As one of its seven purposes, DKG “endows scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate studies.” In addition, district, state, regional, and international meetings feature workshops for professional development provided by DKG members. Statewide, Alabama has seven districts and 90 chapters. Delta Beta and Sigma are the two Calhoun County chapters. DKG is an honor society with about 90,000 members in the U.S. and 17 countries abroad, and it works with the UN to improve education worldwide, including monetary support to Schools for Africa.
At the most recent Sigma meeting on Nov. 12, 2013, retired Anniston teacher Dorothy Phillips presented a dynamic program on “New Teacher Mentoring.” Several of the members present shared their first year experiences, many of which were humorous. Unfortunately, a sobering fact from the National Center for Education Statistics is that about 50% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Phillips suggested several practical methods to help new teachers. In January, DKG sponsored an educational forum at Gadsden State where legislators responded to teachers’ questions.
Chapter president, Gloria Horton, from JSU, will be presiding at the March 11 meeting, which will be held at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. DKG’s District II Director, Dr. Judy Hill, from Gadsden State, will be the special guest. Please speak to a current member of Sigma or write to the address below if you would like to attend a meeting as a guest. You will receive a warm welcome and, if interested, learn more about membership.
Suzanne Hobbs Cunningham, retired English teacher and member of Sigma since 1987, can be reached at P.O. Box 605, Jacksonville, AL 36265. For more information about DKG, visit the international website at www.dkg.org or the Beta State (Alabama) website at www.deltakappagamma.net/AL