Engaging educators and strengthening schools, so every student thrives.


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Results from the 2019 PDK Poll

June 17-21, 2020
Washington, DC


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We are updating our websites! Scroll down to explore our new home page; if you are looking for the membership site, it is now PDKAssociation.org.

Who We Are

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work. Today, we are transforming into a vibrant social sector organization that will activate educators and other stakeholders to elevate the discourse around teaching and learning to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education. – Josh Starr, CEO, PDK International

Core Values

Social Justice

We promote practices that seek to achieve social justice and equity in public schools. Educators must understand the history and context of American public education, including institutional racism and discrimination, as well as the moral imperative to ensure equity of outcomes, opportunities and resources for the most vulnerable students.


We partner, engage and collaborate with other organizations that are seeking to improve public education. In order for complex problems to be solved, multiple stakeholders from different perspectives need to collaborate and be part of the problem-solving process.


We must hold others and ourselves to the highest professional standards: We adhere to constant continuous improvement efforts within the organization and promote practices that ensure accountability for education professionals.


Results matter, both for ourselves and for public schools. We hold ourselves accountable for outcomes and promote results-based practices that improve public education.

“The quest for continual improvement not only guides us, it defines our work.  Ultimately, our programs and services all focus on what’s best for the students that we serve. “

 Curtis Cain, Board Chair, PDK International

Our Divisions

PDK International is comprised of seven divisions whose programs and services enable public educators to improve schools so that all students thrive. Each division’s mission and vision target a recognized need in education.

PDK Association: Growing and connecting leaders in education.

Pi Lambda ThetaRecognizing outstanding preservice and practicing educators.

Educators Rising: Guiding young people to become accomplished teachers.

Kappan Magazine: Practice, policy, research, and innovation in K-12 education.

PDK Poll: Examining the public’s attitudes toward public schools.

PDK Education Partnerships: Partnering with leaders for school system transformation.

PDK Educational Foundation

Supporting teaching, learning, and public education

Established in 1966 by a generous gift from George H. Reavis, the PDK Educational Foundation’s mission is to support the philanthropic programs and services of PDK International. To make a gift in support of our mission, please consider donating. To learn more about the impact of your gift and other ways you can support, please get in touch with Boosaba Tan using the form below.

“We provide educational support — always with a focus on improving teaching and learning for schools.”

 Angela Walmsley, Board Vice Chair, PDK International


Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Albert Chen, M.E.

Chief Operating Officer

Reggie Johnson

Chief Program Officer

Joan Richardson

Director PDK Poll

Rafael Heller

Editor in Chief

Kate Stephens

Director of Relationships & Outreach

Shayla Cornick

Director, Educators Rising

Boosaba Tantisunthorn

Director, Development and Engagement

Kaili Baucum

Director, Education Partnerships

Muaz Ahmed

Director of Finance

Nicole David, M.A.

Manager of Business Administration

Debbie Webb

Operations Manager

Justine Hirshfeld

Creative Services Manager

Robyn Mintier

Database & Events Manager

Teresa Preston

Managing Editor/Content

Leslie Mefford

Relationship and Outreach Manager

Anne Matthews

Program Manager, Education Partnerships

Lucy Berrier

Program Manger, Educators Rising

Michael Goldman

Membership Associate

Terrance Morrison

Program Coordinator/Membership Associate

Marvin Pimentel



We are always looking for talented, driven individuals.

Want to get involved?

Board of Directors

PDK is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors.

Angela Walmsley
Board Chair

Melissa Nixon
Board Chair-Elect
Operations Committee Co-Chair

Curtis Cain
Past Board Chair

Eric Hougan
Operations Committee Co-Chair

Katharine Oliver
Governance Committee Chair

Doug Christensen
Foundation Board Chair

Mark Strauss
Board Director

Rick Kolowski
Board Director

Erin Jones
Board Director

Natasha Murray
Board DIrector

Maureen LaRaviere
Board Director

“We are educators and leaders for whom student success is our mission, vision and passion.”

 Douglas Christensen, Past Board Chair, PDK International


PDK International is always looking for excellence and talent. While we may not have a specific position open at this time, please submit your resume nonetheless to HR@PDKIntl.org.

Current career opportunities at PDK International:

Marketing and Communications Manager
If you are passionate about social impact and looking to make a difference in your professional career, we encourage you to apply for the Marking and Communications Manager position. If you are interested in changing the way we recruit and prepare teachers in this country and support system-leaders, passionate about education and Social Justice, and have a strong desire to meet and exceed goals, then you might be a perfect fit for the Marketing and Communications Manager position. Learn More
Education and Policy Social Media Activist (Part-Time)
Are you an avid follower of education policy and the influencers shaping the conversation on education?PDK International is looking for a dynamic part-time social media activist who can promote PDK’s vision, products and data in a timely and efficient manner. Learn More

Equal Opportunity Employment and Diversity

PDK International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PDK International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. PDK International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of PDK International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Latest News

Press Releases

Statement of PDK International CEO Dr. Joshua P. Starr in response to the Federal School Safety Commission Report.

The Grade: A Closer Look at Education News The Grade is happy to announce a new look, a new home, and new funders.

EdRising Academy Curriculum The Educators Rising Curriculum Development Team completed their work on the EdRising Academy curriculum, a groundbreaking program for high school students to explore teaching.


Kappan Magazine

Practice, policy, research, and innovation in K-12 education.

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“Affiliating with PDK International is more than joining an association; you are connecting to a bigger movement devoted to the care of students everywhere.”

Patricia Williams, Past Chair, PDK International

Get In Touch

Need to get in touch? Want to learn more?

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By Mail:

P.O. Box 13090 Arlington, VA 22219 PDK International may periodically send you updates via email about news and events.

About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career. We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work. As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.