The Heritage Newsletter: Investing in Elevating Education

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About the Heritage Newsletter

PDK International includes the Phi Delta Kappa association, Pi Lambda Theta honor society, and the Educators Rising preservice membership organization. The Heritage Newsletter is a digest of our recent activities and upcoming initiatives.

Volume 1

Click here to view the inaugural newsletter.

Volume 2

Click here to view the July newsletter.

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“PDK is the intersection of camaraderie, innovation, and confrontation of real education issues. It is the only organization that provides educators of varied backgrounds with relevant insights and positive energy to continue our important work.”

 Daphne Chandler, PDK member

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Educators Rising
Learn more about how to get your school involved

Kappan Magazine
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PDK’s Annual Report
Learn more about our 2016-2017 activities

PDK Education Partnerships
Discover our Community of Learning and Practice

Our Heritage Society
Contact us to learn about making a planned gift

PDK Poll
Celebrate our 50th year

Distinguished Educator Membership 
Learn more about this new level of membership

PDK Staff Profiles
In this issue: Leslie Mefford

PDK Educational Foundation

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. Make a gift to support PDK’s programs that grow and connect leaders in education. For more information and to learn about other ways you can give, please contact Boosaba Tan, Sr. Manager, Development and Engagement, at or 571-814-5417.

“I’ve always dreamt of becoming a teacher. I want to make a difference, and there is no other career in my eyes that achieves this vision more than teaching.”

 Nikole Gomez, Recipient of 2017 Prospective Educator Scholarship

The Power of Community

PDK International embraces the complexity of issues in public education and works to elevate the discourse around teaching and learning. As a member, you are part of an elite group of advocates for educators and the students they serve.

Now is the time to renew your commitment.

“Though I am no longer in the classroom, I am still a passionate educator. PDK lets me care, share, and advocate for public education.”

— Heritage Society Member

PDK’s Distinguished Educator

Throughout our first several decades as an organization, induction into Phi Delta Kappa was an exclusive honor for the most established and distinguished in the field. The tenants of Research, Service and Leadership were promoted by these leaders to advance the field of education. In 2002, in the interest of expanding its mission, the PDK Association opened its ranks to any educator interested in advancing the field under these tenants. While we gained members and expanded our reach, our more inclusive approach lead to a sense of loss among some members regarding the honor and prestige associate with being a Kappan. 

Today, we are in the process of establishing the PDK Distinguished Educator, an honorific reserved to elevate our most prestigious members and recognize them for their achievements and contributions to our profession and their commitment to the Phi Delta Kappa core values.  To become eligible, members must demonstrate advancement  of education  in at least two of the three Phi Delta Kappa Association core values of Research, Service, and Leadership. The application will become available at in the coming months, and will be announced in the monthly membership e-newsletter as soon as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact

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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.