Meeting Notes

Kappa Delta Pi is an active group on campus at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and in the community of La Crosse. Throughout each academic year, the members of Kappa Delta Pi participate in numerous meetings that aid in their professional development.

This page serves as a collection of write-ups for these meetings the honor society hosts throughout the year.

Informational Meeting

posted Sep 24, 2013, 5:47 PM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi

There was a broad overview of what Kappa Delta Pi is.  The new officers introduced themselves and discussed changes for the year as well as some of the events that are planned.  The informational powerpoint is attached below.

First-Year Teacher Panel

posted Apr 11, 2012, 12:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 12:44 PM ]

March 26, 2012

Jodi, Robyn and Alex stopped by to talk with our members about their first year teaching experiences. They had many good things to say and GREAT advice. Check out the attached document for bullet points taken throughout the meeting. 

Our members asked great questions and the meeting facilitated great conversations. We got a range of advice for all ages with Robyn's Kindergarten experience, Alex's 6th grade advice all the way up through middle and high school from Jodi who teaches Spanish at these levels.

Everyone really enjoyed this opportunity to hear from these great teachers and we couldn't be more appreciative of their time!

Differentiated Instruction

posted Apr 9, 2012, 5:53 PM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 12:44 PM by Unknown user ]

April 9, 2012

Dr. Joe Johnson, Special Education professor, came in to talk to our group tonight about Differentiated Instruction. Joe shared with members what differentiation looks like, how it is applied and how affective the practice can be in a classroom. Our discussion lead to the explanation of RTI, assessments, progress monitoring and best practices for incorporating differentiated instruction and other topics in between. The group shared many experiences they've had with RTI and differentiated instruction and great discussions were held among attendees.

Alternative Student Teaching Options

posted Feb 27, 2012, 8:07 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 12:43 PM ]

February 27, 2012

Tonight, Sheila Wirkus stopped by (with treats!) to speak to KDP members about alternative options for student teaching through UW-L.  Sheila had a lot of excellent information to share with us and cleared up many questions members had about the alternative student teaching options. For a thorough list of what we learned, our Secretary, Amy, took great notes and you can find them in the Meeting Minutes page.

Literacy Alive Preparation

posted Feb 20, 2012, 5:09 PM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tonight, membership pairs met up to discuss and plan their lessons for the upcoming event, Literacy Alive. Literacy Alive will be held Saturday, February 25th at the Main Street La Crosse Public Library. The event will begin at 10 a.m. but members should be there to setup their stations at 9:15. This extra time will allow you to be able to get any last minute kinks ironed out before the kids arrive. We will be upstairs in the boat room this year so the setting will be great!

Please check out the Meeting Minutes page for a look at some of the reminders covered in the meeting.

Our next meeting will be next Monday, February 27th at 7:15. Sheila Wirkus will be our guest speaker and will discuss alternative student teaching options.

International Teaching

posted Jan 30, 2012, 6:58 PM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi   [ updated Jan 30, 2012, 7:00 PM ]

Monday January 30, 2011

We started off our Spring semester with a great meeting started by Brenda Leahy giving a great presentation on the topic of teaching internationally. She had a great deal of information and helpful advice about where to start if you're thinking about teaching abroad. Take a look at our Meeting Minutes page for our Secretary, Amy Tripp's write up of the meeting. She has a detailed document prepared for you.

The second half of our meeting, we were joined by Sue Rosendale via Skype. Sue is spending her first year teaching in Guayama in Puerto Rico at a private school there. It was a great opportunity to get to speak with her. Sue had many words of wisdom and a great insight to calm the nerves of some of the members in attendance that are thinking about teaching abroad. This is Sue's first teaching job and it looks like she's having the time of her life! If you have some questions for Sue or would like to take a look at what she's been up to since she moved there at the end of July, check out her blog. She was also open to being available via emailfor questions.

sueinpuertorico.blogspot.com
suerosendale@gmail.com

For more information about the meeting, head over to the Meeting Minutes page.

Rotary Lights Viewing/Cookie Decorating

posted Nov 29, 2011, 5:51 AM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi

Monday, November 28, 2011

We had 48 members join us at this outing! It was a great turnout. We began the night by meeting up and carpooling down to Riverside Park to walk through the Rotary Lights display. There may not have been snow but it was fun to see all of the displays back up in the park again!

After we meandered around the displays, we snapped a quick group picture and headed back to Morris Hall for some refreshments. We warmed up with some hot chocolate and frosted our own sugar cookies.

It was a great gathering and an excellent end to the fall semester for KDP. Members, good luck on your finals and we look forward to seeing you back at meetings after the winter break!

Please check out our announcements page for information regarding missing events/meetings and graduation cords.

Rotary Lights Ornament Decorating

posted Nov 21, 2011, 9:43 AM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tonight we got into the holiday spirit and decorated our ornaments for our annual Rotary Lights tree. We had a bunch of great designs from KDP members who were there to work together to create a great display for our KDP tree down in Riverside Park.

Rotary Lights will begin on Friday, November 25th! Be sure to stop down and check out our tree (look for green and purple ornaments!). We will be venturing down to the Rotary Lights as a group on Monday, November 28th as well as coming back to campus for some holiday treats! We hope to see you next week!

SMARTboards

posted Nov 21, 2011, 9:38 AM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi   [ updated Nov 21, 2011, 9:43 AM ]

Monday, November 24, 2011

Tonight, we had Dr. K.T. Willhite join us for a presentation on SMARTboards. The meeting was full of KDP members wanting to gain some experience with using this cool piece of technology. Dr. Willhite shared with us some of the basic starting points for using a SMARTboard and doing some things with the SMARTnotebook software.

The biggest point emphasized by Dr. Willhite was that practice was key! Try your best to get some time with a SMARTboard before you are going to give your presentation, that will make the lesson even better and more meaningful!

Principal Panel

posted Oct 13, 2011, 5:55 AM by UW-L Kappa Delta Pi   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 6:01 AM ]

Monday, October 10, 2011

What a great Meeting! We had Principal Todd Saner from Eagle Bluff Elementary School in Onalaska, Principal Ryan Vogler from Holmen Middle School and Principal Deborah Markos from Logan High School come and share their expertise on what to expect in the interview process. Many great questions were asked and we got some even better information from these three principals.

Check out the Meeting Minutes page for a detailed list of questions and answers.

We revealed the winning t-shirt design at this meeting, as well! Head on over to the Winning Design page to check it out and put your order in. Remember, we can't order the t-shirts until everyone has brought their money. Orders are due by Monday, October 24th. You can bring your money to Dr. Willhite's office (300B Morris Hall) or to the member meeting that night. Please remember to put your cash and checks in an envelope with your name on the front. Checks should be made out to KDP. The cost will be $12.

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