Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

A Letter to PDK Members

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

A Letter to PDK Members

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As longtime members of PDK International, Joshua Starr and I feel privileged to lead an organization that has served public education so well and so thoughtfully for more than a century. Few CEos and boards can say that their organization has lasted as long or built so rich a tradition.

But PDK is not immune to the challenges that confront many organizations with long histories. Since 1992, PDK's membership has declined precipitously, from 130,000 members to 15,000 members today. If PDK is going to survive and continue to serve public education as the prestigious organization it always has been, then its leadership must rethink how to build on its strengths and legacy as it moves into the future.

Josh, the staff, and the PDK International Board of Directors have identified several strategic areas as we rethink every aspect of the organization:

* Expanding the annual PDK poll of the public's attitudes toward public education;

* Partnering with school system leaders who are seeking to improve teaching and learning;

* Increasing accessibility and use of Kappan magazine; and

* Expanding Educators Rising throughout the country. …

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