Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

From the Editor

Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

From the Editor

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The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

The focus on professional development in this issue clearly aligns with the mission statement of our organization of more than 90,000 key women educators in 17 countries. Dedicated to excellence in education, DKG members understand that personal and professional growth are critical to developing and maintaining the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that characterize a quality educator who can help students learn at the highest levels.Through meaningful and ongoing professional development, one can increase content knowledge, develop ever-stronger pedagogical skills, and hone the ability to interact with and motivate learners. Professional development thus clearly contributes to the creation of schools where all are deeply engaged in learning and where excellence abounds.

Authors in this issue provide varied perspectives on professional development. Exploring the beliefs of instructional leaders, Lutrick and Szabo provide an excellent review of widely accepted standards for quality professional development. Linder explores the value of professional learning communities in ongoing growth, while Burkman considers the specific needs of early-career educators. Taking a slightly different slant on the theme, Manikowske and Sunderlin describe a preservice program that develops participants' professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions through real life, hands-on experiences in a service organization. …

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