DSC College of Education admitted to international honor societyDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) - An inaugural group of 50 students in the College of Education at Daytona State College were inducted Nov. 15 into DSC’s newly formed Alpha Eta Beta chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

“This is a significant milestone for our program,” said Les Potter, chair of the College of Education, which offers seven baccalaureate degrees in education. “KDP is a very prestigious fraternity that requires interested colleges to apply for admission.”

Daytona State’s College of Education launched in 2009 and has graduated 200 students to date. Approximately 75 percent of the graduates hold positions at Volusia and Flagler counties’ schools as well as other districts and states (public, private and charter schools). Recent news stories have cited raises for teachers in the region as well as a number of vacancies. The Volusia school system is expected to hold another job fair after the holidays to try to fill teaching positions.

The new DSC chapter inductees were chosen through Kappa Delta Pi criteria including leadership abilities, a commitment to the field of education and a GPA of 3.0 or better.

They will have access to KDP benefits such as New Teacher Advocate magazine, e-newsletter Solutions with practical ideas and suggestions for educators, webinars and podcasts with experts on today’s hottest education topics, and a Teacher Hotline by a team of nationally recognized teachers to answer questions 24/7. Benefits also feature scholarships for further degrees, a Career Center, and Classroom Teacher Grants for special projects.

Founded in 1911 at the University of Illinois, Kappa Delta Pi is the largest honor society in education, representing 582 undergraduate and professional chapters and more than 45,000 active members. Its most distinguished members over the last century have included Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver and current leaders in education Howard Gardner, Maxine Greene and Carol Gilligan.