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President's Message
Although we are already a couple of months into the academic year, I would like to thank Mirah Dow for her leadership as president last year. With her leadership, we made significant progress on the goals we set for 2010-2011. This included several chapter hosted events, a new web page publicizing research-based activities and accomplishments and an initial inquiry into locating groups interested in creating new FEA chapters. As the board was planning for the 2011-2012 year, we realized we wanted to keep the same goals to continue the progress we started last year. Read More


Featured Events:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011:
Book Talk featuring Education Nation by Milton Chen
Led by Mirah Dow
WAW Library Lobby
3:30PM CST
Thursday, November 17, 2011
National Teachers Hall of Fame Auction

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2011 Read for the Record Report
In partnership with the Future Educators Association of Emporia High School, the Flint Hills PDK Chapter participated in Jumpstart's annual Read for the Record Campaign on Thursday, October 6, 2011. This year’s Read for the Record book was Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama. Volunteer readers from the Future Educators Association ® of Emporia High School as well as PDK Chapter members and faculty and students of Emporia State University read to various USD 253 schools in Emporia, Kansas as well as the Early Childhood Education Center. Together these volunteer readers read to over 1,200 student participants! The final count was 1, 277. This breaks last year's previous local record of 905 student participants. Read More

2011-2012 Chapter Goals:

Publicize research-based knowledge activities and accomplishments by the Flint Hills Chapter and its members through presentations and/or publications.

Recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of PDK members and the Flint Hills Chapter by submitting individual or chapter award nominations.

Cultivate and support next generation of educators by sponsoring events with Emporia High School, Emporia, KS, FEA® group.

Increase and retain existing Flint Hills Chapter membership.

Conduct an inquiry of area high schools to determine locations of existing future educator clubs.  This information can be used to formulate plans for increasing area FEA® groups.

More About the PDK Flint Hills Chapter

New Members Inducted during Fall Membership Meeting
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, the Flint Hills Chapter of PDK held its full membership meeting at the Emporia Country Club in Emporia, KS. The full membership meeting was the first the chapter has held in recent years. Business included giving members an update on new events, member recruiting efforts, and a review of the theme and goals set for the year. Read More

Book Talk Features a Discussion about Milton Chen's Education Nation
On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, the Flint Hills Chapter of PDK will be hosting a book talk featuring Milton Chen's Education Nation. The book talk will be led by Dr. Mirah Dow, an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Management. Dr. Dow also led the book talk this past February in which Yong Zhao's Catching Up or Leading the Way was discussed. Due to the success of the book talk, the Flint Hills Chapter has added book talks to its program of events. Another is being planning for the spring semester and will be announced at a later date. Read More.


Share Your Practical Expertise in Classroom Tips! 
Writing for Classroom Tips, a peer-reviewed, quarterly PDK publication, is great way for PDK members to share their experiences for K-12 teachers with PDK, Future Education Association, and Pi Lambda Theta members around the world. Classroom Tips articles are one-page (500-600 words) themed essays designed to help teachers improve their practice. Read More.

2012 PDK/PLT Conference to be Held in Baltimore, Maryland
The 2012 PDK/PLT International Conference “Great Teachers Create Great Classrooms” will take place February 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore. The conference will offer informative sessions and engaging speakers, as well as the opportunity to network and discuss timely education topics with colleagues. This year, the keynote speaker is America Ferrera, best known for her role as "Betty Suarez" on ABC's hit comedy Ugly Betty. Read More.


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