CONTENT CONNECTIONS : BY ROBIN ROBINSON KAPAVIK The Importance of Joining a Professional Organization Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication Volume 18, No. 3 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Consulting Editor REA KIRK Managing Editor KAREN L. ALLEN Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF SALLY RUSHMORE ERICA GOODOFF Art Director CHUCK JARRELL NSTOY Liaison PEGGY TORDOFF W NTA Advisors BERNARD BULL MADELINE KOVARIK JACQUELINE LYDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER NICHOLAS J. ULIANO MACK WELFORD MICHAEL P. WHITMAN ould you seek medical help from a doctor who did not read the latest medical news? Would you hire a computer techni-cian who was not up with the latest inno-vations in technology, or even have your hair cut by someone who never updated styles? Of course not! That is precisely why every preservice teacher should imme-diately join a professional organization. Membership in a professional organization such as Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a key component to an educator’s success. Belonging and participating in the services and activities of a professional group provides network-ing opportunities at many levels, as well as access to various avenues for learning and Dr. Robinson Kapavik , Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University–San Antonio, researches social studies education and teacher preparation. She is an Alpha Delta Omega Chapter member. growth (see sidebar). Of course, as a member I am naturally biased toward Kappa Delta Pi and its interdisciplinary professional support for teachers at all levels via publications, such as New Teacher Advocate, KDP Record, and The Educational Forum, as well as its Web resources and professional de-velopment opportunities. Through KDP resources, connections, and professional opportunities, including participa-tion in the biennial Convocation and regional conferences, preservice teachers, early-career teachers, and veteran educators alike can gain teaching ideas and insights into the profession, seek inspiration or collaboration, and expand their professional expertise. Just as vital to educators as the support and resources from KDP are the content-specific resources and professional growth opportunities provided through membership and participation in professional organizations for specific content areas. Though both types of organizations offer similar venues for expertise C ALL F OR M ANUSCRIPTS ISSN 1070-7379 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 publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2011 by Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. 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 reproduce more than one article or under condi-tions other than those specified must be obtained in writing from Permissions, Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall 2011 — Deadline: May 15, 2011. Winter 2011 — Deadline: August 15, 2011. NTA publishes articles on topics pertinent and practical to teachers new to the classroom that will support them and enable their success. Suggested topics include inquiry learning, integrating technology, blending standards and creativity, seasonal subjects. 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 email@example.com. Visit NTA Online at www.kdp.org/publications/nta.