Got a Minute? Week of February 2, 2015

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

This week:

Got a Minute? Week of January 19, 2015

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

This week:

  • KDP headquarters will be closed Monday, January 19, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Registration opens this week for iLead Conferences being held in a city near you!
  • The application portal for the People to People travel scholarships opens January 19.
  • Register for our Jan. 20 webinar: Global Education: Best Practices with Neelam Chowdhary.

6 Members, 5 Life-Changing Trips

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

Travel Program LogoHave you been looking for a life-changing adventure? How about one that will look great on your résumé? And how about one that is completely free?

If this sounds like you, we have great news! Kappa Delta Pi is partnering with People to People Ambassador Programs, one of the world’s most recognized and respected educational travel providers, on a contest exclusively for KDP members.

Beginning Jan. 19, KDP members will have the opportunity to apply for one of six travel scholarships to facilitate leadership training for students in grades 6-12. This training will focus on global citizenship, leadership skills, global confidence, and goal setting in one of People to People’s Leadership Summits or World Leadership Forums.

Travel Program PhotoThe KDP members chosen will help lead summer programs in Washington, DC, (three trips, including one to George Washington University), Boston (Harvard), or Los Angeles (UCLA), with all-expenses paid.

Sound interesting? The submission portal will be open Jan. 19-Feb. 28. Applicants will need to submit a 60-second video (from your phone is fine!) and answer a few essay questions. Winners will be selected by KDP staff and announced the week of March 9.

You can learn more about People to People’s programs on its website.

In the meantime, be thinking of why YOU should be selected for this opportunity, and check the KDP website on Jan. 19 to submit your application!

We are also pleased to announce that KDP and People to People will be partnering on international trips in 2016! Stay tuned for more exciting details.

Got a Minute? Week of December 15, 2014

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

This week:

Stipends Available: Literacy Alive! Professional Members

Jessica Rondeau, Assistant Principal at Junction City Middle School in Junction City, Kansas, is a two-time recipient of the Literacy Alive! Professional Member Stipend.

KDP Literacy Alive!

Teachers and Family Literacy Night participants creating their own bookmarks in our “Literacy Lounge” for younger students.

During the 2013–2014 school year, the literacy team at Junction City Middle School sponsored two Family Literacy Nights, one per semester, to support our students, families, and community with everything literacy related. Every student in attendance received a new novel and, thanks to a generous grant from KDP, we were able to raffle off a tablet at each event!

After our first event, we asked for feedback to make sure we were meeting the needs of the community and we got it! Families wanted more…more information, more access, and more free resources regarding technology and literacy.

Family Literacy Night participants using technology to explore literacy resources.

Family Literacy Night participants using technology to explore literacy resources.

Our second Family Literacy Night focused on digital literacy, as we hosted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) event. Our breakout sessions focused on literacy apps, free regional and state library resources, digital citizenship, and our district literacy initiatives so that parents and guardians could best support their students and build on their own literacy knowledge base.

This year we are expanding our Family Literacy Night to include math literacy. Families will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of sessions devoted to literacy. For our upcoming events this school year, we will have eight “mini-sessions” from which participants are able to select to incorporate literacy into their everyday lives, including the following: Common Sense Media, Online Book Resources, Literacy Apps and Web Resources, Helping Students with Homework, Skills for Mathematics, and USD475 Screener Simulations. In addition, our “Literacy Lounge” will be available for children in the Media Center. This is a chance for parents and/or guardians to engage their younger children in immersive literacy activities directed by certified educators.

The grant funds received from KDP were instrumental in making each Family Literacy Night a success! We look forward to even bigger and better events during the 2014–2015 school year for our students and community. Thank you, KDP, for supporting our digital literacy initiative!

Thank you, Jessica, for the work that you and your literacy team are doing to enhance the lives of the students in your school! We are proud to be able to support you in this endeavor.

Are you hosting a literacy event in your school or community? The Professional Member division of Literacy Alive! has funding available to you, too!* Check out the Professional Member Literacy Alive! section of our website for more information, sample projects, and the criteria used to award stipend funding. Submit your Literacy Alive! Stipend Request today!

*Please note that this opportunity is available to active KDP members hosting an event outside of a collegiate KDP chapter. For more information on the Collegiate Division of Literacy Alive! click here.

Mandy Jayne Stanley Named 2014 National Student Teacher of the Year!

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

Mandy Jayne StanleyMandy Jayne Stanley, 2014 graduate and current fourth grade teacher at Charles A. Brown Elementary School in Birmingham, Ala., is the 2014 recipient of the Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)/Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) National Student Teacher of the Year Award. Stanley is a 2012 Kappa Delta Pi initiate of Zeta Theta Chapter at Samford University.

The award recognizes one student teacher/intern annually who has demonstrated the ability to plan and develop classroom management skills and instructional strategies that support all students; establish interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff; and reflect powerfully on their student teaching experience. Award winners are acknowledged with a $1,200 scholarship reward.

“Birmingham is a city that has a very painful past but an exceedingly bright future, and I want all of my students to be a part of it,” Stanley said. “I knew that by striving to achieve this accolade, I could show my future, now my current, students that anything is possible with the combination of hard work, respect for those around you, and a positive mindset.”

KDP and ATE congratulate Mandy and wish her well as she begins her first school year as a practicing educator!

If I can do it, so can you: how I became KDP’s National Student Teacher of the Year

Jenna Haskins is a Long Island resident and certified elementary school teacher. She graduated from Dowling College in 2013 and was the 2013 recipient of the KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year Award.

Jenna headshotI never thought I would actually be named the KDP/ATE Student Teacher of the Year, but when I found out about this opportunity, nothing could stop me from trying. No award of this importance is the work of just one person. There are many people who contributed: my professors, my cooperating teachers, my students, and my family.

I came across this award when I was in my last semester at Dowling College, completing my student teaching experience in a third-grade classroom. The combination of creating a lesson for this opportunity and wanting to leave my students with a lasting impression became my focus.

It did take a lot of work, and certainly a lot of creativity to put this video together in order to be ready to submit. I created a lesson on “Discrimination and The Power of Acceptance,” based on Jane Elliott’s 1968 “Brown Eyed, Blue Eyed Experiment.” I also used President Barack Obama’s, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters.”

Jenna at Convo 2I am grateful that this lesson won me this prestigious award, but the reaction of my students to this lesson was the true win for me.  Making my students feel discrimination first hand was the most powerful experience I have ever undergone. Being able to create an experience for my students, to be carried with them beyond the classroom, reminds me each day why I entered the field of education.

A few pieces of advice for new teachers from a new teacher herself:

  • Never lose sight of the end result. There will be moments, days, or even weeks that seem like an endless battle when you are in the classroom. DON’T GIVE UP! Your students need you!
  • Never stop inspiring hope in your students. For some, this is there safe haven and home away from home. Make sure they’re comfortable and encourage them to be their best every day.
  • Ignite your students’ imagination in every lesson you teach. Make it fun for them, so they care and want to learn more. Making your students care is the KEY to success.
  • Never miss a chance to go far beyond teaching the curriculum. Your students should be connecting every lesson you teach to the real world. Make them understand WHY they are learning it.
  • Lastly, always remember, you chose teaching for a reason!

I entered the teaching profession because I want to impact the world, and the art of teaching allows you to do that. Education, in my opinion, is one of the most powerful tools in society. Should there ever be a day you question what you do, just take a second and look in the eyes of your students and you will know you are right where you are supposed to be, making a difference. You have the ability to shape our future. Thank you for being a part of a profession that makes a world of difference!

Jenna at ConvoAnd remember, you’ll miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. So, my advice is to take the shot and apply for KDP/ATE National Student Teacher of the Year for 2014. This could be your year!

To view my lesson on “Discrimination and The Power of Acceptance,” visit my online portfolio