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Monday, June 18, 2018

Explaining the Proposed Amendment to Include Collegiate Members

 
This is the second in a series of blogs related to proposed amendments to the DKG Constitution and the International Standing Rules recommended by the International Membership Committee. This post will explain the proposed amendment to create a new membership classification for women preparing to become educators.
Article III Section B. Classification
4. Collegiate members shall be undergraduate or graduate students who meet the following criteria:
a. Undergraduate student collegiate members shall (1) be enrolled in an institution offering an education degree and have the intent to continue academically and professionally in the field of education; and (2) be enrolled within the last two years of their undergraduate education degree.
b. Graduate student collegiate members shall have graduate standing in an institution offering an education degree and have the intent to continue academically and professionally in the field of education. When a collegiate member starts her career as a paid educator, she will pay active member dues and become an active member. If a collegiate member does not pursue a career as an educator, her membership will expire upon graduation or withdrawal from the education degree program. 

  • The Society’s Purpose 2 states, “To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.” Over the years, the emphasis seems to have been on women who have given distinctive service in a field of education and overlooked the phrase “who evidence a potential for distinctive service.” If we truly believe in our Society’s statement of purpose, we must search out women who show the potential for outstanding service and nurture them in order that they can achieve that distinctive service. How many times have you worked with a pre-service teacher and recognized that the young woman truly had the makings of a great teacher and could take advantage of the benefits of membership? Would you have loved to invite her to membership but realized you couldn’t under the current membership rules?
  • This amendment would also support the DKG project, SEE – Support for Early Career Educators. According to a National Center for Education Statistics Study, “Among beginning public school teachers who were assigned a mentor in 2007– 08, about 8 percent were not teaching in 2008–09 and 10 percent were not teaching in 2009–10. In contrast, among the beginning public school teachers who were not assigned a mentor in 2007–08, about 16 percent were not teaching in 2008–09 and 23 percent were not teaching in 2009–10” (https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011318.pdf) Just think what type of impact on education worldwide DKG could make if these young women had this organization as a mentoring, supportive network as they journeyed through their pre-service training and beyond?
  • By bringing these women into membership before they graduate and other opportunities and obligations arise we may be more likely to keep them after they have experienced what DKG can offer them.
  • This amendment would expand the options chapters have when considering women for membership. It would be up to each chapter to decide if they wanted to include collegiate level members in their chapter.
  • Wording is included in the amendment to include instances where a student might change her career goals and her membership would expire.

ISR 3.0 Membership–General
3.4 Collegiate Membership
3.41 A collegiate member may participate in the activities of the Society except holding office.
3.42 A collegiate member may serve as parliamentarian since the position of parliamentarian is not an elected office

ISR 4.0 Finance–General
4.1 Dues
4.11 International active dues shall be U.S. Forty and No/100 Dollars ($40.00), and international reserve and collegiate dues shall be U.S. Twenty and No/100—Dollars ($20.00). Beginning in 2012 international active and international reserve and collegiate dues may be adjusted each biennium based on the United States of America Social Security Administration’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) average for the previous two (2) years, rounded up to the nearest whole dollar

  • These two proposed changes to the standing rules would give collegiate members the same membership standing as a reserve member.

For more information on this and other proposed amendments to the Constitution and International Standing Rules go to https://tinyurl.com/yd5do2mk where you will find videos and narratives explaining them.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Paper Lanterns and Peace

Recently, DKG/UN representative Lochie Musso was privileged to attend the screening of the film, Paper Lanterns.  Below is her brief summary of that occasion.
Paper Lanterns and Peace
Seventy-three years ago, on August 6, an event occurred that changed the world forever – nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes, it brought an end to World War II in the Pacific Theater, and it also transformed the way we looked at war.
One young 8-year-old boy on that day, a survivor, remembered something else. He recalled that shortly before this happened, 12 soldiers from an American plane crash nearby were imprisoned in a military jail in Hiroshima. Years later, Shigeaki Mori began a journey of almost four decades to tell the story of those 12 U.S. soldiers killed in the atomic bombing.
Mr. Mori was the guest of honor at a recent UN briefing sponsored by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Japan. Paper Lanterns is a documentary film depicting the unselfish efforts of Mr. Mori’s research and determination not to let these men be forgotten. His persistence in reaching out to all 12 families was his reward, he said. Now they knew the true account of their loved ones. Today, this history can be found in the text books of Japanese students. Two years ago, President Obama was invited to and participated in the annual August 6 memorial at Hiroshima where the 12 men were officially recognized for the first time along with the others as victims of the bomb.
During the Q and A that followed, Mori was asked what kept him at this endeavor for so long. Through an interpreter, he said, “We are all humans. No one should be forgotten, and no one should be subject to this again.” His message was one of peace.
Paper Lanterns, a film by Barry Frechette, should be seen by everyone and especially young people. For more information on the film go to http://wwwpaperlanternfilm.com or contact Mr. Tom Kono (konot@un.org).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

15 Privacy Settings You Should Change Now!

Online privacy continues to be an issue. Almost daily, an article is published about companies sharing private information. There are many settings in the various apps and online connections that you can change to protect your privacy.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, this blog will be linked to an excellent article by the Washington Post “Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now!” by Geoffrey A. Fowler (with permission).  The directions are in layman‘s language and cover Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple.

DKG members are encouraged to tighten up their privacy settings. Make cyberspace a bit safer.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

World Fellowship: Meet Nargiza


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meet Nargiza

Nargiza is a Fulbright scholar from Kazakhstan who came to the United States to study International Educational Management. Her dream is to open an educational agency in her home town back in Kazakhstan. She would like to create a computer program/website that would allow students to become more proficient in English.

Read in her own words about this technology that she wishes to support:

“I learned while working for a Taiwanese company that our world places a great importance upon technology. For that reason, I strongly endorse this online teaching platform. It provides so many practical advantages for just about every student. I strongly believe that this online platform should be used for audiences in Kazakhstan. It's already been tested on students in China and Taiwan, and we've found that they were able to learn English whenever they chose and wherever they were at. All they needed was access to the Internet through a mobile phone or a tablet. Isn't that amazing?
It is also very convenient for teachers, too. In addition to teaching English, I am a young mom. If I didn't have this platform to work with during the hours that my baby is asleep, I really couldn't say when I would fit teaching into my schedule. Instead of wasting time in a daily commute to an office or classroom, I conveniently work from my laptop at home. This online teaching platform has become not only a necessity for me, but also for physically handicapped English teachers, for whom a commute would be a real struggle. With a laptop and home wifi, these teachers are able to earn a living online, sharing their linguistic knowledge in a way that would have been impossible before this platform was available. Think of it — with a single website dedicated to Kazakh teachers, we could bring in young moms, the mobility-challenged, and really just about anyone who wanted to teach English and earn extra money for their well-being.”

Monday, June 4, 2018

Generic Email Addresses

Who do I send this to? What is her email address? I can’t remember where this form goes! Why can’t this be easier?

I’m sure most of you have been in this position at one time or another. To alleviate this problem, many DKG groups, particularly at the state organization level, are introducing generic email addresses.

What is a generic email address? Instead of sending to the state president (suzie@gmail.com), you would send to president.tau.rho.state (By the way, that is a fictitious address.) The rest of the Executive Board would have similar emails: vp.tau.rho.state@gmail.com; rec.secty.tau.rho.state@gmail.com; etc. Committee chairs could be included: membership.tau.rho.state@gmail.com.

These should be set up by one person. The information, both addresses and passwords, are recorded and securely saved.

The officers and chairs would use their generic emails strictly for DKG business (not personal) during their tenure. When new officers and chairs take over, the generic email addresses and passwords are passed along.

The members are the real winners. They don’t have to remember/find a personal email address. Updating email addresses on documents as well as the website and newsletter will be a thing of the past.

Are you ready to simplify correspondence? It may take a few minutes to set up but will make things easier in the long run.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Look at Proposed Amendments to the Constitution from the Membership Committee

 
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society charter says DKG is formed for educational and benevolent purposes, particularly for extending aid to women teachers and students by means of founding scholarships for study, for developing loyalty and high ideals in the teaching profession, and for conferring distinction upon women members of the teaching profession. With an overarching intent of presenting DKG as a professional organization, the following amendments were proposed. Further reasoning behind each amendment is listed in bullets below. 
 
Article III Section A. Membership
1. Membership in The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International shall be by invitation. A member inducted into the Society becomes a member of a chapter, a state organization, and the International Society. 2. An individual becomes a member of the Society when she is inducted. She is inducted only once.
  •  This raises the external perception of the honor of the Society and removes the aura of a social club. This doesn’t take away our personal connections but emphasizes the professional honor. 
  • This change does not have to take away the ceremony. Definition of initiation is“to induct into membership by or as if by special rites”.
Article III Section B
1. An active member shall be a woman who is or has been employed as a professional educator at the time of her election or has been retired from an educational position. An active member shall participate in the activities of the Society.  
  • Many of our current members who are no longer in education bring great value to our Society. We want to extend that added value with potential new members. 
  •  Members are still invited to membership and chapters choose who to invite. This widens our recruitment base to past educators who subscribe to the purposes of DKG.
Article III Section C.
A candidate for active membership shall be selected by the method established by the chapter's standing rules.
  • This amendment allows chapters to determine how their own chapter will select new members. They may choose to vote at a meeting, electronically, or admit solely on a member’s recommendation. Different chapters have different situations.
  • This amendment does not change eligibility requirements for membership. It shows respect and faith that fellow members have good judgement.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Google Keep: A place to keep your notes and ideas

DKG members usually have to keep track of lots of notes and ideas. The items could be related to DKG, family, or their job. There are many note-taking apps out there. Google Keep may not be as powerful as services such as Evernote, but its value is in its simplicity.

About 
Keep has been around since 2013. Many bypassed it because of its simplicity. Now, in 2018, Keep is an integral part of the updated (late April 2018) Gmail, along with Google Calendar and Google Tasks. You can use it on the Web (via your Google account), so it’s available on all your computers, and there are also Android and iOS apps. Because it is a Google product, Keep syncs to your Google account. It is always up-to-date regardless of which device you are using.

How does it work? (See Figure 1)
Think of Keep as a sticky note. It actually looks like one!

You can use Google Keep for grocery lists, work-related things, notes about your DKG chapter, other random notes, and even a holding place for ideas. Lists in Keep allow for check boxes so that you can check off items as they are completed. Keep also allows you to set reminders.

You can add images, voice notes (mobile only), drawings, and more. Each note can be customized with color and images.

Keep allows you to add collaborators, so you can share your notes and lists with other individuals or groups.

Keep integrates with Google Docs.

Bottom Line
Google Keep is simple. It integrates with Gmail. It is great for simple notes, lists, and ideas. It is available on all of your devices. If you want to step up your organization, give Google Keep a try.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pexels: Another great source for free stock photos

Members are always on the lookout for high quality, free (Creative Commons Zero - CC0) photos to use. Creative Commons Zero allows you to reuse images that are so labeled for personal as well as commercial purposes without need for attribution. You can edit the photos from pexels.com in any way you want. You can crop, annotate, and use all filters.
You can search for specific photos, including by color, and download in different size formats. You can even customize the size. If you open a free account, you will be able to save collections you find and like.

 Although pixaby.com still remains a favorite of members, pexels.com could soon challenge that. Why don’t you try both and decide for yourself?

Friday, May 4, 2018

Celebrating World Fellowship Recipients

Juanita is a 2017-18 World Fellowship recipient. She was born and raised in Columbia and is now working on her Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. In her own words Juanita describes why she is passionate about obtaining her Master’s Degree:
I want to specialize in the field of Development, understood as the improvement of the living conditions of citizens, by ensuring the fulfilment of their rights and strengthening their opportunities to enhance their well-being in a sustainable, long-term manner. I am particularly interested in post-conflict situations and the way in which societies in transition can deal with recovery and stabilization.

Previously, I was Program Assistant at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO). Since our work was focused on improving the living conditions of the most conflict-affected communities on a short-term basis, this experience has been highly rewarding. I have traveled to the most isolated and affected areas in Colombia to witness the country’s forgotten humanitarian crisis and have acquired practical tools for monitoring and evaluating the projects funded by ECHO. The experience of being a humanitarian worker in the field, has been fascinating: getting out of my comfort zone; traveling for hours in boats, canoes, unpaved roads and even hand-operated cables (known as taravitas); living without basic commodities; and learning how to react when security incidents with armed
actors come across.

The impact of ECHO’s interventions in improving the lives of communities by enhancing their
access to water, food, health, and protection assures me that all our efforts are worth it. Personally and professionally, the past three years have been the most enriching and inspiring of
my life. I have not only learned about myself through my work in the field in the midst of an
armed conflict with acute humanitarian and psychosocial needs, but also, I can now respectfully
empathize with the suffering, claims for dignity and needs of victims, and make decisions based
on real life experience that will have a positive impact in their lives.

After these diverse experiences, I am now motivated to do go beyond the consequences of violence and support initiatives that will transform its structural causes. For this reason, I am immensely interested in completing a Master’s Degree in Development. I want to further explore the relationship between humanitarian aid, development, and peacebuilding. Since Colombia now faces the opportunity to sign a comprehensive peace agreement that will bring substantial changes, both positive and negative, to the current situation our country faces, this is both a theoretical inquiry and a practical-ethical commitment.

Undoubtedly, I have given substantial steps to in my academic, practitioner, and professional spheres to become a transformative agent. Hence, I am certain that in the near future I will become part of the group of leaders who will influence decision-making processes on development and peacebuilding in Colombia and the World, by supporting and guiding the work of multilateral organizations. It is precisely because I am passionate about building bridges between theory and practice that I believe it is now the perfect time to go back to study and analyze reality from an academic perspective, enriching it with the work experience I have gained. Finally it’s worth mentioning that I also want to continue pursuing a career in academia and become a university professor. I want to motivate students to be involved in solutions of real life problems because I am sure that knowledge and education are the most powerful tools to
change embedded patterns of violence.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Membership Committee Ready for Austin

Have you registered for the 2018 International Convention, Austin, TX, July 16 – 21? Have you made a hotel reservation at the JW Marriott Austin? Don’t miss all the opportunities planned for this convention … dynamic keynote speakers, informative and interactive breakout sessions, proposed constitutional amendments voting, Society Headquarters tours, naming of the 2018 Achievement Award recipient, Marketplace shops… and more!
Members of the International Membership Committee invite you to join us for two presentations:
Wednesday, July 18 – 1:15 – 2:00 Bridging the Generation Gap - Looking for ideas to bridge the gap and meet the needs of all ages in your chapter? The focus will be on utilizing the strengths of members from multiple generations to effectively establish meaningful dialogue and provide energized all-inclusive meetings. Bring your tips for building strong, viable multigenerational chapters to share.
Wednesday, July 18 - 2:30 - 3:15 DKG Membership Think Tank - Join the International Membership Committee for an interactive session to brainstorm remedies to membership issues that all chapters face. Solutions developed from this discussion will be published on the DKG website after the convention.
We look forward to seeing you in Austin! Bring fellow chapter members.

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.

Figure 1

















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.

Figure 1



















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.

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