Phi Delta Kappa

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Phi Delta Kappa
Founded January 24, 1906; 112 years ago (1906-01-24)
Indiana University
Mission statement To grow and connect leaders in education
Vision statement To be the experts in cultivating great educators for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today. Join us in this important work.
Publication Kappan
Headquarters 1820 N Fort Myer Dr., Suite 320
Arlington, Virginia
United States

Phi Delta Kappa International (also known as PDK or PDK International) is a US professional organization for educators. Its main office is in Arlington, Virginia. It was founded on January 24, 1906.[1]


Currently, membership consists of educators and others interested in education. Members are affiliated through one of several hundred chapters or directly to the international organization.[2]


PDK is governed by an International Board, who are elected by professional PDK members. The association abides by the Constitution and Bylaws of PDK International.[3]


Phi Delta Kappa began at Indiana University on January 24, 1906 in the formal creation of a chapter under the name Pi Kappa Mu. By 1910, the organization had a total of three chapters. On March 1, 1910, Pi Kappa Mu, Phi Delta Kappa (which had been organized at Columbia University on March 13, 1908) and Nu Rho Beta (which had been organized at University of Missouri on February 23, 1909) amalgamated under the name Phi Delta Kappa. Prior to amalgamation, Phi Delta Kappa had also branched out to include two other chapters.[4]

Phi Delta Kappa joined the Professional Interfraternity Conference in 1928.[5]


Phi Delta Kappan is a professional journal for education, published by Phi Delta Kappa International, since 1915.


  1. ^ Donovan R. Walling, KAPPAN SPECIAL REPORT: Phi Delta Kappa at the Threshold. Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 87, No. 05, January 2006, pp.K1-K8.
  2. ^ "Join PDK". PDK International. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Constitution and Bylaws" (PDF). PDK International. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha, WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1957. p. 601. 
  5. ^ Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. Menasha, WI;George Banta Company, Incorporated. 1957. p. 86. 

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