A Kappa Delta Pi Publication Volume 17, No. 4 KDP Executive Director Faye Snodgress Consulting Editors Mack Welford Managing Editor Karen L. Allen Assistant Editors Kathie-Jo Arnoff Andrew E. Stoner Art Director Chuck Jarrell NSTOY Liaison Peggy Tordoff A PROMISING MISSION By Stephanie Doyle NTA Advisors Bernard Bull Rea Kirk Madeline Kovarik Jacqueline Lydy Gina Riley Nicholas J. Uliano Mack Welford Michael Whitman I Ten years ago, at the beginning of my career, I made a choice that shaped what I do today. chose to become an urban educator in the most impoverished school district in Southwest Virginia. By making that choice, I knew I would face an uncertain future, encountering societal ills and con-fronting long-held beliefs. At the time, my Stephanie Doyle teaches 6th-grade social studies and is a U.S. History Team Leader at James Breckinridge Middle School in Roanoke, VA. She is the state’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. decision was based on wanting to be where I could make the most differ-ence. Now I realize that I am shaping children’s lives, which I consider to be a matter of social justice. My students come from impover-ished backgrounds. Their parents work day in and day out to make ends meet. Many were not given educational advan-tages early in life to give them a head ISSN 1070-7301 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $10.00 members, per year, domestic; $12.00, members, foreign; $12.00, nonmembers, do-mestic; $14.00, nonmembers, foreign. Single copies, $3.50 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to pub-lisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2010 by Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. C ALL F OR M ANUSCRIPTS Fall 2010 — Deadline: May 15, 2010. Winter 2010 — Deadline: August 15, 2010. NTA publishes articles on topics pertinent and practical to teach-ers new to the classroom that will support them and enable their success. Suggested topics include classroom management, teach-ing with standards and creativity, first-year tips, and parent-teacher communication/conferences. Length: 500–850 words. Writers also may submit personal stories and “Aha!” moments from their teaching experiences. Length: 100–350 words. Send manuscripts, letters, and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit NTA Online at www.kdp.org/publications/nta. C OPYRIGHT & P ERMISSION Copyrights on all print and electronic versions of New Teacher Advocate are held by Kappa Delta Pi, and all content is protected by U.S. copyright law. One article in any issue of New Teacher Advocate may be reproduced up to 40 copies without permission if (1) duplication is for educational purposes at a nonprofit institution; (2) copies are made available without charge beyond reproduction costs; and (3) each copy fully cites authors and sources, including the sole publisher and copyright holder—Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Permission to reprofduce more than onef article or under fcondi -tions other than tfhose specified mustf be obtained in wrifting from Permissions, Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158 or email@example.com.