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Best Practices

PDK chapters extend PDK’s mission and tenets locally by:

  • Supporting professional growth
  • Promoting networking
  • Advocating for children and parents
  • Supporting important local education initiatives

PDK collects examples of best practices conducted by local chapters each year on the chapter leadership report. Submit an example from your chapter now (250 words or less) by emailing chapters@pdkintl.org.

Berkeley, CA

The University of California/Berkeley chapter used a PDK project grant to support its efforts to recruit student teachers for chapter membership.

Toronto, Ontario

The University of Toronto chapter sponsored a four-part series on advocacy for public education called “The Treasure That is Public Education.” Each part focused on a different aspect of public education, including the panel discussions:

  • In Defense of Public Education: What are the Challenges?
  • Inner City Model Schools: The Process, Purpose, and Vision of the Inner City Model School Project
  • Can Leadership Solve all School Problems?
  • The Public’s Perception of Public Education

Pittsburgh, PA

Using funds from a PDK project grant, the University of Pittsburgh-Three Rivers chapter brought together community and education leaders to examine the challenges facing Pennsylvania school districts in complying with federal education mandates. The forum was sponsored in partnership with the schools of law and education and the Education Policy and Leadership Center.

Dominguez Hills, CA

The California State University-Dominguez Hills chapter used a PDK project grant to help first-generation college-bound students from the Los Angeles area expand their perspective on college choices. The chapter paid for 45 students to tour college campuses and receive scholarship information.

Aurora, IL

This Greater Northern Illinois Area chapter received a PDK project grant to support the creation of new Future Educators Association® chapters. This grant enables the chapter’s FEA officers to help schools charter with FEA.


For me, PDK represents the intersection of camaraderie, innovation, and confrontation of real education issues. It is the only organization that provides educators of varied backgrounds with relevant insights, as well as positive energy to continue our important work today, tomorrow, and in the future.