Scholarship
  • Deanne M. Bradley, Kayla Breanne Rose, Sherrie Nicole Wagner, and Amber West, Harold D. Drummond Scholarships
  • Clarissa M. Corkins, Stephen J. Fortgang/University of Northern Iowa Chapter Scholarship
  • Alexandria Lillian Timoll, Marie Grein Scholarship
  • Elena M. Venegas, Paul. R. Hanna Laureate Scholarship
  • Natalie Marie Khoury Ridgewell, C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship
  • Marian Jackson-Scott, Henry H. Hill Laureate Scholarship
  • Haley Rebecca Shurack and Ashley Marie Wolfe, Sandra Jo Hornick Scholarships
  • Jack Vencent Chesebro III and Daxus Nolan Nesossi, J. Jay Hostetler Scholarships
  • Tasha Ann Allen, Huntington Bank Scholarship
  • Nicole Catherine Berardinelli and Benevieve Theriot, Dr. Eva Kleinpeter Scholarships
  • Ryann N. Shelton, Marcella L. Kysilka Doctoral Student Scholarship
  • Olivia Stott, J. Everett and Louise Light Scholarship
  • Erin M. Faeth, MBNA Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Hinchley and Hollie Tavares, Marsh Writing/Research Scholarship Awards honoring Martha S. Marsh, Virginia Horns-Marsh, and Frank F. Marsh
  • April Julia Bullock, Linda and Vincent McGrath Scholarship
  • Caitlin Hensley, Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Scholarship
  • Anna Barrett, Louisa Anne Oriente Scholarship
  • Sade Ardnesa Sims, Presidents Scholarship
  • Christopher J. Cormier, Gerald H. Read Laureate Scholarship
  • Anna Bethea, Jerry Robbins Scholarship
  • Ashley Nicole Dentler, Dr. Janette K. and James Rogers Scholarship
  • Maggie Gallardo, Jack Rosen Scholarship
  • Kaila Marie Tuccio, Donna Gail Shaw Scholarship for Chapter Service
  • Saler L. Axel, Ralph W. Tyler Laureate Doctoral Scholarship
  • Racheal M. Rothrock, Deborah Partridge Wolfe Laureate Scholarship

A recipient was not selected for the William B. Martin East Carolina University Scholarship due to applicant merit or lack of proposal submissions.

To learn how you can apply for a scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year, visit our scholarship web page.

New Grads, We’ve Got Your Back

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

Sasha IshakAre you a new graduate? You might not know this, but KDP can be an even bigger resource to you after graduation. We are here for you all along your journey as an educator.

Here are a few things you need to do and know to get the most out of your KDP membership now that you’re a graduate:

Update your contact information: This is CRUCIAL if you want to continue accessing our free publications and resources. And it takes just a few seconds! Log into MyKDP and click on My Account > My KDP Profile to update your info today.

Know your login info: Or at least know how to request it time and time again. Many of our resources are for members only, and you’ll want to be able to access them when you need them. If you’ve forgotten your info, it just takes one second to request it.

Get new teacher resources: KDP has a whole line of resources for the first-year teacher, like the New Teacher Advocate and the New Teacher Community in KDP Global. Once the new school year begins, monthly New Teacher Tip emails are sent to new teachers with recommended resources.

Ask questions (and get answers): You are a part of a nearly 40,000-teacher network. Use it! Post questions in KDP Global and get replies from your trusted comrades. In fact, we’ve started a discussion thread for you to do just that.

Get funding: We award grant funding to teachers every year through our Classroom Teacher Grants. More than 50 per year, in fact!

Show us your pride: Now through June 15, we’re running our annual Graduate with Pride photo contest. Submit your photo for a chance to win.

We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and look forward to serving you in the many wonderful years of teaching you have ahead of you.

Got a Minute? Week of April 27, 2015

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

This week:

  • Deadlines are quickly approaching, including the KDP Scholarship deadline. We’re awarding $66,000 that can be used for anything from tuition to classroom supplies. Submit your application before May 1.
  • Literacy Alive! Turn in your achievement form so we know the impact this program makes on literacy. Deadline is May 1.
  • Awards for Education Excellence. We want to celebrate what makes your chapter excellent. Submit Chapter Awards by May 15 and Counselor Awards by June 1.

What are you waiting for? Submit your KDP scholarship application today!

Kristen Jackson is director of advancement and foundation for Kappa Delta Pi.

Spring break has come to an end, and I know you are pushing to finish out this semester strong. I am confident you are rocking this year, and summer will be a joyful celebration of your accomplishments. But before you get settled back into your routine, remember the fall semester is right around the corner, and the list of needs is never-ending. KDP is here to help with our International Scholarship Program.

We have $66,000 to award, and what’s great is that our scholarships can be used to advance your studies or teaching career. You can put award dollars toward tuition, textbooks, technology, classroom manipulatives, continuing education, and so much more.

The process to apply is simple: Request a reference letter, locate a few  required documents, write a topic-specific 750-word essay, and answer a handful of additional questions through our online application portal.

To help you out, here are a few common questions KDP members have asked me:

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive both the recognition, as well as the financial assistance. These funds will enable me to support my studies through the purchase of books, student fees, conferences, and other professional development activities.” Natalie Ridgeway, 2014 recipient, C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive both the recognition, as well as the financial assistance. These funds will enable me to support my studies through the purchase of books, student fees, conferences, and other professional development activities.”
-Natalie Ridgeway, 2014 recipient, C. Glen Hass Laureate Scholarship

1. I am graduating this spring; can I apply and at what level of study?

Yes! Apply in your current level of study.

2. Can I use unofficial transcripts?

Yes! We accept unofficial transcripts.

3. What opportunities should I apply for?

You are the only one who can determine this; read the criteria and apply for all that you qualify for.

4. I am not part of a KDP chapter; who should I request my reference letter from?

Ask your program advisor, dissertation supervisor, or administrator who can speak to your strengths as a current or future educator.

5. Where can I find my login information to apply for a scholarship?

The username and password is the same you would use to renew your membership online or access KDP Global. There is an option on the login screen to “request login information,” and our system can email you this information.

Visit the KDP Scholarship page for more details, including a full list of opportunities and guidelines. All applications must be submitted through the KDP online portal by May 1, 2015. Recipients will be announced July 1, 2015.

I look forward to receiving your application. Good luck!