You cannot expect anything to change if you repeatedly do the same thing. DKG International directly addressed this problem at our International Conference in Austin this past July. As our membership declines, and our financial resources shrink, to continue on the same path would only serve to reduce our organization’s impact and influence on education world-wide
The 1926 founder of DKG, Annie Webb Blanton, was farsighted in her thinking. “Be progressive,” she wrote. “Keep up with the moving world while not discarding what in the old has value. But, don’t cling to the old when its worth has passed.”
One new amendment that we voted on in Austin will likely have the most impact on our chapters: the one which welcomes student teachers (in the last two years of their program) as Associate Members. We look forward to working with them and benefiting from their youth and enthusiasm.
DKG Quebec will follow the direction of DKG International as we strive to improve our services to educators. In the upcoming year, we are going to do some things quite differently. For many years our evening programs have featured a guest speaker and a buffet dinner. The speakers stimulate the personal and professional growth of our members and help fund our scholarships and teacher grants. This year we’ve added an additional event: an evening of entertainment for members, their family and friends at the Comedy Nest on September 22nd. Let’s start the year with a good laugh!
In April we plan to extend our professional development mandate. A full day wellness symposium focusing on work/life balance will be presented to the greater Montreal educational community. “This is Your Day” will be open to all educators whether DKG members or not. Our aim is to increase our visibility in the educational community and to invite participants to join DKG Quebec.
The symposium will include stimulating speakers, fun interactive sessions, and just plain self-pampering in a relaxing venue, exactly what is needed by April of the school year. Stay tuned for more details.
Throughout our careers as educators we have been continually challenged by change. We have constantly sought to improve our teaching and the learning environment for students. Now, as DKG members, we are challenged to meet the demands imposed by the declining membership in our organization. More changes will ultimately be necessary. I am very confident, however, that our members in Quebec and members internationally are up to the task. We will continue to be “leading women educators impacting education world-wide”.
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Leading Women Educators Impacting Education World Wide
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
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Updated: December 2018