1999-10-16 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

I am pleased to share with you the fact that I was honored by Phi
Delta Kappa as the Kappan of the Year. Phi Delta Kappa International is a prestigious organization for professional educators.

According to the statistics released by Phi Delta Kappa International there are Phi Delta Kappa Chapters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Korea, Belgium, Thailand,
Italy, Okinawa, the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Phi Delta Kappa members are educational professionals who are
engaged in a variety of settings from school teachers and administrators to college and university professors to a wide variety of educational
specialists in many different fields. Phi Delta Kappa members find a
common interest in the furtherance, betterment, enhancement and enrichment of education.

Phi Delta Kappa publishes one of the most prestigious journals for
professional educators entitled The Kappan. This journal began publishing in 1915. There are ten publications a year from September through June.

For professionals in the field of education The Kappan is a main source of news on educational issues. The journals look at public policy issues and offer a vehicle for debate on controversial educational issues.

One arm of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is the educational foundation which promotes excellence in the educational profession through research, field work and leadership. Through the educational foundation, PDK publishes books on policy, history, philosophy, school administration, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, and school law including: "Shell Game: Corporate America's Agenda for Schools" by Clinton E. Boutwell; "At The Threshold of the Millennium" edited by Donovan R. Walling; "A Journey of the Heart: The Call to Teaching" by E. Grady Bogue; "Teachers as Leaders" by Donovan R. Walling; "Total Quality Education" by
Michael Schmaker and Richard B. Wilson. "Art as a Basic" by W. Dwaine Greer; "Research That Informs Teachers and Teacher Educators:" by Donald R. Cruickshank; and "Legal Research" by Colleen Pauwels, Linda Fariss and Keith Brickley.

Another series on international education has generated books on
"Innovation in Russian Schools" translated by Maria Korolov; "Elementary Teacher Education in Korea" by Douglas C. Smith and "Teacher Education in the Republic of China" by Rhea Ashmore and Zen Cao.

The Phi Delta Kappa Center for Professional Development and Services promotes professional development institutes, conferences and
print and video media for educators. Some videos include "Ralph Tyler:
Educating America: A Learner Centered School"; "Developing High
Performance Schools: Instructional Redesign for Learner-Centered
Classroom Reform" by Judith March and Karen Peters and "Write More, Learn More."

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) also sponsors summer institutes at their
conference center in Bloomington, Indiana. PDK sponsors scholarships from the PDK Educational Foundation which allow educators to attend conferences on current educational issues.

PDK also sponsors a cartoon collection. My favorite cartoon is entitled
"My Home Work Ate My Dog."


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