Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) –
Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership.
PDK is the original member of the PDK International family of associations, which also includes Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) and the Future Educators Association® (FEA). Together, these three education associations support the full spectrum of the education profession, beginning with FEA for pre-collegiate prospective educators, continuing with PLT for collegiate pre-service and practicing teachers, and concluding with PDK, a prestigious professional association of educators.
Specifically, PDK is one of the largest education associations in the world and has thousands of members dedicated to improving education, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators. PDK publishes the highly-regarded Phi Delta Kappan, the No. 1 education policy magazine, and sponsors the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
Hundreds of local PDK chapters, most located on college campuses, give PDK members a unique opportunity to network with other like-minded educators. These are just some of the many benefits for PDK members.
PDK’s mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. Its vision is to be the experts in cultivating great educators for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today.
PDK Minnesota – Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1612 – Minnesota
The State of Minnesota Chapter #1612 was chartered on March 17, 2009 as a merger of seven previously existing local chapters in the state. Chapter 1612 has approximately 250 members and its primary mission is to promote and support the development of Future Educators Association chapters in high schools across Minnesota. Chapter 1612 also offers a $1,000 scholarship to one high school senior each spring.
Future Educators Association (FEA) – The need for recruiting the best and brightest to the teaching profession has been apparent since at least the early 1930s. Through various name changes and changes to the sponsoring organization, through disbanding and rebirth, the Future Educators Association fills an important role in the life of the United States by recruiting teachers to meet the need that has been recognized by presidents and leaders throughout the decades.
The Future Educators Association has existed under several names and has been sponsored by several organizations over the course of its history. The National Education Association founded the Future Teachers of America in 1937 to inspire young people to consider careers in education. That effort lasted until the early 1980s. By the end of the decade, the Association of Teacher Educators, under president Jan Towslee, took the lead to re-form a national organization for high school students interested in education and founded the Future Educators of America. In 1994, PDK International provided FEA with permanent headquarters, and in 2005, PDK changed the name to Future Educators Association to more accurately reflect the international nature of the organization.
Throughout its existence, more than 10 national education organizations have supported FEA, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Although FEA has had many homes and many names during its rich history, its purpose has remained largely the same: recruiting the best and most capable students and elevating the status of the profession.