Educational Excellence Embracing Our Vision Designing Our Future Excellence 1.

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Educational ExcellenceEmbracing Our VisionDesigning Our Future* What the Constitution* SaysThe committee (International) is composed of 13 members: 2 from each region, a chair, the NGO representative and a music representative. Ex officio members are the International president and Membership Services Administrator.The committee may function as a whole and in smaller groups to accomplish its responsibilities*Constitution, Article VIII, Section C.1.* What the Constitution SaysThe committee shallPromote programs and projects for excellence in educationIdentify long-term an short-term programs and projects that focus on topics adopted by the Society, and shall transmit suggestions for study and action to state organizations and Chapters.Support programs of action that promote the personal well-being, intellectual growth, and global awareness of women educators.Encourage a focus on the arts at International conventions.* What the Constitution SaysThe committee shall Develop strategies to enable Chapters to encourage members to become leaders.Encourage states and Chapters to participate in programs that promote professional growth of women educatorsStudy and recommend action on professional issues and urge state organizations to initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavors in the interest of education and women educators.Plan a training session preceding regional conferences for incoming state organization educational excellence chairs.*How is the International Educational Excellence Committee (EEC)carrying out the directives for this first biennium?*EEC Definition Statement : The Educational Excellence Committee promotes International projects, supports early-career educators, and encourages programs and activities that further educational excellence*EEC GoalsPromote the Schools for Africa ProjectSupport Early-Career EducatorsEncourage programs thatIncrease members personal and professional prideFocus on educational excellencePromote the DKG/UN relationshipIncrease members global awarenessImpact educational law and policy* International EEC has provided links on the Society Web site that lead to many resources for state organizations and Chapters.*ExamplesMonthly Schools for Africa Newsettes with program and fund-raising ideas, up-to-date information on total Society donations, and fact sheets on countries involved.*ExamplesEarly-career Educator support resources, includingTHAT--Teachers Helping Another Teacher project (from California State Organization)Dinner and a Movie (from Omega Chapter, Oregon)*How do State Organizations and Chapters transition from Program of Work Committees to Educational Excellence?*Remember!State organizations and Chapters are not required to have the same named committees as at the International level. They are required to fulfill the work of those committees that apply to state organization and Chapter levels.Key Idea: *Options:Keep same names/organization as before but incorporate new duties as necessary. Give current POW committees new names*Options:Have one Educational Excellence Committee with more members who work together in smaller groups to achieve the responsibilities and report back to the whole.Devise a totally unique plan that works for your particular state organization or Chapter.*Remember, so long as the work of the Educational Excellence Committee is fulfilled, state organizations and Chapters have great flexibility as to how the work is fulfilled.Key Idea: *Eta State Organization (NC)A. Society Mission and Purposes (7 )AwardsBeginning Teacher SupportEducational ExcellenceEducational Law and PolicyLeadership DevelopmentMembership/ExpansionScholarship B. Society Business (7) Communications and Publicity Finance HeadquartersNominationsPersonnelPlanningRulesStanding Committees (14)*Alpha Lambda State Organization (VT)Article VIII, Section AStanding committees shall be:2. Society Mission and Purposesa. Curriculum of Hope for Peaceb. Educational Excellencec.Fine Artsd. Musice.Scholarshipf.World Fellowshipg.Otherh. Achievement Awardi.Service to Education Awardb.The Educational Excellence Committee shall:(1) promote within the state a program that follows a yearly theme(2) assist Chapter committees in developing worthwhile programs aligned with the International theme(3) encourage a program of selective recruitment of teachers and retention of qualified educators(4) encourage action in the field of legislation to improve education and the status of women educators(5) have as chair the state first vice- president.*Zeta State Organization (MS)Mississippi called it the EEC but has Personal Growth and Professional Affairs titles and persons underneath it. Here is the statement from their bylaw change.B. Society Mission and Purposes1. Educational ExcellenceAppointedThe committee shall have as its chairman the state first vice president. The members shall include a representative from each of the following areas: Personal Growth and Services, Professional Affairs, Research, Legislative, and Music. The committee shall promote programs and projects for excellence in education; and support programs of action that promotethepersonal well-being, intellectual growth, and global awareness of women educators.*Alpha Kappa State Organization (CT)**Beta Kappa Chapter, MichiganSociety Mission and Purposes Committees: 1. Educational Excellence Committee shall: Develop a program of work which focuses upon the Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Purposes of the Society.Plan Chapter programs and projects that Carry out International programs and projects, adjusted to local needs; Identify, involve, and train future Chapter leaders;Enrich the personal lives of members;Promote the professional growth of members;Support and assist beginning educators in the community;Encourage decision makers to pass legislation and adopt policies that create a supportive environment for students and educators. Prepare and distribute to members a Chapter yearbook. (See Const. VIII-C, State Bylaw IX-C and State Standing Rule IX-3-B) How will YOUR state organization and Chapters accomplish the EEC goals?*EEC GoalState Organization Committee or Approach???Promote Schools for AfricaSupport Early-Career EducatorsIncrease Members Personal & Professional PrideFocus on Educational ExcellencePromote the DKG/UN RelationshipIncrease Members Global AwarenessImpact Educational Law and PolicyEEC Definition Statement : The Educational Excellence Committee promotes International projects, supports early-career educators, and encourages programs and activities that further educational excellence.EEC GoalsPromote the Schools for Africa projectSupport Early Career EducatorsEncourage programs and activities that:Increase members personal and professional prideFocus on educational excellencePromote the DKG/UN relationshipIncrease members global awarenessImpact educational law and policy*This can serve as the opening slide as we are setting up and for the earliest arrivees.*The point of this section is to help participants understand the responsibilities and challenges of the International EEC.The wording is taken from the Constitution. *Ask participants to listen for key phrases that link the responsibilities of the EEC to the DKG:Missionpromoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in educationVision: leading women educators impacting education worldwidePurposes: And that tie in to the previous committee structure:ProgramPersonal Growth and ServicesProfessional AffairsResearchLegislation*Ask participants to listen for key phrases that link the responsibilities of the EEC to the DKG:Missionpromoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in educationVision: leading women educators impacting education worldwidePurposes: And that tie in to the previous committee structure:ProgramPersonal Growth and ServicesProfessional AffairsResearchLegislation*Again, emphasis at this point is on the International committeeKey idea: As Chapters, they need to be familiar with the overall goals at the International level.*This slide covers the EEC definition statement and goals.**These 3 goals (7 focus areas) are the heart of the EEC. Participants should begin to internalize them!*Urge members to visit the International website and investigate these resources.Here is another example of the kind of material that the EEC has been developing to meet its constitutional charge. Each edition of the SFA Newsette focuses on a different African country. *Another set of examples of the kinds of resources the EEC has been developing as part of its constitutional charge. THAT has now been adopted at the International level. The Dinner and a Movie idea is one in which Chapter members take a new teacher to dinner and then to a movie to treat her to a night out.*The International EEC has been very busybut one of the key challenges is how to assist state organizations and Chapters in understanding and accommodating EEC goals and activities.*You cant say this often enough!!!!The challenge is how to assist state organizations and Chapters in understanding and accommodating EEC goals and activitiesin fulfilling the WORK of the EEC at state organization and Chapter levels!*Here is a quick overview of the kinds of options available to state organizations and Chapters:Legislative committees would still handle programs and activities that impact educational law and policyWorld Fellowship/International Projects committees could also be in charge of Schools for Africa, DKG/UN relationship, and global awarenessPG&S could implement activities associated with increasing members personal and professional prideProfessional Affairs could promote Early-Career Educator support and involvement and educational excellence focusNew Names such asOld POW = Educational Excellence Committee (umbrella committee)Early Career Educator Support CommitteeSchools for Africa/Project CommitteeEducational Law and Policy CommitteeEtc.**SAME AS PREVIOUS SLIDE:Here is a quick overview of the kinds of options available to state organizations and Chapters:Legislative committees would still handle programs and activities that impact educational law and policyWorld Fellowship/International Projects committees could also be in charge of Schools for Africa, DKG/UN relationship, and global awarenessPG&S could implement activities associated with increasing members personal and professional prideProfessional Affairs could promote Early-Career Educator support and involvement and educational excellence focusNew Names such asOld POW = Educational Excellence Committee (umbrella committee)Early Career Educator Support CommitteeSchools for Africa/Project CommitteeEducational Law and Policy CommitteeEtc.REPEAT THIS KEY IDEAAND ASSURE PARTICIPANTS THAT THEY WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO THINK THROUGH VARIED STRUCTURES.*The next several slides provide SAMPLES of ways to organizetaken from state organizations that have revised their governing documents since the change in the Constitution.For each example, have participants connect committee structures presented to the goals of EEC.*Another sample of how to approach EEC goals.*Another sample of how to approach EEC goals.*Another sample of how to approach EEC goals.*This is an example of how a Chapter structured its rules to describe the function of an Educational Excellence Committee. In this case, the Chapter chose to have ONE committee named Educational Excellence.*This slide provides a way to summarize and think about meeting the goals of the EEC through varied state organization/Chapter committees or approaches!Take time for participant questions, suggestions, discussion. *Reemphasize the definition and the Goals of EEC.*

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