Read about Jennifer's adventures!
Upon receiving my first United States Passport stamp to travel to rural Jamaica in college, schools around the world have intrigued me. Now, 11 stamps later, global education has become a passion of mine. Like many educators, we realize our students tend to be in their own “bubble,” so the question then becomes: How do we foster a greater understanding of the world and the people in it? In April, I learned of an opportunity at Harvard University to participate in their Think Tank on Global Education: Empowering Global Citizens Professional Development course. After completing this course through the schools graduate program my work will benefit my school community by me being able to continue growing professionally in the field of Global Education. In July of 2018, I became one of 76 teachers in the nation to earn a Fulbright Teachers for Global Education fellowship. Having earned this honor I passed a 10-week online course, traveled to Washington D.C. for the Global Education Symposium, will be traveling to Peru this summer, and in August, will be submitting my capstone project. Participating in both programs will help assist me in creating a sustainable model of education that I can implement in my school. One of the challenges I would like to explore during my time at Harvard, are those faced in urban environments such as where I teach. I work at a wonderful, yet small charter school in Plainfield. We have a high immigrant population with many students being first-generation. Additionally, although our school is diverse, our students are still very segregated in their interactions with one another. I try to be the bridge all groups of students at my school, by creating an engaging, safe, and culturally sensitive/aware environment for my students, but I cannot do this alone. I want to help foster a school community with global competency being a priority, not just in my classroom, but to create a school-wide environment for global learning. I am greatly looking forward to sharing my knowledge with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters after completing both courses.
Congratulations to Annabelle Boehm, Lambda Chapter, whose article "Doomed to Repeat" has been selected for inclusion in the 2019,Volume 85-4 issue of the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.
This photo is from a Lambda Chapter celebration they are celebrating all year Lambda’s 50th Birthday, honoring their roots in 1969. Flower 🌺 child, peace beads and temporary tattoos. Age of Aquarius.
Here is the letter from the society - Judy Merz, Alpha Chapter, will have two entries in the DKG Gallery!
Congratulations! The Arts and Humanities Jury thanks you for being among the DKG Gallery of Fine Arts entrants for the January 15 – February 15, 2019 submission period. Your poem entry, My Lover, Song, and your 2D Art entry, Lion and Lamb, have been accepted into the DKG Gallery of Fine Arts.
We anticipate the unveiling of the new Gallery works on May 1, 2019. There will be an article in the DKG News publicizing the new works in the Gallery. Your work will stay up in the Gallery for six months, after which it will be archived.
An announcement will be sent to your state president. There is also a press release attached for your use in your local newspaper.
You are encouraged to submit additional work in the submission period from August 15 – September 15, 2019.
We have had great interest in the Gallery and consider it to be a very important venture for the Society. Again, congratulations for your accomplishments.
Dr. Donna-Faye Madhosingh
Chair, Arts & Humanities Jury
Dr. Stegmaier-Nappi's article "Leaders Building Effective Teams: Three Corners of Engagement" has been published in the 2019, Volume 85-3 issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin. Judith is a member of Omicron Chapter.
Her educational background:
Kimberly Dickstein, Iota Chapter, was inducted into DKGNJ last May. This month she is featured in an article in the NJEA Review. Her 10th-grade English class at Haddonfield Memorial High School was reading Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier when Dickstein found a way to relate the words on the page with the reality of so many. Be sure to read the whole article! https://www.njea.org/if-you-can-help-you-must/. She is in the local news, too! Kimberly will be recognized among 18 Camden County residents who will be honored for their unselfish contributions to improving their community at the 2019 Camden County Freedom Medal ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 23. See the article: https://haddonfieldsun.com/dickstein-to-be-awarded-camden-county-freedom-medal-3d203445c0c6
Maryann is featured on the DKG website in the Member Spotlight!
Maryann Woods-Murphy, Ed.D is passionate about teacher leadership. Her October 2016 presentation to her DKG New Jersey Alpha Chapter, entitled “Teacher Leadership Ignites New Jersey,” was based on her doctoral dissertation, “Perceptions of Highly Recognized Teachers about Approaches to Teacher Leadership.” She left Alpha members energized to lead their schools.
Read more on the website >
Claire Swanson, a member of Alpha Chapter, has been named Chair of the Membership Committee of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Claire has been a member of numerous society committees. She is also a past NJ state president, a past Alpha Chapter president, and a recipient of the Dedicated Service Award from DKGNJ.
The membership committee at the international level has a big job!
"Charged with responsibilities related to membership, this committee will study and make recommendations related to membership issues. The committee will present training sessions for state organization membership chairs, recommend women for international honorary membership and present the international necrology ceremony. Resources for chapter membership activities and suggestions to help with recruitment, retention and reinstatement can be found on the committee page. Membership in DKG provides multiple opportunities for members to make a difference in order to impact education worldwide."
One of our Lambda sisters, Jennifer Laster, recently received a Fulbright Award. Jenifer is an English teacher at Barack Obama Green Charter School in Plainfield. The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program will allow Laster to study abroad for a semester in order to learn and share ideas with other educators. This award is sponsored by the Fulbright program and the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is only awarded to 76 teachers across the U.S. Read the article on the My Central NJ website. Attached is the Fulbright announcement.
It is our pleasure to notify you that Carol Boehm of NJ’s Lambda/NJ chapter has received a Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award in the amount of $900.00. She plans to use her award to attend the 3rd Biennial FAME (Feierabend Association for Music Educators)
Conference. We are pleased that a member from your state has received assistance to enhance her professional expertise.
Please help us encourage all educators, members and non-members, who need professional development assistance to check the Foundation website for the Cornetet Individual Professional Development Award information and application. Encourage them to apply as did Carol. We
have included her contact information below hoping you will want to congratulate her personally and possibly recognize her at state convention.
Karen M. Duke, Chair
Cornetet Individual Professional Development Awards Committee
The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation
Congratulations to Argine Safari, 2017 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and 2018 New Jersey Arts Educator of the Year, and Alpha Chapter member, is one of approximately 35 citizens to be honored with this award through the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
She will be in Finland from January - June, 2019, doing work as a Fulbright scholar. She is not sure of all the details yet as she hasn't received the full packet with information yet. She is planning a global collaborative project between our countries
From the official press release:
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.