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Monday, October 30, 2023

Resource Spotlight - Communities

Do you know that there are at least 25 different interest communities that members can join in My DKG. Log in to then click on MYDKG. From this page you can click on My Communities. “Click here to join a community” will take you to a list of communities. If you are interested in best practices using social media, there is a group for that. If you are interested in leading effective meetings, there is a group for that also. You might want to be part of increasing knowledge and awareness of global issues, join DKG Global Awareness. If you would like to create a new community, contact Trish Woodley at

Whatever your passion a world of possibilities, opportunities, and resources exist within The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Communities are one of the resources members can utilize as an opportunity to let your voice be heard and pursue passions.

Thursday, October 26, 2023


US Forum - National Legislative Seminar - March 10-13, 2024

This panel will tackle the tough issues surrounding how can we improve the working conditions of educators. How can we ensure we retain good educators? How can we ensure that our students are taught by well qualified educators? What can each of us do to create positive school climates that promote the well-being of all staff?

This panel of esteemed presenters bring a wealth of experience to the field. Join us for a thought provoking and solutions-oriented panel.

Sheila Gaiser is from DKG CA Area II where she is Area II Legislative Chair. She is also on CA President’s Educational Law and Policy committee as well as US Forum Legislative State and Federal Committee as CA representative.  After teaching second grade for 5 years, she left for better pay in the private sector. She returned to teaching after 30 years in the corporate world in various managerial positions where she was listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She was an educator for 18 years as a teacher, teacher mentor, teacher trainer, grade level leader, assistant principal intern, and elected representative to both state and national teacher conventions.  

Katina Keever is the President of Virginia DKG. She lives in Gloucester, VA. She has been a member of DKG and the Gamma Nu chapter since May 2011, having served in a variety of chapter and state roles. Katina is entering her 27th year in education. She currently works as the Student Services Coordinator in Gloucester County Public Schools, but also spent ten years as a school administrator and 14 years in the elementary classroom serving students in grades 1st through 4th grade over the years.

Linda McCrary, a member of the NEA Board of Directors, a former DKG SE Regional Director, and Chair of the DKG Educational Foundation, a classroom teacher and librarian in TN, has devoted her life to philanthropy and advocacy for education, educators, and students.  She believes in and advocates for candidates and legislation supportive of equity. She was the 1994 – 1996 chair of the US Forum Steering Committee, which proposed the National Legislative Seminar as a project of the US Forum.  She is a wife of 60 years, a mother, and a grandmother.

Sally Nazelrod is the president of Maryland DKG. She is the retired Coordinator of Health and Physical Education in Baltimore County Public Schools and is the current President of the Eastern Seaboard Region of the National Academy for Health and Physical Literacy-NAHPL. She lives in Manchester in Carroll County, Maryland and is the mother of 2 sons and grandmother of 4. 

Bev Johns, US Forum, Northeast Representative, will moderate the panel. 

Register for the National Legislative Seminar here.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Guidance is Mentoring

While taking a class in counseling one of the hardest things I had to think about was to guide, not tell.  It is faster and easier to just tell someone how to do something, correct a wrong answer, or do it for them. But if you want them to feel good about what they do or grow personally or professionally, you need to guide them, not tell them.

When you can mentor a student, a peer, a new employee, or anyone else, you need to remember that guidance is more beneficial to the mentee than just telling them.  They will remember better, do it better and feel better.  When a student gives you the wrong answer to your question, ask him another question, give he/her a clue to help them to the right answer or model something by showing an example.  They feel great because they got the answer right, and they weren’t embarrassed because they were wrong the first time. They are more likely to try again.   Oh, I admit that sometimes those techniques don’t work, and you just have to say, “Great try.”

When you are mentoring a peer or a new employee, you use the same techniques.  Show them how to do something, then let them try it.  You may need to ask questions or give clues or even show them again, but they will feel better about the process.  I used to have bus drivers who didn’t know how to control the students on their bus so there were often discipline referrals from that driver.  I discussed having rules and following them, then I showed them a video of children being well behaved on a bus and a bus driver who addressed issues immediately.  I then asked them to try a few things then get back to me.  I didn’t tell them what to do.  I gave them the opportunity to try things on their own.  I mentored the driver and there was eventual success. The same would be true if you have a teacher who is having problems in the classroom.  You guide them, not tell them.  Guidance is mentoring. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Understanding the Travel Policy

Finance Committee Blog

Over the last few years, all aspects of travel have changed significantly.  From the initial booking of reservations to boarding your chosen mode of transportation, there seem to be hidden charges and extra fees for each trip.  As the DKG Society International navigates these ever-evolving procedures, it is important for members to understand exactly what expenses are reimbursable.

In August of 2022, the 2022-2024 International Administrative Board tasked the International Finance Committee with the revising of the DKG Society International Travel Policy.  The new policy is intended to clarify all steps for reimbursement of expenses incurred during service to the Society.  Consistency and uniformity are key to the Travel Policy and due to the extensive guidelines addressed in this revised policy, it will be published as part of the GAPP (General Administrative Policies and Procedures) instead of appearing in the International Standing Rules document. 

To view the approved DKG Society International Travel Policy, log on to, sign in, and select Document/Publications under the green banner at the top.  Scroll down to find GAPP, and after clicking on this tab, choose Policies.  The Travel Reimbursement Policy is shown as an option under Policies.  If you are invited by the International President,  to travel on behalf of the Society, please review the Travel Policy prior to planning your trip.  Your involvement in the DKG Society International is key to its success and assisting you by reimbursing your travel expenses is paramount to future involvement of members.

Friday, October 13, 2023

US Forum NLS: An Evening With The Arts

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Artful Tools 

Open your minds to the amazing impact that art can have in your academic and personal lives. Join two museum professionals as they present functional strategies that will enhance programming for students and support unique growth opportunities for educators.
Featured Speakers:

Tondra J Odom, President of DKG, DC
Tondra is a retired District of Columbia elementary school teacher as well as a museum educator. She will provide you with strategic art tools that will augment teaching and learning experiences for every student, irrespective of demographics. Her goal is to give every child an opportunity to have access to a quality education, making a high academic outcome possible.
Marjorie J Mitzner, MEd, MAT
Museum Educator

You don't have to be an artist to appreciate and utilize the arts. With a wealth of experience both inside classrooms and museums, Marjorie understands the importance of self-care. She will provide us with tools to process the stressors of daily life using thought-provoking methods and beautiful works of art. 

Join the US Forum National Legislative Seminar on March 10-13, 2024!

Thursday, October 12, 2023

DKGIEF: Golden Gift Fund

Gold brings to mind a precious commodity that describes the invaluable benefit of the Golden Gift Fund. Financing from the Golden Gift Fund provides members with a relevant and modern leadership management seminar.

This fund, established to celebrate the Society’s Golden Anniversary, started with a generous gift from the late Dr. Eula Lee Carter (Texas.) In 1974, DKG challenged every member to contribute one dollar per year for the five years leading up to the 1979 Golden Anniversary to provide funds for leadership development. Graduates from the leadership seminars include:

  • Fifteen (15) international presidents

  • Many state organization presidents

  • Other state and chapter leaders

Originally named the Leadership/Management Seminar (LMS) funded by the Golden Gift Fund, the seminar was revised during the 2018-2020 biennium and renamed DKG Ignite: Leaders Empowering Leaders program. Since 1980, about 954 members have attended the seminars and/or received a special stipend financed by the Golden Gift Fund.

DKG Ignite: Leaders Empowering Leaders is offered in even-numbered years and is open to any DKG member. A diverse group of participants is selected to represent all regions of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Selected members attend an intensive one-week seminar on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. The McCombs School of Business staff works in coordination with DKG to provide a seminar focused on leadership and management development.

Would you like to hear more from the DKG Ignite: Leaders Empowering Leaders class of 2022 graduates? Check out their podcast DKG IGNITE: Igniting Your Passion.”

Consider applying to participate in the next DKG Ignite session. Sign in on the DKG website. Select My DKG → Apply/Submit → scroll down to DKG Ignite Application. The next application deadline is December 1, 2023

The leadership seminars are dependent on the Golden Gift Fund, which is solely supported by member donations. Contributions can be made on the DKGIEF webpage. Go to Golden Gift Fund - Donate or the DKGIEF Donate page for various options to make a donation.

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