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Who We Are
Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.
We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work. Today, we are transforming into a vibrant social sector organization that will activate educators and other stakeholders to elevate the discourse around teaching and learning to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education. – Josh Starr, CEO, PDK International
We promote practices that seek to achieve social justice and equity in public schools. Educators must understand the history and context of American public education, including institutional racism and discrimination, as well as the moral imperative to ensure equity of outcomes, opportunities and resources for the most vulnerable students.
We partner, engage and collaborate with other organizations that are seeking to improve public education. In order for complex problems to be solved, multiple stakeholders from different perspectives need to collaborate and be part of the problem-solving process.
We must hold others and ourselves to the highest professional standards: We adhere to constant continuous improvement efforts within the organization and promote practices that ensure accountability for education professionals.
Results matter, both for ourselves and for public schools. We hold ourselves accountable for outcomes and promote results-based practices that improve public education.
“The quest for continual improvement not only guides us, it defines our work. Ultimately, our programs and services all focus on what’s best for the students that we serve. “
— Curtis Cain, Board Chair, PDK International
PDK International is comprised of seven divisions whose programs and services enable public educators to improve schools so that all students thrive. Each division’s mission and vision target a recognized need in education.
Established in 1966 by a generous gift from George H. Reavis, the PDK Educational Foundation’s mission is to support the philanthropic programs and services of PDK International. To make a gift in support of our mission, please consider donating. To learn more about the impact of your gift and other ways you can support, please get in touch with Katrina Breese using the form below.
“We provide educational support — always with a focus on improving teaching and learning for schools.”
— Angela Walmsley, Board Vice Chair, PDK International
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Director, Educators Rising
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Senior Manager, Development and Engagement
Nicole David, M.A.
Manager of Business Administration
Managing Editor/Design & Production
Database & Events Manager
Policy & Business Development Analyst
Program Manger, Educators Rising
Program Coordinator/Membership Associate
We are always looking for talented, driven individuals.
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Board of Directors
PDK is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors.
“We are educators and leaders for whom student success is our mission, vision and passion.”
— Douglas Christensen, Past Board Chair, PDK International
PDK International is always looking for excellence and talent. While we may not have a specific position open at this time, please submit your resume nonetheless to HR@PDKIntl.org.
Current career opportunities at PDK International:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Equal Opportunity Employment and Diversity
PDK International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PDK International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. PDK International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of PDK International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
Thank you, PDK
Members and stakeholders of PDK International’s Educators Rising division show appreciation for its continued support of students interested in the teaching profession.
Celebrating 50 Years of American Voices
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Several organizations and individuals have made contributions to honor its 50th anniversary and sustain this important resource. Join us as we invest in the future of the PDK Poll.
The Grade: A Closer Look at Education News The Grade is happy to announce a new look, a new home, and new funders for 2017.
EdRising Academy Curriculum The Educators Rising Curriculum Development Team completed their work on the EdRising Academy curriculum, a groundbreaking program for high school students to explore teaching.
Rafael Heller joins Kappan Rafael Heller, a longtime writer and editor based in Washington, will be joining Kappan magazine as managing editor/content in late November.
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“Affiliating with PDK International is more than joining an association; you are connecting to a bigger movement devoted to the care of students everywhere.”
— Patricia Williams, Past Chair, PDK International
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About PDK International
Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career. We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work. As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.