by Kacie Ryan, Faculty Co-counselor
Literacy Alive! is a service project that Kappa Delta Pi chapters across the world participate in each year. The focus of the initiative is to empower literacy skills within participants. Participating chapters create their own programming that focuses on literacy skills related to cross curriculum programming, community partnerships, international impact, needs of diverse populations, and sustainable development. In these topics, the programming design is left open ended for participating chapters. Projects typically range from one day literacy events to on-going literacy programs. For more information visit the KDP’s Literacy Alive! page.
Our AES chapter has participated in Literacy Alive! for several years. Each year we create a Literacy Alive! committee who designs and implements our project. Our focus over the last few years has been on compiling teacher resources. We’ve also chosen to leverage our position as the first online chapter of KDP by providing our resources through different online platforms. Last year we created a Live Binder classroom resource. Our committee decided to focus on diverse populations and narrow that to students with behavioral disabilities. Committee members identified books about people with behavioral disabilities and created elementary level lesson plans and read aloud companions to accompany the books. The committee also complied some online resources that could help teachers working with and teaching students with behavioral disabilities. We assembled all of these resources into an online Live Binder to allow access to our project by any teacher, anywhere. You can check out last year’s project here.
As an officer board, we decided that our chapter’s project for this year will focus on digital literacy in K-12 education. The American Library Association defines digital literacy as “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills." Our committee will work with this topic to create our 2017/2018 Literacy Alive! project. The committee is forming now! If you’re interested in joining the committee, or have questions, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Marta Barlow, Chapter Treasurer
Hello fellow teachers and teacher candidates!
Welcome to a new school year! I wish you much success in the year to come, in all you do! Being a teacher myself, and having come up through the Teachers College, I understand how tired and discouraged you may feel at times. It's normal! Just keep plugging! If you get to feeling overworked, over-stressed, and burned out...take some time off just for yourself. Go visit friends, see a movie, take a much-needed vacation. Then, hit the courses with renewed determination and vigor! Never give up!
I'm so excited to be going to the Convocation in Pittsburgh, October 26-28! This will be my second time attending; I went to Orlando in 2015 and it was an incredible experience! The workshops, classes, and rubbing elbows with like-minded educators like myself was amazing! I learned so many things and ways of doing things I had never thought of. There were books, memorabilia, DVDs, CDs, classroom materials and aids, etc., to purchase. Wonderful displays and guest speakers rounded out the event! It's not too late to register for Pittsburgh! Go to the KDP website and do it today! You'll be glad you attended! (And hint: If you attend, our chapter officers will give you a $50 gift card when we see you at Convo to help with expenses!)
by Leah Stubb, Membership Chair
Are you aware of the incredible wealth of resources that are available to us as KDP members? If you have not had the chance to explore KDP.org, I would recommend you high tail it on over and take a look. There are loads of scholarships available for all levels of education and you can find the information on them at KDP.org.
KDP puts out several different publications that are a wealth of information for educators, all of which can also be found on the website. One of my favorite places to haunt on this website is the Resources tab! If you’re in need of professional development hours, there are webinar trainings available at your fingertips! If you’re looking to expand your knowledge in a particular area or brush up on some new classroom management ideas, there are webinar recordings available. You have access to both live and recorded webinars.
In the resources catalog you can find resources that can help with job hunting or resume building. Maybe you have already secured an interview, there are resources that can help you to do your very best in an upcoming interview. Perhaps you have secured the job you wanted, there are webcasts and podcasts to help you settle in as a 1st year teacher. Maybe you secured the job but the subject area is not what you had planned for, or the student base has high needs students that you’re unsure about how their condition may affect their learning, you need look no further than KDP.org.
by Leah Stubb, Membership Chair
Who’s coming to convocation? Be sure to save the dates on your calendar! You’re not going to want to miss out on this one! Get out your red pen and mark down Convocation in Pittsburgh, October 26th-28th. You won’t regret it!
Convo is an incredible opportunity to meet, collaborate with and learn from other educators and experts in the field. You will get a chance to listen to and learn from Dave Burgess author of Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator. This is an exciting array of opportunities to increase your knowledge base, and improve yourself as an educator as well as a chance to network with incredibly talented and passionate educators.
I know I’m beyond excited to see what Dave Burgess has to bring to the table as well as all the other amazing speakers and guests we will see at Convocation, I will see you there! If you want to learn more about what is planned, learn more about Literacy Alive, How to support you councilors, there will be a job fair where you can explore the different opportunities in education. This is going to be a packed few days that will alter lives as well as build and change career paths.
AES Chapter is offering a $50 reimbursement on registration fees if you attend. Email us at email@example.com to arrange to meet in person in Pittsburgh so we can get to know you and get your gift card to you! Check out the Convocation website at: http://www.kdp.org/convo2017/index.php.
Four members of the chapter attended the Kappa Delta Pi 50th Biennial Convocation in Orlando. Marta Barlow, Treasurer, Chelsea Barnett, Counselor, Sydney Rombola, Counselor, and Roxanna Lagos, Secretary, can be seen below celebrating 50 years of KDP!