Kappa Delta Pi
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
|Kappa Delta Pi|
|Founded||March 8, 1911
University of Illinois
|Type||Professional, Honor Society|
|Headquarters||3707 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 and was one of the first discipline-specific honor societies. Its membership is limited to the top 20 percent of those entering the field of education. Its motto is "Knowledge, Duty, Power," and its mission is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.
Membership is open only to the top 20 percent of those entering the education field. In addition, undergraduates must have a 3.0 GPA, and graduate students a 3.25 GPA. Membership for active professionals varies.
Among those involved as Professional Members are superintendents and principals; early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers; university faculty and deans; graduate and doctoral students; nontraditional educators; retired educators; State Teachers of the Year; researchers; and other education specialists.
Individuals must maintain active membership each year through payment of dues to continue to receive benefits. Though direct involvement with a chapter is optional, members also may join community-based networking groups via KDP Global to extend their support system and mentoring community.
The member creed is "So to Teach that our words inspire a will to learn; So to Serve that each day may enhance the growth of exploring minds; So to Live that we may guide young and old to know the truth and love the right. To the fulfillment of these objectives, we pledge our efforts and our faith."
Kappa Delta Pi was founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois in order to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. In 1912, a petition to merge Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa(PDK) was declined by the latter because PDK could not agree to the terms that women be allowed in an "honor fraternity". In 1920, William Chandler Bagley installed a Kappa Delta Pi chapter at Teachers College, Columbia University. Four years later (1924) American pragmatist philosopher and educationalist John Dewey was inducted as the first member of the Society's Laureate Chapter (see below). The Society's flagship publication, The Educational Forum, was first published in 1936.
The mission of the society is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. To this end, the Society offers:
- Workshops and conferences
- Books, journals, and other publications
- Scholarships and grants
- Community service projects
- Employment resources
- Professional development
Organization and governance
Among the more than 600 chapters around the world are institutional chapters affiliated with teacher education programs, including community colleges and virtual universities. Led by students and faculty, these chapters provide local members with networking, leadership, service, and professional development programming. In addition to individual programs and events provided through individual chapters, all members can participate in professional development located on the Kappa Delta Pi website, which includes webinars  and KDP Global. 
Alumni/professional chapters and affiliate chapters, organized in school districts or cities, offer members opportunities to participate in educational and service activities and to grow through professional development.
The Society headquarters is responsible for the daily operations of the Society. The headquarters staff maintains membership and financial records, and provides support and assistance to institutional, alumni/professional, and affiliate chapters and members. Headquarters offices are located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation solicits contributions to fund educational programs for the Society and its members. Since 1980, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million for programs, grants, and scholarships. Members of KDP serve as Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation trustees to oversee policies and governance.
The Society is led by the Executive Council, which consists of nine elected members who are responsible for the vision, direction, fiscal security, and general oversight of the association. The Executive Council also appoints chairs and members of national committees. Biennially, the legislative body of the Society convenes to determine policy for the organization, including changes to the bylaws. Voting delegates elected by chapters represent their local voice and opinions at the Convocation.
The New Teacher Advocate, published quarterly, offers novice and apprentice teachers connections and support through practice-oriented articles and expert-advice columns. Through the stories of educators from all levels of practice, this newsletter informs, encourages, and inspires new teachers.
The Kappa Delta Pi Record, published quarterly, presents practical articles on compelling topics and issues important to practicing educators who teach at all levels and in a wide range of disciplines in classrooms and other educational settings. By providing the best teaching strategies, ideas, and examples of applied theory, concepts, and practice, the Record encourages and promotes professional growth in the field of education.
The Educational Forum is a doubly masked, peer-reviewed journal that is published quarterly to provide thought-provoking, challenging essays, research reports, and featured works designed to stimulate dialogue in education on a worldwide scale.
The Laureate Chapter was established in 1924 to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of professional education. It is limited to 60 living persons. Early members included:
- John Dewey (the first nominee to the Laureate Chapter)
- Albert Einstein
- Margaret Mead
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Jean Piaget
- George Washington Carver
- Jane Addams
Other notable members of Kappa Delta Pi include:
- William Chandler Bagley
- Harry Samuel Broudy
- James Bryant Conant
- James William Fulbright
- Howard Gardner
- Henry A. Giroux
- Maxine Greene
- Robert Maynard Hutchins
- William Heard Kilpatrick
- Alfie Kohn
- Jonathan Kozol
- Nel Noddings
- "Eligibility Requirements". Kappa Delta Pi. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "A Brief History of Kappa Delta Pi: 1912 A Crucial Decision". Kappa Delta Pi. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "History/Timeline". Kappa Delta Pi. http://www.kdp.org/aboutkdp/ourhistory.php Accessed 2012-11-19.
- "Webinars". Kappa Delta Pi. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "KDP Global". Kappa Delta Pi. Retrieved 19 November 2012.