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Utah’s First Kappa Delta Pi Charter Approved at Southern Utah University

Published: May 07, 2018 | Author: Parker Rawlins | Category: Academics

Kappa Delta Pi logo.pngKappa Delta Pi, the International Society for Educators, has approved a chapter charter at Southern Utah University in recognition of the school’s teacher training programs. SUU is the only institution of higher education in the state of Utah to have a Kappa Delta Pi chapter.

Founded in 1911, Kappa Delta Pi fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.  For more than a century, the Society has grown consistently to become the international organization it is today with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million.

Dr. Roberta Kaufman, a representative from KDP, formally presented the school with its charter on Thursday, April 5. During the ceremony, 22 students were initiated as charter members. Phi Delta advisors are Dr. Lisa Arter, assistant professor of English education and Professor Betty Ann Rember, lecturer of teacher education and director of field services.

Education students at SUU will now have access, through our Phi Delta chapter, to an international membership of more than 1.2 million teachers, pedagogical research to support best practices, career center guidance, financial assistance for college and classroom, and more.” says Dr. Arter. “The ability to collaborate with fellow educators across the globe, allows SUU students to begin building a network of professional connections that will support and enhance them throughout their university classes and careers as teachers, researchers, and leaders.”

Phi Delta chapter membership will be open to current undergraduate and graduate education students, alumni, and local K-12 teachers. Phi Delta initiatives will include annual membership recruitment and initiation, professional development webinars, and Literacy Alive! service learning projects. KDP encourages quality learning by giving educators the means to implement research-based strategies, continue professional growth, assume leadership, and become master teachers.

“The need to recruit, retain, and support teachers has never been greater,” said Arter. “Current challenges include meeting the needs of increased numbers of diverse students, addressing accountability pressures related to achievement tests, and requiring tangible proof of student growth as part of teacher evaluation. Having this chapter at SUU showcases our commitment to providing the best foundation for future educators to profoundly impact future generations of Utah students.”

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