Lucy Padilla Attends DKG Convention that Celebrated Strong Past and Vibrant Future
Lucy Padilla, as State Organization President, member of DKG Puebla, chapter of DKG International, joined with women educators from around the world in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 28 - August 1, 2014.
DKG is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 81,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. The Society held its first convention in May, 1930, at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas.
The five-day event included keynote speaker Sarah Sladek, founder and CEO of XYZ University, and author of The End of Membership as We Know It and her newly released book, Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now. Sladek offered DKG members effective steps in attracting and retaining multigenerational members. This session was live streamed for members not in attendance to view.
Other DKG convention speakers included award-winning expert Ron Rosenberg, who helped attendees double theirmemory, and Dr. Ellen Kennedy, executive director, World without Genocide, who graphically increased the participants’ understanding of devastating effects of human trafficking.
More than 100 workshops provided participants with cutting edge knowledge on Common Core Standards, classroom strategies, legislative advocacy, technology, leadership, strengthening chapters, secrets of survival, culturally responsive pedagogy, portals of change and much more.
Numerous scholarships were awarded, recent doctoral graduates were recognized and three special awards were presented to media outlets for excellence in education reporting. The Indiana State Superintendent of Education was recognized as a Friend of Education.
Lucy Padilla said, “This opportunity to meet with women leaders from other areas of the world, to learn and be inspired provided enormous professional and personal development for me.” “My involvement in this organization allows me to network with professional women educators around the world, enjoy global affiliations, benefit from cutting edge technology and instructional strategies, and serve as a mentor to other educators.”
The honor organization of key women educators was formed in Austin, Texas, on May 11, 1929, by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton from a nucleus of 12 founders representing all levels of education, kindergarten through university. Professor of rural education at the University of Texas, Dr. Blanton was elected president of the Texas State Teachers’ Association in 1916, the first woman to hold that office. Blanton was also the first woman to serve Texas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, having been elected in 1918.