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Thursday, July 20, 2023

“War on our Young? Who is Stepping up to Protect Them?”

Armed Conflicts, Environmental Disasters, Pandemics – these are just some of the global challenges facing all of us, but especially young people.

As a result of armed conflicts including the war in Ukraine there are currently twenty-seven international and in state armed conflicts around the world, disrupting livelihoods, and hampering or preventing children’s education, health, and security.

Environmental disasters threaten and take lives, resulting in displacement and contributing to the ongoing refugee crisis.

The COVID – 19 pandemic has set back economic and educational gains by years and has thrown many families into poverty. While its effect on children’s health has been relatively mild, it has severely hampered their education and aggravated economic hardships. Among the fallouts are increased child trafficking, child marriage, and diminished opportunities.

All these obstacles violate young people’s rights – as enshrined in the Universal Convention on Human Rights and in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Let’s listen to the voices of the children themselves and to the voices of their teachers. The United Nations and its NGO partners have a mission to make everyone – especially educators – aware of this problem and to show the programs the United Nations and its partners have in place to protect the youth of the world.




Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Our Constitution - Your Voice in the Society Part 2

What next? Planning is underway for developing a proposal for a change to the governing documents of DKG. A multitude of questions flood your thoughts as the planning begins. How do you begin?  What is your intent for creating a proposal? 

Let’s get started!  Gathering information for the proposed change to a by-law or standing rule will be the starting point.  Compile a brief description incorporating these components: (1) is this a new proposal to a current by-law or standing rule? Write the proposal in clear, concise language. Is this a change to a current by-law or standing rule?  Write the current by-law or standing rule, then write the amendment and finally write the proposed change to the original wording. (2)  Don't forget to develop a strong rationale, your purpose for the change, and include the fiscal impact. (3) Who is submitting the proposal (Member/Committee)? (4) Gather information on member(s)/committee submitting, (Email addresses, phone number). You are ready to submit!

Once the information has been assimilated you are ready to complete the Google Form.  These forms become available in July of odd numbered years and can be obtained from the website (after signing in) under the MyDKG and then Apply/Submit tab. 


Friday, July 7, 2023

The International Educators Book Award & the International Conferences

We are looking forward to attending the International Conferences this summer where we will listen to dynamic speakers, attend workshops, visit attractions, make and renew friendships, and browse, shop, learn at the Expo Fairs. Part of the Expos will be set aside for Committee Connections so attendees can have an opportunity to meet members from International Committees and learn about the important work of the committees. The International Educators Book Award Committee will have a display highlighting the 2023 Award winner, a list of past winners, and ideas for using the books in your states and chapters.

The Educators Book Award Committee will be at the Expos:

·       Thursday and Friday in Tampere, Finland

·       Saturday 1:30 – 3:30 in Phoenix

·       Friday 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Detroit

We hope you will stop by. You may even be interested in volunteering for an International Committee for the next biennium.

Attendees will have a chance to meet Dr. Denise Ammeraal Furlong, the 2023 winning author for her book, Voices of Newcomers: Experiences of Multilingual Learners in Tampere, Finland and Phoenix, Arizona. Attendees will be treated to a video presentation by Dr. Furlong at the Second General Session in Detroit.

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