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Highlights from Spring and Fall 2016 Editions of

The Current

KDE is Growing

Submitted by Suzanne Brown, National Treasurer



Gamma Theta                              

Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL


This article was submitted by Karen Causey, pictured right, a Newly Inducted Member.


               “An Extra 21”

Looking from the outside in, one may perceive my life as a bit more complex than others. The norm for most people usually doesn’t involve having a family member with special needs, specifically one with an intellectual disability. For me, however, having an older sister with Down Syndrome is normal. A life without normalcy has shaped me in a variety of ways. For example, my decision to major in elementary/collaborative special education was primarily influenced through my experience of having a sibling with Down Syndrome. If there is one thing I can take away from my experience being around children with exceptionalities, it’s that there are more lessons we learn from them than anything they learn from us.




The Current~Spring, 2016

Beta Rho

Beta Rho Hosts Teaching with Technology Training

“We need to prepare students for their future, not our past.”  - Ian Jukes

Judson College’s Beta Rho KDE members Katey McIntyre, Ashlyn Lane, Kimberly Carter, and Ja Htoi (pictured below) all attended the Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) and returned with a plethora of technology tools to use for instruction.  During the conference, the teacher candidates learned about the students they will soon be teaching -- digital natives. According to Ian Jukes and Anita Dosai (2006), "This is the first generation that has ever mastered a multitude of tools essential to society before the older generations have. They have grown up digital – it’s their native tongue. They were born into it. It’s a language in which they are digitally fluent. They are DFL, they speak Digital as a First Language" (p. 11).  Following the AETC, McIntyre, Lane, Carter, and Htoi, collaborated, and on October 28, 2015, they presented their learning to KDE members and students in the education department. 

Kappa Delta Epsilon welcomes our newest chapter Delta Theta.  Early in 2015, Dr. Derrick Jenkins contacted KDE National Vice President Dr. Lesley Sheek about chartering a chapter in the Cincinnati area. 

Alpha Beta

This article was submitted by Kelsie Miles, Chapter Vice-President and  Heather Guthrie, Chapter Historian, pictured below with their chapter advisor, Dr. Sanra Ayers.

“Alpha Beta in Memphis!”

Alyssa Blankenship (President), Kelsey Miles (Vice President) and Heather Guthrie (Historian) of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon, from Columbia College, had the privilege of attending the KDE biannual national conference. This conference was held in Memphis Tennessee in November of 2016. Under the advisement of Dr. Ayers, we were able to attend this conference and gain valuable knowledge about the field of education from professionals across the nation.


Birmingham  Area Alumni Chapter

Submitted by June Griffin, National Secretary


















“A Day at the Birmingham Museum of Art:\”


We began our day at the museum by giving our very deserving President, John Powell, the “Outstanding Member Award”.  He has worked so hard leading our chapter, working on programs, and taking care of business.  We were proud to present him with this award.

Birmingham has a wonderful art museum which has various travelling exhibits during the year.   This March there was not a particular one showing, so we were able to admire and learn about the permanent collection exhibits on the second floor which ranged from Italian Renaissance paintings to French and English ceramics, English silver, German cast iron objects, and American bronze sculptures.

Next year we plan to tour the third floor exhibits, including the Wedgwood, Chinese, and Japanese Galleries.

Omicron is very fortunate to have an extremely knowledgeable member who has led tours there for fourteen years after her retirement from Birmingham Southern College as Assistant Dean for Adult Learners.  Judith Hand makes each exhibit come to life with her soothing voice and easy manner.

Our chapter has enjoyed visiting the museum  and receiving a tour with Judith Hand so much that we have done this for several years as one of our educational programs.   Saturday, Feb. 27th, we had a group of 11 members and visitors who toured and then shared a delicious lunch at The Tutwiler Hotel.

We love to have visitors join us for these meetings.  We hope you will join us next year!