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.

https://youtu.be/3hhJvQCwn6o

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!

Congratulations to 8 New Teacher Leaders for People to People

Sarah Zike is the Director of Membership and Chapter Services for Kappa Delta Pi and the Liaison to People to People.
In the summer of 2015, students from 140 countries will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from other high achieving students from all over the world through People to People Leadership Summits and World Leadership Forums. The students—called Leadership Ambassadors—are chosen from teacher recommendations and applications that reveal a high level of scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership attributes, and exemplary citizenship.

 

People to People Students at the UN

People to People Students at the UN

These students will also learn from eight accomplished members of KDP who were awarded scholarships on March 9th to travel to epicenters of intellectual and cultural activity in Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, and at top institutions such as Harvard, George Washington University, and U.C.L.A. to facilitate these leadership programs. The program facilitators—called Teacher Leaders—will be in a unique position to teach culturally diverse groups of students in grades 6−12. The scholarship recipients are:
Tara Cosco, Doctoral Candidate and Faculty Counselor at Glenville State College, West Virginia, Kappa Omicron Chapter
Clark Davis, Graduate student at Niagara University, New York, Alpha Alpha Beta Chapter
Ryan Estrada, High school mathematics teacher in Houston, Texas
Andrea Hauser, Undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Edmye Hernandez, 7th and 12th grade English Language Arts instructor in New York
Alison Moore, Undergraduate student at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Tau Iota Chapter
Andrea Nicolia, Graduate student at Niagara University, New York, Alpha Alpha Beta Chapter
Ciara O’Meara, Graduate student at University of Georgia, Beta Kappa Chapter

Leadership Ambassadors will be encouraged through the programs to continue to do great work in their schools and begin to do so in their communities and around the world. They will refine their leadership traits and build new levels of confidence through the experience. Additionally, the programs will move the participants closer to an understanding of what they want to do with their lives, and it will arm them with practical approaches to accomplishing these goals.

Working with such high caliber students from such diverse backgrounds will be a perfect fit for members of KDP, who join the society for all the same reasons students participate in People to People Leadership Programs. KDP members, like the Leadership Ambassadors, are recommended or invited to join or vetted through application on the basis of their leadership attributes, their scholastic achievement, and a commitment to global citizenship. The parallel traits of the KDP (now People to People) Teacher Leaders and the Leadership Ambassadors will provide a compelling learning opportunity for all involved!

Congratulations People to People Teacher Leaders, Tara, Clark, Ryan, Andrea, Edmye, Alison, Andrea, and Ciara! We look forward to hearing your stories and learning about your experiences!

ALL OTHER KDP MEMBERS: Be watching for new opportunities from People to People! Our partnership has just begun!

Got a Minute? Week of March 9, 2015

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

This week:

Kappa Delta Pi’s Work is Not Done

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

Dr. Frank Marsh

Dr. Frank Marsh

Last week, I called up one of KDP’s longest-standing members, Dr. Frank Marsh, to talk about his work with the Society. Dr. Marsh is a Lifetime member; he initiated in 1949 at the University of New Hampshire.

He’s served as president of the Society, organized two Convocations, edited The KDP Record, and helped found the Kappa Delta Pi Foundation, which is now our department of advancement.

I spoke to Dr. Marsh for an hour, but among the most important messages I received from him was his feeling of responsibility in giving back to KDP. In fact, he said that no matter how much he’s given to KDP, he’s received that much back and more. His desire to pay it forward to future educators is commendable. Check out this short clip from our conversation on why he financially supports the Society.

During the month of March, we celebrate Founders Day (March 8, 1911) and our founders all month long with $19.11 contributions to the Founders Fund.

At headquarters, I’m proud to say that nearly every staff member contributes annually. Why? Because, like Dr. Marsh, we see and hear directly how important these funds are to the members who receive them—members with the new ideas to which he referred.

Won’t you join us? No donation is too small. Support KDP’s mission with a donation to the Founders Fund today!

Got a Minute? Week of February 23, 2015

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

This week: