It is an honour and a privilege to be the in-coming president of The Phi Delta Kappa– University of British Columbia Chapter. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back members and supporters to another year of vibrant professional learning and networking.
PDK started as a professional organization for educators in the early 1900’s and the UBC Chapter emerged in 1966. A significant draw for PDK members is the high quality of The Kappan magazine, which features articles and opportunities focusing on the mission of the organization:
- Service in Education
Another significant benefit to membership in PDK-UBC is the professional engagement of the people who gravitate towards the organization. Our PDK –UBC Chapter is particularly well known for the cross pollination that occurs through thought provoking discussion during pro-d dinner events that include presenters, educators and participants:
- Providing educational leadership in a variety of capacities
- Who represent a wide range of “voices” from a variety of school districts
- From the kindergarten to university level
- From public and private schools
- From the Ministry of Education, Universities, interested parents and professionals from outside the teaching profession
The PDK International membership can be completed online and facilitates chapter membership in the PDK-UBC Chapter (0124). There are a variety of memberships, which make accommodations for students’ budgets and people wanting online membership only. Go to http://www.pdkintl.org to check it out. A PDK subscription and chapter membership guarantees a subscription to The Kappan, a reduced rate in chapter programs and allows you to support our chapter initiatives, such as the two annual scholarships for students in The Faculty of Education at UBC.
I hope that you will join us at the Arbutus Club for what is always a scrumptious dinner and lively discourse around the topic being explored. Our first dinner meeting will be a panel discussion in November. The topic will be:
COMMUNITY BUILDING IN AN AGE OF CHANGE
Stay posted for information on the panel slated for November. Hope to see you there.