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2016-2017 Annual Report

 

Check out our latest annual report, which highlights the achievements and impacts of our work.

Who We Are

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work. Today, we are transforming into a vibrant social sector organization that will activate educators and other stakeholders to elevate the discourse around teaching and learning to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.

– Josh Starr, CEO, PDK International

Core Values

Social Justice

We promote practices that seek to achieve social justice and equity in public schools. Educators must understand the history and context of American public education, including institutional racism and discrimination, as well as the moral imperative to ensure equity of outcomes, opportunities and resources for the most vulnerable students.

Engagement

We partner, engage and collaborate with other organizations that are seeking to improve public education. In order for complex problems to be solved, multiple stakeholders from different perspectives need to collaborate and be part of the problem-solving process.

Excellence

We must hold others and ourselves to the highest professional standards: We adhere to constant continuous improvement efforts within the organization and promote practices that ensure accountability for education professionals.

Results

Results matter, both for ourselves and for public schools. We hold ourselves accountable for outcomes and promote results-based practices that improve public education.

“The quest for continual improvement not only guides us, it defines our work.  Ultimately, our programs and services all focus on what’s best for the students that we serve. “

 Curtis Cain, Board Chair, PDK International

Our Divisions

PDK International is comprised of seven divisions whose programs and services enable public educators to improve schools so that all students thrive. Each division’s mission and vision target a recognized need in education.

PDK Association: Growing and connecting leaders in education.
Pi Lambda ThetaRecognizing outstanding preservice and practicing educators.
Educators Rising: Guiding young people to become accomplished teachers.
Kappan Magazine: Practice, policy, research, and innovation in K-12 education.
PDK Poll: Examining the public’s attitudes toward public schools.
PDK Education Partnerships: Partnering with leaders for school system transformation.

PDK Educational Foundation

Supporting teaching, learning, and public education

Established in 1966 by a generous gift from George H. Reavis, the PDK Educational Foundation’s mission is to support the philanthropic programs and services of PDK International. To make a gift in support of our mission, please consider donating. To learn more about the impact of your gift and other ways you can support, please get in touch with Katrina Breese using the form below.

“We provide educational support — always with a focus on improving teaching and learning for schools.”

 Angela Walmsley, Board Vice Chair, PDK International

Staff

Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Albert Chen, M.E.

Chief Operating Officer

Gislaine Ngounou, Ed.L.D.

Chief Program Officer

Joan Richardson

Director PDK Poll

Katrina Sun Breese

Sr. Director of Development
& Engagement

Rafael Heller

Editor in Chief

Kate Stephens

Director of Relationships & Outreach

Julie Clendenin

Director Marketing & Communications

Teresa Preston

Managing Editor/Content

Tekia Stokes

Senior Program Manager

Reggie Johnson

Strategic Initiatives Resident

Nicole David, M.A.

Manager of Business Administration

Debbie Webb

Operations Manager

Carol Bucheri

Design Director

Robyn Mintier

Database & Events Manager

Allie Strandmark

Brand Manager

Larissa Hageman

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Boosaba Tantisunthorn

Development Manager

Leslie Mefford

Relationship and Outreach Manager

Michael Goldman

Membership Associate

You?

We are always looking for talented, driven individuals.

Want to get involved?

Board of Directors

PDK is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors.

Curtis Cain
Board Chair

Angela Walmsley
Board Chair-Elect

Douglas Christensen
Past Board Chair

David Hemphill
Operations Committee Chair

Katharine Oliver
Governance Committee Chair

Frederick Frelow
Board Director

Mark Strauss
Board Director

Sharon Robinson
Board Director

Eric Hougan
Board Director

Lisa Stooksberry
Board Director

Melissa Nixon
Board Director

“We are educators and leaders for whom student success is our mission, vision and passion.”

 Douglas Christensen, Past Board Chair, PDK International

Careers

PDK International is always looking for excellence and talent. While we may not have a specific position open at this time, please submit your resume nonetheless to HR@PDKIntl.org.

Current career opportunities at PDK International:

Educators Rising Director
PDK International is looking for a strong and charismatic leader with proven strategy and business experience to lead Educators Rising, our pre-collegiate division. Educators Rising is both an association and a curriculum and assessment provider. Ideal candidate are education entrepreneurs with past school and school district experience.

The Educators Rising Director of Programs will promote Educators Rising programs, services, and overall mission to stakeholders, and the public at large. The Director will be charged with enacting and sustaining the vision of the division and be responsible for the division’s integration with the greater PDK International organization- thereby ensuring continuity of services for its constituents.

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Director of Accounting
The director of accounting will be responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, reporting to the chief operating officer. They will lead all day-to-day finance operations, supervise a part-time bookkeeper, and support the senior leadership team. The director will work closely with all staff to educate them regarding finance and accounting procedures and to explore how the finance function can support program operations.

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Partnerships Advisor (Sales Director)

EDUCATORS RISING: A DIVISION OF PDK INTERNATIONAL

At Educators Rising, we’re changing how our country thinks about teacher recruitment and preparation by starting in high school. We provide districts and schools with the tools they need to establish high school-based “grow-your-own” teacher pathway programs. Specifically, we offer two new sets of products: the EdRising Academy curriculum and support services and the Educators Rising “Beginning to Teach” micro-credentials (or digital badges). The result of these efforts is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting  difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly. 

The Partnerships Advisor is at the forefront of this work. You will be responsible for selling Educators Rising products and services to districts, schools, and state education agencies. The ideal candidate will possess a quantifiable record of success in K12 sales with a demonstrated ability to meet and exceed goals. A strong belief in the importance of improving teacher recruitment and preparation is a must. This is a hybrid role combining in-house sales work with field work and requires some travel

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Bookkeeper and Membership Associate
Are you an exceptionally organized and responsible professional with a natural tendency toward customer service and care? Do you enjoy accounting and have bookkeeping experience? If so, PDK International is looking for a Bookkeeper and Membership Associate to join our team.

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Equal Opportunity Employment and Diversity

PDK International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PDK International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

PDK International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of PDK International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Latest News

Thank you, PDK

Members and stakeholders of PDK International’s Educators Rising division show appreciation for its continued support of students interested in the teaching profession.

Press Releases

The Grade: A Closer Look at Education News
The Grade is happy to announce a new look, a new home, and new funders for 2017.
EdRising Academy Curriculum
The Educators Rising Curriculum Development Team completed their work on the EdRising Academy curriculum, a groundbreaking program for high school students to explore teaching.
Rafael Heller joins Kappan
Rafael Heller, a longtime writer and editor based in Washington, will be joining Kappan magazine as managing editor/content in late November.

Publications

Kappan Magazine

Practice, policy, research,
and innovation in K-12 education.

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“Affiliating with PDK International is more than joining an association; you are connecting to a bigger movement devoted to the care of students everywhere.”

Patricia Williams, Past Chair, PDK International

Get In Touch

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By Email:

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By Mail:

P.O. Box 13090
Arlington, VA 22219

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About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work.

As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.