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Thursday, September 28, 2023

World Fellowship Blog

Connie Savell

The World Fellowship Committee met in Austin, Texas to determine the recipients of $70,000 dollars that our DKG members, chapters, and states contributed.

Did you know that World Fellowships are SOLELY funded by your generous donations?

There is no endowment for this project that every member, chapter, and state has supported since 1946! These awards are not being given from interest because there is NO Endowment! What is truly amazing is the generosity of each member, chapter, and state who believe in collectively working together to globally change the WORLD one dollar at a time!

Did you know that our World Fellowship recipients receive $4,000 initially? One of the responsibilities of the committee is to determine how many can be awarded with the amount of money that was raised the previous year. Another consideration is the number of students who request extensions. The committee factors both into the equation and carefully considers how our donations are spent each year.

We were privileged to read 43 applications this year! In 2023, the World Fellowship Committee awarded five extensions in the amount of $1,000 for doctoral students and three extensions in the amount of $800 for masters’ students. Fifteen new students will be receiving $4,000 to study in the United States or Canada.

We would like to thank everyone who supported World Fellowship and encourage you to continue to give!

Monday, September 25, 2023



    Additional information on UNICEF funding allocations and girls education


UNICEF thematic funding is divided into two categories – development and humanitarian1. UNICEF uses a different set of criteria for allocating global development and humanitarian thematic funding.


An internal senior-level committee provides governance and oversight to allocate thematic funds contributed by partners at the global level. Within the specific funding window, funding is prioritized for countries that:

  • Are furthest from achieving Strategic Plan targets, Sustainable Development Goals and other global goals.
  • Are in fragile post-conflict situations with key priority areas remaining unfunded.
  • Are heavily reliant on Core Resources for Results (RR) funding.
  • Strengthen the Humanitarian-Development nexus approach.
  • Demonstrate means and opportunities to leverage partners’ contributions and national budgets.
  • Focus on equity and the most marginalized children everywhere.
  • Respond to global and regional priorities.


An internal senior-level committee governs allocation of global humanitarian thematic funding. Funds are allocated to countries that demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Critical unmet needs for the most vulnerable children.
  • Critical funding gaps based on available and projected contributions.
  • Strong implementation capacity based on the delivery track records of regular country programs. 
  •  Alignment with organization-wide initiatives to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of UNICEF humanitarian action. This can include gender-transformative programming; mechanisms for the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse; accountability to affected populations; and strategies that emphasize anti-racism and anti-discrimination.
 Allocation of regional non-humanitarian thematic funding follows the same criteria outlined for global non-humanitarian thematic funding, while taking into account specific regional and country contexts. Regional humanitarian funding is allocated based on the specific regional Humanitarian Action for Children appeal.


Below is a list of UNICEF’s prioritized program countries in Africa for girls education. In these countries, the risks to girls’ education are high and UNICEF is prepared to scale up solutions.

Ethiopia, Niger, Guinea, Nigeria, Tanzania, Benin, Northern Kenya, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Chad, Mauritania, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Congo DR, Mozambique, South Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, Namibia, Sudan

Here are some of the key barriers preventing girls from accessing an education:

  • Poverty is a major barrier prohibiting many girls from attending school
  • Traditional norms and increasingly conservative practices related to girls’ and women’s roles in society.
  • A lack of menstrual products and safe, separate toilets at school.
  • A lack of female teachers, especially in rural schools.
  • Threats of violence and certain harmful practices, such as child marriage.
  • A shortage of schools and insufficient transportation.
  • Geographical barriers, including in remote, rural and mountainous areas.
  • Low quality of education, especially in places where teachers have limited academic qualifications.

This video provides additional context on the barriers to girls education:

10 Things Keeping Girls Away from School.

1 the United Nations defines development as “a multidimensional undertaking to achieve a higher quality of life for all people. Economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent and mutually reinforcing components of sustainable development” [] Humanitarian is defined as as “any circumstance where humanitarian needs are sufficiently large and complex to require significant external assistance and resources, and where a multi-sectoral response is needed, with the engagement of a wide range of international humanitarian actors.” []

Thursday, September 21, 2023

DKGIEF: Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award

The Lucile Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award provides funds for professional development. Applications are accepted twice each year. Read more about the history of the Cornetet Award on the DKGIEF web page.

Things to Know About the Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award (CIPD):

  1. CIPD awards are available for any employed educator, DKG member or non-member.
  2. CIPD awards give individual educators the opportunity to participate in professional development activities through approved professional development providers such as colleges, universities, and professional organizations other than The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
  3. CIPD awards are available to fund attendance at conferences, seminars, lecture series, online courses, workshops, and other non-degree programs.
  4. CIPD awards may fund travel, lodging, meals, pay for substitutes, registration fees, etc.
  5. CIPD applications are submitted electronically on or before May 1 for activities occurring between July-December.
  6. CIPD applications are submitted electronically on or before November 1 for activities occurring between January-June.
  7. CIPD professional development must occur after the funds are awarded.

Are you currently working as an educator? Consider applying for a Cornetet Award today. The next application deadline is November 1, 2023.

Are you interested in donating to the Cornetet Fund? Go to Cornetet Fund - Donate or to the the DKGIEF Donate page for various options to make a donation.


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

DKG Arts Gallery Blog: Artist’s Spotlight: Barbara Parks-Lee – District of Columbia State Organization - Alpha Chapter

An Open Artists’ Discussion on Creation, Technique, Embracing Change,  and an International Conference Experience

Briefly, tell me a little bit about yourself as an educator and artist? 

As a retired educator of English and Humanities and a presenter of professional development sessions with fellow educators, incorporating an interdisciplinary approach made it possible to reach most of my students’ who had multiple ways of learning.  The National Board Certification enabled me to examine and to validate why teaching was my calling. Writing my own multi-and interdisciplinary textbook, CONNECTIONS, also allowed me to be honored as a Carnegie Scholar and Fellow.  For the last sixty years, I have lived in Washington, DC, and my hobbies are reading, writing, photography, and traveling to writing workshops and enjoying street rods/classic cars.  As a recent widow, I am learning a “new normal” way of living.

It was a pleasure meeting you and other Gallery artists at the International Conference in Phoenix, AZ this summer. Tell us a little about your experience. Were you a newbie? Why did you travel so far to be a part of this gathering of exceptional DKG members?

The Delta Kappa Gamma International Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Barbara D. Parks-Lee, Alpha Chapter

The experiences I have gained by attending conferences are valuable ways to learn and to share.  This past July, the conference in Phoenix, Arizona, offered me the opportunity to meet with DKG sisters in a setting very different from the lushness of the East Coast, for Phoenix was desert, hot 119–120-degree, desert!  The flora and fauna were different, and the colors reflected sand, and cactus greens, and breathtakingly beautiful skies and sunsets. 

The Sheridan Hotel at Wild Horse Pass is located on a Native American reservation.  Its split-level construction is such that the land is respected.  The hand-decorated, dome-shaped main lobby entrance that reflects scenes of Native American life is on the third level, and conference rooms and hotel rooms are located on second and first levels that best reflect the land configurations.  A little stream runs through the first level, and petroglyphs grace rocks in the lobby.  Outside, cacti bloom, native trees beckon, and birds offer concerts for those who wake early and listen. Soft flute music by Nakai was a calming, yet unobtrusive, mediation throughout the hotel. Everywhere I went, I was advised to drink water, to stay hydrated, and I drank more water there than I would normally drink in a month.

I did not try to attend every presentation as I had in the past, but the ones I did attend were informative and valuable.  Phoenix was a place for me to rest, to grieve—as well as a place to heal, after the death of my husband, Willie, in April. 

The presentations I appreciated dealt with self-care, making connections, combining art and science, and the session with the Delta Kappa Gamma editors, Dr. Charlotte Lindgren, Dr, Dorria J. Powell, Dr. Kammie Richter, and Dr. Judith R. Merz. The keynote session’s theme was Moving Forward with Vitality, Relevance, and Sustainability, and the keynote speaker, Alona Kladieva, reminded us to “never forget where you’ve been.” 

The field trip to the Native American Museum was informative, beautiful architecturally with its emphasis on the strength of the triangle in its ceiling, and an artistic experience emphasizing the talents and contributions of Native Americans.

Everyone seemed excited about the upcoming conference that will meet at National Harbor next year, and I am excited about reconnecting with many I met in Phoenix.  Phoenix was a conference unlike others I have attended, and I am grateful to have experienced new people, a different culture, different foods, and a contrasting climate’s beauty.

Your recent entry to the Gallery is titled ‘My Hero'.  This written piece touched my heart and made me think back in time as my grandfather was also a WWI veteran…gentleman of a certain time when a man, “never wore his hat in a building” and would “sneak a kiss from their beloved wife”. What made you create such an inspiring memory?

My grandfather, James Isham Evans, believed I was smart and that I could be and do anything, and I believed him.  I wanted never to disappoint him by not doing my best, and his believing in me has been a lifelong encouragement, even long after his death when I was in the first grade so many years ago.

Your second entry, "'Technobabe’s' Tears" also resonated within me, as again, teaching in a certain age in education, when we were expected to master a computer in a world of chalk and mimeographs. What made you think of this at this point in your journey? 

My fountain pen has always been what I felt most comfortable using, but when I was confronted with computer technology as a Carnegie Scholar, I was terrified!  I did not even know how to turn the computer on and off, and I cried out of frustration when my learning curve morphed from my comfortable use of a fountain pen, dittoed lessons, and mimeographed corrections to learning new “tekkie” skills in a new environment with others who were technologically advanced.  I was given the ironic nickname of “Technobabe” by Ted Nellen, whose New York English classroom was entirely paperless—something I could not even imagine, coming from a school where the only computer was in the main office.  I had the choice of whether my chalk would be white, yellow, or whatever color I purchased for my classroom.

Do you create only in the written word, or do you venture into the visual arts?

I not only write poetry, short stories, a children’s book, a textbook, and a novel but also, I paint, enjoy photography, and am trying to learn to use mixed media with calligraphy.

What does the value of Creative Arts in Education mean to you?

There is no way creative arts can—or should be—separated from education!  Everything from connections to how we exist has been touched in some way by creative arts.  Design, color, nature, innovations, and anything that can be perceived by the five senses connects to the creative arts.  Creative Arts in Education make education meaningful, endurable, and provide the road to better for all of us.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?

The best piece of advice was to compete only with myself and to be ever ready to learn something different.

Have you entered your work in other venues?

I have shared my work with The Green Mountain Writers in Vermont, the National Council Teachers of English Journal, and worked with two anthologies published by my church.

Any parting thoughts/Insights?

Being able to experience new people, new ideas, new cultures, and to be able to share with women educators is a life-affirming adventure.  I only wish more people could reach out without fear of change.

Let’s keep the conversation going with the Arts & Humanities blog. 

The Jury Committee is looking forward to our upcoming Fall Gallery Submissions.  We want to hear from you and welcome your ideas and suggestions. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Up Close and Personal: International Conferences’ Art Gallery Spotlight DKG Members

We’ve heard the old adage, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’  Each of us may interpret the phrase differently, but overall, its meaning alludes to the benefit of seeing something up close and in person rather than it being described.  Hence, the live Art Gallery was born. Walking through an art exhibition and meandering through the art pieces on display is a true form of enjoyment for those who value the arts and humanities.  It’s part of the bigger picture in developing one’s appreciation for different genres, mediums of art, and the rich, cultural expressions of a specific region and country. 

With excitement and anticipation, the Arts & Humanities International Committee established the opportunity for our DKG membership to share their talents through a live art exhibition. This on-going effort to expand member participation in the bi-annual Art Gallery is featured on the DKG website,   A conference Art Gallery was first featured at the 2021 Portland Conference.  To expand on its success, the Art Gallery was offered at the International Convention in New Orleans in 2022 and was met with great enthusiasm and participation.  This past July, in both Detroit and Phoenix, the local conference committee chairs did a wonderful job of organizing the Expo event.  DKG members shared their artwork through the live Art Gallery.  What a delight it was to showcase the multi-talented members and their wide variety of artistic interests.   We are encouraged that each year the Art Gallery will gain interest and expand the array of talents highlighted from our international membership.

The Detroit Conference Art Gallery:


 Take a quick journey through the Detroit Conference and Art Gallery:

The Phoenix Conference Art Gallery:

Enjoy an art walk through the Phoenix Conference and Art Gallery.

Set your calendars for the 2024 International Convention in Maryland next July 9 – 13, 2024! The Arts & Humanities Jury Committee would love to expand the Expo experience to include an even larger Art Gallery experience for our attendees.  We love highlighting and sharing our multi-talented members and their artistic and literary works.  For more details, be sure to look for information on the DKG International Convention 2024 and the Art Gallery submission process during the spring of 2024.  Before you know it, it will be right around the corner and a wonderful chance for our talented DKG sisterhood to share their artwork, up close and in person.

Let’s keep the conversation going with the Arts & Humanities blog.  The Jury Committee is looking forward to our upcoming Fall Gallery Submissions.  We want to hear from you and welcome your ideas and suggestions. 

Thursday, September 7, 2023

A Fork in the Road, Two Directions

The choice between leasing and buying/building DKG Headquarters is like coming to a fork in the road and trying to find the best way forward. The decision is not easy.

The leadership of DKG was guided by the words of our founder, Annie Webb Blanton, “Be progressive…But don’t cling to the old when its worth has passed.” Our leaders studied the benefits and costs of each fork before finding the best way forward. Past president, Becky Sadowski reminds us, “Our Founders realized that Delta Kappa Gamma was not a building. Carrying out our mission wherever they are in the world, our members are the heart of our Society.”

Beginning in 2019, DKG was involved in the sale of the building that served as Headquarters. The property sale was finalized on September 3, 2021. DKG was at the fork in the road.

When deciding the future of the Headquarters, the decision was to buy, build or lease.

The leadership was guided by the benefits and costs of buying another commercial building, developing land and constructing a building or leasing space to use as the Headquarters of DKG.

Fork: Buy/Build

  •         A constitutional amendment would be required to purchase an existing building in the Austin area.
  • The governing documents allow for land development or construction only, which was very limiting and time consuming. Leasing would be required after the sale while land development and construction occurred. Likely over a year.
  • The real estate market in the Austin area was dynamic and peaking at the time of the sale.
  • You, the membership, were responsible for all building maintenance, local taxes, altering the physical and structural constraints of the building and property insurance.
  • Owning and operating real estate requires an organization’s time, money and attention from mission and redirects the resources to the real estate.
  • Fixed costs are increased requiring an increase in membership numbers to provide a reliable source of revenue.
  • Liquidity is decreased as there is decreased cash flow to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Owning real estate limits financial flexibility and the ability of the Society to reduce market risk.

What were the benefits and costs of leasing a space to use as the Headquarters of DKG?

Fork: Lease

  •         Sale of the Headquarters building, a permanent asset, required the proceeds of the sale be deposited into the Permanent Fund as restricted by Constitution.
  • The Constitution defines how monies in the Permanent Fund may be used.
  • The Constitution does permit the Permanent Fund be used to lease office space and pay the initial security deposit.
  • Some functions that were done in the 1956 Headquarters can be outsourced to allow for the rental of a smaller office space.
  • Leased office space improved the Society’s ability for collaborative teamwork, connectivity and productivity. 
  • As the needs of the Society changes, flexibility and adaptability are more likely in a leased space.
  • The proceeds of the sale of DKG Headquarters and adjoining parking lot was invested in these amounts. The DKG Investment Policy guides the investments.

o   Deposit $180,000 in a money market account to purchase fixed assets.

o   Invest $800,000 in financial instruments, with $200,000 maturing in years 1, 2, 3, and 4. The maturing funds to be used for lease payments and fixed assets.

o   Invest $17,170,000 in longer term investments targeted to return $171,700 from interest and dividends to be moved annually to the Available Fund and to target investment growth benchmarked to US annual inflation rate.

So, the fork in the road they chose was the fork that led the leadership to lease office space rather than develop land and build a new structure. Our leaders were, “forward moving ever.”

Diana Haskell, International Finance Committee Member

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

DKGIEF: Cornetet Seminar Professional Development Award

Does your state organization, region, or area plan to sponsor a professional development seminar or activity? The Lucile Cornetet Professional Development Award has funds for that!

The Cornetet Seminar Professional Development Award (CSPD) provides funds to assist Delta Kappa Gamma regions, areas, and state organizations to offer professional development opportunities in your local area.

Things to Know About the Cornetet Seminar Professional Development Award (CSPD):

  1. CSPD awards are available to state organizations or one of its divisions (districts/areas/regions) or multi-state organizations of DKG to sponsor professional development activities.
  2. CSPD awards provide growth-promoting professional development activities for employed educators, early-career educators, and second-education-career educators to further excellence in education. The sponsored seminars are available to all educators.
  3. CSPD professional development may be in conjunction with a Society-sponsored event or a stand-alone event at any time during the year.
  4. CSPD awards are available to fund consultant or presenter fees, seminar materials, venue rental, audio-visual equipment rental, and much more.
  5. CSPD awards require other sources of funding in addition to the award funds.
  6. CSPD applications are submitted electronically on or before November 1.
  7. CSPD professional development must occur after the funds are awarded.
  8. CSPD seminar recipients may receive funding no more than twice.

The Lucile Cornetet Professional Development Award Fund has money to share! Details about applying for a CSPD award can be found on the DKGIEF page of the Society’s website. Applications are due November 1, 2023.

The Cornetet Fund is available through the generosity of a forward-thinking member, but donations allow DKGIEF to continue to grant professional development awards. Are you interested in donating to the Cornetet Fund? Go to Cornetet Fund - Donate or the DKGIEF Donate page for various options to make a donation.


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