Opportunities for NC PDK Members! Join!

19PDK State of North Carolina Chapter Members:

It is my pleasure to invite you to three exciting events hosted by the PDK State Chapter of North Carolina free of charge to any PDK member in North Carolina!  All educators are challenged to provide our students with the best 21st Century education possible, and these sessions have been designed to help you meet the demands of leading in today’s schools.

Again, the sessions are FREE to any PDK member in North Carolina because the PDK State Chapter of North Carolina is committed to serving its members and all educators across our great state.  North Carolina educators leading the way in the area of digital leadership will join us to help you do what you do best–CHANGE THE FUTURE!

Please see the flyer for more details about the three events to be held on September 26, 2013, in Greensboro; October 21, 2013, in Raleigh; andNovember 12, 2013, in Charlotte.  Bring your friends–educators who are not PDK members are invited to attend for only $12 and can attend for free if joining PDK at the event.

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these exciting PDK events this fall.  Be there–you will not want to miss these sessions and the opportunity to network with fellow PDK members from across the state!

Donna Cox Peters, Ph.D.
President, PDK State Chapter of North Carolina


Meet Our Presenters! Sept 26th Digital Leadership Series Event

We’re excited to present our experts for our Sept 26th Digital Leadership share session! These two educators will provide some of their impactful insight that has made them both sought out national leaders.


Steven Anderson is passionate about the use of social media for the students and teachers he serves. He is an educator, speaker, renowned blogger, and avid tweeter. Anderson, who is @web20classroom on Twitter, shares insights about effective use of social media and technology for learning. In 2009 and 2011, he was voted by his peers the Edublog Awards Most Influential Tweeter. And he is #Edchat co-creator, a #140Conf character, a Bammy Award nominee and an ASCD Emerging Leader. He currently is the Director of Instructional Technology, helping to guide a technology program for over 53,000 students in Winston-Salem, NC.

Steven’s session is Digital Tools for Digital Leaders


Dr. David Stegall is the Superintendent of Newton-Conover Schools. He is a successful teacher and administrator in North Carolina. As an administrator at the building and central office level, he has successfully led schools and  school districts to improve student achievement. He has been recognized by North Carolina ASCD with the Outstanding Young Educator Award. He is a published Phi Delta Kappa scholar, having co-authored the publication ‘Teachers in the lead: A district’s approach to shared leadership.’ In his current role, David is creating innovative ways to help grow school leaders in his district.

David’s session is Innovative Leadership Practices for Digital Leaders

Our first event is Sept 26th at Andrews High School in High Point, NC. The evening begins at 4:30 with registration and networking. Please register for the event by visiting www.eventbrite.com and searching for NC PDK Digital Leadership Lecture Series. Remember – attending this series is free for PDK members. [Join here: PDK Professional Membership http://ow.ly/orKrm]

Join us for a great evening sharing, learning and growing!

Join Us! Learn With Us!

Picture1We look forward to seeing you at our learning series this fall on Digital Leadership! This year will be a great year of learning for all PDK members!

Our events are free to PDK members! We encourage all interested in attending our unique and specially designed sessions to take a few moments to join PDK International and the State of NC PDK affiliate.

You can join by visiting the link below. It will only take several moments to join and be a member of the this great organization and take part in learning series the State of NC PDK has planned. Joining our group also entitles you to other benefits!
– PDK Professional Membership http://ow.ly/orKrm

Join Us! Learn With Us!

We hope to see you there!

Our 2013-2014 Digital Leadership Series

Digital Leadership Series

Picture1We’re pleased to share with you the flyer for our Digital Leadership Series. The attached flyer outlines our meetings, locations and presenters for 2013-2014 school year. We invite you to join the North Carolina chapter of PDK to participate in all share events. All events are free to PDK members.

If you look at the the NC education landscape you will recognize our presenters as leaders and contributors to our field:

  • Steven Anderson: Director of Instructional Technology of Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools;
  • Dr. Jake Henry: Executive Director of Instructional Technology, Guilford County Schools
  • John Robinson: Principal in Newton-Conover Schools
  • Dr. David Stegall: Superintendent of Newton-Conover Schools

Joining us for our November 12th event is our own State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. June Atkinson. She will be the keynote speaker before our panel discussion in our Charlotte event.

This series will provide meaningful learning experiences for all education leaders at all levels. Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Need for 21st Century Skills

21st_Century_SkillsAs President of the PDK State Chapter of North Carolina, I am pleased that our governing board has chosen Digital Leadership as the theme for three upcoming sessions we are hosting across the state. Digital leaders from K12 and university levels will share their experiences leading those they serve with 21st Century tools. They will also share how they are utilizing 21st Century tools in classrooms and schools to assure that students are prepared for their future instead of our past!

Our students NEED 21st Century skills to be successful. All that we learn from our students personally and read about them collectively in articles and research tells us how different today’s students are as a result of being born into a digital world. They are digital natives, and we must meet them where they are if we want them to learn the curriculum that will make them college and career ready. Our students face a very different world economy from the one most of their teachers and principals faced upon high school graduation. High levels of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are required to be successful. The world has shifted, and we in education must shift also.

Screen shot 2011-01-23 at 9.30.06 PMPhil Schlechty once posed a question to a group of superintendents in the Schlechty Superintendents’ Network. The question was “what is wildly important to you?” He also suggested that if we could provide 21st Century learning-centered classrooms, schools, and school districts for our students, many other targets would be met as well. Assuring that school leaders have the skills needed to serve our students at the highest levels and to prepare our students to be successful in today’s world is “wildly important” to me, and I believe it is “wildly important” that we all do our part to get us where we need to be in this endeavor. Our children’s lives and our nation’s future are at stake.

schooling-for-the-futurePlease join us this fall in Greensboro, Raleigh, or Charlotte. In fact, we would love to see you at all three events. You will find registration information on this website. We hope to see you soon!


Post by Dr. Donna Peters, President of NC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa

Digital Leadership – Our 2013 Journey

100305_nmd_0192     The NC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa is committed to connecting educators on all levels and contributing to the growing of their skills. Through our collective growth, we make sure our all of our schools and students achieve.

We are proud to announce our learning theme for the 2013-2-14 school year. The planning group at NCPDK has brainstormed topics we think will be relevant and necessary for educators and critical to their development. Though there are many worthwhile topics, we have narrowed our focus to one particular area –Digital Leadership.

The skills needed for school leaders is a constantly growing and evolving list. School leadership today means something entirely different from 5, 10, 20 years ago and it will continue to change as our society and field maintains a focus on innovations in learning technologies and teaching methodologies. Embracing what digital leadership means is necessary as we move our schools forwards. These areas include:

  • Leading change in schools with a focus shifting towards flexible, adapting environments
  • Supporting our school staffs changing mindsets and skill sets
  • Engaging in effective practices that continue to grow our skills as school leaders.

We invite you to join us and take part in the events we have planned for this school year. We are excited about scope and potential impact of our 2013 journey.

Learning IS Personal

Leading the Way

Learning is personal. Teaching occurs independent of learning. As someone who considers herself a life-long learner, it has taken a long time to be able to articulate that fact. I have been a part of many different learning experiences over the years from the traditional classrooms of yester-year, to “Professional Development” as a teacher and principal, to the work required to obtain a terminal degree. However, it was just recently that I began to understand the impact of that statement.

There is a lot of chatter around the phrase “personalized learning”. But have we truly taken the time necessary to understand what efforts are needed to make learning personal? Many have connected the term “personalized learning” with differentiated instruction and/or electronic devices. Personalized learning does certainly incorporate the tenets of differentiated instruction, BUT, it is not JUST differentiation or the use of a tablet within a lesson. Learning that is…

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