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Friday, April 20, 2018

When You Read the Proposed Amendments ... .


When you read the proposed amendments, read them with this thought in mind: What is important about this proposal? Why would anybody think this proposed change is worthy? Should we keep the old or adopt the new?

For example, let’s consider the proposal to change the name of this organization. I have heard some say that changing our name will diminish our history, and that, I, Annie Webb Blanton, named this organization for a reason. That’s right; I did. The reason was that, to get the Society for women educators established, we were compelled to conform to the times. Women were suspect if they convened for reasons that were not primarily social. We HAD to have a Greek name so that we could actually meet and not have our jobs threatened. I say cultural attitudes have advanced, and so should we. Sentimentality is not a good reason to impede a name change; nor is the attitude that the past must be preserved.

Another example is the consideration of proposals that will affect how we are perceived both within and outside of our membership. We HAD to appear to be sorority-like with a song, pin, invitation, and initiation to protect our potential members from ill-intended scrutiny. We HAD to have the trappings of a social sorority even though we wanted primarily to foster the personal and professional—especially professional—growth of women educators. We don’t need all those social club trappings now because we are no longer criticized and threatened for belonging to a women’s professional organization.

There is nothing wrong with a college sorority that fulfills needs of young women at that stage of their lives. There’s nothing wrong with a unifying song or emblem or voting for members—but there is something wrong when we hang on to something that does not advance the cause of women educators. Social needs are not the same as professional needs, and professional needs are not the same as social needs. I encourage you to accept and to make changes that continue the evolution of this professional organization for women educators.
As you approach the convention and the voting on proposed amendments, I urge you to consider WHY a proposal has been made and HOW your vote will affect the sustainability of the Society. Voting on proposed amendments is somewhat like cleaning out your closet; if something no longer fits, is outdated, or is no longer needed, dispose of it and replace it with something that serves you better.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Leaders’ Calendar: A Best Kept Secret

If you are in any leadership position in your chapter, you know it is sometimes hard to remember deadlines… and you need reminders. Did you know there is a Leaders’ Calendar available?

There are several ways to access these calendars. Yes, there are several. The main ones are:  Chapter Leaders, Chapter Membership Chairs, Chapter Presidents, Chapter Treasurers.

The easiest way, is to go to the International website. Click on TOOLS and then on Chapter Leaders Calendar. Notice that you can get it as a PDF document. See Figure 1 below.
FIGURE 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For those of you who have a Google (Gmail) account, a Google calendar is easy and may be more user friendly. It is larger and you can include your personal calendar as well as that of your chapter/state organization. You can also set notifications for any of the individual calendars. Nice! See Figures 2 & 3.

FIGURE 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FIGURE 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you don’t have a Gmail (Google) account, it is well worth your consideration. This LINK will take you to another blog entry that explains the advantages and how to set one up.
Don’t wait. Check it out today. A calendar with notifications will save you a lot of headaches.
 
 
 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thank You. It is so simple.

Communication can take a lot of different paths. However, when you interact with your DKG colleagues, there is one way that is guaranteed to brighten everyone’s day.

Every single day, someone does something that is special. That is the time to say, Thank you!”

Your chapter/state organization meetings are a great time to seek out moments to say, Thank you.”  Your president conducts an effective meeting. The minutes are beautifully done. A helping hand got your items into the meeting. Tasty treats were shared. A card was circulated to send to a member who is under the weather. A sister shared a huge smile. Your editor produced a wonderful newsletter. A committee did an outstanding job.

Did you thank each of them? It would make their day brighter, and you will feel wonderful.

Make it a goal to seek out nice things going on in your chapter/state organization and follow up with a huge Thank you.” Do it in person, on the phone, via email, a card, or on Facebook.

Just do it. Make it a habit.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Facebook?!# How to adjust privacy settings


Many chapters, state organizations, and International have Facebook accounts that you like to follow. But maintaining personal privacy on Facebook is a constant battle. You don’t want to delete your account, but you have to be smart when you use it.

 Below are a few tips for adjusting privacy settings.

Keep Apps in check Apps? 
Yes, apps. Over the years you have probably given various apps permission to tap into this data trove. You did this by logging into an app using your Facebook account. The following short video (less than 10 minutes) will explain, in simple terms, how to fix this problem fairly simply. It is well worth your time to watch (and pass along). https://youtu.be/nqkVjhCr79o?t=1s
















 

Bad Ads 
After you watch the video above, stay with it and head back to Settings. This time click on the Ads (right below the APPS). Say NO to the Ads on apps and websites from Facebook. Then head down to the Ads with your social actions. Turn it off.












These suggestions do not cover all of the privacy areas but will give you a little more peace of mind. Take a few minutes and implement these ideas today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

State Convention. Are you attending?

Read any state organization’s newsletter and you will see promotions for their state convention. Most are held in April, but they could be in May or June. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and executive meetings are highlighted. In great part, the work at the state organization level is accomplished.

Reasons for attending the state conventions vary. DKG members want to be part of the decision making. They want to attend breakouts that interest/educate them. But the most cited reason for attending relates to friendships. DKG members want to see friends from around the state.
Whatever your reason might be, it is time to read your state organization’s newsletter or checkout the state website regarding details for your state convention.
What are you waiting for? Register for your state convention. You will never regret it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring is a good time to revisit DKG.org

If you are like most DKG members, you visit the International Website (www.dkg.org) when you need information or a resource. The website offers so much that it might be time to revisit. Note that you will have to login to access all the material. Login using your membership number and password. If you need assistance with your login, please contact the International office at +1 (888) 762-4685. Figure 1 below shows the DKG website before you login. This is the page open to the public, intended to share information about the Society with others.

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Figure 2 


Once you log in, you will go to the Members’ Home Page. The redesigned website is easier to navigate. The Home Page offers a lot of information. The rotating photos offer links to the latest news. Deadlines, links to state and chapter websites, links to the DKG blog and publications, upcoming events, and even tweets are just a few of the things you will find on the Home Page. See Figure 2












The tabs at the top offer links to a plethora of information. Explore them at your leisure!














This blog barely scratched the surface. Isn’t it time to revisit the DKG website? Explore. Investigate. Be amazed.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Plan to Attend CTAUN


Have you been to a CTAUN Conference? The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) will hold its 19th annual event at the UN in New York City on Friday, April 6, 2018. This year’s theme is “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children.” 

Everyone is invited to join in this day-long educational happening. Hear top level UN representatives speak on Children and Armed Conflict, Violence Against Children, the Culture of Peace, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Listen while youth ambassadors from the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs present a middle school program currently operating in selected NYC schools. And more!

Learn about CTAUN’s Educational Excellence awards honoring teachers who are implementing exceptional global projects in their classrooms. View outstanding college level Academic Posters depicting the topic. Applaud Gordon Brown (former Great Britain Prime Minister) accepting the newly initiated CTAUN Global Citizen Award. And much more! 

Go to www.teachun.org for greater details and registration information. Deadline for registration is March 22. 

CTAUN is made up of representatives from a variety of NGOs with an interest in education including DKG. DKG colleagues make up a majority of the CTAUN board and serve on the Committee. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

An Educational Resource for Everyone

 Don’t let the title fool you! Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is a website directed to active teachers, but the resources available are valuable to everyone. Chapters and states are looking to technology, specifically Google Drive, to improve communications. This site will help in that journey.
Each day, at least one and sometimes as many as three new postings are made to the website at https://www.educatorstechnology.com
Information can be accessed by grade level (through Grade 8), subject matter, or topic. A wonderful chart of great websites for specific subject matter is available.
The site covers Android, Chrome, and iPad. It is easy to search for your topic. For example, a search for “graphics” yielded 19 recent postings. Need a template for a newsletter? This website has links to several.
Google Drive is addressed in detail. Cheat sheets, charts, and posters help to explain concepts. Guidelines are itemized (see Figure 1); however, new items are constantly added. For example, “5 Important Google Drive Collaborative Features Teachers Should Know About” was added in February (see Figure 2).
Everything is free to use.
If you choose to follow the site on either Facebook or Twitter, you will get notifications when new items are posted.
It is well worth your time to investigate this website. There will always be something you can use, and you will return to it again and again.

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Figure 2

Monday, February 26, 2018

Meet Darya, a DKG World Fellowship Recipient

Darya is a Fulbright scholar from the Ukraine, a brilliant World Fellowship recipient with very high aspirations. Get to know her better by reflecting on her thoughts as she expresses them through her Personal Essay.

In her own words…
In 5 years from now I plan to put in action a new methodic approach in language and culture teaching, and this step is crucial for me. For now, a real chance to attend a university in America, the land where teaching methods have been getting the nation forward for the last two centuries, appears to be a dream come true for enriching my knowledge and improving myself as a professional. Thereby, it will contribute not only to my personal development, but also lead to the further prosperity of philological science and the methods of teaching in my country. Since I started learning foreign languages at school, I have been fascinated by my studies. I always realized that knowing several languages, and English in particular, can build the best bridges of understanding between people to share experience, interests and knowledge …. I discovered that intertextuality of culture, represented in various works of art and literature, appears to be the key to understanding how diversity merges with unity.
Understanding the dialogue of intermedia, their confluence, basic trends of cooperation, and the unique sense of time inside media matrix has not been studied profoundly. I would be able to compare Ukrainian, European, and American teaching schemes and trends and analyze them. Prospectively, I see myself writing a PhD thesis on implementing the outcome of my research in Ukraine… I have been creating events, translating written works, and interpreting speeches of foreign volunteers coming to my native land, helping in organizing cinematic, scientific and social events in Ukraine and abroad, coordinating and managing the work of charity and youth organizations. I aspire to be a part of my motherland’s future, and I strongly believe that bringing back all the knowledge and experience I will get in the USA is going to help me in becoming the leader of opinions for my folk to be proud of.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rethinking Regional Conferences?


I encourage you to consider the benefits and opportunities Delta Kappa Gamma membership provides and HOW you access those opportunities. Annual international meetings—conventions and conferences—serve to enhance women educators professionally and personally. Members can attend any international conference, not only the one hosted in their regions.

That raises this question: Why do we continue to divide this international organization by region? Why not have international conferences instead of regional conferences? International conferences focused on various educational topics would benefit the modern educator. A Leadership Conference at which you train the state organization leaders as well as any members who want to develop their leadership knowledge would be efficient and productive. Other international conferences emphasizing educational trends or research or technology would better serve the modern educator. This would necessitate changing a paradigm.

Travel from any state or member country is easy. Communication is inexpensive and instant. That has not always been the case. Regions were created when there was a need for them. During World War II, the Society was developing patterns of events. We had national conventions every year from 1930 to 1943. The fourteenth national convention in 1943 could not be held because permissions to travel could not be secured from the Office of Defense Transportation. Nevertheless, 131 Executive Board (renamed the Administrative Board in 1952) members and delegates who could travel met in Chicago. Voting was done by mail on proposed amendments to the constitution and the election of officers.

In August 1944, President Dr. Margaret Stroh convened 14 Society leaders to project the work for the coming year. Among the considerations was a suggestion that I did not approve made by previous president Dr. Emma Reinhardt—that regional meetings would be a way to spread enthusiasm and information about Delta Kappa Gamma. At the meeting, the idea was expanded to include the proposal of having regional directors.

As a result of the discussion and wanting to generate support for the Society, the group made plans for seven regional (or sectional) conferences. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana members gathered in Seattle in November 1944. California members met in Los Angeles in December. War restrictions caused the other five to be cancelled.

With the war over, the 1945 National Executive Board business included a unanimous vote to adopt a plan for regional meetings that had been tried and then discontinued because of transportation difficulties.

The result is that 73 years ago, regional conferences begun with difficulty due to war-time regulations became a part of the national pattern of regular events.

In 2018 members do not have the same travel and communication constraints that we had in the early years of Delta Kappa Gamma. An improved economy, more freedom for women, instant communication, and ease of long distance travel erase the need for meetings based solely on geography.

I want you to consider the best way to meet the needs of women educators in this modern world. Women educators seek personal opportunities, of course, and also professional experiences. You have access to instant information, and you want to improve what you teach and how you teach. Delta Kappa Gamma is the ideal avenue for your personal and professional development.

Focused-topic conferences would serve women educators more fully than a conference based on geography. When you are making decisions about the future of Delta Kappa Gamma, you must base those decisions on solid judgment and not on emotions. Make decisions using what you know and not just what you feel.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The New DKG App is Ready




 The new and greatly improved DKG app is here. This app will quickly become your “go-to” source for information from International.

Download and Login Instructions

First, delete the old app. (Need directions for deleting? Follow these links: Apple. Android)

The new app is free to download and is password protected. Once you have accessed the app, you will be prompted to login. Please use the email that the DKG has on file for you, then push the 'Email Password' button. You'll receive an email walking you through how to establish the password of your choosing. Once completed, login to the app with your email address and new password and explore! Navigate using the Menu button (3 horizontal lines) in the upper left corner.

To get the Delta Kappa Gamma 365 mobile app :

- iPhone and iPad users--search “DKG 365” or “Delta Kappa Gamma" in the Apple App Store.
- Android users--search “DKG365” or “Delta Kappa Gamma" in the Google Play Store.
- Blackberry, Windows, laptops--go to this address on your smartphones or computer browsers (omit www): https://dkg.gatherdigital.com

 What is in the new app?

You will have access to calendars/deadlines, news, messages, links, documents, and more. The headings clearly define each section. All topics, messages, news, and links are hyperlinked … just click and go!
(See Figures 1 & 2)

Figure 1 Screenshot from an iPad 
















Figure 2 Screenshot from an iPhone
 

This portion of the app is aptly called “365” because the information applies to all 365 days of the year. As we approach the 2018 International Convention, a second portion will be available that will apply to all aspects of the convention.

Coming Soon: Headquarters staff are working on an update of the “This App’s for You” training video.

Get Onboard!
You will not regret getting and using this app. DKG communication has just taken a giant leap forward.



















Thursday, February 8, 2018

Banding Together to Inspire, Mentor, and Strengthen Female Leaders

The Educational Excellence Committee has three goals for the 2016-18 biennium. The first goal is to empower women through leadership opportunities. One way to achieve this goal is to inspire, mentor, and strengthen member’s growth as leaders. This idea has been marinating in my thoughts, not only as a DKG member, but as a leader in my community. Do women inspire, mentor, and strengthen other women, or is it the opposite?  
In the past weeks, two different groups have emerged in my community that support leadership opportunities for women. The first group is focusing on empowering women to seek political office. The second group is working with and creating financial opportunities for female leaders in business, education, and civic engagement. Key themes in both groups are finding leaders and supporting them.  
Women participating in these groups have listed lack of time, lack of training, and lack of mentorship as hurdles to overcome. Female leaders have shared a sense of isolation when they lead because there isn’t a network of support. I am guessing that these thoughts and concerns are not unique to my community but rather are common across our world. 
Knowing this information, DKG members have a golden opportunity to inspire, mentor, and strengthen women leaders. Ideas include, but are not limited to: 
Words of encouragement to potential leaders 
Financial backing of female candidates 
Creating a leadership forum 
Babysitting someone’s child so that she can attend a leadership forum 
Mentoring new leaders 
Volunteering to assist educational leaders in our schools 
Many of our DKG members are leaders in education and community, so they know the challenges that women face. My hope is that we band together to inspire, mentor, and strengthen female leaders in our midst.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Making a Difference



We Founders wanted to make changes in society that gave women educators the same rights and opportunities given to others. My female colleagues and I were frustrated and disappointed that we were held to a standard different from our male colleagues. We twelve were merely women educators who wanted equal standing. We were like thousands of other women teachers. We did not have extra powers or insight. We were ordinary women educators who seized an opportunity to make a difference. We did not want to be required to work twice as hard and twice as long for less pay to prove that we could chair academic departments, deserve scholarships, lead committees, and make financial decisions. We just wanted to be given equal career opportunities.  

DKG can lead social change by protecting and speaking for the underprivileged, the “different,” the needy, the displaced, the frightened, the unschooled, and the unnoticed. In fact, women educators are the most influential population in making changes that benefit all.   

YOU—the woman reading this—have the same power of resolve and the same spirit of what is fair that the Founders had. Every day YOU have the opportunity, challenge, and right to lead the way for tolerance of others, fair treatment, and strong direction that impacts individuals of vast numbers. I encourage you to seek out situations where you can be an example and a living leader of fairness, kindness, shared resources, and change for the better. It will not be easy, but it will be right.  

The way you approach directions in society is the same way to approach directions in DKG. Know your options, gather your information, form your thoughts, and act on what is right to make a difference for all. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

World Fellowship: Sharing One of Many Success Stories

In 1967, an Icelandic girl who was finishing her studies at the University of  Iceland applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States. She received a World Fellowship Award from Delta Kappa Gamma and was accepted to Wayne State University in Detroit. Her name is Sigrún Klara Hannesdóttir. At that time, she did not know anything about Delta Kappa Gamma just that she was told that they would be financing her studies, but later,oh yes, she learned all about our Society and more. 

In November 2017, Dr. Sigrún Klara received an invitation from the Fulbright Foundation in Iceland to attend a reception linked to their Thanksgiving dinner. People from the American Embassy also attended this celebration to honor people who had a Fulbright anniversary this year. Sigrún Klara was the oldest recipient this year because it had been 50 years since she received the scholarship. Isn´t that something! 

It is so important to understand the impact of the World Fellowship Fund. We are truly educating the world, one woman at a time. 

For more information about the work Sigrun Klara has done for the Society, check out the Member Spotlight on the homepage of the Society website.

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