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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Exploring Available Resources

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has the capacity to impact educators—thus, education—worldwide. I encourage members who feel unconnected to this organization to make the effort to learn about it. When I founded the organization, communication was more difficult, but now DKG has a wealth of avenues for sharing information and inspiration. The Society website, for example, is a ready resource for anything a member wants to know about DKG. I challenge every member, even those who have accessed or added information to the website, to set aside 30-45 minutes to explore the website. Open every tab, open links, read the titles of resources, note how the information is organized to facilitate your accessing it later, note the topics and genres of information for members. Knowing what information is available will benefit YOU. Know what you can use in your chapter. Know what is in your DKG “bank” of information.   Invest yourself in the resources that assist you as an active or retired educator, and then use your resources to enrich your membership. Resolve to learn more about this one-of-a-kind organization of women educators. 

   Don’t stop there. Go back to the website often to see what is current or to review what you want to know. It is YOUR website for YOUR use. Be one who is “in the know.” Go to and start looking around. You’ll be “investing” in yourself and your membership impact.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Setting up a Facebook Page

Please read the two previous articles before reading this: “Digital Legacy - Guaranteeing access to your chapter/state digital accounts” and “Facebook: Establishing a chapter/state organization account.” They give valuable information needed for understanding this blog entry.

After reading the previous blog entries, you are now ready to establish a Page for your chapter/state. A Page is what your members will access and where you will post all of your announcements, photos, and updates.

After logging into the Facebook account you just created, go to this address:  

Click on the box “Company, Organization or Institution.”
Then you will see this:

Fill in the name of your chapter/state (make sure this is correct because it is hard to change it later). Examples are Beta Delta Ohio, Epsilon State Louisiana, or Mu Chapter Colorado.

Click “Get Started.”  Following the prompts and complete your new Facebook Page.

Facebook will ask you to add a Page description, a link to your website,  and  a unique url for your Facebook Page, i.e.

It will ask you to add a profile picture (the recommended size is 180 x 180 pixels), which should be your organization’s logo. NOTE: most, but not all put the DKG Rose here.

Finally, you can define a specific audience, or you can skip through this step.

Once you have the basics set up, you should then add a cover photo (851 x 315 pixels) which should be a branded image that demonstrates what your organization does. International has designed logo signatures for geographic state organizations and can be found HERE.


Engaging cover photos can be really effective in encouraging people to like your page. You’ll also need to add some information about your organization to the Info section.

You have your Page setup. Now what? Our next blog entry will give you some examples and ideas for postings and getting members to “Like” your page.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Facebook: Establishing a chapter/state organization account

Did you read the last blog concerning Digital Legacy? If not, please read that first.
Facebook demands that a “page” for your chapter/state be set up from an existing account. Many chapters/state organizations have done just that. Unfortunately, when the time comes to hand over the account to another member for management, it is very difficult to do. There are directions, but they don’t always work. Directions HERE.
Facebook is a valuable tool to reach your membership and beyond. If your chapter/state organization wants to establish a Facebook account, a few tips follow.
First make sure you have a generic email address established. Gmail is a great alternative. Write down the email address and the password for it!!  You don’t want to use a personal email address.
Next go HERE to begin a new Facebook account.

 In the name portion, you must put something that relates to your chapter/state organization BUT doesn’t sound like an organization. For example, use the initials of your chapter or state organization for the required first name; a chapter named Alpha Delta would enter A.D. as the first name. 
LAST NAME:  use state or area name, such as Ohio. If Facebook questions it, change the last name to something generic like River or Red or Rose.
Next input the email you established. 

Put in a password.  WRITE IT DOWN.
Choose the date your group was established.
Choose Female.
Re-read the Digital Legacy blog. Establish the legacy protocol for this account.
Give it a shot! Facebook is a valuable tool.

Friday, November 3, 2017

DKG NGO Representative Reflects on the 2017 International Day of Families at the United Nations

The United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), in partnership with the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI NGO of which DKG is a member), hosted a briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City earlier this year. 

The briefings began in the morning with an observance of the International Day of Families. At the “Families, Education and Well-Being” event, the focus was on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The topics included early childhood education, work-life balance, parental education and impact of media on children’s development. 

During the round-table talk, Eduardo Rolland, who is an Early Childhood Development ECD-Specialist with UNICEF, discussed the importance of nurturing and brain development in very early childhood. Patricia Debeljuh, from IAE Business School, Austral University (Pilar, Argentina) talked about a study, “Work-Family Balance,” and Diego Barroso of International Federation for Family Development (IFFD; Madrid, Spain) talked about “Parental Education and Family Well-being.” Michael Robb of Common Sense Media (U.S. NGO) shared how media (even being on in the background) can affect young children negatively and that multi-tasking can result in more errors and even loss of memory. 

The afternoon offering at the UN proved to be “the best.” A young gentleman sat beside me and we chatted about the upcoming talk and the significance of family on the wellbeing of children. He spoke highly of his wife, who worked for an NGO, and when I asked about children, he proudly shared photos and videos of his young teenage sons. Then we were joined by a young woman who was completing doctoral studies in education a long way from home and missing her family. 

I was pleased to be attending a UN event with a representative from Iran and a West African student. I realized that right in our row was the very essence of our greater human family. There are “no ready-made formulas” for well-being, said one presenter; we are all sharing one planet with the same needs for ourselves and our future.

This UN event included an online discussion. The archived webcast is available at:

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform our World are designed to guide individuals and states to a better world. You can learn more about the SD Goals at 

Please follow the DKG@UN newsletter for reports on other UN events.

 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

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