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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Times and Attitudes Have Changed

 I am proud of the modern woman educator! Times and attitudes about women and about educators have changed a great deal since 1929 and the early days of this Society. In those days women with careers were rather unusual. Women were expected to devote themselves to domesticity, and women who did not were considered a bit odd. Social norms caused people to look askance at women who united for any reason except to be a social group.

The first sororities and fraternities were formed in the mid-1800s by students who met in secret, usually to discuss issues or to debate topics their faculties did not deem appropriate.  Thus when we Founders formed an organization for women educators we risked censure by our colleagues and much of the population because of prevailing social attitudes. Social norms of the time forced us to assume the appearance of a sorority, and we adopted many of the accoutrement of a sorority—Greek name, keypin, song, emblem, secrecy, rituals, and careful selection of members. 

We twelve did not view our organization as purely social; we wanted to provide a haven for women educators that would unify and empower them to use their combined strength and energy to make them better teachers with opportunities to excel in their classrooms and in their careers. A sorority-like image was the only way we knew to do that.

Now women are expected to have careers, to be professionals. They do not need the protection of a sorority persona. Social culture now expects women to speak with authority and fervor about their careers. I say to you, DKG members, acknowledge that times and attitudes have changed and make changes with DKG that proudly proclaims and advances a professional image. I exhort you to make changes in the Society that express the status of women that social norms have come to expect, accept, and encourage. I want you to live up to your modern image. Take pride in the united spirit of professionalism!

Monday, November 27, 2017

I have a Facebook Page. Now what do I do?

Be sure you read the previous articles about setting up a Facebook  account and setting up a Facebook Page.

Because you want members to access your Facebook Page, make sure you publicize  it. Include the URL in your newsletters, announce at meetings, and put it on most documents.

But most importantly, put a link or even two on your website. If you construct your website using Weebly, you can link to your Facebook Page through the social media icons. But if you want you members to “Like” your page, see the directions on this LINK.

Follow the directions given, making sure you have copied and pasted the URL of your Page (not the basic account).
Hint 1: you don’t have to change anything on the Like Button Configurator. Just make sure you have pasted in the URL for your Page.
Hint 2: for Weebly, choose iFrame for the correct  code.


What can I post on it?

  • Photos from a meeting or event  (draws in more members than does anything else).
  • Announcements (Hint: use to create graphics; it is free.)
  • Calendar reminders
  • Links to new information on your website (e.g. scholarship applications, etc.)
  • Link to newsletter
  • Surveys (fill-in-the-blank or a multiple choice)
  • Sign Up for event ( is free.)
  • Upload/link to videos
  • Link to International publications
  • Link to International website
  • Like both the official DKG Facebook Page and DKG Facebook Public Group

Additional tips: Post regularly, keep posts short, complete the “about section,” and post images, images, images!

What ideas can you add?  Please share!

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.

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